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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

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.

Price: £1.00

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