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Sŏn (Zen) Retreat

Sŏn (Zen) Retreat

The form of this retreat is based on that followed in the Sŏn (Zen) Buddhist tradition of Korea. In meditation we will seek a balance between the calm of open awareness and a focus of deep inquiry into the nature of our lives through the question (kungan / koan) 'What is this?'

Sitting and walking meditation both take place in the hall. There is also an optional practice of offering and bowing twice a day. Equal emphasis will be given to traditional instructions and contemporary interpretation of the tradition.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Son retreat. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor's Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions - Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor's Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions - What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it's connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)


Retreat Code = 19141

E = experienced

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


Saturday 6 April 2019 - Saturday 13 April 2019 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £413 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £496 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £351 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £207 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £124 - 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.

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Price: from £100.00

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