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The Family Retreat 2017

[We are sorry, this retreat is now oversubscribed and we are no longer inviting applications for 2017]

This retreat welcomes adults and children of all ages for a long-weekend of Dharma teachings, meditation, discussion groups, games and sharing responsibilities.

Please note that only the Hermitage Wing remains silent during this retreat.

As childcare is not provided for children under three years, we strongly suggest (but do not require) that such children are accompanied by two adults. This will enable childcare to be shared so that each adult can participate more fully in the retreat.

We would love to be able to offer a place to everybody, but most years this retreat is likely to be heavily over-subscribed. When we allocate spaces to people, we do so by taking into account all sorts of things like the size of the children’s groups and the age range within them, the size of the rooms we have available for families to stay in, making sure there are spaces for single parent families as well as other types of family group, and keeping spaces available for those who haven’t been to Gaia House before as well as those who have.

Family groups do not share accommodation with other family groups.

It’s complicated to fit everything together, so we very much appreciate your understanding, as well as your commitment to attending the retreat, should you be offered a place.

The deadline for all applications is 31st January 2017. We will let you know if you have been offered a place during week commencing 13th February 2017. Deposit payments will be due by 28th February 2017.


PAUL BURROWS is a student in the Insight Meditation tradition. He trained as a teacher with Christina Feldman, co-founder of Gaia House retreat centre and he now leads courses internationally. His exploring has led him through the monasteries and retreat centres of the Kathmandu Valley, India and the UK and through periods of intensive retreat practice in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He is now making a home in North London. Awakening City.com

Listen to one of Paul Burrows' Talks at Gaia House on 22.12.2015: What's With All This Meditation Then? (Duration 48:30)

LAURA BRIDGMAN (KOVIDA) ordained with Ajahn Sumedho and practised within the monastic setting for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun.

In 2015 she left the monastic tradition in order to continue her Vipassana practice in lay life and pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path.

Retreat Code = 17153

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 4 August 2017 – Monday 7 August 2017 (3 nights)

Standard rate Supported rate Sponsor rate
Adult £183 £156 £220
Child (age 3-16 years) £93 £78 £111
Child (age under 3 years) £27 £24 £33
Retreat is Full
This retreat is now full.