When attending meditation


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There are two meals a day during the retreat, breakfast at 7 am, and lunch at 11am. There is also welcoming Thai food for the participants on the first day of activities, and farewell food for the final day.

The food provided is ovo-lacto vegetarian, which means it might contain eggs and milk. Sadly it is not possible to cater for a strict vegan diet. Chili and other spices are used in the cooking.

Filtered water and hot water are provided for drinking.

If you have special dietary needs due to illness or allergies, please contact us to confirm that the kitchen staff will be able to accommodate them.


Retreatants are requested to wear modest, loose-fitting clothing at all times. Please read and follow Kow Tham's Dress code.

We can be understanding how the calmness and peacefulness of our clothing reflects our care for the experience of our companions. Also keep in mind that we are on the grounds of a Thai monastery, and a part of traditional Thai culture.


There are many different sitting options, including meditation stools, chairs, cushions, and mats in many sizes, that will hopefully allow for a satisfactory meditation experience.


Keep in mind that Kow Tham is built on a hill. Steep paths and stairs connect the various parts. There is a steep road between the dining hall and the meditation areas, and stairs to the dorms and on the paths between.

Special needs when attending meditation

We will try our best to make your stay at Kow Tham as convenient as possible. However it is not possible to cater to everybody’s little needs and wants. The best approach is to let go of what you are clinging to, if it is a source of suffering.