Radical Questioning: Seon Retreat

Online retreat with Martine Batchelor

Friday, 9 April – Wednesday, 13 April 2021


For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition. It is suggested that you have attended at least one silent retreat before.


Martine BatchelorMARTINE 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)

Assisted by:

TONY O'CONNOR is a teacher-in-training with Martine Batchelor and is also a participant on the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme. He has practised meditation since 1993 in both the Insight Meditation and Korean Sŏn traditions and lives in Cornwall.

Retreat description

During this online Seon retreat we will focus on the practice of radical questioning to help us open to the richness of the human experience within its environment and creatively engaged with uncertainty. We will also explore listening meditation as a way to develop wisdom and compassion.


The retreat will include:

  • Presentations (talks)
  • Guided meditation
  • Discussion sessions


All times shown are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Friday 9th April 2021

5.15pm                         Help getting logged on with Zoom
5.30pm – 6.30pm          Welcome & introduction
8.00pm – 8.45pm          Meditation

Saturday 10th April – Monday 12th April 2021

7.00am – 7.45am           Meditation
9.00am – 10.30am         Instructions/sitting/discussion
2.00pm – 3.30pm           Instructions/sitting/discussion
8.00pm – 8.45pm           Meditation

Tuesday 13th April 2021

7.00am – 7.45am           Meditation
9.00am – 10.00am         Closing session


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 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 Martine and Tony by clicking here –  please reference your dana ‘Radical Questioning – Seon‘.

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

Radical Questioning: A Seon Online Retreat

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

Registration:           £80 — £240

Dānanandi Sangha:     £0     As a regular donor to Gaia House you are contributing already. Thank you.

A note on dana/generosity
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