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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Gaia House

Last updated 6 October 2020

Dear friends,

We hope you are well, and finding your way with the challenging circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gaia House exists to offer the Buddha’s teachings of wisdom, compassion and meditation practice, for the wellbeing of all life. In light of the continuing situation, our group retreats will continue to be held online for the remainder of 2020, opening for registration on a rolling basis throughout the Autumn.

We will be running two personal retreat periods during November and December, with a limited number of places, which are being offered on an individual basis, initially to those with bookings for this period (we will be contacting you directly with more information if you have bookings). Should any places become available for general booking, these will be advertised via our e-news and on facebook.

During these ‘pilot’ retreats we will be able to see how the house runs and feels with all the measures in place needed to meet government guidelines and ensure we can provide a safe environment for our retreatants and our service community.

We are busy planning our 2021 programme and very much hope to be able to offer some residential events. Details of what we have planned for January to April will be available in December.

Online practice opportunities

In addition to our online retreats, we have also opened an Online Dharma Hall: a space for connection, reflection, and refuge, where we can share the Dharma and practise together, supporting us to meet our lives and our world in these times. Click here to find out more.

Our online sitting group also meets every Monday 8-9pm. Click here to find out more.

Looking after yourself and your community

While this is a challenging time for us all, the impact of this health crisis will be felt by some much more than others. We may be able to offer support in our communities and we may be in the position of needing to ask for support. Giving and receiving both reveal the tenderness, beauty and strength of our profound interconnectedness and interdependence. Let this be an invitation to bring out the best in us all as we bring compassion, care and wisdom to the situation we face.

Supporting you and Gaia House

Many of you, along with Gaia House and other organisations, will be facing financial hardship at this time.

If you are booked onto a cancelled retreat (between now and 31 December), you will receive an email from our team. We would like to reassure you that we are able to offer a full refund. However, if you’re able to donate your booking fee or part of it to Gaia House, this will help to ensure that the Dharma teachings offered at Gaia House survive and continue to thrive into the future. If you would like to support the work of Gaia House in this way, please send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk within a week of the notification of your cancellation.

Our community has been hugely generous by donating cancelled retreat fees to Gaia House as well as making one off and regular donations to help see us through this challenging time to ensure we preserve our beloved refuge for the future. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to support us financially, please do offer your generosity now.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate these unchartered waters. We are constantly assessing the situation and will keep you updated via our website, facebook and e-news.

May all beings be well,
on behalf of all of us at Gaia House