Join the Gaia House Trustees
Our trustees are in the process of creating a 5 year strategic business plan to enable us to undertake some major developments in response to feedback from retreatants, teachers and staff. These include improvements to the building, creating more space and increasing the number of single rooms, developing an outreach programme and looking at different fundraising opportunities so that we can undertake these developments without raising our prices.
We need to strengthen the current team of Trustees to meet these challenges and to make the most of the opportunities present by recruiting someone with a background in finance who is familiar with Gaia House and our ethos. Whilst some experience of working with charity finance would be ideal, it’s not essential as we offer a tailored induction process.
This is an opportunity to join a committed team of practitioners who work together to exercise their personal and professional skills in the development of the dharma offering of Gaia House. If you would like to apply then please contact Diana Parratt or Siggi Streat (Co-Directors) on 01626 323880 for more information.
The Board of Gaia House Trustees
Meet our current Board of Trustees, which is made up of the following members:
|Chair of Trustees: Kate Malleson
Kate has been coming on retreat to Gaia House since 2007 and sees her role as a trustee as a way of contributing to the work of a place which has enriched her life. She is a Professor of Law and has a particular interest in the potential value of meditation in education. She is also committed to helping Gaia House to be as accessible as possible to retreatants from a wide range of different backgrounds.
“I have been involved with Gaia House in various capacities since its establishment in Devon, in Denbury – the next village – in 1984. I have been on the Board of Trustees since 1998. I live in Totnes with my family and work in Exeter at the University.”
Now retired after a career as a senior manager in the criminal justice system, Trevor works with Angulimala as a part-time chaplain teaching meditation at the prison just up the lane from Gaia House. As a Trustee he has a particular interest in the management and human resources aspects of the organisation. He sees the opportunity to serve at Gaia House as a valued element of his practice, and is keen to make what is offered more accessible to a wider public.
Sarah lives in Reading, where she works as a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice. She began meditating in 1995, and has been passionate about Gaia House since her first visit in 2008. She has a background in strategic marketing, and contributes to the Editorial Advisory Group and other communication and fundraising projects.
Peter has been attending retreats at Gaia House for over twenty years. For the last eleven years he has been Director of TippingPoint, a charity dedicated to ‘energising the creative response to climate change’, working partly through events bringing artists together with people with climate expertise, partly through commissioning new artwork. Prior to this Peter had a varied career, working in international development, business, and the arts.
After previously experimenting with various forms of meditation Peter has followed a Buddhist path since 1997. He has been coming to Gaia House on retreat since 2003 and became a trustee in 2011. He lives in Totnes and manages the Barn Retreat for the Sharpham Trust. Peter currently sits on the Gaia House Programme Advisory Group, Financial Assistance and Bursaries Fund Committee and Finance Committee.
Stephen is a teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk from 1974-8 in India and Switzerland, and as a Zen Buddhist monk from 1981-84 in South Korea. He disrobed and married his wife Martine in 1985, and then settled in the Sharpham Community in Totnes, Devon. In 1990 he became a guiding teacher at Gaia House. He now lives in France and for several months each year, he travels worldwide to lead meditation retreats and teach Buddhist philosophy. He is the translator and author of various books on Buddhism including ‘Buddhism Without Beliefs’ (1997) and ‘Confession of a Buddhist Atheist’ (2010). See: stephenbatchelor.org
Walter has practised Insight Meditation since 2008 and attends regular retreats at Gaia House. He is a director of Team Fostering, a social enterprise based in the North of England, and works internationally as a trainer and consultant supporting foster care programmes in developing countries.