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Settling with What Is

A Gaia House residential retreat

Thursday, 26 August – Monday, 30 August (4 nights)

With Alan Lewis and Laura Bridgman


Retreat fullThis retreat is full

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Teachers

ALAN LEWIS has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1970s. He spent 17 years as a Theravadin Buddhist monk and disrobed in December 2000. He now runs an IT business in Devon with his wife Vanessa, with whom he built and maintains the Gaia House website and Zen Moments.org.

Listen to one of Alan Lewis's Talks given at Gaia House on 18.01.2019: Investigation and Release (Duration 51:05)

 

 

LAURA BRIDGMAN began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.

 

Experience required

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

Retreat description

All too often in our daily lives we are gripped by a stressful momentum – feeling a sense of lack and incompleteness, we strain towards some imagined future circumstance which we hope will provide relief from the stress we feel. However, the essence of practice is to see and know, as purely as we can, our direct experience in the moment, finding resolution right within what IS, rather than trying to push past our current circumstances. On this retreat we will emphasise a settling back into being present with what IS, so that the deeper layers of being become apparent, and the need to strive for something “other” is allayed.

Rates

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 rates are too high for you, we invite you to apply for support from our Financial Assistance and Bursaries Fund (FAB Fund).

Standard Rate:£332Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£256Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£212A subsidised rate to support practice
Young Persons Rate:£77For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
FAB Fund Rate:£128For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Dana/generosity

None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. At the end of each retreat, there is an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teacher(s), the residential service team and Gaia House’s General and FAB Funds. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

 

Gaia House and covid-19

After more than a year without any residential retreats, we can’t wait to welcome you back here again. Offering retreats under the current circumstances is unknown territory for us all, and we hope to make everyone’s retreat at Gaia House as supportive as possible.

Many aspects of the retreat set-up and retreat environment will be familiar and well-known, and others may be new. As the conditions and guidelines are constantly changing, we are remaining flexible and will be reviewing what is needed at the time of each retreat.

Please click here for more detailed information on how we hope to co-create as supportive and safe a retreat environment as possible, under the covid regulations that may still be in place.

Please note:
  • There is a requirement that you will need to have been based in the UK for 14 days prior to the retreat start date, due to current regulations around the pandemic.
  • If you have covid-19 symptoms during your retreat, there will be a facility available for your isolation for a limited period. However, we need you to have a plan in place to enable you to continue your isolation away from Gaia House, i.e. if you have travelled by public transport you will need a friend or family member to collect you.

Arrival and departure times

  • Arrive for registration between 2.00pm-4.45pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
Please note:
  • We will need everyone to commit to the full duration of their retreat; early or late arrivals won’t be possible at this time. Extra nights will also not be possible.

Building work during 2021

To support more socially-distant retreats in the short term and our development into the future, we are excited to have started work on our new Dartmoor Wing and shower block. The new buildings will enable us to double the number of single rooms we can offer to group retreatants, and more than double the shower/toilet spaces. We will take all possible care to minimise disruption by scheduling noisier work to take place between retreats. However, there may be some noise at Gaia House during this time.

Cancellation terms & conditions

If you find it necessary to cancel your booking due to covid-19 related reasons, a full refund will be available. Please note this does not include any travel costs you may have incurred. In all other circumstances, our standard cancellation terms and conditions apply. If there is an outbreak of covid within the residential staff community, the retreat will be closed early and a refund will be offered for the remaining days of the retreat.

 

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

 

Settling with What Is (Waiting List)

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Thursday 26 Aug – Monday 30 Aug 2021 (4 nights)


Retreat Code = 21142

This retreat is now full.

Standard Rate:£332Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£256Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£212A subsidised rate to support practice

For a Young Persons or FAB Fund place, please see our Financial Assistance page and book your place by contacting our Admin team.

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