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Secular Buddhist Retreat @ Earth Spirit: Somerset — (full)


Friday 19 July – Friday 26 July 2019 (7 nights)

Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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This retreat will be held at EarthSpirit, a centre in the beautiful countryside in Somerset, very near Glastonbury. For more details on the centre visit the Earth Spirit website www.earthspirit-centre.co.uk

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 , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Sŏn retreat. 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 = 19154


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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

Friday 19 July – Friday 26 July 2019 (7 nights)

EarthSpirit Centre is 5 miles from Glastonbury, on the edge of Compton Dundon village in Somerset.

Standard Rate:    £460 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £552 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £391 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £230 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £138 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page


Arrival & Departure:

  • Arrive for registration between 6-7pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 2.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please make sure your travel bookings fit with these times.

Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:

  • The teachers and Gaia House staff 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.