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Mindfulness: Beyond the Eight-Week Course

Mindfulness: Beyond the Eight-Week Course

This retreat is particularly designed for people who have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent, and may not yet have attended a residential retreat. It will offer an opportunity to explore and build on what has been learned on these courses, in ways that can gently deepen our practice of non-reactive awareness.

Participants will be guided through various practices (including sitting meditation, walking, and mindful movement) and will also have opportunities for inquiry and to meet one-to-one with the teachers. There will also be some short talks and time for questions about the theory of mindfulness, including its roots in Buddhist psychology.

The retreat will be held in the supportive context of silence at Gaia House, and the programme will include some time to practise in silence without guidance. Those who have already attended retreats as well as the eight-week course are also welcome.

Please note that this is not a training retreat for potential teachers but aims to support us in deepening and nourishing our personal practice of mindfulness.

To join this retreat you need to have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent.


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks' Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

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)


Retreat Code = 18159

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 31st August - Monday 3rd September (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 Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £189.00

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