Meditation and Mindfulness in Daily Life – (Waiting List)

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Friday 7 Feb – Wednesday 12 Feb 2020 (5 nights)


Limited places available

This retreat has recently become full or almost full; we are operating a waiting list to prevent overbooking. If you join the waiting list you will be offered one of the last remaining places, if there are any. If the retreat is full you may be offered a place if we have a cancellation.

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SKU: 20132-w Category:

This retreat will be an opportunity to deepen and explore meditation and mindfulness. We will look at the two essential elements of meditation: anchoring and experiential enquiry. We will cultivate mindfulness through awareness practices using the breath, the body, listening and feeling tones. We will explore these tools of mindfulness and their application in our daily life. We will also look at the obstacles we might find in this practice as well as the elements that can be supportive.

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.


Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor's Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions - What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it's connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)

 

CHRIS CULLEN has practised and studied the Buddha's teachings since 1994 and has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 2010. He also teaches for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.

Listen to one of Chris Cullen's Talks given at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center on 29.01.2015: Compassion (Duration 63:02)

 

The teachers will be assisted by:

KATRIN HEYDE For many years Katrin was involved in the Dharmagiri Retreat Centre in South Africa where she also taught meditation/yoga retreats. Katrin has participated in various Dharma programs such as the 6-month Karuna Foundation course, the CDPP and Secular Dharma Program and has recently completed a meditation teacher’s training with Martine Batchelor.

 


Retreat Code = 20132

A = suitable for all
B = particularly suitable for beginners

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


Friday 7 February – Wednesday 12 February 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.