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The Sacred Practice of Grieving and Loving

The Sacred Practice of Grieving and Loving

"The griefs of life beg attention; they are orphans, they want to be loved, they hold out their small hands, which grow larger and more substantial when we take them." John Tarrant

Beneath our frenzied culture's attempts to find security, the practice of being with sorrow and grief opens us to that which is most authentic, most human. By opening to our personal losses, or to the pain that we witness in the human community and the wider Earth community, we turn towards that which has the power to break open our heart. Grief reveals our bond with the world, yet it requires courage to not turn away.

Through meditative practices and rituals, this retreat will connect us with the strength that keeps us steady in times of distress, resourcing us in becoming skilful in attending to, embracing and digesting our sorrow and grief.

Through this we see that grief reveals something about the depth and tenderness of the human heart; it is grief that carves our hearts deeper, grief that pierces us, cutting away the complacency that so often numbs our life. It is grief that lays us bare to the fundamental uncertainty and groundlessness of this life, and through this finds a way to open us to life, offering us the freedom to care.


SUVACO is a former Buddhist monk and a passionate advocate for embodying life in all of its forms. He lives in the South West UK where he works as a psychotherapist and Tai Qi teacher.

Listen to one of Suvaco's Talks at Gaia House on 15.06.2015: Evening Talk from Touching the Earth Retreat (Duration 47:09)


Rupert Marques will facilitate the practice of creating a ritual space.


Retreat Code = 18132

A = suitable for all

Thursday 1 February  - Sunday 4 February 2018 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £189 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £227 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £161 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £95 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £57 - 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 Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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Price: £189.00

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