Welcome to the Fruit House Retreat 2018!
Please read through this page, which has a multitude of important details, which we think you will find very helpful.
Fruit House Retreat Details
January 11-20, 2018
Fruit House Retreat Schedule
Please take a few minutes to check out the Fruit House Schedule of Exclusive Events to familiarize yourself with the flow of the 10-Day Retreat.
Check in at the Fruit House is between 1pm-6pm on Thursday, January 11th. You are responsible for your transportation to the Fruit House. Once you book your plane ticket, please let us know when you plan to arrive at the house.
Check out is at 10am on Saturday, January 20th.
Retreat Location & Transportation
The Fruit House location is called Viva Chiang Mai Homestay. You can find the address and detailed directions here. We ask that you acquire your own transportation to the Fruit House, which you can find more information on how to do here.
Google Maps & Uber
If you have an unlocked cell phone, we recommend buying a Thai SIM card for it at the airport so that you can use it while you are here. If not, using your phone with WiFi is still very helpful.
We have found Google Maps to be very convenient for finding our way around the city. For a link to the FWF map, click here.
We also recommend downloading Uber, if you do not already use it, for ride requests. Uber is in Chaing Mai and is a super helpful way to get around the city and to arrive at your precisely desired location.
Getting Local Money @ The Airport
We recommend taking out money from an ATM or exchanging money at the airport so that you will have Thai Baht right away.
Food Upon Arrival
We are looking forward to greeting you upon your arrival with fresh fruit and greens and helping you settle in. So, if you are unable to go to the market before arriving, worry not. The following morning we will have fruit available, and transportation to a market arranged before heading to the park for the first public meetup. We will have other market trips arranged throughout the week as well.
Sharing space is what the Fruit House Retreat is all about and we encourage everyone to enjoy this element of living in community during these 10 days, learning how to do so with your house and room mates in a loving and compassionate way.
Kitchen & Food
The Fruit house has one shared indoor kitchen space one shared outdoor sink and food prep area. There are multiple areas with seating and tables for eating. There are dishes, knives and utensils all available at the homestay. In addition we have purchased a number of bowls, cutting boards, knives and a blender. We ask that you only bring plant based foods into the Fruit House during your stay.
Attendance at Fruit House Activities
We ask that everyone to come to the opening circle at 6:30pm on January 12th so that we can get to know one another. We encourage you to attend all of the Fruit House activities, but more so to do whatever feels best for you. Events will start promptly. You can review the full schedule here.
If you plan to attend yoga classes, we encourage you to bring a yoga mat if you have one, as the mats at the house are limited.
Thai plumbing is different than other parts of the world. The Fruit House has some of the best plumbing we have seen in the country. Toilets are equipped with a bidet at the Fruit House and toilet paper goes in the waste basket as opposed to down the toilet. Showers utilize on demand electric to heat up the water, so while there is an unlimited amount of hot water, the pressure and temperature is not always as high as in western bathrooms.
Reserving Festival Transportation in Advance
Brianna will be coordinating transportation to all the meetups from the Fruit House. Please let her know at least one day in advance if you would like to reserve a spot in a tsongtoa (collective taxi). She will have sign up sheets available.
We will provide transportation to all meetups (which you will need to sign up for in advance), included within the transportation fee you paid up front. Most days return transportation will be provided as well, such as the days we take a long excursion. However, for local meetups, you will be responsible for organizing your own return transport at your desired time of departure. We set it up this way because people tend to break off in groups at this time to do things while we are out in town. We recommend having the address for Viva Chiang Mai homestay on you at all times.
If you are interested in biking, there are multiple places to rent bikes in Chiang Mai and there are lots of options varying in price and quality. On the map, we have one such rental place marked (WK Bikes), and there are other options on this same road. There will be no organized group of bikers leaving from the Fruit House, however there are often groups that leave from the park to ride to the public meetups together. Check the Facebook group and event for each meetup to reach out to other bikers and plan your timing accordingly. It takes about 20 minutes to bike from the fruit house to the park.
We are big fans of packing light, and both have specific videos of packing for Thailand if you are curious what we bring. Some key items we suggest are insect repellent, a warm layer such as long pants and a sweatshirt for the evenings and early mornings, and eye mask and earplugs, and a notebook if you enjoy journaling.
Requesting a Special Meal on Your Flight
If you are interested, you can call your airline to request a special meal. Most airlines require 24 hour notice and most have a plant based option and some will even give you just fruit and green salad if you ask for it.
Have more questions about the retreat? Learn more here!
Public Festival of Meetups
FWF Public Meetups Please check out the full schedule of public meetups and join all the public meetups that you plan to attend on this page. While donations are encouraged and not required for anyone to attend the festval, we especially feel like we do not expect donations from retreat members, though of course if you feel drawn to contribute, we would be honored. We will have organized transportation for all of them from the Fruit House Retreat, but you will need to reserve your spots in the collective “tsongtoa” taxis in advance.
FWF Facebook Group Please join the FWF Public Facebook group. We will share updates there throughout the festival. You will be invited via email to a private FB group for Fruit House Retreat attendees only about 1 month prior to the start of the event.
Check out the FWF Google Map, which has all of the meetup locations marked, as well as awesome places to eat and explore around Chiang Mai.
Have more questions about the festival, travel, or living in Chiang Mai during your stay? Check out the FAQ page.