Living as a monk

4 - 10 August 2020

Himmawan Sanctuary, Thailand

Simplify Life, Amplify Happiness

Have you ever heard of a monk’s life?

Many people thought that living like a monk is just a faraway dream, impossible for them to try...Now can be your opportunity.

World Peace Initiative Foundation and Mind Stories would like to welcome you to a meditation retreat where you will live a simple life and observe the three main pillars of perfection that are the core principles to end the causes of sufferings from the mind.

Learning from Buddhist teaching monks, the participants will know how to use the art of mindfulness and meditation to restore the balance of life and foster a proper understanding of the world by purifying their body, speech and mind. Lessons, perspectives and wisdom from the monk's lifestyle will transform their lives to ones that are less about finding happiness and more about living in it..

The Retreat

Who is it for?

For those who are interested in

Deepening their meditation experience

Developing mindful habits

Exploring the ancient Buddhist philosophies (such as Law of Karma, Impermanence, and the Noble Eightfold Path),

What you'll learn?

Getting to know the myth of body and mind

The body and the mind have a strong connection. Whatever happens to one will affect the other. Learn the causality between these two most important components of human beings.

Discovering the untold “true purpose of life”

Life can’t be the most enjoyable without knowing its purpose. But what is this missing jigsaw that will complete a spiritual perspective to enjoy the connection of life to the universe?

The three pillars of perfection

Perfection is a term often mentioned in Buddhist philosophy. Does perfection exist? Is it needed or even possible after all? In the journey to end all sufferings, there are three pillars to forge the path with both willpower, moral compass and guiding habits.

Practicing how to meditate like veteran Buddhist monks

Learn the true meaning of the middle way, an ancient meditation technique founded by the Lord Buddha which has been inherited for over 2,500 years by Buddhist monks.

The Noble Eightfold Path

Familiarize yourself with the noble eightfold path, the cycle to sustainable peace development of both material and spiritual worlds. The topic covers both theoretical and practical approaches that can be implemented on a daily basis.

The Experience

Sati & Sabai (Concentration & Relaxation)

Four meditation sessions per day including Mindfulness activities and exercises to make it applicable back home, some include “Chanting for Stillness”

Balance and Detox

A mind-body treatment with daily yoga, intermittent fasting, delicious Thai food, and a beautiful environment.


Daily lectures on Eastern philosophy and the monastic perspective of the purpose of life, the spiritual path, the art of letting go and principles of a balanced and happy life.

Self-Reflection and Self-Empowerment

Private sessions with monks where you can deepen your meditation experience and get insights about your most intimate thoughts and experiences.


Himmawan Sanctuary

Himmawan Sanctuary is a gem hidden in the mountains of Loei province, Thailand. The environment is ideal for taking the journey inwards and exploring the self while contemplating the natural soothing beauty of the landscape.


Venerable Phra John Paramai who once a pianist, a photographer, and a computer programmer, has become a Theravada Buddhist Monk for 10 years after finishing his Ph.D. in Telematics. With the knowledge from his tech background, he has pioneered in developing the biggest free online self-development and meditation platform that has users from over 200 countries and territories. He travels the world and gives his insights on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy for detoxing, balancing and enriching the life of the modern world to individuals, NGOs, government agencies, universities, and companies (such as Google, Orange, Ogilvy, Teamwork, etc.) in 58 countries. He also teaches online meditation sessions and Buddhism on the Mind Stories community. Watch his video.





Yoga Practice

Yoga Practice

Personal Coaching

Personal Coaching

Getting Wisdom

Getting Wisdom

Alms Giving

Alms Giving

Food Offering

Food Offering

Google With Monk

Google With Monk

Bubble Blowing

Bubble Blowing

PIPO Night

PIPO Night


per person

*Training Fee: The training fee has to be paid via Paypal or international bank account transfer to guarantee your seats.

Early Bird Price

500 USD

per Person

application and fee submissiondeadline 30 may

Full Price

600 USD

per Person

application and fee submission deadline 30 June

Special Price

350 USD

per Person

1) Complete the 42 days online self development program before the 30th of May, 2020

2) Complete the online special ops before the 30th of May, 2020

**application and fee submission deadline 15 April

What's included

  • 7-night accommodation (a single room with a shared bathroom)
  • Training fee
  • Thai Food (breakfast and lunch) & Refreshments
  • Land transportation to the retreat site

What's NOT included

  • Airfare to BKK
  • Pick-up and drop-off from and to airport
  • Yoga Mat
  • An overnight stay at PIPO House (WPI HQ) is possible with an extra cost of 500 Baht per person including breakfast with prior notification.
Your day looks like this

Daily Schedule

Time Activity
05.00 hr Morning Riser Call
05.30 - 06.30 hr Loving-kindness Meditation
06.30 - 07.15 hr Stretching/ Yoga
07.15 - 08.00 hr Mindful Eating
09.25-09.30 hr Mindful Alarm: Samma Arahang
09.30 - 11.00 hr Meditation with Teaching
11.00 – 11.30 hr Offering Food to the Monks/ Receive Blessings
11.30 - 12.30 hr Mindful Eating
12.30 – 13.30 hr Personal Time
13.30 - 14.00 hr Buddhist Chanting (optional)
14.00 - 16.00 hr Meditation with Teaching
16.30 – 18.00 hr Meditation Clinic with a Monk
18.00 - 19.00 hr Refreshment (no dinner)
18.55 - 19.00 hr Mindful Alarm: Samma Arahang
19.00 - 21.00 hr Meditation with Teaching
22.00 hr Bedtime

For more info


Upcoming Trainings

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