Dharma, Body and Connection to Earth

Saturday 20 Jun – Thursday 25 Jun 2020 (5 nights)

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

Spaces Available
SKU: 20148-w Category: Tag:

Our body can be a vehicle for liberation in this life, with all that we need to wake up. In this retreat we will practise ways of connecting with loving awareness to our embodiment, while recognising ourselves as part of nature. We will practise decolonising our mind in relationship to our body, and engage in practices of the Buddhist path that help us connect to the earth. The retreat will be supported by Dharma talks, guided meditations, ritual, time for questions, and small group meetings. We will practise developing presence while sitting, walking, resting and eating. Come join us.

If someone has recently undergone a significant traumatic experience (or has an unresolved significant one from the past), it may be difficult for them to be present in the body in the way the teachers will be instructing.

If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please contact our Retreat Manager, Susanne O’Brien, by email, to arrange a suitable time to have a conversation.

Susanne can be reached on retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Building work at Gaia House during 2020

We are excited to be getting started on our new Dartmoor Wing, thanks to the open-hearted and generous support of our sangha. The new two-storey building at the back of the Hermitage Wing on the site of the crumbling garages will enable us to double the number of single rooms we can offer to group retreatants, as well as provide badly-needed extra bathrooms.

We will take all possible care to minimise noise and schedule works to take place between group retreats, when our personal and work retreatants will have use of the main meditation hall, farthest from the building work. However, there may occasionally be some disruption at Gaia House in 2020 and we intend and hope that this does not cause disturbance during your retreat.

ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE has trained in Buddhist meditation for over 25 years, lives in San Francisco and teaches meditation around the globe. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, and modern urban life. She holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale. For more info visit: Anushkaf.org


BONNIE DURAN met the Dharma in 1982 and learned Vipassana in Bodh Gaya India. Since then, she has taken teachings from many western teachers including Joseph Goldstein and Ajahn Sucitto, as well as Tibetan teachers. Bonnie is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS)/Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) retreat teacher-training program. Bonnie teaches long and short retreats and advanced programs at IMS and Spirit Rock and is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Bonnie is also involved in Native American spiritual practices and traditions. Dr Duran is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington and is also faculty at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.


Retreat Code = 20148

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

Before you book, please read these guidelines about 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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • 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 the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Saturday 20 June – Thursday 25 June 2020 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £305 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £366 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £259 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £153 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £92 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £56 per night – Conditions apply – please see box – it is not possible to stay on after this retreat

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you've been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.