“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
— G. K. Chesterton
All official group activities, events, excursions, transportation, and meals are included in the program at no additional cost.
Schedule / Itinerary:
Day 1 (Sat, June 6): Arrive in Chiang Mai; Check in to Eurana Hotel; Meet in Eurana Lobby at 6 PM for an orientation meeting followed by a nearby Welcome Dinner
Day 2 (Sun, June 7): Adjustment to Chiang Mai – Explore & Enjoy!
Day 3 (Mon, June 8): Group Breakfast at 8:30 AM & Begin Volunteering with Local Organizations; 1st Reflection Session in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 4 (Tues, June 9): Volunteer
Day 5 (Wed, June 10): Volunteer
Day 6 (Thurs, June 11): Volunteer; 2nd Reflection Session in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 7 (Fri, June 12): Intro to Mindfulness Meditation at nearby Bodhi Tree Cafe at 10 AM (meet in the Lobby at 9:45 AM, earlier if you want breakfast); Volunteer
Day 8 (Sat, June 13): Field Trip to Craft Factories, likely including silk, cotton, lacquerware, silver, celadon, paper/umbrellas, etc. (meet for breakfast around 9:30 AM, depart at 10 AM; bring water, snacks, and money as well as anything you might want to get painted by the artists at the paper/umbrellas factory). Group veg lunch included.
Day 9 (Sun, June 14): Free Time to Explore Chiang Mai
Day 10 (Mon, June 15): Volunteer; 3rd Reflection Session in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 11 (Tues, June 15): Chiang Mai University?
Day 12 (Wed, June 17): Volunteer; Group Dinner at 7 PM (meet in the Lobby at 6:40 PM)
Day 13 (Thurs, June 18): Volunteer; 4th Reflection Session in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 14 (Fri, June 19): Group Breakfast at 7:30 AM; Overnight Field Trip to Elephant Nature Park (we’ll depart around 8 AM, so be in the Lobby before then) (bring water for hydration and bring sun lotion and bug repellent, if desired, and dramamine if you’re susceptible to car/motion sickness). Veg buffet meals included. Everything else is irrelephant.
Day 15 (Sat, June 20): Return from Elephant Nature Park; Summer Solstice
Day 16 (Sun, June 21): Free time to Explore Chiang Mai; Fathers’ Day in the U.S.
Day 17 (Mon, June 22): Volunteer; 5th Reflection Session in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 18 (Tues, June 23): Volunteer
Day 19 (Wed, June 24): Group Breakfast at 7:30 AM and All-Day Trek with lots of hiking, time at a waterfall, veg lunch in a village, and then relaxing bamboo rafting (wear bathing suit under clothes for waterfall/swimming/rafting; wear good comfortable shoes for a long hike; bring water for hydration and snacks; bring sun lotion and bug repellent, if desired, and dramamine if you’re susceptible to car/motion sickness)
Day 20 (Thurs, June 25): Free time to enjoy Chiang Mai
Day 21 (Fri, June 26): Monk Chat at Mahachulalongkornrajavidayalaya University (MCU) at Wat Suan Dok from 10 – 11:30 AM (Dress temple-appropriate and meet in Lobby at 9:40 AM); 6th/Final Reflection Session and Group Debrief in Lobby at 6 PM
Day 22 (Sat, June 27): Group Breakfast of Exile at 9 AM; Program Concludes After Breakfast
If there is ever anything you would like to discuss, clarify, ask, request, or anything else, please feel free to contact me or anyone else who might be appropriate or useful.
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