Embodying Human Awakening – Living In the World but Not Of It

A series of five online day retreats with Leela Sarti

Sundays, 7 February, 7 March, 11 April, 23 May, 13 June 2021

These day retreats can also be booked separately as standalone days


For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition and who has previously attended a silent meditation residential retreat of three nights or more at Gaia House or another residential centre.


Retreat description

Welcome to a series of one-day retreats exploring the possibility of being grounded in the depth of timeless presence in the midst of daily life. We will inquire how to live a full life from silence and emptiness, and yet being yourself in peace with others, and doing what needs to be done.

A human life infused with meaning, freedom and love, a fulfilling life, means to develop a taste for certain values; a taste for truth, depth and simplicity of being. You do not need to achieve these qualities, you just need to appreciate them and orient yourself towards them, allowing yourself the time and opportunity for them to emerge and become an integrated part of your life.

The theme for each day:

Please click on the date above to register for the individual days.


With a spirit of curiosity and kindness, we will engage in meditative and inquiry practices that support realignment, deep rest, letting go and embodiment. To invite inner intimacy, part of the day will be held in silence. Each retreat day will include guided meditations, teaching sessions, as well as mindful speaking and listening, being present in the relational field and conversations with the teacher.

Participants are invited to register for the whole series although each day can also be booked as a standalone retreat day.  We ask that both the morning and afternoon sessions are attended for each day booked.


All times given are in UK time:  February and March in GMT, April, May and June in BST (GMT+1)

9:30-11:30 — Session 1 to include:

  • Guided meditation
  • Instructions
  • Dharma talk
  • Integration practices/inquiry Q&C

11:30-14:00 — Silent lunch, rest and walking meditation

14:00-16:30 — Session 2 to include:

  • Guided meditation
  • Instructions
  • Dharma talk
  • Integration practices/inquiry Q&C

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.


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

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Leela via PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Leelasarti

Dana can also be offered to Leela through the Gaia House website:  Please choose Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Leela – Embodying Human Awakening‘, in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/.  Whilst our retreat centre remains closed, this team is taking care of Gaia House on the ground, as well as offering tech support for online retreats and responding to email and telephone enquiries.

With deep appreciation for your generosity and support.


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


To register for the whole five-day series (7 February, 7 March, 11 April, 23 May, 13 June 2021), please complete the form below.


Embodying Human Awakening: living in the world but not of it

To register for this retreat:
  1. Please look at the rates listed below and enter the amount appropriate to you in the amount box.
  2. Then complete the registration form.
  3. Please read our Booking & cancellation conditions before completing your booking.

Registration is on a sliding-scale starting at £0. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you are able to. Your generosity is vital in supporting Gaia House to sustain its Dharma offerings for the benefit of all.

We are committed to ensuring that our programme is available to everyone who wishes to participate. If our registration band is too high for you, you can enter the amount you are able to pay.

Registration:         £80 — £200 (if this amount is too high, please feel welcome to pay what is appropriate for your current circumstances)

Dānanandi Sangha:       £0     As a regular donor to Gaia House you are contributing already. Thank you.

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

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