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Cultivating Community: A Retreat for Those Involved with Sangha Initiatives

Cultivating Community: A Retreat for Those Involved with Sangha Initiatives

This weekend is an opportunity for those who organise or regularly attend sitting groups, meditation days, day-longs, or other sangha activities and initiatives to practise together and learn from each other.

Community is one of the great refuges and resources on the spiritual path. It offers both supports and challenges that nourish growth. On this retreat we will explore areas such as communication and working with conflict and how we can approach them in ways that enhance practice and well-being.

The weekend will include interactive exercises, talks, and time for sharing our questions and experience within the container of silence and meditation.


ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie's Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Mark Ovland will be an assistant teacher on this retreat.


Retreat Code = 18157

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Saturday 18 August - Monday 20 August 2018 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £94 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £113 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:    £80 - Available if you cannot afford the Standard Rate
FAB Fund Rate:     £47 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £28 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night - Conditions apply - please see box

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

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional's contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £94.00

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