Creative, Living Dharma: Practising with the similes of the Buddha

Residential retreat

 

Monday, 20 June – Sunday, 26 June 2022 (6 nights)

With Jaya Rudgard and Caroline Jones

 

Teachers

JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally. She also studies and teaches qigong.

Listen to one of Jaya Rudgard's Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)

 

CAROLINE JONES has been practising meditation since 1989. She started teaching in 2006, and now teaches at Gaia House and internationally. She also has spent time as a resident teacher at Gaia House. Caroline has been resident teacher at the Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts since December 2015.

Listen to one of Caroline Jones's talks given at the Insight Meditation Center in December 2020: Contemplating Impermanence, Part 1. December 2020 (Duration 20:54)

 

Experience required

To attend this retreat you need to have a total of 14 days’ previous meditation retreat experience that can be accumulated from shorter retreats. Seven days of this must be from a silent residential retreat setting; the remaining experience could be from residential or online retreats.

Retreat description

Imagery and metaphor were central to the way that the Buddha taught. This retreat will take a deeper, contemplative dive into some of the similes of the early Buddhist texts. As we cultivate the meditative skills of samatha (calm abiding) and metta (loving kindness), we will draw on both this rich tradition and our own contemporary experience. Observing the world within and around us, we can breathe life into these timeless wisdom teachings and uncover their liberating potential for ourselves.

This retreat will also include some mindful movement (Qigong).

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).

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Standard Rate:£522Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£396Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£330A subsidised rate to support practice
Young Persons Rate:£119For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
FAB Fund Rate:£198For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Camping£297Limited places are available, please ring to book

 

Camping

In addition to our in-house accommodation, we can offer a few camping places during the warmer months.

  • Limited number of camping places available, please call to check availability and to book (booking is not possible online).
  • Each retreatant needs to bring their own tent (small one/two person tents only).
  • Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared with the in-house occupants.
  • Please note: In poor weather we cannot accommodate campers in the house.

Dana/generosity

None of your registration fee goes to the teachers. 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 Jaya and Caroline, 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.

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.

Please note:
  • 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 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 2022

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 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.

  • 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

 

Creative, Living Dharma: practising with the similes of the Buddha


Monday 20 June – Sunday 26 June 2022 (6 nights)

Retreat Code: 22149


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

Spaces Available

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Standard Rate:£522Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£396Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£330A 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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