Thanks for the info guys. I'll have a think about it
Why not go to his Thanissaro Bhikkhu's monastery? Or some other monastery, if it is closer to you? There is no monetary charge, and you can go any time...http://watmetta.org/visitor.htm
I live in northern Europe and the retreat will be held there, but as a matter of fact I have been thinking about visiting California and Wat Metta sometime next year. Thanks for the tip.
I've been fortunate to visit Wat Metta, as my family all lives in San Diego. It is very much worth a trip. Be aware that Ven. Thanissaro is very serious, and really does not venture out into the laity for meet and greets. He does have telephone time set up, where people from around the world can literally call in and speak with him. "Telephone: 619-813-8461The phone is turned off most of the day, but you are welcome to leave a voice-mail. The message inbox is reviewed at the end of each day, and we will return your call upon request. It is often helpful if you specify some times during the next day or two when you will be available to avoid phone tag. If you need to speak to a monk, incoming calls are answered between 6 and 7pm Pacific Time every evening, usually by Ajaan Geoff. If, during the calling hour, you still get the voice-mail recording, it means the phone is in use, so try again in ten minutes."
I confess I have not spent an overnight there, and chances are possible that if you're perceived to be serious and mindful of the activities there, Ajahn Geoff might take some time to chat. I started out by having some good chats with some of the younger Bhikkhus there, and then Ven. Thanissaro joined in for a bit. He instructed like a dean of a great university...serious, weighty, and precise. Friendly, too. I was thrilled, to say the least. Maybe he perceived that I was not a complete Dhamma idiot...I probably fooled him on that point. My point is all of this is that he is a very serious man, and don't be disappointed if there's not a lot of one on one time with him, asking questions and rapping about whatever comes to mind. I will say that his Bhikkhus there are impeccably trained, and can answer any number of questions with great accuracy. There are also a dozen lay folk from around the world staying there and practicing, and they are separated from the main areas down the hill a bit. It may be that if one spends some days and weeks there, there would be real chances for serious one on one dialogue with Ven. Thanissaro. Be ready, though, almost as though you were an amateur physicist in 1935 visiting Princeton, and had a question for Einstein.