Living Dharma

Saturday 8 Aug – Wednesday 12 Aug 2020 (4 nights)

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

Spaces Available
SKU: 20152-w Category: Tag:

First of a series of retreats with in-between online support.

A retreat is a specially-crafted opportunity to live simply and bring the gift of our attention to our moment by moment encounter with life. As we do this, the Dharma reveals itself as a whole life path, in which understanding, meditative skills and conduct form three indispensable supports for a meaningful and flourishing existence beyond the confines of retreat itself.

Spiralling round the themes of the noble eightfold path, this will be part of a series of retreats which will be offered at around the same time in the following two years, building on one another and creating the opportunity to consolidate and deepen your practice.

This retreat and its successors can be taken as a series or as stand-alone retreats. However, for those wishing to attend this retreat as part of the series there will be an option to participate as a group in a small number of teacher-led online follow-up sessions between this retreat and the next retreat in 2021, to support the integration of practice into the rest of your life. People interested in forming part of such a community are encouraged to book.

Dates for online sessions: 25th October 2020 (7pm – 8.30pm) , 24th Jan 2021 (7pm – 8.30pm), and May 2021, date and time TBC.

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.

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)

The teacher will be assisted by:

JULIA WALLOND has been meditating regularly since 2005, mainly with teachers at Gaia House. She is currently a student in the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme, and teaches with her local community meditation group in Machynlleth, Wales. She enjoys exploring Dharma in everyday life and particularly how it can support us in engaging with the climate and social crises of our times.
RIVER WOLTON has practised Insight Meditation since 2000, is a co-founder of Sheffield Insight Meditation, a Community Dharma Leader authorised by Gaia House Teacher Council, and a student on the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme. A published poet, she teaches creative writing in schools and community projects, and is an activist in LGBTQI+ and refugee communities.

Retreat Code = 20152

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:

Saturday 8 August – Wednesday 12 August 2020 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £244 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £293 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £207 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £122 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £73 - 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.