Thailand Adventure Retreat FAQ

    Retreat Overview

  1. What is the purpose of the retreat?
  2. Why should I come to the retreat?
  3. What are the dates of the next retreat?
  4. Where is the retreat held?
  5. How long is the retreat?
  6. How many people will be at the retreat?
  7. Are there photos and videos to give me a sense of what the retreat is about?
  8. What is the accommodation like at the retreat?
  9. Can I stay in a different hotel and pay for my own accommodation?
  10. Can families and children come to the retreat?
  11. Is the retreat open for anyone to come to?
  12. When is the retreat usually held?

    What the Retreat Includes

  13. What is included in the cost of the retreat?
  14. What is not included in the cost of the retreat?
  15. What activities will I be doing at the retreat?
  16. With so many activities will I have time to relax?
  17. Is the World Durian Festival included in the retreat?
  18. Do we use local tour guides?

    Meals

  19. Who is the chef at the retreat?
  20. What will the meals be like at the retreat?
  21. Will the attendees help make the food?
  22. What water will we be drinking during the retreat?
  23. Which fruits are usually available during the retreat?
  24. Which tender leafy green vegetables are usually available during the retreat?
  25. What vegetables are usually available during the retreat?

    Registration and Payments

  26. How do I secure my place at the retreat?
  27. How do I pay for the retreat?
  28. How much is the retreat?
  29. How much is the deposit?
  30. When do I need to pay the final balance for the retreat?
  31. What type of currency do Thai banks and currency exchange accept?
  32. If paying the balance in USD, why should I only use notes of large denomination?
  33. When does the retreat usually fill up?
  34. What happens after I sign up?
  35. What happens if I have to cancel after paying my deposit?
  36. Can I volunteer or take up a work exchange position?

    Retreat Overview


  1. What is the purpose of the retreat?
    To immerse participants in a nurturing environment supportive of a healthy lifestyle balance and maximal personal growth to empower them to make healthier and more fulfilling daily lifestyle choices for the rest of their lives because they are worth it!
  2. What are the dates of the next retreat?
    Click here for the dates of the next Thailand Adventure Retreats!
  3. Where is the retreat held?
    The retreat is held in the beautiful province of Chanthaburi, Thailand where more durian is grown than likely anywhere else on the planet.
  4. How long is the retreat?
    The retreat is 14 days including arrival and departure days. There are 12 full days of scheduled activities.
  5. How many people will be at the retreat?
    I accept a maximum of around 20 people in order to keep the experience relatively personal with a community feel.
  6. Are there photos and videos to give me a sense of what the retreat is about?

  7. What is the accommodation like at the retreat?
    We stay in a very safe area in a modern hotel with your own large room, air conditioning, large bed, in room WiFi, and clean bathroom with Western toilet and shower. We stay within close walking distance to a shopping complex in a mecca for Thai massage. Please be aware that while our hotel perfectly meets the needs of most people, our hotel isn't fancy, probably rating as 3-star in western society. If you prefer to pay extra for a more luxurious hotel experience, please click here. Note also that the beds in Thailand tend to be quite firm. If that is likely to be a problem for you, there is always the option to purchase a soft, thin mattress to put on top of your firm mattress from the adjacent department store.
  8. Can I stay in a different hotel and pay for my own accommodation?
    If you have a preference to stay in a different hotel (for example, if you think the beds are too hard or if you'd prefer a fancier hotel), I can take the accommodation portion out of your retreat cost and you are welcome to find your own nearby accommodation, however I would need to know at least a month before the retreat begins to avoid incurring the cost of a room for you at our hotel. If you do stay in another hotel, it would then be your own responsibility to arrive at our hotel on time each morning as our adventure taxis will not be able to wait for people staying off-site. There is a nicer hotel conveniently located just 200m from our hotel, but they don't allow durian in the hotel.
  9. Can families and children come to the retreat?
    Families and children are welcome, however no child minding services are provided. While people are likely to want to help out by watching and playing with your children during the retreat, the care of your children remains your responsibility.
  10. Is the retreat open for anyone to come to?
    All ages, fitness levels and dietary preferences are welcome at the retreat. All we ask is that you are willing to commit to eating only raw fruits and vegetables with us during the retreat. The retreat is a no smoking event and would be a good opportunity to be in a supportive environment if you are committed to leaving the habit in your past.
  11. When is the retreat usually held?
    The retreat is held annually in peak fruit season every May.

    What the Retreat Includes


  12. What is included in the cost of the retreat?
    This low cost retreat includes all accommodation, unlimited fruits and vegetables and the cost of all scheduled activities including local transport costs to those activities.
  13. What is not included in the cost of the retreat?
    Once you pay for your return flights to Bangkok (or Trat) and your bus (about 210 Thai Baht each way) and short taxi ride (approx. 60-80 Thai Baht each way) to the retreat, you don't need to spend any money during the retreat unless you choose to. There are no hidden costs. You may like to bring some spending money to buy gifts for family and friends, take personal taxi rides, wash your laundry (about 30 Thai Baht per load), go shopping, purchase some toiletries, personal health item, medical supplies and other personal items. You may also like to bring some money to spend on the way to and from the retreat for food, water and miscellaneous items.
  14. What activities will I be doing at the retreat?
    You will:
    • swim in magnificent waterfalls (experience the original fish spa!)
    • swim and sunbathe at beautiful beaches
    • experience wild monkey interactions
    • enjoy jungle and headland hikes
    • visit organic and conventional fruit orchards
    • pay homage to numerous Buddhist and Chinese temples
    • have the opportunity to be blessed by a Buddhist monk
    • walk through tropical rainforests
    • enjoy time on the Chanthaburi river during our boat tour
    • appreciate museums
    • indulge your taste buds with fruit buffets at several fruit orchards
    • explore fruit orchards eating fruit directly from the trees
    • explore national parks
    • engage in group discussions to overcome the issues holding us back from living healthy lives, building meaningful relationships and achieving our potential.
    • have the opportunity to climb fruit trees
    • learn to speak some Thai
    • experience the local markets
    • interact with locals
    • enjoy Thai massage
    • unleash the fruit hunter within you
    • gain exposure to many cultural experiences
    • experience a traditional wood fire herbal sauna!
    No other retreat offers what this retreat offers. All activities are optional. It is completely your choice if you choose to skip any of them.
  15. With so many activities will I have time to relax?
    The pace of the retreat is very relaxed. There is free time scheduled. The activities are generally in aesthetically pleasing environments. There will be ample opportunity to de-stress and unwind during the retreat. Plan to return home empowered with a new level of confidence and resolve.
  16. Is the World Durian Festival included in the retreat?
    The 9 day Fruitpital Fair (which used to be known as the World Durian Festival) is held annually in Chanthaburi and usually overlaps with the Thailand Adventure Retreat. The dates for the World Durian Festival are typically announced in March. The festival can be held any time from April to June. When the dates of the World Durian Festival overlap with our retreat, we typically go to the festival once for the daytime experience and again to experience the festival at night.
  17. Do we use local tour guides?
    Our main tour guide is a close friend of mine who lives in Chanthaburi and speaks both fluent Thai and fluent English. He grew up on fruit farms, loves durian and eats vegan and mostly raw, and everyone on the retreat always loves him! :) We also use some additional tour guides on a more adventurous hike up a creek lined with fig trees to a waterfall and beautiful views. They are from a local village and for several years now they have done a fantastic job of keeping our group safe.

    Meals


  18. Who is the chef at the retreat?
    An experienced chef leads our kitchen each year. In recent years, Chef Alicia Ojeda has filled that role. Alicia's culinary wizardry is unmatched, fulfilling many roles throughout the year including Head Chef and Culinary Director for FoodnSport, as well as Head Chef at The Woodstock Fruit Festival and the Slovenia Fruits and Health Festival! Other chefs at my retreat bring a wealth of experience and are sure to provided a delightful culinary experience.
  19. What will the meals be like at the retreat?
    • We will serve simple, delicious 80/10/10-friendly raw vegan meals. If you want to eat more overt fats, they will be available mainly in the form of durian and coconut meat. If you want to eat spices such as hot Thai chilis, garlic chives or chives, they will be available as optional additions to our meal.
    • Our breakfast will feature an array of high quality tropical fruits, typically red papaya, namdok mai mango, sweet watermelon and very sweet pineapple.
    • Our lunch will include many fruit buffets. The rest of the time we will bring large baskets of our preferred fruits typically including mango, mangosteen, rambutan, longkong, jackfruit, durian, many varieties of banana and more.
    • Our dinner will be a prepared meal, often salad bar style with several sauce options. Raw vegan Pad Thai will certainly be on the menu :)

  20. Will the attendees help make the food?
    Every few days you will have the opportunity to assist in preparing the evening meal to gain hands on experience to take home with you. If you would like to help more often to gain experience or because you like to make food for people, you are very welcome to.
  21. What water will we be drinking during the retreat?
    We will have unlimited pure distilled drinking water throughout the retreat. You will be provided with your own BPA-free bottle as a gift on arrival to take on our outings throughout the retreat.
  22. Which fruits are usually available during the retreat?
    • Durian varieties (Monthong, Chanee, Kanyao, Puang Manee, Kradum Thong, Nockachip and more)
    • Mangosteen, Rambutan, Longkong, Dragon Fruit
    • Red Papaya, Watermelon, Pineapple, Sweet Tamarind
    • Young Thai Coconut, Coconut Sprout
    • Mango varieties (Nam Dok Mai, Oaklong, Nung Klang Wan, Rad, Kheow Savoey)
    • Jackfruit, Custard Apple, Cempedak (if it comes early), Longan, Lychee, Sapodilla
    • Snake Fruit, Santol, Rose Apple
    • Banana varieties (Nam Wah, Hom, Kai, Leb Muh Nang, Huk Moog, Tani)

  23. Which tender leafy green vegetables are usually available during the retreat?
    • Water Spinach (locally known as Puk Boon), Puk Goot and several types of Lettuce.
    • Bok Choy
    • Herbs, fruits, vegetables used in small quantities for flavor include Cilantro, Mint, Thai Basil, Cumin, Coriander Seed, Chive, Lemongrass, Ginger, Green Onion, Lemon and Lime.

  24. What vegetables are usually available during the retreat?
    • Romaine/Cos lettuce
    • Iceberg lettuce
    • Celery
    • Cucumber
    • Carrot
    • Daikon Radish
    • Cauliflower
    • Tomato
    • Okra
    • Red Bell Pepper (Capsicum)
    • Snake Gourd (locally known as Boo-up)
    • Raw Baby Corn

  25. Why should I come to the retreat?
    • Experience how simple and rewarding healthy lifestyle choices can be.
    • Immerse myself in an authentic tropical experience in beautiful Thailand.
    • Experience healthy lifestyle balance in a refreshingly supportive environment.
    • Treat myself to a well earned nourishing and nurturing break.
    • Get motivated and inspired to actively pursue my life and fitness goals.
    • Enjoy mouth-wateringly delicious tropical fruits and vegetables.
    • Explore open discussions on health, nutrition, the body and values.
    • Return home with a renewed enthusiasm for life!

    Registration and Payments


  26. How do I secure my place at the retreat?
    Place your deposit via my online shop before the retreat fills up.
  27. How do I pay for the retreat?
    Payment details will be provided during the checkout process on my online shop page at Thailand Adventure Retreat. Direct deposit to my bank account is the preferred method as it saves PayPal fees. If paying from outside Australia, you can make an international wire through a company such as TransferWise who charge very low fees, which are much lower than PayPal. Just email me if you need help figuring it out. :)
  28. How much is the retreat?
    The price is listed on the shop page for the Thailand Adventure Retreat.
  29. How much is the deposit?
    The deposit amount is listed on the shop page for the Thailand Adventure Retreat.
  30. When do I need to pay the final balance for the retreat?
    If paying by direct deposit, international wire or PayPal, the balance for the retreat is due 4 weeks before the retreat begins. If paying the balance in cash, the balance is due on arrival at the retreat and must be paid in clean, untorn, unworn notes of accepted currencies. If bringing USD please bring large denominations ($50 and $100 notes).
  31. What type of currency do Thai banks and currency exchange accept?
    Thai currency exchange will accept US Dollars (USD), Australian Dollars (AUD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP) only accept clean, untorn, unworn notes and will reject all of the following any coins and will not accept notes with tiny tears, notes which are heavily worn, or notes which have ink stamps or writing on them, regardless of whether it is pen, pencil, crayon, ink or permanent marker. If bringing USD please bring large denominations ($50 and $100 notes) as they get a better exchange rate. If you would like to pay with a currency other than USD, AUD, EUR and GBP, please ask Grant before the retreat if it will be accepted.
  32. If paying the balance in USD, why should I only use notes of large denomination?
    For US Dollars (USD) only, notes of larger denomination ($50 and $100) get a better exchange rates than smaller notes ($1, $5, $20).
  33. When does the retreat usually fill up?
    Last year most people had booked before Christmas, more than 5 months before the retreat, so book early to avoid disappointment.
  34. What happens after I sign up?
    Upon receiving your non-refundable deposit, I will send you all of the information you need to know including detailed directions for you to safely and easily arrive at the retreat, ensuring your tropical experience will leave you grinning for a lifetime, enriched by beautiful memories with beautiful people!
  35. What happens if I have to cancel after paying my deposit?
    While the deposit is non-refundable, if I am notified of your cancellation far enough in advance (at least 4 weeks) I may be able to cancel your accommodation without incurring any costs, in which case I can carry your full deposit over to the following year's Thailand Adventure Retreat.
  36. Can I volunteer or take up a work exchange position?
    Several work exchange positions are available each year at the retreat. Work exchange still get to attend the majority of activities at a discounted price. The work exchange positions are typically filled more than six months in advance. Contact Grant if you would like to be considered for a work exchange position.