If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question.
I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make such an investment of time and money, I wanted to get some tips maybe, from anyone who has done so previously, so I can get the most benefit. In particular, what is the best time of the year to visit? And what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate? Any advice would be much appreciated.
There is a two-week limit for first time visitors. I stayed there for 10 days between two out of town trips by the abbot. I had a wonderful experience. The whole community is full of amazingly warm-hearted and generous people. They do not allow guests to stay when the abbot is away. I think that is partly just so the residents get some periods of not having any overnight guests to take care of.
The climate in that area is famously temperate, meaning its pretty comfortable year round. You can expect cool rain in the winter, dry heat in the summer, but neither one is extreme. Spring and fall are nice transition periods, but less predictable.
If you plan to visit, you really need to visit this site, which addresses your questions and then some... http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.