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Journeying the Landscape of Body, Heart and Mind

Journeying the Landscape of Body, Heart and Mind

Practice invites us to be present to our whole being, with its inner landscapes of inter-playing sensations, emotions, and movements of mind. In meditation we discover that the beautiful and nourishing qualities of care, compassion, joy, and wisdom are found and known in the body. It is intimacy with this body/mind/heart that allows us to experience them deeply.

On this retreat we will explore what it might mean to abide wholeheartedly in the beauty and challenges of our experience, to realize our connection with all things, and to know a more embodied life that can trust the potential and mystery of being human.


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 and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE.

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

YUKA NAKAMURA PH.D has been practicing in several Buddhist traditions (Vipassana, Dzogchen and Zen) since 1993 and has practiced for long periods in the US (IMS, Spirit Rock), in Burma and Japan. She was trained as a Dharmateacher by Fred von Allmen and has been teaching since 2014 in Europe and in the US. She is a trained psychologist and MBSR-teacher and trainer. She lives near Zurich in Switzerland. www.yuka-nakamura.ch.

Listen to one of Yuka Nakamura Talks at the Insight Meditation Society retreat centre on 19.11.2016: Shaping our world through perception (Duration 51:05)


Retreat Code = 18155

A = suitable for all

Wednesday 1 August - Sunday 5 August 2018 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £224 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £269 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £190 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £112 - - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £67 - 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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