Inner Peace Retreat

A wellness programme that aims to reconnect individuals of the fast-paced 21st century with their environment and self.

The Vision

The Inner Peace Retreat is designed to offer an opportunity to realise peace and happiness through meditation, which contributes to improved perception of oneself and others, harmonious relationships and increased professional contentment.

 

The Mission

There is increasing acknowledgement that meditation is an effective and sustainable complement to medical science to treat physical and emotional illness. Inspired by the traditional and proven technique of meditation used by erudite practitioners, Kechara Forest Retreat offers a meditation program that calms and heals the body and mind.

Participants will learn the basic techniques of sitting and walking meditation and practice with trained facilitators within the sacred embrace of Mother Nature through sessions like Sunrise Meditation and Reflections at The Fish Pond.

Grounding and Debriefing Exercises are specially designed to help participants internalise the wisdom teachings and experiences so that the knowledge and tools acquired are sustained. Meditation can now become part of your daily lifestyle to further enhance your life in a wholesome manner.

 

Inner Peace Retreat – Meditation for Beginners

Time:

  • Check-in: Day 1 at 9.00am
  • Check-out: Day 2 at 4.00pm

Venue:

  • Dukkar Apartments, Kechara Forest Retreat

Contribution:

  • RM 450.00 per person (non-members)
  • RM 400.00 per person (Kechara members)
  • Room sharing arrangement subject to availability
  • Prices subject to revision without prior notice

For reservations, please contact care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908 at least 10 calendar days before program start date.

Take note that this is a silent retreat. To enhance your experience during the 2 days, you are advised to refrain from using any electronic devices such as mobile phone, iPad and laptop.

Availability on a first come first serve basis.
The management reserves the right to update the program accordingly.

 

Program Benefits

The activities within the Inner Peace Retreat program are specially designed to facilitate the following benefits within the comfort and convenience of a well-designed retreat space.

1) Health:

Interaction with nature has many physical health benefits. Based on the commonly-accepted healing benefit of Mother Nature, the program includes the following:

  • Fresh Air:
    • Purifies the blood
    • Soothes the nerves
    • Promotes healthy and vibrant skin
  • Green Contact:
    • Enjoy the rare direct contact with nature’s elements
  • Detoxification:
    Meditation is emotional detoxification. Fresh air and balanced meals improve circulation which helps emit toxins from our body

2) A Peaceful & Calm Mind

Physical health must be complemented with emotional wellbeing. In fact, many doctors advocate emotional health as a core ingredient for physical healing. Our programs are designed to provide a platform on which we can exercise this awareness and reap its benefits.

  • Silence therapy helps relieve stress and develop clarity of mind.
  • Nature is a natural anti-depressant that helps heal our emotions.
  • Concentration and mind training techniques improve performance at work and support the creation of a balanced lifestyle.
  • Reflection and contemplation techniques nurture a positive attitude to life.

As the hectic pace of city living intensifies, individuals are afraid to fall behind if they take a moment “off”, and fall victim to the rat race. Thus our professional lives begin infringing on our personal time, during meals, weekends and even holidays.

This program removes the distractions of modern technology to refocus on the present, allowing participants an opportunity to focus on quality time with loved ones and just being present in the moment.

 

Program Outline: Day 1

9.00am – 9.30am: Registration and Room Allocation

9.30am – 10.15am: Orientation

  • House Rules & Programme
  • Dukkar Apartment facilities
  • Light refreshment will be served

10.15am – 10.45am: Meditation Fundamental 1

Meditation is the most beneficial exercise for gaining clarity of the mind. We will go through the principles and benefits of meditation, followed by a guided meditation.

10.45am – 11.45am: Sitting Meditation

Sitting meditation is a constructive method to develop discipline of body and mind. In our fast paced society, it has become a challenge to simply be still.

The constant distraction from abundance of activities to the beeping mobile phone that we have “stuck” to the palms of our hands have created a habit of needing and wanting a continuous stream of new excitement. Hence, creating a society that is easily “bored”. Sitting meditation redevelops discipline as we sit in physical and mental stillness so that we have clarity of the mind and realise our fullest potential.

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Feldenkrais Class 1

Facilitated by our Feldenkrais-Teacher from Luxembourg, this unique learning method is taught by “Awareness through movement” lessons.

Based on mindful movement, it is a great help for improving daily life activities such as walking with more ease, having a better standing and sitting posture and reducing unnecessary and involuntary tension. Feldenkrais expressed it this way: “To make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch

You will be served a menu that is created for the wellbeing of your body and mind. During meals, participants are encouraged to practice eating meditation technique that is intended to create mindfulness that will help improve our digestive health as well as let us rediscover the flavors of quality natural and healthy recipes.

2.00pm – 2.15pm: Reading

A self learning session on the Mind. Participants are encouraged to share their views with the facilitators.

2.15pm – 3.15pm: Meditation Fundamental 2

We will continue to study the benefits of meditation based on research done by renown institutions which show how meditation enhances your general health and improves relationships with others and especially yourself. More challenging meditations such as walking and contemplative meditations will also be taught.

3.15pm – 4.30pm: The Fish Pond

Applying the development of awareness and being present in the midst of nature by listening to the sound of water and placement meditation exercises.

4.45pm – 5.45pm: Walking Meditation 1

Walking meditation is a beautiful way to get in contact with yourself even though it is a more challenging method of meditation where one focuses on both the breath and walking. There will be distractions from the beauty of nature and sounds as well to add on the challenge.

Being in the present is very empowering towards developing clarity of mind, which sharpens our senses as we learn to develop and hold clarity of thought while our body is moving. This method of meditation also relieves us from the tension and stress of “the rat race” because we are able to enter meditational mode quickly to realign and re-ground their thoughts in “busy” circumstances, a perfect technique for the fast paced lifestyle of the 21st century.

6.00pm – 7.00pm: Expression Through Art

Experiential learning and expression through art is most beneficial as this process makes tangible the sensations, thoughts and reactions which go through our minds throughout the day as we engage in meditation activities.

Using different methods of communication like painting, this is a refreshing approach that taps into an area of our mind that has been long neglected.


7.00pm – 7.30pm: Freshen up

7.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner

Dinner is prepared in Chinese style.During meals, participants are encouraged to practice eating meditation technique that is intended to create mindfulness that will help improve our digestive health as well as let us rediscover the flavors of quality natural and healthy recipes.

8.30pm – 9.30pm: Meditation on Loving Kindness

Meditation on loving kindness is one of the most empowering forms of meditation to develop compassion and when done properly, it enhances the quality of our lives by developing a conscious appreciation and innate gratitude towards life and all living beings. This session combines two powerful meditative techniques of contemplation and single-pointed concentration.

9.30pm: Day ends

 

Program Outline: Day 2

6.00am – 6.20am: Hot drink

6.30am – 7.30am: Sunrise Meditation

Sunrise is one of the most precious moments of a day and we often miss the opportunity to soak it up as we are rushing to start our daily routines of hustle and bustle.

Participants return to Manjushri Hill slopes / Rinpoche’s Cabin to observe the beauty of the morning sun and enjoy the first rays of sun touch their skin as the mist gently lifts.

7.30am – 8.30am: Walking Meditation 2

Retreatants return to Tara Walk for another session of walking meditation to practice on the technique learnt on Day 1.

8.30am – 9.30am: Breakfast

The most important meal of the day is brought to the next level at Kechara Forest Retreat where nutrition and flavour find a perfect balance.

9.30am – 10.30am: Sensory Discovery with Herbs

Our sense of smell is one that triggers our past experiences and affects our state of mind. We aim to bring participants to a state of calm and serenity by using natural fragrances of herbs from our own garden.

10.30am – 11.00am: KFR Tour

11.00am – 11.30am: Freshen Up

11.30am – 1.00pm: Feldenkrais Class 2

Participants experience another “Awareness through movement” lesson from the Feldenkrais method. “Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself. ” ~Moshé Feldenkrais

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch

During meals, participants are encouraged to practice eating meditation technique that is intended to create mindfulness that will help improve our digestive health as well as let us rediscover the flavors of quality natural and healthy recipes.

2.00pm – 3.00pm: Debrief and Closing

Completing a wholesome retreat resets the body and mind in harmony and clarity. The key to enjoying this balance in the long-term is consistent effort. Our program facilitators will support participants to internalise the retreat with a closing discussion.

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Freshen up and check out

4.00pm: Program ends

 

Follow up programs to further develop inner peace and spiritual development are also available for those who are interested. For more information on advanced classes, contact retreat@kechara.com.

22 Responses to Inner Peace Retreat

  1. Irene Chong on May 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Dear organiser
    I would like to join the forest retreat session scheduled on 27-28/6/2015
    currently I have two pax confirmed but may have additional 2 pax by next week
    please let me know if we could get the member rate for the event

    • Admin on Jun 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Dear Irene,

      If you’re a Kechara member, you’re qualified for the member rate. With regards to your additional 3 pax, they will be charged non-member rates, unless they too sign up to become a member.

      Please call 03 7803 3908 to book your spot, and to sign up as a member!

      Thank you,
      Admin

  2. hazel on May 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hi,

    Im interested on the 2 days inner peace retreat. I plan on the last week of July and and im alone. How much would be the cost? Do you have any programs aside from this?

  3. Siowlinng on May 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Hi,

    I would like to know more about KFR Day Tour on 7th June. Is the tour also open to public?

    How do i join the tour?

    thanks
    siowlinng

    • Wah Ying on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Hi Siow Ling,

      Sorry for late reply. All KFR Day Tour is open to public. Please contact Kechara Front Desk at: 03-7803 39808 for details & registration.

      You are invited to go to this 13 June 2015 KFR Open Day, from 10am to 1pm. Location and direction can be get from here: http://retreat.kechara.com/getting-there/

      Thank you.

    • Admin on Jun 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Dear Siow Lin,

      Kechara Forest Retreat tours are open to the public.

      To join it, please contact 03 7803 3908.

      Alternatively, tomorrow (13th June) there will be a Dorje Shugden Open Day at Kechara Forest Retreat from 10am-1pm. Do join us to receive blessings from Dorje Shugden!

      Thank you,
      Admin

  4. sheldon on May 29, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    may i know what is the schedule for the above program? how often you run the course?

    • Wah Ying on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Sheldon,

      Below are the upcoming dates in 2015 for the retreat:

      27/6-28/6
      11/7-12/7
      25/7-26/7
      8/8-9/8
      15/8-16/8
      12/9-13/9
      19/9-20/9
      10/10-11/10
      17/10-18/10
      14/11-15/11
      21/11-22/11
      12/12-13/12

      You can also click on this post to see more: http://retreat.kechara.com/news/2d1n-inner-peace-retreat/

      Thank you.

    • Admin on Jun 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Sheldon,

      The retreat dates for the rest of the year has been published here: http://retreat.kechara.com/news/2d1n-inner-peace-retreat/

      If you would like to join any of the dates, please contact 03 7803 3908

      Thank you,
      Admin

  5. janice chin on Jun 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Can u send.more of the info..?

  6. Cindy Foo on Jun 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Hi

    I am interested in the KFR tour on 11 July 2015. May I know if I need to pay for the tour? Any paid transportation I can take via KFR? Also, if I participated the Inner peace retreat, is there any transportation arrangement as I am having transportation problem.

  7. Reneka on Jul 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi,
    I would like to enquire if this retreat and the meditation techniques are religion based or involves chanting etc. I have 2 friends a Muslim and a Christian who are interested. Thanks

    • Jennifer Yuen on Aug 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Reneka,

      The retreat is non-religious. It does not involve any chanting. You will be guided with the basic fundamentals of meditation. All individuals from other religion are welcome to join. However, your Muslim friend may wish to refer the interest to relevant islamic authority before enrollment.

  8. Miss tan on Jul 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

    您好,
    请问课程是用英语还是华语讲解呢?

    • Jennifer Yuen on Aug 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      您好 Miss Tan,課程是以英语讲解。若不太明白,讲師可翻释。

  9. Kimwah on Nov 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Dear Admin,

    After reading all the above comment, I have the following questions:

    1) Is KFR opens to the public every weekend i.e. Saturday & Sunday and the time?

    2) How do one become a member?

    Thanks with regards,
    Kimwah

    • Jennifer Yuen on Jan 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Dear Kimwah,

      1. KFR is open for public on the 2nd Saturday every month from 10am to 1pm.

      2. You may register with Kechara Front Desk at Kechara House, 7 Jalan PJU 1/3G, Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, 47301 Petaling Jaya.
      Tel :+603 78033908

      Best regards,
      Jennifer

  10. Amelia on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Admin,

    Is it advisable to attend the Inner Peace Retreat first then only i could join the Inner Reflection Retreat?

    Thank you.

    • Li Kheng on Mar 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hi amelia

      Thank you for leaving us an inquiry.

      Yes, it is encouraged for you to participate in the Inner Peace Retreat because it is in this introductioncourse that we share fundamental principles and techniques of meditation.

      Knowing the basic techniques will support you enter the Inner reflection retreat instantly to benefit on the contemplative session.

      If you join our upcoming inner peace retreat on 9 and 10 April, the timing will be perfect to make it for the inner reflection retreat is from 13 to 17 April.

      We look forward to hear from you and welcoming you to the retreat!

  11. Katherine Goh on May 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Hi,

    Can i know how is the best way to come to the center from Singapore? Do you have any retreat program in August 2016?

    Thanks and hear from you soon.

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