Yes, you can meditate. No, it is not painful or difficult.

Thank you for introducing me to meditation. I have only practiced it once on a budhist yoga weekend in Wales several years ago, in a room of about 200 practising budhists‎ whereby we were only guided to clear our minds and make them empty! I couldn’t do this as so many things were buzzing around in my head so presumed meditation wasn’t for me! But I really enjoyed the experience this time. I’m not particularly good at dealing with my emotions at times, and I know I keep things bottled up. The night we meditated under the gazebo, I felt overwhelmed with emotion, like the past 9 months was bubbling up inside me. You asked us to look at where we might be in the future, and for the very first time in a long time, I really felt positive about it and I could observe myself as being free and happy again. So thank you for that :-).
I get it now, it wasn’t wrong with me. I just did it wrongly. I’ll definitely continue now, it feels so good.
— Ana
“The benefits of meditation come anywhere and anywhen, but not necessarily there and then.”
— Ray

Your Meditation is Yours

expect it all. you’ll get much much more

The meditation you will learn with us will deliver the results you are seeking, and more.That’s a promise.

We will briefly review the various meditation traditions and their supporting texts and beliefs (if you wish), and then move on to a Creative Meditative practice. You can see it as an applied meditation, that will improve your life in the following ways.

Meditation at the Khao Tao temple

Meditation at the Khao Tao temple

  • enhanced peace of mind

  • greater focusing powers

  • sharper mental acuity

  • increased creativity in all areas of life

  • refined sense of self and others

  • more harmonious view of life

  • healthier and better relationships

  • a far more expansive view of the universe

  • hope, and faith and humble gratitude

  • your truth.

Supported by all else we support at O·live, Body, Mind and Soul health, you’ll learn why meditation is part of a healthy lifestyle, and how utterly easy it is to do. Many have given up on meditation, saying it wasn’t for them, or that they couldn’t silence their minds, or sit still on the floor, or - whatever excuse was made to cope with their “failure", but there is no failure in meditation, no competition, no judgement. They love our Creative Meditations.

We say, “you can fail to meditate, but you can’t fail at meditation.”

The night we meditated under the gazebo, I felt overwhelmed with emotion, like the past 9 months was bubbling up inside me. You asked us to look at where we might be in the future, and for the very first time in a long time, I really felt positive about it and I could observe myself as being free and happy again. So thank you for that :-)
I have meditated for years, gone through all the techniques, been to multiple resorts but Ray and Cristina made it a reality. It just clicked and I can honestly say that today I live a meditative (being awareness) life and I get so much more done than sitting or chanting
So honored, so grateful
Forever thankful :)
— Maria

Nature is our prefered temple - sunrise & sunset our PREFERRED timing

but honestly, anywhere and anytime is better than no meditation

I have been telling my friends about the meditation journeys. They blew me away. My friends are inspired. We may start a meditation group in Central Park...
I just wanted to thank you again. I do Ray’s imagination meditation every morning still and I love it. Really works. I thought I was born negative but I would actually say I’m not negative at all anymore.
— Stuart
I really need to thank you for your thoughts on my guitar playing. I am doing so many new and creative things that I never did before and I love every second of playing. It’s all shit, but that’s ok. I love my guitar meditation.
I was hoping to find some peace and tranquility, and I am blessed to have found that and more.
— Mary
Wow, it’s so good. Theory applied, just what we need.
— Wichy
You guys have so much energy! Is it all the meditation you do?

Whether you come to meditate or develop healthy eating and exercise habits, it's no difference. We are one. It's all connected, and the fragmented thinking that we are separate "parts" couldn’t be further from the truth, both biologically and psychologically. Think of it like this, If you eat crap food you will develop inflammation in your body, hence you won’t feel at peace. If you eat healthy food but don’t reduce your stress, you will eventually get sick. The most meditative food is healthy, vegan food.

Olive Retreat – A treat in every way! I go home a very different person – Thanks in so many ways.
— Denise
Mil miliones gracias, por todo lo que no sabia que sabia.
— Alejandro
What a life affirming, restorative and happy week. Your wonderful Olive Retreat certainly means I bring bags full of health knowledge home. You are inspiring and magnetic people – full of health and energy that you impart to your students. You are change agents. A life changing week with a fabulous collection of people.
— Catriona
There is little I can write that would capture even an iota of my unforgettable experience at Olive Retreat. This can be attributed to the many moments that made it the experience it was, but equally to the ongoing change I genuinely feel as a result of my time there.
— Bhav