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Gaia House Trustees

Being a Trustee for Gaia House

If you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees please email Sarah Abdy ku.oc.esuohaiagnull@nimda to express an interest. Please also take a look at our page about being a Gaia House Trustee for an introduction to the role.

To be a Trustee you must be familiar with and committed to the work of Gaia House and its ethos. In particular, please get in touch if you have skills and experience in the following areas; buildings & planning, fund-raising, interpersonal & communication skills, business skills & human resources.

You should be able to attend at least three of the quarterly Trust meetings, as well as other relevant meetings as required. In all, the total time commitment amounts to a minimum of one day per month.

The Board of Gaia House Trustees

Meet our current Board of Trustees, which is made up of the following members:

Michael JeffriesChair of Trustees: Michael Jeffries.
“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.”
Trevor DunkleyTrevor Dunkley
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 HamiltonSarah Hamilton
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 GingoldPeter Gingold
Peter MallardPeter Mallard
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, Retreat Support Fund Committee and Finance Committee.
Stephen BatchelorStephen Batchelor
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:

Walter YoungWalter Young
Kate MallesonKate Malleson
Sue WoodSue Wood (Provisional Trustee)