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The Dance of Faith and Wisdom

The Dance of Faith and Wisdom

The path of meditation and spiritual inquiry calls for both trust, the willingness to open to the unknown, and discernment, which enables us to test what we hear against our own experience.

Faith and wisdom are identified in early Buddhist teachings as two core 'spiritual faculties'.

Together we will explore how our practice can bring these into balance so that they enhance each other in dynamic interplay, creating a powerful engine for our growth and freedom.


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)

LAURA BRIDGMAN began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.


Retreat Code = 19138

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about 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 (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.

  • 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 the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Thursday 7 March 2019 - Monday 11 March 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night - Conditions apply - please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • 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.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • 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.

Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else -
you must make a separate booking for each person.

Spaces Available

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Price: from £100.00

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