Intimacy with Feelings: A Creative Exploration of Vedanas
A Gaia House online workshop with Gina Sharpe and Martine Batchelor
Saturday, 25 September 2021
2pm-6pm (BST) ♦ 3pm-7pm (CEST) ♦ 9am-1pm (EDT)
This retreat is open to all, including beginners and those with experience. Please join us.
TeachersGINA SHARPE , co-founder of New York Insight Meditation Center, has practiced the Dharma for 40 years and has taught workshops and retreats since 1995. A retired lawyer, she taught for several years in a maximum security prison for women. She is a leader in the work of diversity at Buddhist Retreat and Community Centers. She is a member of Spirit Rock’s Teachers Council.
MARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.
Listen to one of Martine Batchelor's Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions - What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it's connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)
This meditation workshop is dedicated to a creative and meditative exploration of vedanas. Gina Sharpe and Martine Batchelor will lead some short guided meditations and enter into conversation to discuss cultivating intimacy with feelings. During this workshop, there will also be two meditative exercises involving watching a film.
2.00pm – 2.15pm — Guided meditation (Martine Batchelor)
2.15pm – 2.35pm — Gina and Martine in conversation
2.35pm – 2.45pm — Film – watching meditation
2.45pm – 3.05pm — Discussion
3.05pm – 3.30pm — Break/Walking
3.30pm – 3.45pm — Guided meditation (Gina Sharpe)
3.45pm – 4.05pm — Martine and Gina in conversation
4.05pm – 4.40pm — Film – watching meditation
4.40pm – 4.50pm — Sitting meditation
4.50pm – 5.00pm — Instructions
5.00pm – 5.20pm — Breakout groups
5.20pm – 5.30pm — Short rest/break/movements
5.30pm – 6.00pm — Closing discussion
3.00pm – 3.15pm — Guided meditation (Martine Batchelor)
3.15pm – 3.35pm — Gina and Martine in conversation
3.35pm – 3.45pm — Film – watching meditation
3.45pm – 4.05pm — Discussion
4.05pm – 4.30pm — Break/Walking
4.30pm – 4.45pm — Guided meditation (Gina Sharpe)
4.45pm – 5.05pm — Martine and Gina in conversation
5.05pm – 5.40pm — Film – watching meditation
5.40pm – 5.50pm — Sitting meditation
5.50pm – 6.00pm — Instructions
6.00pm – 6.20pm — Breakout groups
6.20pm – 6.30pm — Short rest/break/movements
6.30pm – 7.00pm — Closing discussion
9am – 9.15am — Guided meditation (Martine Batchelor)
9.15am – 9.35am — Gina and Martine in conversation
9.35am – 9.45am — Film – watching meditation
9.45am – 10.05 — Discussion
10.05am – 10.30am — Break/Walking
10.30am – 10.45am — Guided meditation (Gina Sharpe)
10.45am – 11.05am — Martine and Gina in conversation
11.05am – 11.40am — Film – watching meditation
11.40am – 11.50am — Sitting meditation
11.50am – 12.00 — Instructions
12.00 – 12.20 — Breakout groups
12.20 – 12.30 — Short rest/break/movements
12.30 – 1.00pm — Closing discussion
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Dana can be offered to Gina and Martine via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Intimacy with Feelings’ 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.
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.
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Rates: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.
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A note on dana/generosityNone 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.