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Going Beyond the Inner Critic

Going Beyond the Inner Critic

The inner critic is a concept from popular psychology referring to a sub-personality that is judgemental and demeaning. It is usually experienced as an inner voice attacking us, saying that we are bad, wrong, inadequate, worthless and guilty, producing feelings of shame, deficiency, and doubt.

It is a major obstacle to the path because it doesn’t allow us to simply be as we are; according to its narrative we always ‘should’ be another way, so we cannot be present to our experience and allow what is here in our field of awareness. The rigidity and judgement of the inner critic makes it difficult for us to go deeply into ourselves.

Through meditation and inquiry exercises in pairs we will explore how the inner critic arises, what perpetuates it, and see beyond this critical voice to access a wiser, compassionate guiding quality within our hearts.

Please be aware that the retreat environment within Gaia House will not be completely silent due to a residential training that is happening at the same time. However, this retreat will be held in a context of silence and a contemplative environment will be fostered. The wing where this retreat will happen will be in silence.


LAURA BRIDGMAN (KOVIDA) ordained with Ajahn Sumedho and practised within the monastic setting for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun.

In 2015 she left the monastic tradition in order to continue her Vipassana practice in lay life and pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path.


Retreat Code = 18138

A = suitable for all

Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Tuesday 20 March 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 - 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.

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Price: £392.00

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