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Building the future of Gaia House

Help us fund vital work to ensure we can continue to deliver Gaia House’s transformative work now and into the future.


Since we moved to our beautiful, peaceful site in West Ogwell in 1996, there have been no major structural improvements made to the building. In fact, the house remains pretty much the same as it did 50 years ago, with the last major upgrade in 1967 when the Garden Wing was built.

Yet, the demand for what Gaia House offers has increased significantly over the last 20 years and our facilities are stretched to the limit.

To address the challenges that we are experiencing, we plan to deliver a significant development project that will enable our site to catch up with the vast numbers of people now visiting Gaia House each year and help us to increase accessibility.

The aim of these plans is not to increase our capacity but to provide a better environment for all those who visit, reside and work at Gaia House.

Our Stage 1 plans will enable us to improve facilities for group retreatants by doubling the number of single rooms we can offer and increasing the number of toilets and showers available. In addition, we will be able to create an additional ground-floor single bedroom and bathroom for wheelchair users, improve our coordinator accommodation, create a self-contained resident teacher living area and minimise disruption to the retreat space by moving our offices outside the main house.

The total cost of our Stage 1 improvements is £1.3 million, £350,000 of which has already been raised. Your help is now needed to raise the remaining £950,000 by September 2018.

The spirit of Dana is at the very heart of Gaia House, and we’d like to thank you for all the ways in which you have supported us to date.

We ask you to support the appeal as generously as you are able, whether through donations or fundraising activities.

Thank you for your support!

Present and future generations will benefit from your generosity.

Other ways to support our appeal

Share your Gaia House story with us

When did you discover Gaia House? What does Gaia House mean to you? Why do you consider what Gaia House offers to be important?

If you would be willing to write a short testimonial about your connection to Gaia House, which you would be happy for us to use within our fundraising communications (anonymously if you prefer), please email Hannah on

Share our Building Appeal messages and images on Facebook and Twitter

It only takes a few seconds, and you’ll help us reach out to audiences who may not be familiar with Gaia House, and raise awareness of what Gaia House stands for. If you’re short on time it’s a great way to get involved with a cause you care about and you’ll be helping to ensure we can continue to deliver Gaia House’s transformative work now and into the future.

Do you work for or know people who work for or are involved with trusts or companies that might be able to make donations to our capital appeal?

If so, please email Michelle on and we will follow this up. It is so important that we explore every angle to ensure the success of this vital project and we would be delighted if you could let us know of any organisations that might be able to help us.

“I have been involved with Gaia House almost since its inception, and I am heartened again and again that it continues to be a refuge for people in need of kindness, understanding, nature and quiet. This building project will be an opportunity to improve the facilities so that all of us, teachers, staff and students alike, can benefit.”

Martine Batchelor  


“Gaia House is where I healed from years of pain, learnt about love and became the whole human being I was always meant to be. Discovering Gaia House saved my life. I hope it will be there for centuries to come, making the teachings of wisdom and kindness available to all who seek them.”


All profits from ‘What is This?’ by Stephen Batchelor will be donated to the Building appeal.