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Meditation Day: The Ethics of Emptiness

A Gaia House online retreat with Martine Batchelor

Saturday, 9 January 2021


For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition. This day retreat is not recommended for total beginners in meditation.



Retreat description

During this meditation day, we will explore how through the practice of mindfulness and questioning we can experience an emptying that will help us to lead an ethical and caring life for ourselves and others in the world.


Full participation is recommended with the motto of flexibility and friendliness if circumstances do not allow for full participation.

All times shown are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

9.30 am          Talk
10.00 am        Guided meditation
10.30 am        Discussion
11.00 am        Walking meditation
11.30 am        Sitting meditation
12.00 pm        Discussion
12.30 pm        Lunch break
2.30 pm          Talk
3.15 pm          Guided meditation
3.45 pm          Walking meditation
4.15 pm          Discussion
5.00 pm          End of day

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 at this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual.


None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. 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 at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Martine by clicking here –  referencing your dana ‘Ethics of Emptiness – GH retreat

Dana can also be offered to Martine through the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please choose Teacher Dana and then specify that your donation is for ‘Martine –  Meditation Day’, 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

This retreat has now past.