theRIVER World Gathering
Thailand 2018, Oct 9-12th
155€ or 6,000THB
(*check in 8th - check out 13th)
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What is it?
It's time! We are gathering again to share life, experience and dreams. It's time to pray together, eat together, and get a vision for what is possible with God.
This year it has to be Asia. As long as there has been a spiritual traveller scene, Asia has always been at it's heart. Thailand itself regularly attracts more backpackers than anywhere else on the planet. They come for the promise of adventure, spiritual enlightenment, and the constant journey to "find self". And its a truly global destination, people come to Thailand from every corner of the planet.
Its our feeling that all of us who are serious about exploring the life and message of Jesus and sharing those deep truths with travellers need to experience what Asia offers. And we need to pray about how to see travellers everywhere with God's eyes and know what to do next.
If you share our common dream of sharing Jesus with backpackers, no matter where you are make your way to theRIVER gathering to discover what our future together could be like.
Get a feel from our videos of other gatherings...
Where it it?
Location: Baan Klang Doi Resort
and Spa 190 Hangdong-Samoeng Rd,
Hangdong, Chiang Mai 50230
The gathering itself starts at 8:00 on the morning of the 9th and lasts until 4:00 on the 12th.
Of course people will need to check in on the 8th and check out on the 13th, since as usual the location's check out cut off time is around noon. The costs for the gathering quoted above covers these dates only. You are welcome to come earlier and/or stay later, and naturally additional cost will apply.
The full fee is applicable even if you attend at the gathering for fewer days. This is so we can be sure to cover all the cost and have space for everyone who would like to attend. If you feel that you have a special case, please contact us about this in advance.
Tea, coffee & some snacks. Amazing coffee will be available for purchase right at our location.
All your meals from breakfast on the 9th until lunch on the 12th. Thai food, Yum!
Your accommodation from the 8th-12th.
How do I get there?
If you are flying in, there is a shuttle between Chiang Mai Airport and the location of the gathering! Just let us know on your RSVP if you would like a lift. This airport shuttle is included in the cost, so you pay nothing. You will have to inform Baan Klang of your arrival time.
Transportation is so simple in Thailand that getting there yourself is a good option if you don't want to have to coordinate the free shuttle. There are many Rot Deng right outside the door of the airport. These are a large red trucks that can take you and your group right to the gathering for an extremely cheap price. Taxis are also available in the same place. Just give them the name and address of the place, posted above under the section "Where?".
What are we doing?
We will be posting the exact session schedule here as it develops, and as we hear your input. Here are some things that will be happening for sure, because this is what we are all about.
What we will be spending our time doing;
-Sharing meals, sharing stories, and getting to know each other to build a strong sense of community that can carry us forward. This is the heart of theRIVER.
-We will spend time in worship and prayer, keeping God in the centre of all that we do. We are deeply committed to being a vibrant spiritual community.
-We will be learning together and discussing topics that are vital to help each other. We will hear from people who have experience and a lot to share, and we will give you a chance to be heard in workshop settings. The gathering is designed for growing in awareness and understanding.
-We will be problem solving together. Maybe your big issue is fundraising, or maybe its getting more people to help you fulfill your vision. We want to know if we can connect you with someone who may be able to help.
-We will be learning how to generate and capture the best ideas, so we can solve real problems together.
-We will help you begin to get a glimpse of the bigger picture and see whats happening around the world.
This is what theRIVER sessions will look like;
-Workshops where we roll up our sleeves and work with each other directly, using time tested formats like the World Café and others.
-Times devoted to exchanging our christian practices with each other, some sessions will be designed to allow us to experience those things together.
-Teaching presented by trusted and experienced people who will help spark ideas and maybe even plant God's vision for something in you.
-Ceremonial sessions where we come together and do something symbolic and beautiful together to enrich our lives.
-Times of fun and exploration. There may be hikes or adventures available, we will make open times where we can just be together. For us, these times are just as important as the time we spend overcoming obstacles and praying together.
What should I bring?
Bring your instruments! Our worship times can be open to all makers of music. If you are willing to jump into songs (some you may know, others will be new), please bring an instrument you love and play along. Lets make spontaneous music together.
Bring your book recommendations! We will have a pin board at the Gathering as a place to share resource recommendations and ideas. Bring your book recommendations and resources that have inspired your community. If you have some spare space room maybe you can even bring a book so people can have a look.
Bring something from your unique location. Its obviously not a requirement, but we would love to get a sense of who your are and where you live. It can be as simple as a shell from a beach you love to pray on. Load your phone up with photos, anything will do.
What should I do to prepare?
RSVP, fill out the survey, and be prayerful about joining and engaging in the gathering. This gathering is not for only sitting and absorbing, it is a beautiful opportunity for discussion, sharing, and learning with others who share your passion for Jesus and travelers! Cultivate an open heart and mind for learning and dreaming. Most of all seek God and come ready to be involved in something big! Please RSVP by Sept 1st!
Who is this gathering for?
theRIVER Gathering is for you! Especially if...
- You are involved in a community focused on spiritually seeking travelers and backpackers from around the world. You might be volunteering, pioneering, or making your plans, but you are in the process.
- You have a call to travelers or a vision for a community but don't quite know what to do next.
- You are really ready to pray, plan and move. This gathering will be about your next step, so be ready for action. No spectators please! :)
Now that you know what its all about, take a moment to RSVP, It really helps us prepare for you.