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Awakening in Stillness and Movement: A home retreat online together

A Gaia House online retreat with Martin Aylward and Gail Aylward

Wednesday, 30 September – Sunday, 4 October

Suitable for all, all are welcome.

The teachers:

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MARTIN AYLWARD began practising Dharma aged 19, spending several years in Asian Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He is co-founder and resident teacher at Moulin de Chaves Retreat Centre in France, and of online Dharma platform WorldwideInsight.org. Martin directs teacher training at Mindfulness Training Institute and leads retreats worldwide. For information on his teachings and schedule visit MartinAylward.com


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GAIL AYLWARD attended her first retreat in Bodh Gaya in 1994. Since then she has lived and worked continuously in meditation centres, as well as bringing up her 2 children. In 2005 Gail became co-founder and director of Moulin de Chaves Meditation Centre in S.W. France. Alongside assisting Martin Aylward on some retreats, Gail is a qualified yoga teacher, offering yoga classes at Le Moulin and locally, emphasizing embodied awareness. She has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2005.


Retreat description

This retreat, cultivating mindful awareness and inquiry through meditation and movement practices, has been moved online. We will focus on the developing and deepening of meditative awareness and its integration into your home environment. This is a powerful opportunity to explore both the habitual patterns of home life, and the liberating possibilities of awakening in the midst of them.


We will offer a daily structure of online teachings, meditations and movement sessions. You are welcome to participate fully or partially as your availability allows.

Please see the schedule below:


Times are British Summer Time (GMT+1)

Wednesday 30th September

6.50pm Join the session (7.50pm CEST)
7.00pm Opening Session- Introduction (8.00pm CEST)

Thursday to Sunday

9.00am — Instructions / Talk
9.20 am — Guided Sit
10.00 am — Question and Answer Session
10.30 am — Walking Meditation
11.00 am — Silent Sit
11.30 am — Walking Meditation or Small Groups
12.00 pm — End of Morning Practice

(please note that the times are approximate)

3.00pm- 06.00pm   Afternoon Practice (4.00pm CEST)
to include
Movement Session
Guided Meditation/Silent Sit

7.30pm – 09.15pm   Evening practice (8.30pm CEST)
to include
Dharma Talk
Guided Meditation/Silent Sit


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.


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 collectively by clicking here –  referencing your dana “GH retreat

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House through the Gaia House website.

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 Susanne using the email address, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Thank you for your interest, registrations for this retreat are now closed.