Myanmar (Burma) Meditation Retreat 2018 & Application

Thank you for considering joining our group as we head into the Nunnery for their annual Vipassana Meditation Retreat.   We have the unique opportunity to welcome female meditation practicioners who would like to join us this April.  Alongside our annual Yoga Seva Project ( 15+ yoga teachers) - we can open the space for an additional 5 or 6 spaces for meditation practitioners.  This offering is for females only as our host is a Buddhist Nunnery.  This is a chance to immerse in a Buddhist Nunnery for mediation and partake in the yoga classes offered to the nuns and orphans.  It is a heart filled environment and I feel honored to be able to make this available.  Spaces are very limited. If interested in joining, please fill out the application and put down your deposit as soon as you can.  More details to follow. For questions, contact Marni Reynolds at

Please leave this browser open until you receive a notification saying that your application has been submitted. We appreciate you taking your time to answer each question thoughtfully. (Please note that we have a limited number of people we can bring to the nunnery) 

*please answer each question as best you can, elaborating on your intentions for joining this offering*

We look forward to learning more about you! Thank you!

Name *
Daily meditations at the nunnery (2 to 4 hours, approx.) as well as optional yoga classes.
As part of our orientation, we will have a cultural etiquette discussion that will carefully outline our expected and ideal behavior while at the nunnery. Some of these etiquettes include: Never bringing the foot over the head (ex: 3-legged dog), never touching someone on the head, bowing your head to elders, appropriate clothing, never facing the bottom of your feet to elders.
This sacred opportunity comes with restrictions on what can be publicized about the work (including through the internet and social media). This is a topic that will be discussed in depth during orientation. We require that each team member signs a contract outlining that they understand the rules and guidelines regarding publicizing the work. Like all aspects of this project, this contract is in place to protect the best interests of this community.
We require a $150 non-refundable deposit following the applicant joining the team. By checking this box, you agree to the $150 deposit *
This deposit serves to both hold your space on the team, and support the project related expenses; shuttles, supplies, etc.
We ask that each practioner offer a donation to the nunnery at the close of our stay, at least $150/per person. By checking this box, you agree to participate in this donation. *
This donation is made in an effort to help offset the expense of our accommodations

Traveling to Myanmar (Burma)

There are some things to consider when traveling to Myanmar (Burma), especially this time of year.  All of these topics will be covered in  depth upon joining the team officially, however we feel that the following details should be considered when pursuing this work:

  • Tourist Visa:  All team members will be required to obtain a Tourist Visa, which allows for 28 days of travel. The Visa takes 3-5 business days (on average) to process once the application is completed and submitted, and costs $50. Click here for more Myanmar (Burma) Visa info

  • Vaccinations: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations for vaccinations and medications to consider when traveling to this country. We encourage each traveler to engage in their own research, consult their physician, and execute the healthcare plan that is best suited for them personally.

  • Weather: April is a very HOT time of year. Temperatures average 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. We will be sleeping with AC units. The rooms that we will be teaching yoga are cooled by several fans (electricity surges are to be expected). Power surges with the electricity are to be expected.

  • Thingyan: Our travel coincides with the Thingyan celebration. During Thingyan, many businesses shut down in observance of the holiday. This makes it especially important to have all travel details and plans, before and after your time at the nunnery, carefully planned before arriving in country. We can offer advisement on how best to prepare.

  • Timeline: We urge that each participant arrive to Yangon at least 2 full days early, to allow for rest and adjustment to the time and climate change. Allowing yourself the necessary time and and measures prior to your stay at the nunnery is crucial to the work. We will also be organizing a group gathering in Yangon on April 10th, including a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda .