Beyond the Inner Critic

Six-part online course

With Laura Bridgman and Gavin Milne


Learn to recognize the inner critic and disarm it through mindful investigation and contemplative exercises.


The “inner critic” is a pattern of thought and feeling that undermines us and infiltrates our meditation practice. It keeps us striving. It keeps us stuck. The intention for this course is to show you how to disengage from painful self-judgment and enjoy life beyond the inner critic.

Gaia House teachers Laura Bridgman and Gavin Milne are offering this course in partnership with Tricycle. All six modules are delivered from the beautiful Gaia House grounds.



Each lesson will offer roughly 60 minutes of video teachings including:

  • Talks
  • Guided meditations
  • Contemplative exercises
  • Suggested themes to explore in your day-to-day life
  • Suggested program of meditation to deepen your understanding


Click here for more details and to register.


As well as the video sessions you will have access to:

  • Zoom Q&A opportunities to connect with Laura and Gavin and ask questions about the course
  • Downloadable audio files and workbooks so that you can study in whatever format suits you most
  • A forum for sharing reflections with fellow participants.



Group rates

Discounted rates are available for groups of five or more. If you’re interested in taking this course as a group or with your sangha, please click here to complete the Group Study Application form.




LAURA BRIDGMAN began meditating in her early teens and ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries under the guidance of her teachers Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Succito. Laura left the monastic tradition in 2015 and is now Staff Support Teacher at Gaia House, a retreat center in Devon, England. She has spent extended periods practicing with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya.


GAVIN MILNE has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004 and was invited to train as a teacher under the guidance of Yanai Postelnik in 2015. Inspired and influenced by other paths, Gavin is particularly interested in exploring practice wherever we find ourselves—whether in the midst of family life or responding to the wider issues of our era.




Laura and Gavin are offering their share of the revenue of this course to support Gaia House during this time of significant financial vulnerability. These teachings are therefore offered in the Buddhist tradition of generosity known as dana. There will be an opportunity to offer your own generosity to Laura and Gavin at the end of the course should you be able and feel moved to do so.