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Insight Meditation and Yoga On-line Home Retreat

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June
A Gaia House online home retreat with Yanai Postelnik and Helen Stephenson.

For those who were registered for the Insight Meditation and Yoga retreat, and anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition.

 Retreat Description

Meditation and yoga are natural partners in the spiritual life. Drawing on the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness and awakening, and the yoga teachings of Patanjali, this retreat will combine the practices of hatha yoga and Insight Meditation.
The yoga is offered as a spiritual path rather than simply an exercise system. Slow, precise movement attuned with the flow of breath enables practitioners to move safely into and out of posture. Through the practice of meditative awareness the body becomes a gateway to inner peace and understanding, enabling us to open into an intimate connection with life.

Please have a yoga mat or blanket ready to use if you have one.

The yoga movements taught on this online retreat are basic and simple, but not all movements are suitable for pregnant women. If you are pregnant, please consult with your healthcare professional before participating in this online retreat.


All are welcome. You will not have to look at your screen for all the time we are together: at times you may only want to listen in.
This online retreat in your home, will include periods of instruction, guided meditation practice, silence, Dharma reflections, yoga, sharing together as sangha/community and optional sharing meetings.
The format will support all who wish to attend the scheduled group sessions while continuing to be quite fully engaged with your ongoing life at home, and also those wishing to practise formally in a sustained way throughout the days.

Key teachings will be recorded and made available to participants as we go along in case you have to miss a session or are joining from another time zone.
Joining this retreat will require your commitment to attending or listening to the first and final sessions:

Session times (UK BST) 

7:15 –8:45pm  Opening talk

Tuesday – Thursday
7:30-8:30am     Yoga and breath-work
10:00-11:30am Insight meditation reflections, instructions and practice
12:00-12:45pm Optional group meeting
3:00-5:15pm     Yoga and inquiry
7:15 –8:30pm   Meditation and Dharma talk
9:00 – 9:30pm   Meditation

7:30-8:30am     Yoga and breath-work
10:00-11:30am Insight meditation reflections, instructions and practice
12:00-12:45pm Optional group meeting
3:00-5:15pm     Yoga and inquiry
7:15 –8:45pm   Closing session and sharing  

Using Zoom

This online retreat will use the Zoom platform. For support with learning how to use Zoom, please click here to read the guidance we’ve put together on our website. Please read the first section, ‘Using Zoom’, before registering.


Registration is now closed for this retreat, please see our home page or sign up for our e-news for information on future home retreats.


If you have any questions regarding the retreat, you can send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk  we will respond as quickly as possible, but we have a reduced team during this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual.

Dana (the practice of generosity )
This online retreat is offered without charge, as an offering to  support your wellbeing
.  We would like to invite you to join in that spirit of generosity  by making a voluntary offering of dana / financial support at the end of the retreat, to help Gaia House with its ongoing expenses, and contribute to the teacher’s livelihoods. Both Gaia House and the retreat teachers rely on your kindness and generosity to continue offering retreats in this way and are deeply grateful for your support.

You can find out more about the practice of dana here

Dana can be offered to the teachers  here via PayPal.

All teacher dana donations will be shared between Helen and Yanai.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House or the teachers through the Gaia House website.  If you are offering dana to the teachers please choose Teachers and then specify that your donation is for Yanai and Helen in the notes section on the checkout page.

With deep appreciation for your generosity and support.