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Abiding with a Heart Imbued with Love – online retreat

A Gaia House online retreat with Catherine McGee assisted by Gail Alyward

Monday, 12 October 9am – Wednesday, 14 October 8pm

 

For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition.  Some previous experience of meditation will be helpful to participate in this retreat

The teachers:

Photo of Teacher.CATHERINE McGEE has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises working with perceptions of the body on the path of awakening and in the healing of the individual and collective crises of our times. She is an advisor to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach and collaborates with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching a Soulmaking Dharma.

Assisted by:

GAIL AYLWARD.  Gail began her Insight Meditation practice in1994 in Bodhgaya, India. She has attended many silent Insight Meditation retreats since, in India and Europe, integrating her practice with parenting and family life. In 2005 she co-founded Moulin de Chaves meditation centre in SW France.  Gail has recently been invited to train as a teacher in the Buddhist Insight Tradition.  She also teaches yoga and is a long term student and teacher in training of the Diamond approach, founded by AH Almaas.

Retreat description

In this online retreat we will explore ways of practising with the body that will cultivate restfulness, steadiness, nourishment and a coming home with our body.  As we learn to ‘abide’ more deeply we will explore the beautiful qualities of heart, loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  Learning to recognise both what impedes these natural attributes of the heart and what supports them to emerge and be more available, gives us more freedom in the ways we can find and wholeheartedly take our place in the world.

Format

This will be a three day retreat from 9am on Monday right through to 8pm on Wednesday.

Please make a place to practice in your home where you have a space, both for sitting meditation, lying meditation and enough room to do some simple movement. Please bring two shawls or equivalent and something to lie upon (like a yoga mat) and something to place under your head when you lie down. There will be some walking meditation periods which can be done off line in a place in your home or outside if you have access, or by staying on line and having the support of other meditators.

We will offer movement in this retreat and will encourage you to engage in the movement in a way that is respectful to your body with whatever strengths and limitations you might have.

Please try to come to all three practice periods each day, if you have to miss a session due to your time zone/location or because of  family or work duties  you will be able to catch up by listening to the recording that will be posted onto the retreat noticeboard.

The morning practice period is 3 hours long and is a chance to build some continuity and momentum in your practice.  In those 3 hours we will offer a range of practices that are both on and off screen and breaks will be built in.

Schedule

All times are British Summer Time (GMT +1)

Monday 12 October

9.00am Log in for 9.15am start

    9.15am-12.15pm Opening session and whole morning practice period  (with sitting, walking, lying and movement meditations and instructions – walking meditation periods off line or on line for support if you wish)

2     3.00pm-4.00pm – Practice period

4.00pm-5.00pm – Optional small groups for practice questions and exploration

3     6.30pm-8.00pm – Practice period

Tuesday, 13 October

    9.15am-12.15pm – Whole morning practice period
(with sitting, walking, lying and movement meditations and instructions – walking meditation periods off line or on line for support if you wish)

2      3.00pm-4.00pm – Practice period

4.00pm-5.00pm – Optional small groups for practice questions and exploration

3      6.30pm-8.00pm – Practice period

Wednesday, 14 October

    9.15am-12.15pm – Whole morning practice period
(with sitting, walking, lying and movement meditations and instructions – walking meditation periods off line or on line for support if you wish)

2      3.00pm-4.00pm – Practice period

4.00pm-5.00pm – Optional small groups for practice questions and exploration

3      6.30pm-8.00pm – Practice period and closing session

Using Zoom

This online retreat will use the Zoom platform. For support with learning how to use Zoom, please click here to read the guidance we’ve put together on our website. Please read the first section, ‘Using Zoom’, before registering.

Enquiries

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, you can send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk We will respond as quickly as possible, but we have a reduced team during this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual:

Dana (the practice of generosity)

At the end of your retreat you will be invited to make a voluntary offering of dana / financial support, to support the livelihoods of the teachers who have guided your retreat and help sustain Gaia House into the future. Your registration fee contributes towards Gaia House’s management and support costs and maintenance of our building and grounds. The Dharma teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless, thus the retreat teachers offer their understanding freely. Both Gaia House and the retreat teachers rely on your kindness and generosity, and are deeply grateful for your support.

You can find out more about the practice of dana by clicking here.

Dana can be offered to the teachers by clicking here –  referencing your dana “Catherine-GH retreat

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House and to the teachers through the Gaia House website:   If you are offering dana to the teachers please choose Teachers and then specify that your donation is for ‘Catherine – Abiding with Heart retreat’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

With deep appreciation for your generosity and support.

Well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

Meditation retreats can be very nourishing; however, as they require sustained meditation practice, they also need some stability of psychological health. If you have recently (within the past year or so) experienced significant trauma or psychiatric illness, or if you are currently experiencing acute emotional distress such as serious depression or anxiety, it may not be the best time for you to participate in a retreat. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Sarah using the email address, admin@gaiahouse.co.uk

 

Registrations for this retreat are now closed.