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Making Peace with the Imperfect

Making Peace with the Imperfect

This retreat will focus on giving simple attention to the flow of ordinary experience, both in meditation and in everyday life.

We will investigate the nature of what we experience, how we create unrealistic expectations of ourselves, of others, and of life situations, so that we can greet life with more forgiveness, patience and compassion.

Suvaco and Alan are both ex-monastics and will be introducing practices and reflections from a variety of approaches to spiritual awakening.


ALAN LEWIS has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1970s. He spent 17 years as a Theravadin Buddhist monk and disrobed in December 2000. He now runs an IT business in Devon with his wife Vanessa, with whom he built and maintains the Gaia House website and www.zenmoments.org.

Listen to one of Alan Lewis's Talks given at Gaia House on 12.09.2012: It's OK To Be Who You Are (Duration 40:10)

SUVACO is a former Buddhist monk and a passionate advocate for embodying life in all of its forms. He lives in the South West UK where he works as a psychotherapist and Tai Qi teacher.

Listen to one of Suvaco's Talks at Gaia House on 15.06.2015: Evening Talk from Touching the Earth Retreat (Duration 47:09)


Retreat Code = 18130

A = suitable for all

Thursday 18 January - Sunday 21 January 2018 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £189 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £227 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £161 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £95 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £57 - 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 Full This retreat is full - we are now operating a waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

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