How might we live life if we dared to really open our hearts to the truth of interdependence? What practices will help to uncover the beauty of an innate wisdom, an ever-deepening understanding of our interconnectedness with all of life? And how might such understanding change the very ways we perceive ourselves and others, and how we live in the world? Through practices supporting kindness, insight and inquiry we will cultivate the heart’s capacity to open in ways that nourish and empower, that bring forth compassion, and a sense of joyful responsibility and dedication.
Building work at Gaia House during 2020
We are excited to be getting started on our new Dartmoor Wing, thanks to the open-hearted and generous support of our sangha. The new two-storey building at the back of the Hermitage Wing on the site of the crumbling garages will enable us to double the number of single rooms we can offer to group retreatants, as well as provide badly-needed extra bathrooms.
We will take all possible care to minimise noise and schedule works to take place between group retreats, when our personal and work retreatants will have use of the main meditation hall, farthest from the building work. However, there may occasionally be some disruption at Gaia House in 2020 and we intend and hope that this does not cause disturbance during your retreat.
KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE.
Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz's Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)
JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.
Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard's Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)
Retreat Code = 20144A = suitable for all
Mental well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking 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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.
Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:
Saturday 16 May – Friday 22 May 2020 (6 nights)Standard Rate: £366 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate: £439 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate: £311 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate: £183 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate:£110 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Extending Your Retreat = £56 per night – Conditions apply – please see box – staying on after this retreat is not possible
- 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.
- 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.