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Stillness Moving – The Play of Opposites

Online retreat with Kirsten Kratz and Jaya Rudgard

Wednesday, 3 March – Sunday, 7 March 2021


For anybody who feels a connection to Gaia House and/or the Insight Meditation tradition and who has attended at least one week of a silent residential meditation retreat.

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” (T.S. Eliot)




Recordings from recent retreats offered by Jaya and Kirsten.

Guided Meditation — Friday, 1 January

09 Morniing Guided Meditation – New Year Gathering – Kirsten Kratz -1Jan21










Retreat description

Buddhist teachings invite us to look closely, courageously and kindly into life, opening our hearts and our minds. Many of us, to make sense of the complexity and often contradictory nature of our experience, have a tendency to polarise. Our minds become caught in one perspective, perceiving life in terms of a dividing “either-or”. This way of perceiving can be helpful and skilful at times but is also limiting if taken unexamined as “the way things really are.”

On this retreat we will meditatively and playfully investigate our notions and assumptions of so-called opposites and the role of perception in creating our worlds. We will explore stillness and movement, sound and silence, inner and outer, to discover the freedom that can come from balance and clear seeing in a perpetually changing world.


There will be meditation instructions, guided practices including movement, reflections and optional small groups facilitated by Kirsten and Jaya.


Participants are requested to commit to attending as many sessions as possible and as a minimum those marked in bold on the schedule. If for any reason one of these sessions is missed, participants can catch up by listening to the recording.

All times shown are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


3.45pm                      Participants arriving 

4.00-5.30pm             Opening session: landing & orienting 

7.00-8.15pm              Evening practice period

8.45-9.15pm              Group sitting


7.30am                       Qigong

8.00-8.45am              Group sitting

10.30-12.00pm         Morning practice period 

2.30-3.15pm             Guided practice 

7.00-8.30pm              Evening practice period

8.45-9.15pm              Group sitting

Friday and Saturday

7.30am                       Qigong

8.00-8.45am              Group sitting

10.30-12.00pm         Morning practice period

2.30-3.30pm             Guided practice

3.45- 4.45pm             Optional small group meeting

7.00-8.30pm              Evening practice period

8.45-9.15pm              Group sitting


7.30am                       Qigong

8.00-8.45am              Group sitting

10.30-12.00pm         Morning practice period

3.00-4.30pm             Closing


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 Kirsten and Jaya via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Stillness Moving’ 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/.

Whilst our retreat centre remains closed, this team is taking care of Gaia House on the ground, as well as offering tech support for online retreats and responding to email and telephone enquiries.

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, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Registration for this retreat has now closed.