Phuket Mind Centre
Whether you are seeking greater meaning and fulfillment, looking to improve your athletic performance or you simply want to reduce anxiety and stress, then Thanyapura’s meditation and mindfulness is for you.
Mind training can assist with your physical stamina and also help high-pressure corporate executives, employees, athletes and individuals to enhance productivity and creativity while helping to reduce and manage stress.
Thanyapura’s Mind Trainers will guide you in achieving mental balance & well-being through cultivating and integrating the balance in these four areas of mind: Attention, Cognition, Emotion, Conation (desire to perform an action).
“Training the mind is crucial if we want to cultivate wholesome qualities; such as vigilant attention, emotional balance, inner peace, compassion and wisdom.” – Matthieu Ricard
2016 Group Class Schedule (pdf):
FAQ with Mind Trainer Pierre Gagnon
Mindfulness is the capacity to come back to the moment. We are mindful whenever we are aware of what is happening in the mind, whether it is a sound, a sight, a body sensation or a thought. We stop being mindful when we are engaged in compulsory thinking. Then we are not the observer of our thoughts but instead, we become our thoughts.
Mindfulness is not about achieving a state of perfection where thinking is totally absent. It is not about living in a cave where you experience a pure state of bliss all the time. It is about knowing what is happening in the moment. If it is anxiety, so be it, observe anxiety in the moment. Observe it from the perspective of the body. Not observing A-N-X-I-E-T-Y as a word or a thinking phenomena but as a sensation lived in the moment. What is anxiety in the moment, it is a tension in the jaw, shoulders are up, the body gets warmer, the heart beat increases, the breath gets shorter… These are all interesting phenomena to observe. The thinking process traps us in rigidity. Yesterday I was anxious, I am anxious today and I will be tomorrow. I am trapped. From a perspective of mindfulness of the body experience, anxiety is unproblematic and allows me to get interested in this very fascinating experience lived in the moment.
Mindfulness is included in meditation but we think that we have to sit on a cushion crossed legged to be mindful or to experience the benefit of mindfulness. It can’t be further from the truth. Mindfulness can be a very active process. It is like becoming the observer of this beautiful dance that life puts in front of our eyes all the time. Instead of being numbed by concepts or thinking that we believe in, we become an interested and active observer of the miracle happening in front of us all the time.
One of the most damaging perception when it comes to mindfulness meditation is that we should suppress what we feel. Suppression is disastrous and can have catastrophic consequences in life. Mindfulness meditation wants us to be totally aware of our emotions, feelings and body sensations without reacting to them but observing them and choosing how to act. Mindfulness gives us these few seconds before we act, think or talk. It makes us really aware of the situation and allows us to acknowledge what is happening and then come up with the best action available. It’s a world of difference compare to reacting to a situation that often repeats old behavioral patterns. When mindful we become free to act, talk or think differently. We are far from a world of suppression.
The path of mindfulness meditation is not a path of perfection but more a path that allows us to live without anxiety with our imperfections. Life is not always a cakewalk and anger, sadness, guilt will cross our life, it’s unavoidable. When faced with these difficult emotions, I do my best in the moment to observe them from a physiological perspective instead of falling into a world of concepts and thoughts. I observe them in my body. I find it gives me a great flexibility on how I am going to react to them. I am not obliged to be what I was yesterday anymore. I can act in a more creative way to what is happening to me. In a way I allow myself to change. I am not anymore caught in a dictatorship of thoughts but instead experience what is happening to me in the moment. It’s for me a very freeing experience that allows all of us to change. We can live in the body instead of our thoughts. The body is more than a bag of meat, it has a lot of wisdom, we should come back to it more often.
To be mindful is not difficult, what is difficult is to remember to be mindful. Classes, seminars, short retreats have the possibility to create new habits in a reasonable amount of time. Through discussions, people can experience insights that will allow them to realize the importance of coming back to the moment. At Thanyapura we set a series of seminars that focus mostly on why we should incorporate mindfulness in our daily lives. Once we know why we do something, it becomes important and we integrate it in our life.
To be mindful allows us to feel happiness in the little things that we too often ignore in our daily life. Mindfulness is the ultimate root of happiness.
- Andrea CapellariMental Excellence Instructor & Meditation Teacher
Andrea started studying and practicing meditation in 1983 in Europe and subsequently lived for 17 years in India, Nepal and Thailand where he learned and practiced the various forms of meditation under the direct guidance of some of the greatest authentic Tibetan mystics and Thai teachers of the last century.
In that period, he also completed a solitary meditation retreat of two years.
From 2001 to 2011, he served as an interpreter for His Holiness Dalai Lama during His visits to Italy and abroad.
Having completed a Master certificate in NLP, Andrea perfectly integrates these abilities with the development of mindfulness.
Since 2006, he has been teaching meditation and mind training as well as leading intensive meditation retreats focused on the development of Concentration (Shamatha) and the development of Mindfulness (Vipassana) in Europe and Asia.
After having completed the CEBTT (Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training) in 2012 at Thanyapura, Andrea has since been successfully delivering mental trainings designed to achieve the attentional, cognitive and emotional balance of each individual.
Andrea continues to lead workshops and retreats on the topic of de-stressing and stress reduction based on meditation and mindfulness.
- Pierre GagnonMind Trainer
Pierre practiced concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.
Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them.
Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.
Prior to focusing on mind practice, Pierre’s extensive background in economics saw him participate in assessing the eviction effect of government spending on big infrastructure projects and evaluating the costs involved in judicial conflicts and the real and financial impact of tourism events. He also contributed to the financial flow economic review of Canada’s banking sector and the estimation of the impact of a modification of the Retirement Registered Saving Plan of Canada (RRSP) on the balance of payment of the country (impact on the outflow of capital).
- Beata JustkowiakPsychologist/ Life coach
Beata Justkowiak is a qualified Psychologist and Life Coach who believes that everyone is capable of being the best version of themselves. Being an athlete herself, she has learnt the power of change and the pursuit of happiness. She listens well and people value her intuitive approach and progressive attitude. She has developed methods to help people find success in their daily lives by remembering that everyone is unique. Therefore, she customizes her approach to the individual’s needs.
Whether your goals are sports-, personal- or career-related, she can collaborate with you to discover and unleash the power within yourself to make the change happen.
Beata received a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from Adam Mickiewicz University. She also holds a Certificate in Coaching from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a Certificate in Sports and Society from Duke University USA, and a Certificate in Coaching Psychology from Warsaw University, Poland.
She is a member of the International Coach Federation and an associate member of the Singapore Psychological Society.
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Thanyapura offers the opportunity to take yourself away from usual life conditions and situations and let your mind and body settle in tranquility and inner clarity.
While you enjoy an environment of peace and silence, you learn to apply breathing and mind control techniques that gradually lead to a natural state of consciousness of deep stillness and clarity and bring the nervous system to balance.
RETREAT REQUIREMENTS: There are no particular prerequisites nor the need for previous physical preparation to successfully enjoy the retreat.
RETREAT CONDITIONS: During the retreat, in order to enjoy a fulfilling period of quietness and serenity, there will be no use of electronic communication and maintaining an atmosphere of silence between the participants is warmly recommended.
ATTENTIONAL TRAINING RETREAT
(minimum 3 days)
Training designed to calm the habitual tendency to mental restlessness and enhance the faculty of attention.
The day starts with the morning session in which we learn to settle our entire being – body and mind – into a state of complete tranquility and to maintain that very physical and mental calmness and clarity through the day. During the following sessions of gradual training we’ll learn how to stabilize our own attention and awareness while our inner state of peace and wellbeing will become more and more profound.
MINDFULNESS TRAINING RETREAT
(minimum 4 days)
Training designed to calm the tendency to unconscious emotional and physiological reactions and enhance the mental state of mindfulness.
Retreat starts with sessions in which we apply deep relaxation techniques and learn to release any tension in the body completely and bring the nervous system to rest.
In a process of gradual development we’ll learn to extend this peaceful state of enhanced mindfulness towards the body, feelings and mind restoring our cognitive and emotional balance.
By gradually enhancing our inner clarity, insight, and understanding we’ll be able to recognize and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events and we’ll be peacefully fully present in our life and work, thus improving our quality of life.
Corporate Mind Program
Thanyapura offers an interactive 2-day corporate training seminar with the option of a continued series specific to your corporation.
This program focuses on using our minds to lead, influence and inspire others.
Additional Benefits of this Program:
- Removal of unproductive habits and improvement of self-leadership and mastery
- Improved handling of complexity and ambiguity
- Effortlessly focus and concentrate on multiple tasks and activities
- Skillfully manage energy, emotions and negative self-talk
- Create space for new insight and innovation
- Experience greater present moment awareness, flow and mental clarity
- Experience greater physical, emotional and mental health
- Understand the deeper forces that motivate us to achieve higher goals at work and in life
- Understand that a culture of absence of trust is symptomatic of deep problems in an organization that forbid it to excel
Individual Mind Programs
Thanyapura offers interactive 2-day training seminars to focus specifically on your personal area of interest. Available for corporations, individuals, and athletes.
Optional Program Topics:
- Trust and empathy – the essentials to work and life.
- Emotional intelligence -How to improve performance, leadership, and overall well-being.
- Teamwork – Achieving accountability to reach your goals.
- Communication -Dealing with change in an open and creative way, while adapting our communication style.
- Goals -Making it a priority to prioritize.
- Life-work balance – Generating energy and improving our life-work balance as it increases our performance.
Team Mind Workshop
15,000 THB/120 minutes
This workshop is designed for teams/ athletes in training, offering mental training to develop all necessary strategies, improving performance and strengthening competition preparation.
The workshop is three days consisting of two sessions per day. Two hours of morning and evening sessions is the minimum time to allow athletes to understand more about their mental strategies, but more importantly practice it and receive feedback on the process of improvement and progression. Trainings take place from Thursday to Sunday.
Team has a choice of 3 from 5 Topics:
- Topic 1 – Concentration: pre, during & post performance
- Topic 2 – Stress management: emotions, pressure, and expectations
- Topic 3 – Goal setting: Individual & team’s goals
- Topic 4 – Communication & Squad cohesion
- Topic 5 – Setbacks and injuries, Visualization
Private Consultations (Online or at Thanyapura) 2,000 THB/60 minutes
Group Class Drop In 550 THB/ 60 minutes
Mind Coaching will address specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in your personal life, relationships or profession by reviewing what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.
Private Consultations 6,000 THB/60 minutes
Helping people find success in their daily lives by remembering that everyone is unique. Focusing on personal development, providing support in making the right moves for increased performance, efficiency and life satisfaction. Everyone is capable of being the best version of themselves in just one simple step – being ready to make a move. Know the power of change and the pursuit of happiness. Available from Thursday to Sunday.
Private Sessions 2,000 THB/ 60 minutes
Group Class Drop In 550 THB/ 60 minutes
Thanyapura offers concentration and insight meditation to athletes, individuals, and corporations. You will learn to successfully apply breathing and mind control techniques that gradually lead you to a natural state of consciousness, allowing the capacity to develop a sustained attention which
Thanyapura’s Mind Centre Customer Comments:
Name: Zahir Dasu
Occupation: Diplomatic Service (UK)
Previous experience: None.
Benefits: See below
I came with some specific training objectives in mind. The retreat didn’t only meet these expectations – it totally exceeded them.
The nature of my work (in difficult and often conflict countries) means I carry a lot of mental baggage. And stress. At the same time, a previous visit to Thanyapura convinced me the mind was a key for me to excel at my chosen sport (tennis). I hoped to leave the 7 day programme with a sense of mental calm, and some specific tips to improve my tennis.
What I found at the end of 7 days was more than this. I felt a more general sense of wellbeing, that might transcend into each area of my life: My work, my family, my children. More than this, I felt more complete as a person. With a better idea of my thought process, my emotions, and an ability to control them.
Quite apart from this, my objectives were also met. I immediately found a sense of calm while playing tennis (which has been absent recently). This meant apart from playing better, i also enjoyed playing more, with less stress! An ability to focus on the ball, instead of the many other thoughts running through my mind. And as a bonus. I found my swimming performance improved! Not being a swimmer, I never swam more than 1km at one time. Suddenly, while focusing on techniques Andrea taught, I found myself swimming twice this distance, with minimal effort!
Other than these benefits, the training was most pleasurable, partly due to Andrea’s style. Very open, welcoming and warm, while at the same time guiding through the complexities of the mind. His persona conveys warmth and patience, something he needed lots of given my tendency to be easily distracted!
I will stay at Thanypaura another 2 weeks (almost). By spending time with Andrea, I know I will get more pleasure from the many activities Thanyapura can offer. More than this, when I leave, I will take the image of Andrea and the mind training with me – this will remain my oasis of calm.
Thank you to Andrea, and thank you to Thanyapura,