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Gaia House Trustees

New Trustees for Gaia House

Following a recent Governance Review that will provide the groundwork for planning Gaia House’s future development, we have identified the need for additional Trustees.

We are looking for people who are familiar with and committed to the work of Gaia House and its ethos, and particularly (but not exclusively) with skills and experience in the following areas; buildings & planning, legal, fund-raising, interpersonal & communication skills, business skills & human resources.

This position offers the opportunity to use your skills in working with other committed Dharma practitioners at what promises to be an momentous time in the life of Gaia House.

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.

Please take a look at our page about being a Gaia House Trustee for an introduction to the role.

If you would like to join our Board of Trustees please email Sarah Abdy ku.oc.esuohaiagnull@nimda for an application pack and further information.


The Board of Gaia House Trustees

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

Michael Jeffries

Chair 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 Dunkley

Trevor 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 Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah is based in Reading, and has been a Trustee since 2009. She has a background in marketing and communications, and works as a consultant in the Tourism sector. Sarah is also a practising psychotherapist.

 

Peter Gingold

Peter Gingold

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

 “I’ve been coming to Gaia House since 2003. It has made such a big difference to my life. I started coming to trustee meetings in 2010. I live in the middle of London, near Victoria Station, but I love coming down here when I can. I work at BT, where I am responsible for the company’s strategy, regulation, public policy and product portfolio.”

Peter Mallard

Peter 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.

Justin Andrews

Justin Andrews

Justin has lived and worked at Gaia House as a work, personal and group retreatant, as a Reception Coordinator, and as the finance assistant to our venerable finance manager. “It is a pleasure to now serve as a trustee of Gaia House.” He now serves as a Chaplain in Dartmoor Prison teaching Meditation and Buddhism, as well as counselling both in prison and in private practice in Ashburton and Plymouth. Justin lives locally and enjoys all the pastimes this wonderful part of the world offers with his partner and young son.

Stephen Batchelor

Stephen 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: stephenbatchelor.org