Indriya Retreat with Anthony Markwell

$32,551 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 230 people in 4 months
Help build a world-class, donation-based meditation centre: Indriya Retreat - Dhamma and Meditation Hall


Dear Friends,

My name is Anthony Markwell. From 1995 to 2006, I was an ordained Buddhist monk practicing Vipassana Insight Meditation under the guidance of some of the world’s top meditation masters in Thailand and Myanmar. Their teachings were always freely given and through the practice I experienced deep insights.


In 2013, venerable Acharn Poh, the abbot of the famous Suan Mokkh monastery in Thailand, invited me to become the resident teacher at Kow Tahm Insight Meditation Centre to share the teachings entrusted to me by my masters. For almost four years we offered monthly 10-day intensive meditation retreats. The feedback we received was of the highest order - lives were changed, traumas healed, and  purpose found.

I am now setting up a new, independent, English-speaking, donation-based meditation centre on Koh Phangan to take the practising opportunities to a new level. With your help, we will be offering monthly vipassana retreats, freely-accessible to everyone, from the middle of 2019…

To date, I have invested AUD $120,000 (EUR €75,900 /USD $85,000 / THB ฿2,700,000) to build the basic infrastructure (land, electricity and water) and about half of the meditation hall. I am seeking an equal amount to complete the project.

Come, my dear friends, I invite you to contribute to this fundraising and support me in giving meditation retreats.

Let’s join together and raise the AUD $120,000 needed to complete the construction of the meditation hall, kitchen, dining area, bathrooms and dorm.

Become a founding member of Indriya Retreat and help share the wisdom of the Buddha’s Teachings with the world.

Thank you so much in advance. Your donation means a lot to me personally. My heart is full of gratitude already. The success of this campaign means that I can fulfil my life’s purpose – guiding others to experience for themselves, freedom and release from suffering.

Background – Ten years training as a monk
I have been very blessed in this life, a wonderful family and friends, good health, and auspicious associations with the wise. From 1995 – 2006, I was ordained as a Buddhist monk and expertly trained in the Mahasi vipassana insight meditation tradition by the venerables Acharn Leua Paññavaro, Luang Por Bhavanakitti, Luang Por Visarnkemakoon, and Sayadaw U Pandita bhivamsa. Though these monks have passed away, their teachings live on through my Dhamma sharing (Dhamma means the Buddha’s Teaching).


Looking back, I feel extremely grateful for the decade of training I received in those secluded, faraway monasteries. It was a time when knowledge was passed down from teacher to student in a very personal and intimate way. When learning the Thai, Burmese and Pali languages was necessary to directly access the wisdom of the Buddha at the source. I feel incredibly fortunate that those Enlightened monks nurtured my spiritual development and skilfully transmitted the Way of Dhamma.

It wasn’t until years later, when I started to share the Teachings with others that it became clear just how well I had been instructed in the method and mode of practice, and just how deeply I’d personally penetrated the Truth. Having personally passed through the many obstacles and pitfalls of meditation with the help of my teachers, I had become a storehouse for their practical teachings. Thousands of hours of instruction in the presence of those masters had given me the abilities to guide others along the path of vipassana insight. Whether this was intentional or by design, I do not know. But what I do understand is, that this noble heritage must be transmitted to the next generation. Just as it has been for 2500 years.

Recent past – Motivation to Share the Buddha’s Teaching

In 2013, I was asked by Venerable Acharn Poh, the abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh, to be the resident meditation teacher at Wat Kow Tahm Insight Meditation Centre on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. For four years, we offered silent 10-day vipassana retreats every month, providing accomodation, meals and instruction on a donation-basis with the help of many assistants and volunteers. The monthly retreats were well attended by between 40 – 60 meditators from many countries around the world.  

The feedback we received was always of the highest order, as their faces and hearts so clearly showed. Lives were changed for the better; true meaning and purpose were found; old traumas and habits were healed and let go; and contentment, acceptance and patience were allowed to develop into joy and happiness. Many who attended and assisted on those retreats on the mountain became dear lifelong friends. For many, it was the best times of our lives.

One of the great lessons that the Buddha teaches is that ‘things change’. With the passing away of our dear MaeChee Amornpun, the chief nun of Wat Kow Tahm, it was time to move on. Having spent some extended family time in Europe, visited home in Australia, and invited to lead a few retreats in Finland, America and Russia, the urge to share was calling again…

The Project – Indriya Retreat Meditation Hall

In March 2018, I returned to Koh Phangan with the intention to build a meditation hall to offer intensive vipassana meditation retreats, and to lead a lifestyle where retreat insights can be integrated into daily life.

Importantly, I want to pass on the valuable teachings that I received from my teachers to the next generation of seekers – the meditation instructions and techniques, the encouragement, emotional support, and the interview guidance, tips and hints should not end with me. In fact, I feel it is my duty to train meditators to the level where they can lead retreats and share the Teachings in their own countries.


Indriya translates as ‘spiritual faculties’. When the five spiritual faculties – faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom – are fully matured, they result in the first-stage of Awakening, Stream Entry.

The mission is to create a dedicated centre where friends from around the world can develop their ‘spiritual faculties’, and also live and serve the community by supporting and guiding others in a useful way. Our own retreat centre, that we can return to again and again, knowing that we are welcome and supported with the necessary conditions for Awakening.  

Surprisingly, it is quite difficult to find a place to live and practice Dhamma without worrying about money and still be in an international environment. We want to change that. We want to offer a base in Thailand where you can go deep on an intensive retreat, and also have access to the offerings of the conscious community on the island of Koh Phangan.


Funding and Finances

From the beginning, I have known that I don’t have all the money needed to build a meditation centre. But with a heart full of faith, trust and confidence that ‘the Dhamma will take care’, I’ve gathered up my savings, borrowed a bit, and started the process. In fact, I wanted to do as much as I could, to demonstrate my commitment and sincerity to the project by using my own funds first – before asking for help.

So far I have committed and invested just over AUD $120,000 to make this project happen. With this crowdfunding we seek to raise funds to complete the meditation hall, a kitchen & dining area, 8 bathrooms and a dorm for 40 meditators.

How much money do we need? Will you match us?

My dear friends, I invite you to contribute to this fundraising by matching what I have already invested our meditation centre.

Let’s join together to this raise AUD $120,000 and help share the wisdom of the Buddha.

(appoximately USD $85,000, EUR €76,000, GBP £65,000, THB ฿2,700,000).

<< The gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts >>

If we can raise more than this amount, then we can start to build 30 small private wooden / bamboo huts in the gardens surrounding the meditation hall.

Who will benefit? You and Everyone.

The meditation hall will be used to offer vipassana insight meditation retreats throughout the year on a donation-basis. It will be open for everyone to experience the authentic Teaching’s of the Buddha. From the very beginning my intention is to give, share and teach the Dhamma in the same spirit in which I was trained. With your donations I am confident the retreat centre infrastructure can be built, and we can manage the centre’s expenses through donations.


Your gift to this crowdfunding campaign will help establish a meditation centre that will benefit thousands of people, including yourself, for the next twenty years. As a founding member of the Indriya Retreat, you will be welcome to participate in meditation retreats without having to pay a fee for your retreat. Indriya Retreat’s aim is to establish a giving culture. A well designed pay-it-forward system, where all retreatants can attend the retreat without concern for money, and develop the heart of Dana (giving).

I feel so fortunate to have experienced the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity). Teachers, meditation centres, and villagers all supported my journey of meditation without expectation of payment. It is my strong determination to continue this tradition. It is the way of Dhamma. It has been this way for 2500 years. With your contribution to Indriya Retreat you are giving others and yourself the opportunity to experience the Noble heritage of the Buddha – a teaching that is truly priceless.

What have we achieved already with AUD$120,000?

1.1 Establishment of Legal Entity: AUD$ 5,400 (EUR€ 3,400 / THB฿120,000)

The first step in establishing the meditation centre was the formation of a Thai Limited Company called “Indriya Retreat Co. Ltd.”, and completed in May 2018. This allows us to legally offer meditation retreats. All the appropriate visas, work permits, and tax registrations have been obtained and paid-in-full.


1.2 Securing Lease on the Land: AUD$ 39,900 (EUR€ 25,300 / THB฿900,000)

In June 2018, we located a private and secluded garden in ‘Coconut Lane’ in Srithanu. Between a small stream and a dense jungle thicket, the land is covered in many mature fruit trees, bamboos, coconut palms, and tropical plants. The total land size is six rai (9,600sqm /1 hectare / 2.5 acres). We have signed a 20-year rental contract for two rai, and the first five-years rent (2018-2023) has been paid-in-full. The lease agreement has been registered at the Government Land Titles office.


1.3 Plans & Building Permits: AUD $5,900 (EUR€ 3,750 / THB฿135,000)

In July 2018, an architect and engineer drafted the building plans for a 300m2meditation hall capable of comfortably seating 100 people. The blueprints were approved and an official building permit has been formally issued. In February 2019, a further set of plans for the construction of a kitchen, dining area and six bathrooms were submitted and a building permit will be issued shortly. All the application fees and taxes, as well as the architects’ invoices, have been paid-in-full.


1.4 Development of Utilities: AUD$ 10,500 (EUR€ 6,550 / THB฿235,000)

During August 2018, the utilities (electricity and water) were established on-site. A quality 3-phase electricity line was connected to the land. A wide 12m deep water-well was completed to ensure a year-round water supply. A 6 metre high concrete tower housing 2 x 3000 litre water tanks provides gravity-fed pressure to the site. A concrete room, under the water tanks, securely houses a top-quality water-pump and an electrical short-circuit switchboard. All materials, equipment and construction costs have been paid-in-full.


1.5 Equipment, Materials and Expenses: AUD$ 3,600 (EUR€ 2,300 / THB฿81,400)

·      Various tools and building materials,
·      Tree cutting / clearing and timber milling,
·      Ongoing accounting service, visas & taxes.


2.0 Construction of Meditation Hall (45%): AUD$ 54,700 (EUR€ 34,700 / THB฿1,237,500)

In September 2018, an experienced local contractor/builder was hired to build the Indriya Retreat meditation hall. The contract specifies a five-stage construction schedule that includes: the total price (in five payment stages), types of materials, and completion timeline. The design combines longevity and low maintenance, good ventilation and cooling, comfort and spaciousness, protection from mosquitos, rain and strong sunshine, and a beauitful outlook onto secluded gardens. Stage 1 and Stage 2 have been paid-in-full.

STAGE 1 payment (20%)
·   AUD$ 24,300 (EUR€ 15,400 / THB฿550,000)
·   all concrete construction: foundations, supports and floor.

STAGE 2 payment (25%)
·     AUD$ 30,250 (EUR€ 19,200 / THB฿687,500)
·     all steel construction: roof structure, trusses and beams.


How will we use these GoFundMe donations?

Funds generated by this crowdfunding campaign will be used to complete construction on the meditation hall. The remaining funds will then be used in the following order:

2.0 Construction of Meditation Hall (55%): AUD$ 66,800 (EUR€ 42,300 / THB฿1,512,500)

STAGE 3 payment (25%): AUD$ 30,250 (EUR€ 19,200 / THB฿687,500)
·       installation of the insulated steel roof sheeting, eaves and gutters.
·       installation of the external natural thatched roof over the steel.

STAGE 4 payment (20%): AUD$ 24,300 (EUR€ 15,400 / THB฿550,000)
·       the construction of the first floor external and internal brick walls,
·       aluminium with glass / mosquito netting windows and sliding doors,
·       installation of electricity switchboard, ceiling lighting, and ceiling fans.

STAGE 5 payment (10%): AUD$ 12,250 (EUR€ 7,700 / THB฿275,000)
·       the smooth cement rendering and painting of the surface of the walls,
·       installation of floor tiles (main hall, office, storage room and balcony),

3.0 Construction of Bathrooms & Toilets: AUD$ 13,300 (EUR€ 8,400 / THB฿300,000)

Six bathrooms have been designed that are spacious, fully tiled, with a flushable toilet, shower and clothes washing taps. There are external handwashing basins. Communal (mens and womens) screened bathing areas are included so meditators can cool-off during the day. Two additional toilets under the stairs of the meditation hall will also be built.


4.0 Construction of Kitchen and Dining Area: AUD$ 22,200 (EUR€ 14,000 / THB฿500,000)

The kitchen will be simple, spacious and easy to clean and maintain. Designed for community living and mindful group preparation of meals by the community, the building will look out on a beautiful stream and secluded tropical garden.

The kitchen space will incorporate areas for:
·      food storage and refrigeration,
·      food preparation benches and equipment,
·      gas cooking equipment and oven,
·      storage cupboards for plates, bowls, cutlery, and cups,
·      washing-up / drying-racks / rubbish disposal,
·      a drinking water filtration system and hot water urn.

The dining area will also be simple. An open covered space that provides seating on benches or floor mats for 40 people. The design will allow for self-service buffet-style meals. Additional seating will be provided in simple wooden pavillions near the stream.


5.0 Constuction of Walking Platform / Dorm: AUD$ 17,700 (EUR€ 11,200 / THB฿400,000)

Under the meditation hall is a 300sqm space that is 3.3 metres high. A wooden platform built on steel grid, supported by the meditation hall’s foundation pillars is planned. This area will be used as a covered walking meditation and yoga deck. The enclosing of half this area with simple bamboo sheet walls will initially provide basic accomodation for 30 meditators. Two convenient toilets and a storage area will also be built under the stairs of the meditation hall.


Future Plans: If we exceed our fundraising target.

When this crowdfunding is successful, and if we raise more than AUD $ 120,000, then we will start on the next phase of development. We have the opportunity to lease the land around the meditation hall for 20 (+10) years. There are 4 rai (6,400 sqm, 1.6 acres) available. It is truly beautiful land with many established shady trees perfect for meditation huts and dorms.

Ideally one rai (1,600sqm) would be used for meditation centre infrastructure, such as meditation platforms along the stream, dedicated walking meditation paths in the rambutan orchard, and a gorgeous multi-purpose open space. A permaculture vegetable, fruit and herb garden could also be established for the benefit of the retreatants.

The other three rai (4,800sqm) could be used for building accomodation for long-term retreatants. At least 30 small meditation huts made of wood / bamboo could be built in the gardens around the hall. Simple, shaded, secluded and mosquito proof the huts will provide a refuge for those who want to deepen their meditation in a private space with the support of the meditation centre’s infrastructure.  

The idea is to offer our Dhamma friends the opportunity of sponsoring a meditation hut for their own use whilst on-retreat or volunteering. The hut can then be used by others when they are absent. In this way we could establish a sustainable community to share the Dhamma, and have easy access to all that Koh Phangan has to offer.

thank you, thank you, thank you

sadhu, sadhu, sadhu


Thank you for taking the time for reading this GoFundMe. Please share this page to all those who may be interested in supporting my project. If we all share this GoFundMe with our networks of friends, then we can bring about really positive changes to many people’s lives.

Thank you so much in advance for your generosity. Please incline your mind with the volitional intention to benefit all beings. Rejoice in your good deeds and share this merit.

I’m very enthusiastic to complete this building process so I can get back to doing what I love doing – Sharing the Dhamma. I know that together we can make this happen.

May you be happy and well…

With much love and gratitude,
Anthony Markwell

email: contact@anthonymarkwell.com
website: www.anthonymarkwell.com
facebook: https://facebook.com/anthony.markwell.796
whatsapp: +668 3593 3597

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Dearest Dhamma friends,
We did it! I am incredibly pleased to announce that the Indriya Retreat crowd-funding campaign has managed to exceed our target of AUD$ 120,000 in 108 days of fundraising. A truly wonderful result and I'm very proud of you all.
Giving together for each other. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.
To the 291 donors who have contributed financially to the fund I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation: 

Thank you for your intentions to share the Buddha’s Teaching with the world. The Dhamma is a priceless human heritage and through your generous donations we will be able to offer this treasure to many more people from around the world.
Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in me personally and in our vision to build a vipassana meditation centre. I am keenly aware of the responsibilities and obligations that come with accepting your donations and their intended purpose.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement for our mission to share the teachings passed down to me by my teachers. It has been very inspiring to receive your messages of support and to know that our work is so appreciated.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to build a community where I can live and practice, guide and inspire others to experience for themselves the Truth. I am humbled by your faith and belief in my abilities to lead Indriya Retreat. 

Many people have selflessly contributed to the campaign. Money they could have otherwise used for their own families benefit has been donated for the benefit of others. Some have given well beyond their means. To those who have made these sacrifices I am in total awe of your pure intentions. My gratitude is eternal. And to all the Dhamma friends who have helped with technical, logistical, and residential support and advice, I thank you. 

I would especially like to acknowledge the contributions of Johanna Helin, Igor Budnikov and Alan Frei, our three largest donors. Without your funding our retreat centre would not be where it is today. Thank you.

To the Venerable Ajahn Poh, thank you for your inspiration and ongoing encouragement for our Dhamma project.

The latest Donation Statistics are as follows:
Total donations: AUD$ 121,840
[Equal to: EUR 75,482 – USD 84,112 – RUB 5,329,000 – THB 2,597,000]
GoFundMe page: AUD$ 30,273 from 215 donors;
PayPal deposits: AUD$ 5,066 from 38 donors;  
Australian bank deposits: AUD$ 720 from 4 donors;
Finnish (EU) bank deposits: €5,180 Euros from 15 donors;
Thai bank (Indriya Retreat) deposits: 
           57,311 Thai Baht from 15 donors,
         648,601 Thai Baht (one donor couple),
         474,980 Thai Baht (one donor couple),    
         363,594 Thai baht (collected donations by one donor);
Cash: €1000 Euro, USD$ 1400, and 60,000 Thai Baht from 3 donors.

Construction Update:
Friends, construction is continuing in a careful and meticulous manner. A lot of care is being taken to ensure the quality of the building is excellent. The tiling of the floor of the meditation hall will commence at the end of this month. The kitchen / dining hall overlooking the river has its roof on and the cement rendering will begin this week. The bathrooms / showers are spacious and private and the plumbing is planned for early next month. Electrical wiring has already commenced.

The main infrastructure – meditation hall, bathrooms, kitchen / dining hall – is now in its final stages and is already 90% paid. The final 10% payments will be transferred in Thai baht upon completion.
We already have most of this outstanding balance. However, since April, the Australian dollar / Thai baht (AUD/THB) exchange rate has dropped significantly and that means we are now a little short. We still need another $4000 Australian dollars to cover these building costs.
If you haven’t had the chance to join the fundraising yet or if you would like to contribute again, then now would be a great time to do so. :)

Accommodation - the next stage:
Friends, the next building stage for our meditation centre is accommodation. A great meditation centre requires residential accommodation that allows retreatants to stay continuously on-site to facilitate a deepening of awareness and wisdom. We don’t have this availability yet.
The temporary solution is to offer accommodation under the meditation hall on platforms with mosquito netting and tents. While this is not ideal it will allow us to open the centre. The local authorities have not given permission to build a permanent dorm under the hall although we can have a concrete floor to be used for walking meditation and yoga. In fact, it is the perfect space for that.
The long-term accommodation plan is threefold. The landowner has agreed to rent the beautiful land around the hall on a yearly basis for three years instead of the original agreement of paying five-years upfront. This new agreement (20-year contract + 10-year renewal option) will allow us to use funds for building instead of a large land rental payment at the beginning. 
Firstly, we plan to rent 2 rai (3,200sqm/ 0.80 acres) to build a concrete straight row 10-room dorm for 20 people that encloses the front of the compound.
Secondly, 20 small individual huts will be built in the shady area amongst the coconut and fruit trees. This will provide accommodation for another 20 people and cater to different needs. 
Thirdly, we plan to rent a further 2 rai so our Dhamma friends can build houses for themselves to stay for several months / years at a time. This would provide an opportunity to practice intensively in a supported environment and/or live a Dhammic life, study the texts and volunteer at the centre. Ten larger houses would have their own bathroom and living areas, and could potentially accommodate four people during a retreat if necessary. 
The next Indriya Retreat update will outline the accommodation proposal in greater detail.  In short, if you would like to build a relatively inexpensive house in a Dhamma community in Koh Phangan then start preparing. There will be a chance to build your own house and live here with us, practicing, studying and volunteering. When you are not on the island, retreatants who come for our monthly meditation retreats can use the house during retreats. 
Sound good? Stay tuned. Our meditation centre and its community are manifesting. Be a part of our vision and mission to live and share a life of Dhamma on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan.
May you be happy and well.


P.S. We plan to offer our first retreat (non-residential or camping style accomodation) in late September ;-)
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Dearest Dhamma Friends,

We are now 11 weeks into the crowdfunding campaign and I continue to be amazed and grateful at the generosity and support that we have received for Indriya Retreat. I am deeply humbled and thankful that we can manifest this project into reality with so much goodwill. Coming together, joining together to build a place where we can all live, practice, share resources and wisdom for the benefit of others is really a blessing for the world. Thank you for your trust and love.


Total funds raised to date = AUD $100,509.13 from 239 donors
[equal to = EUR 61,854 ~USD 70,312 ~ THB 2,165,008 ~ RUB 4,427,267]

The latest Dana Stats are as follows:

GoFundMe page: $AUD 27,591 from 174 donors;
PayPal deposits: $AUD 4,290.90 from 30 donors;
Australian bank deposits: $AUD 720 from 4 donors;
Finnish (EU) bank deposits: €5,080.61 Euros from 13 donors;
Thai bank (Indriya Retreat) deposits:
54,311 Thai Baht from 14 Thai donors,
648,601 Thai Baht (one donor couple),
474,980 Thai Baht (one donor couple);
Cash: €1000 Euro, $USD 400, and 60,000 Thai Baht from 2 donors.

The contruction of the meditation hall continues to impress. The steel sheeting roof is 90 percent installed with only a small section, to allow the workers access to the rooftop, yet to be completed. It looks incredible. The eaves around the entire roof are completed and painted. The walls have their first undercoat of paint. And the black aluminium mosquito-netted windows are installed. The whole building is looking very well proportioned, symmetrical and grand. A floor tiler has been sub-contracted to complete the floor tile work.

We have transferred the fourth payment installment for the meditation hall. It is now 90 percent paid. The remaining 10 percent will be paid upon the installation of the electric lighting and fans, and the completion of the floor tiling, painting and external handrails.

Construction of the bathrooms, kitchen and dining area is well underway. The foundations are complete, with the floor and pillars being completed this week. The six bathrooms will be very spacious (4x2m), with ample room for a ‘wet area’ shower recess as well as the ‘dry area’ toilet, and handbasin. Bathrooms this size will be very convenient and comfortable. The dining area will look out onto a small stream that flows through a gully filled with tropical plants. The kitchen is also conveniently positioned in the corner of the land with direct access to the carpark area.

We have paid two installments, totalling 50 percent, for these two buildings already. We aim to have all the main infrastructure completed by the end of August. Of course there will be much more work to do in the garden and in building accomodation in the next years, but at least we can open, all permits granted, in September 2019.

I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has become involved in this project. Indriya Retreat will become an outstanding meditation centre that we have built together, for each other. It really is a team effort with people contributing from all over the world. Dhamma friends, I am humbled and I am excited. The main construction phase will soon be completed and I am so eager to start sharing the Dhamma again with you.

Thank you, straight from the heart. Please take the chance to donate now if you haven’t already. We still need a little more to pay the builders for their fine work. And please continue to like and share our campaign with the world.

With deep respect, gratitude and loving-kindness,
May you be happy and well,

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Dearest Dhamma Friends,

It has been exactly two months since we launched the crowdfunding campaign. So much respect and gratitude for all the support we have received at Indriya Retreat. Donations continue to be offered and I'm very thankful.


Total raised already = AUD $96,898 from 172 donors
[equal to = EUR 59,471 ~USD 67,335 ~ THB 2,103,466 ~ RUB 4,361,169]

The latest giving Statistics are as follows:

GoFundMe page: $AUD 25,147 from 128 donors;
PayPal deposits: $AUD 2,482 from 12 donors;
Australian bank deposits: $AUD 720 from 4 donors;
Finnish (EU) bank deposits: 5,080 Euros from 10 donors;
Indriya Retreat (Thai) deposits:
54,311 Thai Baht from 14 Thai donors,
648, 601 Thai Baht (one donor couple),
USD 15,000 (one donor couple);
Cash: 1000 Euro, $USD 400, 60,000 Thai Baht from 2 donors.

The construction of the meditation hall continues. We have enough funds to pay the contractor! The roofing materials (steel sheets with nanotechnology insulation) are being installed. The look great. Minimalist and clean. The eaves surrounding the roof are also being done at the same time by a different team. So things are moving faster now!

The building plans for the bathrooms / kitchen & dining area have been slightly changed and approved. The building permit is being signed off. A sub-contractor has started work on the bathrooms/kitchen and the dining hall. The foundation holes have been dug and the steel reinforcing rods are being prepared. Concreting will commence within days. The plan is to complete the foundations (inc. footings & pillars) of both buildings as they are close together. Then we will proceed with the bathrooms and kitchen building only until completion. We almost have enough funds to finish this building. Then when more money becomes available we will complete the dining hall.

The land surrounding the hall has received a huge tidy up. It is all looking very beautiful like a tropical fruit garden. The rambutan trees are full with fruit and the durian trees have a couple of dozen prized fruits awaiting us in a few months time. There is a nice grassy lawn developing all around the hall and along the river bank.

It has been a steep learning curve this building game but it has run relatively smoothly so far. Good things take time!

Thank you so much to all of the 172 donors who have given so that many more people will have the chance to dive deep into vipassana practice. It is so gratifying that we can do this together, and I am humbled by your great generosity. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Thank you also for the 700-plus shares the GoFundMe campaign has received on Facebook. Getting the word out there to friends is is super helpful and supportive too. Keep up the good work that you are all doing to manifest our meditation centre.

With so much Love and Gratitude,

Yours in Dhamma,


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Total raised already = AUD $93,840 from 144 donors
[equal to = EUR 58,297 ~USD 64,947 ~ THB 2,066,044 ~ RUB 4,218,722]


Dear Dhamma Friends,

Seven weeks into the crowdfunding campaign and I continue to be amazed and thankful at the response of all the donors. It is truly heartening to receive beautiful messages and support from new friends and students from many years ago.

Your contributions to Indriya Retreat have confirmed the huge impact that my vipassana retreats have had, and that the Teachings are alive and well in the hearts of people from around the world.

What is really impressive is people's desire to see that others also have the opportunity to access these Noble Teaching's of the Buddha, and that they are willing to give and sacrifice for the sake of others. Brilliant.

"The gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts". I'm so pleased that we can fund our retreat centre in this way. It means that we will be able to offer retreats without a fee, thereby enabling thousands to benefit whilst opening the way of Dana (generosity) in accordance with the Buddha's instructions. Rejoice in your giving everyone.

The latest giving Statistics are as follows (in $AUD):
GoFundMe page: $AUD 23,732 from 114 donors;
PayPal deposits: $AUD 934 from 8 donors;
Australian bank deposits: $AUD 220 from 2 donors;
Finnish (EU) bank deposits: 4,818 Euros from 9 donors;
Indriya Retreat (Thai) deposits: 54,311 Thai Baht from 14 Thai donors, 648, 601 Thai Baht (one donor couple), USD 15,000 (one donor couple);
Cash: 1000 Euro, $USD 400, 60,000 Thai Baht from 2 donors.

The construction of the meditation hall is continuing. The roofing materials (steel sheets with nanotechnology insulation) have arrived and we are currently painting the underside with a high gloss white paint which looks outstanding. The electricians have done a brilliant job installing and concealing all the wiring for the 20 downlights and 10 ceiling fans in the roof frame and 12 powerpoints under the floor.

The storage / office & library space under the stairs is almost done. The black aluminium sliding windows and door are currently being fabricated in a local workshop, and the floor tiles have been selected. We are on target to complete the meditation hall be the end of July.

The building plans for 6 bathrooms / kitchen & dining area are finalised. The contractor has agreed to a very reasonable price so we will start the construction of the bathrooms tomorrow! All-in-all it is coming together.

Thank you so much to everyone who has got involved. All donations with pure intentions are so gratefully received and accepted. I am very excited that we have done this together.

The crowdfunding is about 78% complete. But we still have to secure funding for the kitchen / dining area. This is an important part of the retreat project (remember those meals? ;-)). So please if you've been putting off your donation, now is the time to join in so we can complete the kitchen at the same time as the bathrooms.

And keep sharing the news and the campaign. This is your centre too. Lets complete the funding so we can open the centre as soon as possible.

With so much Love and Gratitude,

Yours in Dhamma,
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