Joy’s Tales from Thailand 2020


Songwriter’s Creativity Weekend

Songwriter’s Creativity Weekend

May 15 – May 17, 2020 CANCELLED (Wattle Hollow will be closed to minimize any potential impact of COVID-19) Experience an eclectic, organic approach to creating music in a provocatively creative atmosphere. Our extremely popular, semi-annual leap into creativity and music – led by our talented and creative teachers Donna and Kelly Mulholland, and Jack Williams into a special (and perhaps previously unknown) territory within our hearts. Contact Judy Smith for details and registration. More about the instructors at this...

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Dharma Day

Dharma Day

Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. CANCELLED (Wattle Hollow will be closed to minimize any potential impact of COVID-19) Led by Joy Fox. Again, a one-day experience with a guided tour into the Theravadan Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and lovingkindness. We’ll also do an hour of  stretching/yoga exercises. This is a great opportunity for new-comers to meditation, as well as our wonderful oldies. All are welcome, though registration must be no less than three days before the retreat (e.g.the Wednesday...

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Eight-Day Intensive Retreat with Joy

Eight-Day Intensive Retreat with Joy

Saturday, June 6th (3 p.m.) – Saturday, June 13th (3 p.m.) CANCELLED (Wattle Hollow will be closed to minimize any potential impact of COVID-19) Please understand, dear yogis, that the weather in June can be extremely hot. There’s no a.c. at Wattle Hollow. And we have no shortage of ticks and chiggers in the Ozark woodlands…We will be fasting between lunch and breakfast. If you’re still reading this, I invite you to join us on this amazing adventure! Some of you may be ready to jump into this fascinating adventure for a deeper and...

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Dharma Day

Dharma Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:30 am – 3:30 pm CANCELLED (Wattle Hollow will be closed to minimize any potential impact of COVID-19) This might be the ultimate way to celebrate your independence, from suffering. It will be another one-day exploration into the Vipassana meditative practices of sitting, walking, eating, and metta/lovingkindness. The day will be held in Noble Silence, but there are group discussions and guided explanations from Joy. We’ll also do an hour of stretching/yoga before lunch. No charge for this day (though dana is...

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Dharma Day

Dharma Day

Saturday, July 26, 2020 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. CANCELLED (Wattle Hollow will be closed to minimize any potential impact of COVID-19) This is a one-day immersion into Noble Silence, and the Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and lovingkindness. Joy will guide everyone through the exercises. All are welcome, though pre-registration must be no less than three days before the retreat (e.g.the Wednesday before). A great chance for beginning meditators to get their feet wet, and for oldies to refresh their practice. We also...

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Tales from Thailand #6

Hello, dear readers. I’m sorry to leave you hanging for so long, especially after suggesting that my health wasn’t robust. (It is now) The photo below is from two weeks ago, at the new S.D.S. organic farm, far south of Bangkok. The land was donated by Mei Oo, the woman on the right. She is also the leader of the Dhammachat Bambat/Nature Cure program, who will be fearlessly leading our expedition into rural Cambodia next week. Soon after we arrived at the new farmland, this woman came to pay her respects to Venerable Maichee Sansanee. She told...

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Tales from Thailand #5

Tales from Thailand #5

Hello again, friends. Thanks so much for your insightful and heartfelt responses to these Tales. Though I’m not able to respond personally, they are definitely appreciated, dears. Today, I have time to start the fifth Tale, even though I sent #4 out yesterday…because I’m sort of hiding out in my beautiful little kuti/house today. The truth: I haven’t been present for alms-walk or Kitchen Zen or my afternoon gardening sessions with Chom for three days now. I’m QUITE hesitant to admit it, but I am sick. Tales #4 was originally going to be about...

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Tales from Thailand #4

Tales from Thailand #4

Hello, dear readers.Honestly, I’m not sure where to take you, at this point in my journey. I’ve had too many adventures to relate them all…and I’m acutely aware of how easily I can sway your opinions just by turning my camera or perspective one direction or another. I’ve just returned from seven days in a rural orphanage in Kanchanaburi. It was pretty much pure chaos, since the staff and the director, MC Jutipak, were all away at a conference, leaving a struggling skeleton crew to maintain the 85 children. I don’t know if it was because of,...

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Tales from Thailand #3

Kitchen Zen! A truly humbling experience…What a wonderful opportunity to fail so blatantly, on so many levels e.g. hand-slicing tarot chips with a simple grater for an hour. They’re supposed to be consistent…no two of mine look alike! And I keep switching hands, cause I’m a wimp! Or peeling hundreds of friggin’ quail eggs, until I’m cross-eyed. (Actually, I was the last one standing, in that particular event) Isn’t life fascinating!… (from a note I wrote to my pal Chef Tuesday last week.) I’d like to dedicate this issue to the many millions...

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Tales from Thailand #2

Tales from Thailand #2

Hello again, dear readers. This is probably not the image you expected to see in my second Tales this year. But I must credit Winnie-the-Pooh as a major inspiration behind my current mindscape . Or rather, Pooh was best able to sum up the advice given to me by my teacher Anna Cox, right before I left on this adventure. Anna told me: Effortlessly let go of any work….and see what stirs, into the light. Pooh told Christopher Robin: Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something. I usually do not watch movies on airplanes anymore,...

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Tales from Thailand #1

Tales from Thailand #1

Greetings, dear readers. I’m home, again, here with my heart family in a heart-centered community, doing what I love. Not that my life is any less wonderful in Fayetteville or out at Wattle Hollow. It’s just another flavor. My dear friend Nawng Joy met me at the entrance to S.D.S. and unveiled the latest miracles here at the center, too many to recount in just one Tale. But for openers: There are now a couple of caves that are constructed entirely out of pink Himalayan salt blocks (!), and heated with light bulbs. I’ve never heard of or...

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Tales from Thailand – Prologue

Tales from Thailand – Prologue

Greeting, dear readers. I would love to introduce you to one of my oldest companions: the Sugar Monster. He travels with me everywhere, anytime. This tile depiction is situated right around the corner from my refrigerator, in Fayetteville. Sugar Monster is eternally trying to get back into my kitchen. So time is on his side. Just when I think I have the upper hand: sufficient maturity, comprehension and determination..BAM! Sugar Monster grabs the wheel, albeit only for short episodes. Well, mostly. And why do I reveal this rather ignoble and...

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