Gaia House offers an extensive programme of silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.
Group Retreats are teacher-led and most are suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. This page answers questions about meditation practice, daily routine and retreat guidelines.
Details of individual Group Retreats and on-line booking:
Group Retreat Programme
What is a Group Retreat?
There are regular talks on a theme from the teacher(s), instructions and guidance about meditation and teacher-led discussions or interviews. Apart from the teaching (Dharma) sessions, the retreats are held in silence. More about silence. This shared experience is often felt as profoundly peaceful and safe for newcomers. More about meditation.
Are Group Retreats suitable for beginners?
Gaia House Personal and Work Retreats are suitable only for experienced meditation practitioners.
More about the Retreats that Gaia House offers.
- Please respect the silent atmosphere throughout the House and grounds.
- Please engage in at least four periods of meditation practice.
- Everyone is asked to contribute one hour of work per day to the house.
- We encourage sensitivity towards all living beings and a non-harming relationship to all life.
- A retreatant takes only that which is clearly given.
- No consumption of drugs, cigarettes or alcohol is permitted at Gaia House. (Including all areas of the house, garden and grounds.)
- Retreatants are asked to abstain from all sexual contact during their retreat
Continuity and steadiness are essential factors in the deepening of meditation. Retreatants are asked to participate for the full retreat and shorten a retreat only after discussion with a teacher. Retreatants are also requested to commit themselves fully to Gaia House and to stay within the immediate vicinity of the House and grounds, except in an emergency. Walking in the nearby countryside is fine.
The teaching and service from the Teachers, Coordinators and Volunteers at Gaia House is offered freely. Our retreat rates cover the cost of food, accommodation and teachers’ travel expenses only. During your retreat you will be invited to offer Dana (a donation) for the support of Gaia House and the teachers who have guided your retreat or practice.
Retreats FAQ: Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions about the practical side of coming on Retreat at Gaia House.
Answers to questions about Group Retreats. If your queries are not answered on this website, please contact us, and we will be happy to help.
What is the role of the teachers on a Group Retreat?
How much time is spent in formal sitting meditation?
What is meant by 'Silent' Retreat?
More about silence.
What will I do on a typical day, while on Group Retreat?
The schedule, silence, group support and comprehensive instruction combine to create an atmosphere of exceptional sensitivity, mindfulness and stillness, which support and facilitate the deepening of meditation and the unfolding of insight. As part of this shared experience, each person is asked to contribute one hour of work per day, to help the coordinators and keep the House running smoothly. More about silence.
How do I find out what each Retreat is about - and how do I book?
How to Book a Retreat: More ways to Book a Retreat and other Booking Information.
More FAQs about Retreats: The Frequently Asked Questions page is all about the practical side of coming on Retreat at Gaia House.
About Retreats: Answers to questions about the type of meditation Retreats offered at Gaia House.
Hopefully most questions are answered on this website – but if you have any other queries, please contact us, and we will be happy to help you.