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Living Fearlessly

A Gaia House online retreat with Martine Batchelor and Gina Sharpe,
assisted by Tony O’Connor

Monday 24 August – Friday 28 August


For those who were registered on this retreat, and anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition. All levels of experience welcome.

The teachers:

Photo of Teacher.MARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for LifeThe Path of CompassionWomen 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.


Image of Teacher

GINA SHARPE, co-founder of New York Insight Meditation Center, has practiced the Dharma for 40 years and has taught workshops and retreats since 1995. A retired lawyer, she taught for several years in a maximum-security prison for women. She is a leader in the work of diversity at Buddhist Retreat and Community Centers. She is a member of Spirit Rock’s Teachers Council.


Assisted by:

TONY O'CONNOR is a teacher-in-training with Martine Batchelor and is also a participant on the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme. He has practised meditation since 1993 in both the Insight Meditation and Korean Sŏn traditions and lives in Cornwall.


Well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 participate in a retreat. 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.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Susanne using the email address, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Retreat description

Our times are quite stressful in many different ways. What resources can we access to remind us to live into a dimension larger than the body of fear and despair that often drives our heart and mind and affects our internal well being and relationships?

This retreat will offer a space of ease and support to deepen inner freedom with meditative practices to break the spell of habit and cultural beliefs that drive separation rather than connection and encourage fear rather than love, with tools for reflection and practices to transform the heart and mind into living fearlessly.


All times are British Summer Time (GMT +1)

Monday 24th August      

16:00-17:00 Opening Session (Gina/Martine/Tony) (17:00 to 18:00 CEST) – please logon 15 minutes before the start of the opening session to enable any connection problems to be resolved.  Thank you.

20:00 Meditation (Tony) 

Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th August

07:00 Meditation (Tony) (08:00 CEST)
09:00-10:30 Presentation/meditation/discussion (Martine) (10:00 – 11:30 CEST) 
15:00-16:00 Presentation / guided meditation (30 mins each) (Gina) (16:00 to 17:00 CEST) 
20:00 Meditation (Tony) (21:00 CEST)

Friday 28th August

07:00 Meditation (Tony) (08:00 CEST)
09:00-10:30 Presentation/meditation/discussion (Martine) (10:00 – 11:30 CEST) 
15:00-16:00 Meditation (10 mins) / breakout groups (20 mins) / Concluding remarks (30 mins) (Gina/Tony/ Martine) (16:00 – 17:00 CEST) 

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.


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)

At the end of your retreat you will be invited to make a voluntary offering of dana / financial support, to support the livelihoods of the teachers who have guided your retreat and help sustain Gaia House into the future. Your registration fee contributes towards Gaia House’s management and support costs and maintenance of our building and grounds. The Dharma teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless, thus the retreat teachers offer their understanding freely. Both Gaia House and the retreat teachers rely on your kindness and generosity, and are deeply grateful for your support.

You can find out more about the practice of dana by clicking here.

You can offer dana to Martine, Gina and Tony here: https://martinebatchelor.org/#donation Please add the reference Living Fearlessly.

You can offer dana to Gaia House here. Please click on “General Fund”.

With deep appreciation for your generosity and support.


Registration for this retreat has now closed.