Intimacy with Feelings: A Creative Exploration of Vedanas

A Gaia House online workshop with Gina Sharpe and Martine Batchelor

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances Gina Sharpe will not be able to teach this workshop and we are cancelling this online event. We will be looking to  reschedule at a future date.  If you have already booked we will be contacting you by email in due course.


GINA 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 BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Seon nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. Her latest works are What is this? Ancient Questions for Modern Minds and The Definition, Practice and Psychology of Vedana.

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)

Retreat description

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

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 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 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:  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,