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

Online Meditation Day: Awakening Together

With Leela Sarti

Sunday, 13 June 2021

This day is part of a series of five online day retreats, which can be booked as a series or as separate standalone days.

Click here to book all five Sundays, 7 February, 7 March, 11 April, 23 May, 13 June 2021.

 

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 3 nights or more at Gaia House or another residential centre.

The teacher:

LEELA SARTI has been a student of the Buddha's teachings and practices since she was 16 years old. She lives with her family in Sweden and in addition to teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally works individually with students in her psychotherapy practice in Stockholm. She is a long term student of the Diamond Approach and part of a teacher training program in that tradition.

Listen to one of Leela Sarti's Talks at Gaia House. 19.10.2015: Bowing to Instinct and Embracing Desire (Duration 51:54)

 

Retreat description

This retreat day is exploring the possibility of being grounded in the depth of timeless presence in the midst of daily life around the theme ‘Awakening Together’. 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.

Other days in this series

7 February     —     Depth of being

7 March     —     Fulfilment

11 April     —     Embodiment

23 May     —     Beauty of being

Format

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 days booked.

Schedule

All times shown are in Greenwich Mean Time

9:30-11:30 — Session 1 to include:

  • Guided meditation
  • Instructions
  • Dharma talk
  • Integration practices/inquiry Question & Comment

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

14:00-16:30 — Session 2 to include:

  • Guided meditation
  • Instructions
  • Dharma talk
  • Integration practices/inquiry Question & Comment

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.

Enquiries

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/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.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can 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.

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

Registration

Please complete the form below to register for Sunday, 13 June. To book the whole series, please click here.

Embodying Human Awakening: Awakening Together


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.

Rates:
Registration is on a sliding-scale. 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:           £20 — £50

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

A note on dana/generosity
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