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Wat Khao Tham runs silent Vipassana meditation retreats on a monthly basis (along with the occasional longer 14- and 21- day retreats) from a Buddhist temple in the hills behind Ban Tai on the south coast of Ko Pha Ngan.
The Vipassana meditation courses are suitable both for both complete novices and the more experienced practitioner. They actually run for a ten day stretch (with a registration and followup period bookending the meditation retreat), and include dorm accommodation (separate facilities for men and women) and two vegetarian meals provided daily.
The retreats are free and provided on a donation-basis. As they say on the website "There is a big difference between having to pay a fee, a bill or an invoice, and enthusiastically making a donation. A donation comes from within, it inclines the mind towards the benefit of others and also loosens the grip of one's own selfishness and stinginess".
Retreats commence on the 10th of every month. See their website for further details.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 24th January, 2016.