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Being in this World

Being in this World

The Buddha's teachings on non-attachment are not a means of escaping this life but an invitation to engage with it with care, creativity and a spirit of inquiry.

In this retreat we will explore our relationships of being in the world and how we can hold, enjoy and cherish the dynamic and creative tension of wise non-attachment and the human heart's need and wish for belonging and for engaged participation: a passionate and compassionate participation that can encounter life with amazement and wonder, as rich in meaning, and even sacred.

This retreat will include guided meditative interactive practice, chanting and qi-gong.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House, is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE and teaches retreats with SanghaSeva combining Dharma practice and Service.

Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz's Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard's Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 17151

A = suitable for all

Thursday 13 July 2017 - Tuesday 18 July 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 - Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
          For additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night - Conditions apply - please see box


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

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Price: £275.00

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