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The Gaia House Vision

buddha bowl flowersGaia House offers Insight Meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.

Our aim is to help people awaken to the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths:

  • Fully knowing suffering
  • Letting go of the craving that causes suffering
  • Experiencing the cessation of such craving
  • Cultivating the Eightfold Path that leads to the end of suffering

Our environment is one of silence, rural tranquillity, simplicity of lifestyle, sensitivity to the needs of others, and a commitment to ethical behaviour, compassion, loving-kindness and generosity.

We offer a year-round programme of weekend and week-long group retreats. Additionally, we cater for long-term solitary meditators and work retreatants.

As an Insight Meditation centre, we are affiliated to the ‘Vipassana’ (Insight) movement that began in the Theravada schools of Buddhism at the beginning of the twentieth century. As it has evolved, the Vipassana community has embraced other styles of Buddhist practice and other traditions in seeking to establish a culture of awakening in our contemporary world.

To teach our retreats, we invite teachers primarily from the Vipassana/Insight Meditation tradition, but also from other Buddhist backgrounds and traditions, who are committed to realising our purpose and respecting our practice environment.

We encourage and support the development of meditation and study groups both locally and nationally, and seek to establish harmonious relations with like-minded communities and organisations worldwide.

We are open to all, irrespective of religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. We do not seek to convert others to our vision or to discriminate against those who hold differing views. We are committed to supporting the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of all who reside and work in Gaia House.