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Awakening Wisdom, Joy and Peace

Awakening Wisdom, Joy and Peace

The meditation practices of Insight and Metta (goodwill or Loving-kindness) are powerful transformative vehicles that connect us with our potential to awaken to ever deepening levels of love and wisdom in life.

We will learn the art of welcoming each moment with a kind and spacious attention, opening our hearts to ourselves and all beings, while exploring the nature of our experience and contemplating what it means to be alive.

As we open to the way things are, we can rediscover the natural peace and freedom of our human hearts.


JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

Listen to one of Jake Dartington's Talks given at Gaia House on 01.01.2016: Four Noble Truths (Duration 53:55)

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)


Retreat Code = 18170

A = suitable for all

Thursday 13 December - Tuesday 18 December 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 - 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


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else -
you must make a separate booking for each person.

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Price: from £100.00

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