7 day 'Buddhism and Feminism' course in Chiang Mai

International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP) announces a 7 day course for women, May 14 – 20, 2008, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The course, Allies for Social Change: Buddhism and Feminism, will bring together an international community of women to learn and share with one another. The workshop will focus on bringing a Buddhist feminist framework to cultivating inner peace while engaging in social action in our communities and the world.

What will be offered in the course?

  • An introduction to Buddhist teachings
  • Applying Buddhist and feminist concepts for reflection on personal life experiences and contemporary social issues
  • Understanding the intersections of engaged Buddhism and feminism and how each supports the other
  • Building peace within through daily mindfulness practices
  • Daily meditation and yoga

Who is the course open to?

We welcome women of all ages, cultures, religions, and sexual preferences to join us for the course. We are seeking women who are engaged in social change or are interested in doing so. The course requires participants to be open to sharing, learning, and challenging themselves in a safe and supportive environment. The course will be limited to 20 participants.

What are the intended benefits to women who participate?

  • Building a supportive community of women from diverse cultures and regions who have a common commitment to social change.
  • A forum for women from the Global South and North to interact with one another with mutual respect and understanding.
  • Time and space for personal growth and reflection in a supportive environment
  • Time and support to build peace within through daily yoga, meditation, mindfulness practices, and periods of silence
  • Simple living in a rural Thai village, healthy, organic food, and peaceful surroundings.

Dates, location and fees:

The course will take place May 14 – 20, 2008 near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Participants should plan to arrive in Chiang Mai by 13 May. Accommodation and the workshop are at Ban Than Tip, the training center of IWP, located in a rural Thai village about 40 minutes north of Chiang Mai.

There will be another held on July 20 – 29, 2008.

Course fees: sliding scale of $300-$450 USD for women living in the Global North, and $150-$200 USD for women living in the Global South. Fees cover the 7-day course, including training fees, food, accommodation, and transport from Chiang Mai to the training center.

Contact Ginger Norwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and reserve a space in the course.