Joy’s Tales from Thailand 2020


Wattle Hollow Schedule FALL 2023 **

Welcome dear yogis! —————————————————————————————- Following is the upcoming FALL listing of events: ** WITH THE SIMULTANEOUS AND FULL EMBRACE OF “ANNICCA”, THE BUDDHIST DOCTRINE ACKNOWLEDGING THE ETERNALLY SHIFTING AND UNFORESEEABLE FACTORS OF LIFE ON EARTH. Registration is now accomplished entirely online, unlike in former years. You may register anytime, friends…though...

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Tales of Joy #4

Hello again, dear readers. I don’t know if I can describe the way that I am greeted here, all day long…like a beloved auntie who has finally returned… I am the oldest member of this community and therefore Pa Joy**, which means Auntie Joy, to all. Some of these relationships go back decades. We traveled Thailand together with Khun Mae and shared some challenges, too. It was my birthday last week…and I tend to be a curmudgeon about holidays. So I wanted it to be low-key. I consider every day as a holy day… and sense a...

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Tales of Joy #3

Sawadhi kha, 🙏dear readers. My first day in Thailand felt quite significant, for myself and for the entire community. Some of you may recall from last year’s Tales: I reported a sense of physical and energetic deterioration in the S.D.S. (Bangkok) center’s vitality level.For one thing, Ajahn Chom’s work crew was spending all their time in the southern center, creating fantastic new water features and landscaping miracles every day. Meanwhile, the monsoons, pollution and extreme heat up in Bangkok take a rapid and unrelenting toll on...

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Tales of Joy #2

Hello again, dear readers. You all have reminded me why I write these Tales. Every year I experience prolonged labor and difficulty with Tales #1. My primary symptom is a sense of over-exposure… like I’m on YouTube giving birth. Then your responses come rolling in, almost immediately, bursting with the enthusiasm of shared confessions, and relief (this year) to be “not the only one” who is so damn crazy and strung out on watching the news, the whiskey cocaine of cellphone usage or whatever your hit parade happened to encompass in 2022....

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Tales of Joy #1

Hola, my dear readers. Harvesting veggies in the community garden I like to imagine each year is totally different from the one preceding it…. But I do seem to recall that the exact same thing occurred last year …hmmmm: I arrived here in the lovely town of La Paz (Baja Sur) and sloughed into a pleasantly vegetative state, setting up my little 1950’s kitchen, getting my drinking water, renting a bicycle…. And revisiting my favorite sacred spots… And same as last year, it took a few weeks and several sweet but persistent inquiries from...

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About Dharma Days

Dharma Days are a one-day opportunity, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to take a personal tour in the Theravadan Vipassana meditation traditional practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness/metta. It’s a great chance for beginning meditators to get their feet wet, and for oldies to refresh their practice. We also do a mild 50-minute stretching/yoga/or creative movement session. An organic vegetarian lunch will be served. No charge for this day, though dana/donations are accepted. See Registration link below to register. We will have chairs...

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Dharma Day – July 29

July 29th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation: ** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices. ** Walking (both indoor and outdoor) ** An hour-long movement/yoga session ** Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food) ** Metta/Lovingkindness practice ​The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus. All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for...

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DHARMA DAY Sept 16

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 16, 2023 (10 a.m. -4 p.m.) We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation:** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices.** Walking (both indoor and outdoor)** An hour-long movement/yoga session** Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food)** Metta/Lovingkindness practice The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus. All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for...

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Six Day Meditation Intensive

Saturday Sept 23 – Thursday Sept 28, 4 p.m. Here is an opportunity to sink down into Wattle Hollow for an extended retreat… And watch the mind-monkeys at play , or nit -picking… And perhaps witness some silence as well. Don’t wait too long to sign up, dear yogis. This will fill up! Retreat Registration

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SONGWRITERS’ CREATIVITY WEEKEND

OCTOBER 3-5 , 2023 I’ve lost track of the number of fabulous weekends (29, maybe?) during which we have seen our “inner children” run free of their boundaries in a joyful exploration of what is possible, musically and creatively. Our amazing and talented guides are Jack Williams and Still on the Hill musicians, Donna and Kelly Mulholland. It feels like a family reunion, and the newest members are lovingly absorbed right away. The Songwriters’Creativity retreats are now scaled down in size to enrich our experience and minimize crowding. These...

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Dharma Day OCT 22

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2023 We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation:** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices.** Walking (both indoor and outdoor)** An hour-long movement/yoga session**Eating (lunchtime will be `silent, with special focus on the food)** Metta/Lovingkindness practice The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus. All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for...

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Being Where You Are Weekend

November 3 – 5 (Fri 6:00 pm – Sun 2:00 pm) We are again quite fortunate to lure the amazing Mark Cain away from his extremely busy farm schedule to join us for this event, and to share his grace as a yogi-meditator. He and I will co-teach and guide you. This event has happened annually every year for (about?) sixteen years, minus the pandemic one year. This is a deeper dive into the possibilities of witnessing our meditative focus and offering the mind and body a veritable “brainwash.” No particular expertise is required for...

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