Being Touched by This World

Residential retreat

 

Wednesday, 16 February – Monday, 21 February 2022 (5 nights)

With Kirsten Kratz, assisted by Julia Wallond

 

Teacher

Image of teacherKIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006 and since 2015 she has been ‘teacher in residence’ supporting those on personal retreat at Gaia House. Her love and understanding of Dharma has been strongly influenced by, among others, the teachings of her friend and teacher colleague, Rob Burbea. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time, and Kirsten sees her involvement in activism as an important expression of her practice. Kirsten is co-initiator of the “Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement” (DANCE) and supporting teacher of Freely Given Retreats.

Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz's Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)

Assisted by:

JULIA WALLOND has been meditating regularly since 2005, mainly with teachers at Gaia House. She is currently a student in the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme, and teaches with her local community meditation group in Machynlleth, Wales. She enjoys exploring Dharma in everyday life and particularly how it can support us in engaging with the climate and social crises of our times.

Experience required

This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.

Retreat description

Opening to the demands of our personal life and to the challenges of our times can feel overwhelming. It not only requires us to keep stretching our heart but also, at times, to challenge and take a stance. This can be seen as a burden or as a precious invitation to cultivate and bring forth the very best in us, to step into the beautiful potential of being truly human. What can nourish and sustain us on this journey, allowing us to more fully express our love and care for this life and this world?

During our time together we will explore these themes, drawing upon supportive meditative tools, including guided meditative interactive practices inspired by the ‘Work That Reconnects‘  by Joanna Macy.

There will be meditation instructions, guided practices, reflections and opportunities to meet with the teacher.

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:£435Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£330Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£275A subsidised rate to support practice
Young Persons Rate:£99For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
FAB Fund Rate:£165For 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

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. Prior to your retreat, we will send some more information about what to expect whilst at Gaia House.

Please click here for more detailed information on how we are creating as supportive and safe a retreat environment as possible under the covid regulations that may still be in place.

Please note:
  • If you have covid-19 symptoms during your retreat you will be able to stay in isolation in your allocated room 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, 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 2021/22

To support more socially-distanced retreats in the short term and our development into the future, we are excited to have completed our new shower block, while work on our new Dartmoor Wing is progressing well. These two new buildings will double the number of single rooms and shower/toilet spaces we can offer to group retreatants, enabling our site to catch up with the vast numbers of people now visiting Gaia House each year, and help us increase accessibility. 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

 

Being Touched by This World


Wednesday 16 Feb – Monday 21 Feb 2022 (5 nights)

Retreat Code: 22134


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else you must make a separate booking for each person.

Spaces Available

Standard Rate:£435Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£330Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£275A 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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