November 11 - 13 2016 Retreat

Turn the popular season of exchanging material gifts to be a spiritual present. Never ask for discount for mindfulness and effort ! Stop shopping for inner peace online !  Nurture our inner qualities and rediscover our everlasting values of love and wisdom.



Dear Everyone,


Venerable Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat, all volunteers and I would like to thank you once again for your participation in this weekend’s retreat “Gift of Love and Peace”.


We hope you have learnt some new happy ways to develop and share, and to enhance your life.


We hope some myths have been decoded and some techniques demystified J


We welcome you all back for lunch and Dhamma talk any Sunday at 11am, and to join any of our monthly weekend retreats in 2017.


I have attached a copy of the group photo and over the next week there will be many more photos of this retreat on the website.


I have also attached a copy of our chanting book for those who may be interested.


Please excuse some translation as yet to be refinedJ


Also please forgive us if anything was unsatisfactory.


We welcome your comments and feedback, and hope we may improve in ways you sudggest.


With loving kindness,






Dear Kim


I hope your surgery goes really well and I wish you a speedy recovery.


Thankyou very much for the photo and the copy of the chanting book. What a nice memory


I absolutely loved the retreat in every way -  it was a wonderful experience - the setting was so tranquil and perfect for peace and meditation - a divine environment


The food was delicious and plentiful.


Thankyou so much to Venerable Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat, all volunteers and yourself for making it possible.


I hope that there is a vacancy in February 2017 for the next retreat as I would love to attend it.


 Very best wishes 







Thank you Kim, it was truly a wonderful experience. I am looking forward to the next one.


 Thank you also for your kindness in taking care of us during this retreat. Wishing you a healthy recovery from your surgery today.


 Kind Regards,






Dear Kim


 Cecile and I had to leave after lunch due to Cecile having to catch a flight. We tried to find you to say goodbye and thank you. It was truly an amazing weekend, the work and effort that went into the weekend from you all was outstanding I thought. The biggest thank you to you all.  Thanks for the email, it was a shame we had to miss the group photo. I look forward to returning again in the future.


Kind regards








To you all at Sunnataram


 I have arrived home in Melbourne after a very special, instructive, challenging, but also very peaceful time at the monastery this past weekend. 


 I would like to thank everyone involved in making such a wonderful retreat possible for all of us who attended. I hope to be back again next year.


 Warmest wishes










Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. It was perfect in every way. The food was nourishing and yummy, the accommodation comfortable and the grounds are delightful.

I would like to book in for the retreat on March  Fri 10th –  Sun 12th.

Thank you. 








Thank you so much for a wonderful retreat. I hope I can maintain a more mindful appreciation of my life. Thank you also for the copy of the chanting book that was an unexpected extra. I have brought home two cactus to remind me of your beautiful gardens 






Dear Kim , 


 I wish you all luck & health for tomorrow & many thanks to you & all volunteers for the weekend retreat. 


Also I would like you to book me in for next retreat on February 2017 ,


Many thanks again & all the best 









Hi Kim,


 Thankyou so much, the retreat was wonderful, Pauline, Fiona and myself all enjoyed it. Sorry we had to rush off a little bit early but Fiona was really sick (womens business).


 Kind regards,




Hi Kim,

I am so happy that I got to meet the people that were there at the monastery. While I am returning back to New York soon, I will be sure to continue practicing what I have learned at the retreat.

Hนpe you have a great rest of the week!Best,



Hi Kim,
Thank you so much for having me last weekend. I had a wonderful time and your hospitality was appreciated.
The food was excellent and I particularly enjoyed the teachings.
I hope your surgery went well.
Kind regards



Hi Kim, you're probably grunting along a hospital hallway at the moment, learning all about a new won't know yourself in a while.

 Hope all is well

 Thank you for the photo - I'm still away at the moment but just wanted to pass on to you and Pra Mana and the Sunnataram family my deep gratitude for the weekend experiences...I've ventured into the Buddhist world a few times in the last 35/40 years but never had such a clear and down to earth discourse on Buddhist philosophy.

 No doubt there will be many more insights as time allows the information and discussions to unravel.

 Many thanks to you, the volunteers and all who made the weekend possible.

 Much love







Dear Kim,

 I found the weekend retreat to be a wonderful experience.  I am deeply grateful to the Venerable Phra Mana and LuongPo Sawat, yourself and all the volunteers for making it possible (the cooking and food was amazing!).  It is a beautiful Monastery.

 I feel that the ship that is my mind has been gently and lovingly steered in the right direction and for that I am again deeply grateful.  I look forward to returning to the Monastry in the future.

 All the best, with loving kindness,




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