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Young People’s Retreat: Wisdom and Compassion

Young People’s Retreat: Wisdom and Compassion

In this retreat we will explore our potential to bring wise and compassionate responses to each moment in our lives.

Through sitting and walking meditation, we will learn ways to  creatively work with the obstacles and habits that appear to obscure wisdom and compassion.

We will look at what it means to wisely respond to difficulties in our meditation practice, our everyday lives, and to wider social issues.

Our exploration will be supported by meditation instructions, dharma talks and meetings with the teachers.

This retreat is for young people aged 16-25 years only.


JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

Listen to one of Jake Dartington's Talks given at Gaia House on 01.01.2016: Four Noble Truths (Duration 53:55)


Retreat Code = 19135

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

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


Friday 15 February 2019 - Sunday 17 February 2019 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £38 - Please pay this rate if you can 
Sponsor Rate:        £46 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £32 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £19 - 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 4pm on the final day of the retreat.
  • 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 £32.00

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