I’m taking advantage of a little downtime and start a 10-day silent meditation retreat tomorrow (Saturday).  It’s a Vipassana course I have wanted to take for some time, but never really had the time to spare for it.  I’ve made some time now.


I’m booked into Dhammi Khitti which is located a few kilometers SW of Kathmandu and will get there from Banepa via bus and microbus – should be easy enough.

I’ve never done such a long silent meditation retreat, so hope I can hack it!  Will tell you all about it upon my return.

Until then

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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10 Responses to Downtime

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Hope it goes well, Kate.

  2. Patrica Butchart says:

    Morning Kate You will love the retreat. I did it in British Columbia back in the ’90’s. We were the first group in that centre as it had just been built. We were 4 to a room We were aloud to talk the first night but after midnight it was silence. So before we went to bed I talked with the ladies and said now just be patient t with each other and if someone jumps out of bed one morning with a big smile and a loud “Good morning”. Please do not be upset. Just smile and put your head down and continue with your silence. Because it did and can happen that you forget. After the 10 days the ladies said they were so grateful that I had said that because it did happen. So our room was peaceful. I knew from a previous retreat where someone got quite upset because someone was talking. And we had a wonderful experience of peace and quiet. Look forward to hearing about your experience. I would love to go to India. Once you do a 10 day you can go anywhere in the world and be of service. Peace Patrica Gananoque,Ontario

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    • Kate Coffey says:

      Wow, so wonderful to hear you have done this retreat and to hear your experiences and advice – much appreciated. I am really looking forward to it, a tad apprehensive but in a good way. Dhanybhad!

  3. Patrica Butchart says:

    Morning again I should have introduced myself. I am part of Rotary in Gananoque. I work with the Interact students at the high school. I am also involved with the Tailoring Course with Shree’s help. He is awesome. One of these days I would love to visit India and meet Shree and all the ladies that have taken our course. Blessings and have a great retreat. Peace Pat

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    • Kate Coffey says:

      I knew who you were Patricia 🙂 Shree talks of you fondly, but to visit him you will have to come to Phoolbari, Nepal, not India! Definitely plan a visit sometime, you will not be disappointed to see the great work he and his brother do for their community.

      • Patrica says:

        Shree is so sweet. And we are all so proud of him. I figure if I do get to Nepal I would also go to India and do the retreat there. So I am looking forward to hearing all about your 10 days. Breath it all in!!! Blessings. Pat

  4. jgedye says:

    Om ma wa ma wa ma te ma hi mo ha

    E ma ho ma ye ru pa ye ta dhu dhu so ha

  5. beverley says:

    “Move to your heart, Breathe.
    Close your eyes & breathe deeply – slowly —
    Fill your lungs with love & gratitude –
    Exhale each & every trouble –
    Again & again — Gratitude in — Troubles out”

    Safe & memorable journey Kate,
    Namaste xo

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