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The Art of Living Freely

The Art of Living Freely

When we look honestly at our experience under the microscope of meditative awareness, we see how much tension and drama we unnecessarily and unhelpfully create around our experience.

This retreat will serve as an invitation, a methodology, and a vision for undoing the fixations, fears and freak-outs that otherwise drive us along. Drawing on the twin wings of awakening - Wisdom and Love - we will develop together the art of meeting and exploring whatever arises, as the ground for meeting life more fully, fluidly and freely.


MARTIN AYLWARD began practising Dharma aged 19, spending several years in Asian Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He is co-founder and resident teacher at Moulin de Chaves Retreat Centre in France, and of online Dharma platform WorldwideInsight.org. Martin directs teacher training at Mindfulness Training Institute and leads retreats worldwide. For information on his teachings and schedule visit MartinAylward.com

Listen to one of Martin Aylward's Talks at Gaia House on 21.6.2016: The The 3 Facets of Practice, in Meditation and in Life (Duration 45:38)


Retreat Code = 18140

A = suitable for all

Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Monday 2 April 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 - 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 - you can join the 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.

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