Meditation Practice amidst the Climate, Ecological and Social Justice Crisis
Friday, 16 December – Monday, 19 December 2022 (3 nights)
With Yanai Postelnik
TeacherYANAI POSTELNIK first encountered the teachings of the Buddha while travelling in Asia in 1989, and has been teaching Insight Meditation and Buddhist practice internationally for 30 years. Yanai is much inspired by the Thai forest tradition, and the transformative power of the natural world. He is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, and a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts. Since 2018 Yanai has devoted a significant amount of his time to activism and nonviolent civil disobedience, calling for an appropriate response by government, to the climate, ecological and social justice emergency of our time. Having grown up in New Zealand, with parents of European and Asian heritage, Yanai lives with his wife Catherine McGee in Devon, England.
Listen to one of Yanai Postelnik's Talks given at Gaia House on 02.09.2013: The Art of Unknowing (Duration 61:05)
Experience requiredThis retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.
In this Insight Meditation and Loving Kindness retreat, we will be invited to establish a foundation of wakefulness through being present with our immediate experience, and to turn our hearts towards loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. As meditators seeking to meet and respond to the immense challenges of our times, these noble heart qualities support both our inner wellbeing and our outer engagement. There will be meditation guidance, teachings and time for sharing together as we explore these themes.
RatesPlease 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).
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|Standard Rate:||£279||Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future|
|Basic Rate:||£216||Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat|
|Supported Rate:||£177||A subsidised rate to support practice|
|Young Persons Rate:||£65||For more details please see the Financial Assistance page|
|FAB Fund Rate:||£108||For more details please see the Financial Assistance page|
Dana/generosityNone of your registration fee goes to the teacher. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. At the end of the 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-19We 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.
From 22nd April 2022 onwards we plan to offer shared rooms again, the exact configuration of rooms will depend on the covid situation and the government guidelines at the time.
A limited number of single rooms will be available. Requests for single rooms must be made at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed. Priority is given to those with specific medical needs and age considerations.
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.
- If you have covid-19 symptoms during your retreat you will be able to stay in 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, 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 4.00pm on the final day of the retreat.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
- We will need everyone to commit to the full duration of their retreat; early or late arrivals will not be possible at this time. Extra nights will also not be possible.
Building work during 2022To 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 & conditionsIf you find it necessary to cancel your booking because of a positive covid-19 test, 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 may be closed early, however, a refund will be offered for the remaining days of the retreat if this occurs.
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.
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.
Boundless Heart, Vulnerable Life
Friday 16 December – Monday 19 December 2022 (3 nights)
Retreat Code: 22168
Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else you must make a separate booking for each person.
To register for this retreat:
- Select the rate that is appropriate to you
- Press ‘Add to Basket’
- On the next screen, press ‘Proceed to checkout’
- Complete the checkout form and press ‘Place order’