Cultivating a Path of Ease and Freedom

Residential retreat

 

Friday, 11 March – 13, March 2022 (2 nights)

With Jenny Wilks and Venerable Canda

 

Teachers

JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s and has an MA in Indian religions. She has taught at Gaia House since 2008, as well as at the Barn Retreat in Devon, and for the Mindfulness Network. She trained in clinical psychology and has taught mindfulness-based approaches in healthcare settings. In recent years her practice has included exploration of deep ecology and nature-based approaches to psychosocial and spiritual well-being.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks' Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

 

VEN. CANDA began meditating in 1996 with S.N. Goenka and spent the next 7 years deepening her practice in India. She ordained as a Buddhist nun in Burma in 2006 and subsequently took full bhikkhuni ordination with Ajahn Brahm.

Her approach to meditation focuses on kindness and letting go as a means to deepening stillness and is increasingly informed by the Early Buddhist Suttas. Ven. Canda founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project with Ajahn Brahm - a UK charity aimed at establishing a nun's monastery in the UK.

 

Experience required

The retreat is suitable for people who are new to meditation and for experienced meditators who would like to refresh their practice.

Retreat description

Meditation is a central part of the Buddhist path, yet the term can cover many different practices and approaches. This weekend retreat will explore how we can wisely approach meditation in ways that empower mindfulness and cultivate qualities of kindness and ease, both in meditation and daily life. We will aim to see more clearly how the attitudes and intentions we bring to meditation can best support us in both enjoying and benefiting from practice, as well as in avoiding potential pitfalls.

There will be guided and silent meditation, short talks, and time for questions and discussion.

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:£186Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£144Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£118A subsidised rate to support practice
Young Persons Rate:£43For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
FAB Fund Rate:£72For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

 

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 each retreat, there is an opportunity to make a dana offering to Jenny and Ven Canda, 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 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 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

 

Cultivating a Path of Ease and Freedom


Friday 11 Mar – Sunday 13 Mar 2022 (2 nights)

Retreat Code: 22137


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

Spaces Available

Standard Rate:£186Includes a donation to the General Fund, which will help sustain Gaia House into the future
Basic Rate:£144Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Supported Rate:£118A 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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