Fully, Fluidly, Freely: A Life of Liberation

Thursday 19 Mar – Tuesday 24 Mar 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: 20138-w Category:

Our lives are complex and demanding. Personal, social, political, professional, ecological and familial pressures all pull at our attention. This retreat is simultaneously an opportunity to step away from the roles, responsibilities and relationships of everyday life into some quiet, contemplative time, and an active exploration of how we meet these areas of life. The retreat will explore the inherent freeness that can be at the heart of all experience, and integrating this into the different activities and situations of everyday life.

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.

MARTIN AYLWARD began practising Dharma aged 19, spending several years in Asian Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He is co-founder and resident teacher at Moulin de Chaves Retreat Centre in France, and of online Dharma platform WorldwideInsight.org. Martin directs teacher training at Mindfulness Training Institute and leads retreats worldwide. For information on his teachings and schedule visit MartinAylward.com

Listen to one of Martin Aylward's Talks at New York Insight from May 2017.

The teacher will be assisted by:

WIEBKE PAUSCH teaches the MSC 8 Week Program and guides mindfulness and self-compassion workshops and retreats. She is working as a Compassion-Based Creative Therapist and mentors Dharma students in Berlin and internationally. She has practised meditation for 20 years and has been assisting Martin Aylward at retreats since 2016.
See www.wiebkepausch.com


Retreat Code = 20138

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

Thursday 19 March – Tuesday 24 March 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

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.