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Everyday Dharma: Insight Meditation and Qigong online retreat

A Gaia House online retreat with Norman Feldman and Brad Richecoeur

Wednesday, 13 October – Sunday, 17 October 2021


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


NORMAN FELDMAN has been practising Vipassana Meditation since 1971. Since 1986 he has been leading Insight Meditation retreats internationally, leading sutta study classes, and guiding pilgrimages to Buddhist sites in India. Norman is a co-founder of True North Insight Retreat Centre in Canada. Full bio at InsightMeditationRetreats.ca

Listen to one of Norman Feldman's Talks given at Gaia House on 25.3.2016: Baseball and Cricket (Duration 46:54)



BRAD RICHECOEUR has been practising Insight Meditation and Qigong since 1985. He is a senior student of Master Zhixing Wang, and brings a meditative inquiry into the nature of health, healing and embodied awakening. He is the co-founder of Qigong Southwest and offers retreats, workshops and classes online and in Devon.

Listen to one of Brad Richecoeur's Talks given at Gaia House on 13.12.2015: Ignition of the Three Energy Centres (Duration 58:27)


Retreat description

On this retreat, the sitting practices of Insight Meditation and the standing and movement of Qigong are integrated into a form that invites and supports us in gently exploring ways in which we define and limit ourselves. This is particularly in the context of being at home, and yet also alongside others. From this practise, insight can effortlessly arise into our true nature and free us to live in a wiser and more compassionate relationship with our inner and outer world.


The timings for this retreat will hopefully enable both UK and American/Canadian participants to attend at the same time.


Wednesday, 13 October

7.30 pm — Introduction to the retreat

8.00 pm — Qigong

8.45 pm — Sit

9.30 pm — End

Daily schedule (Thursday — Saturday)

1.30 pm — Reflections

2.00 pm — Qigong

2.45 pm — Sit

3.30 pm — Break

4.30 pm —Sit

5.10 pm — Qigong

5.50 pm — Small Groups

6.30 pm — Break

7.30 pm — Qigong

8.00 pm — Talk

8.45 pm — Self Practice

9.15 pm — Sit

9.45pm — End

Sunday, 17 October

1.30 pm — Sit

2.00 pm — Qigong

2.30 pm — Sharing

3.00 pm — Closing talk

3.30 pm — End

Wednesday, 13 October

2.30 pm — Introduction to the retreat

3.00 pm — Qigong

3.45 pm — Sit

4.30 pm — End

Daily schedule (Thursday — Saturday)

8.30 am — Reflections

9.00 am — Qigong

9.45 am — Sit

10.30 am — Break

11.30 am —Sit

12.10 pm — Qigong

12.50 pm — Small Groups

1.30 pm — Break

2.30 pm — Qigong

3.00 pm — Talk

3.45 pm — Self Practice

4.15 pm — Sit

4.45pm — End

Sunday, 17 October

8.30 am — Sit

9.00 am — Qigong

9.30 am — Sharing

10.00 am — Closing talk

10.30 am — End

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 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 Norman and Brad via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Norman and Brad’ 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/.  This team is responding to email and telephone enquiries for both our online and residential retreats, alongside supporting our retreatants during their stay at 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, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Online: Insight Meditation and Qigong

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 suggested registration band is too high for you, you can enter the amount you are able to pay.

Registration:         £80 — £240 (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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    To thank and honour those who choose to make regular contributions to our beloved Dharma centre, we have created the Dānanandi Sangha ‘the community that delights in giving’. Click here to find out more and sign up.

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