This Insight Meditation retreat, which is particularly relevant to those teaching or training in mindfulness-based applications, will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipatthana discourse given by the Buddha. It is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable.
Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.
This retreat is not suitable for beginners and is specifically designed for therapists in teaching or training of mindfulness based interventions. This retreat is not a clinical skills workshop.
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.
CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House. She has been leading Insight Meditation retreats worldwide since 1976. She is a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of a number of books including Woman Awake, Way of Meditation, and co-author of Soul Food. Recent books include Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.
Listen to one of Christina Feldman's Talks given at Gaia House on 24.09.2013: Swimming Against the Tide (Duration 61:35)
JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. He was initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India and subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He has lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and at present he is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. He has been teaching meditation for over twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.
Listen to one of John Peacock's Talks given at Gaia House on 12.09.2015: The Skill of Remembering(61:58)
JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.
Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard's Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)
Retreat Code = 17159
C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully
E = experienced
Friday 22 September 2017 - Friday 29 September 2017 (7 nights)
Standard Rate:  £385 - Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate: £327 - Available if you cannot afford the Standard Rate
Sponsor Rate: £462 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
For additional help with retreat costs, other options are available
Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night - Conditions apply - please see box
This retreat is full - we are now operating a waiting list
- To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
- Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
- Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
- We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
- Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.