DATES: October 17- 27th, 2016
This is an 11 day intensive. All participants must attend the full retreat.
ARRIVAL TIMES: On October 16th we will have shared transport available from Nanning Wuxu International Airport. We will depart the airport at 2pm. Details will be confirmed with your booking. The transportation fee to the retreat venue is 200rmb/person.
DEPARTURE TIMES: On Sunday October 27th the ferry will depart the island at 1pm. Your flight departure from Nanning Wuxu International Airport can be from 4pm Domestic or 5pm International. We will also arrange shared transport from venue to Nanning Wuxu International Airport. The transportation fee to Nanning Wuxu International Airport is 200rmb/person.
HOW TO GET THERE IN GENERAL:
If you forego the shared transport from the airport, from Nanning you need to get to the Dawangtan reservoir ferry terminal to take ferry to get to Sun Moon Island.
- Nanning Wuxu International Airport to the Dawangtan reservoir ferry terminal is approx 1 hour by taxi, cost around 200RMB (~$40 AUD).
- South Nanning Railway Station to the Dawangtan reservoir ferry terminal is approx 1.5 hours by taxi, cost around 200RMB (~$40 AUD).
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sun-Moon Island is a simple natural setting. According to the Tao and the Buddhist principles water is wisdom, and the retreat is surrounded by waterways, it is also a Yin environment, having a lot of moisture year round. We will be visiting the island at its ideal time of year, the temperature around 26 - 28 degrees.
We’re very fortunate to be offered the island for this women’s journey. It is a place of stillness, ideal for deeper reflection and transformation. We will be the only people on the island, this retreat is an intimate group size with a maximum of 22 people. We will by supported by the local family who will look after us.
All rooms are shared, two or three people to a room. Rooms are simple cabins, with a balcony or view, and most have their own bathroom. The Chinese bathroom is a squat toilet, with a shower-head on the wall.
You should prepare yourself to enter the retreat as if you were headed to a quiet cabin in the forest to meditate, in Buddhist style the facilities are very simple, and it is really a nature-immersion. Our processes will be held both indoors and in nature. The invitation is to drop our usual comforts and be with nature and our inner journey without distraction.
We will have simple vegetarian food. Please notify us of any allergies in advance. We will generally have three meals a day. If you need further snacks please bring these with you. The island has its own vegetable garden, which we will tend at times. There are fruit trees growing plentifully all over the island, mango, starfruit, longyn, citrus, etc.
THREE DAYS OF SILENCE
There will be three days of silence. There is an option to sleep out on a one or two night nature solo. In which case, you will need to bring some additional equipment. If you are considering the nature solo, please tick this option on your registration form, so we can send you the additional preparation info.