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Secular Buddhist Meditation Retreat

Secular Buddhist Meditation Retreat

Offered in partnership with Bodhi College

This retreat is for those who seek a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation but framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values. We will explore the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life, letting go of the dictates of reactivity, experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness, and cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.

Attention will be focused on the technical aspects of meditation as well as its intuitive and imaginative dimension.

The week will consist of periods of sitting and walking, instructions, discussions and talks.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism and Secular Buddhism . A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor's Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions - Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

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)


Retreat Code = 18154

A = suitable for all

Saturday 21 July - Saturday 28 July 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night - Conditions apply - please see box


This retreat is almost full - there are only limited spaces available
  • 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 and when 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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