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Surviving the Pandemic: Online evening session

With Anushka Fernandopulle and Bonnie Duran

Sunday, 17 January from 6.00pm – 8.00 pm (GMT)

 

During this challenging time, how can Dharma support us? How can we use this time to develop even deeper wisdom? In the midst of so much pain and suffering, there are also opportunities for cultivating positive qualities that we can offer to our communities. We can develop deeper clarity and compassion, working with what is going on. Join us for meditation practice, Dharma reflections, dialogue, and time for questions.

For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition. All levels of experience welcome.

 

The teachers:

ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE has trained in Buddhist meditation for over 25 years, lives in San Francisco and teaches meditation around the globe. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, and modern urban life. She holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale. For more info visit: Anushkaf.org



BONNIE DURAN met the Dharma in 1982 and learned Vipassana in Bodh Gaya India. Since then, she has taken teachings from many western teachers including Joseph Goldstein and Ajahn Sucitto, as well as Tibetan teachers. Bonnie is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS)/Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) retreat teacher-training program. Bonnie teaches long and short retreats and advanced programs at IMS and Spirit Rock and is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Bonnie is also involved in Native American spiritual practices and traditions. Dr Duran is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington and is also faculty at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.

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 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.

Dana can be offered to Anushka and Bonnie through using the “send money” option on Paypal.com to anushkasangha@gmail.com.

Or via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Anushka and Bonnie’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

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, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

 

This evening has past, please look at our programme page to see if there are other offerings which may be beneficial to you.