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Practising Liberation from the Three Poisons — (full)


Thursday 18 April – Monday 22 April 2019 (4 nights)

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Developing antidotes against the 3 poisons of desire, anger, and ignorance lies at the heart of the great project of Buddhadharma.

But how do we begin working with this energy in our practice, enabling us to transform these poisons in our minds and in our environments wisdom? How do we understand that these poisons are actually important teachers for us?

This retreat will combine simple movement, meditation, contemplation, small group interaction, journaling, as well as structured and guided dialogue to help us break through the barriers that prevent authentic and intimate dialogue and interaction with others.

This retreat is suitable for people that are willing to engage with issues of marginalisation, racism and patriarchy and would like to explore these issues in the context of Dharma practice.

LAMA ROD OWENSLAMA ROD OWENS a formally authorised teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is a visiting teacher at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a contributing teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Lama is also a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s programme Mindfulness for Educators. He completed his graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School and is the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.

The teacher will be assisted by:

DANIEL SUTTON-JOHANSON is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a young and burgeoning urban dharma community, on the island city of Portsmouth. Daniel practises as a Psychotherapist and mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a teacher and mentor for iBme UK.


Retreat Code = 19142

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully


Well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 participate in a retreat. 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.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Susanne using the email address, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Thursday 18 April – Monday 22 April 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 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.