Coming to Life: Waking up to Intimacy with Existence (online)

A Gaia House online retreat with Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde assisted by Monica Antunes, live-streamed from Gaia House

Friday, 23 July – Thursday, 29 July 2021


For the first time, we are excited to be live-streaming a retreat taking place at Gaia House.

This information and booking is for online participation; attending the retreat remotely.


This retreat is open to all, including beginners and those with experience. Please join us.


ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Meeting Uncertainty with Wisdom and Courage: Perennial Teachings for a Changing World retreat on 07.06/2021: Anicca Brings Possibilities (Duration 40:35)


NATHAN GLYDE has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva whose retreats emphasise wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service.

Listen to one of Nathan Glyde’s Talks given at Gaia House on 15.12.20: Anattā and Mettā (Duration 45:31)

Assisted by

MONICA ANTUNES has been practicing Buddhist meditation in Burma and the West since 2008 and has been invited to teach in 2017 under the guidance of Guy Armstrong and Rob Burbea. She also teaches mindfulness in the context of humanitarian interventions for child protection, works as a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy trainer at OTIUM Cancer Centre in Geneva, Switzerland and supports medical research.


Retreat description

During this online retreat we will creatively explore the practices of calm abiding and insight. Calmness stabilises the journey to the heart of life; allowing us to open to the full diversity of our existence, while also coming closer to all of life. From here we can come away from habits and learned tendencies as we adjust our way of relating to life, bringing insights alive, releasing tension, and opening to freedom.

This online retreat will be live-streamed from Gaia House, if you wish to attend in person at Gaia House, please book by clicking here.




We would encourage your intention to commit to attending the three essential sessions each day on the schedule marked by the asterisk (*): the Morning Instructions, the Guided Meditation and the Dharma Talk, either live or by listening to the recordings.

There will be a website noticeboard where recordings and resources will be posted and there will be the opportunity to communicate with the teachers to ask questions via messages.

A full schedule will be offered for you to join in line with the in-house retreat and more details to include the timings will be added to the schedule at a later date.

Although all efforts have been made to ensure that live-streaming is possible from Gaia House, we are in a rural location and at times there can be a loss of connectivity.

Recordings from the house will be made available at a later time if the connectivity is lost and we will endeavour to provide short recordings for participants to practice with for the duration of time whilst the connectivity is down.



All times shown are in British Summer Time (BST)

Opening Day — Friday, 23 July

7.00 pm                  Log in
7.15 pm                  Online orientation
7.30 pm                  Join the house for the opening talks
9.15 pm                  Independent practice or rest

Daily schedule will include:
Before breakfast — 6.25 am
  • Gentle mindful stretching and a sit
After breakfast — 9.30 am
  • Instructions*
  • Periods of sitting and walking meditation
After Lunch — 2.30 pm
  • Guided Meditation*
  • Periods of sitting and walking meditation
After Supper — 7.20 pm
  • Sitting and Dharma talk*
  • Chanting, silent sitting

*The key daily sessions are marked in bold

Closing Day — Thursday, 29 July

6.25 am                  Sitting
7.00 am                  Dana talk
7.40 am                  Breakfast
10.00 am               Sitting and closing session
12.00 pm               End of retreat

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 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.


None of your registration fee goes to the teachers. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teachers at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

To offer dana to Zohar and Nathan, please go via their website: You can use PayPal, international credit or debit cards, and bank transfer.

Dana can also be offered to Zohar and Nathan via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Coming to Life – Zohar and Nathan’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here: Our residential team members offer their time and energy to assist the smooth running of Gaia House, and this gift of service is the bedrock of Gaia House.

With deep appreciation for your generosity.


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,


Registrations for this retreat have now closed.