Online: Exploring Vedana

Online six-week course with Juha Penttilä

Sunday evenings, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

15, 22 May and 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2022


This course is not recommended for people with less than a year of practice.


Image of TeacherJUHA PENTTILÄ has been practicing meditation since 2002. He has spent extended periods of time on retreats and in monasteries in Asia and Europe and is one of the founding members of Nirodha, the Finnish Insight Meditation practice community. Juha completed his Insight Meditation teacher training in 2020. In addition to exploring meditation, Juha’s teaching is influenced by the current climate crisis and engaged perspectives into the Dharma.


Course description

In this six week course we will be exploring vedana, the second satipatthana or foundation of mindfulness. The foundations of mindfulness teachings help direct our attention to areas of experience which support meditative deepening, as well as an understanding of how suffering is fabricated in the mind through reactivity. Vedana refers to the feeling tone of any perception, which can be sensed as one of three kinds: pleasant, unpleasant or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant. The meditative exploration into vedana on this course begins an unfolding journey of insight into understanding the basic reactivity of the mind, themes of fabrication of perception, the nature of dependent origination, as well as the emptiness of vedana itself.


During the evenings there will be guided meditation, Dharma talk and/or instructions and the chance to ask questions.  There will also be the opportunity to join a peer led daily meditation sit.  Optional small group meetings will be offered throughout the course.


All times shown are in British Summer time

Sundays, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
  • 15 May
  • 22 May
  • 29 May (no session this week)
  • 5 June
  • 12 June
  • 19 June
  • 26 June

Please make it your intention to attend the sessions in person as this helps to support the group and you.   We understand that this may not always be possible, so for those who are unable to attend a session a recording will be made available.

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


None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to Juha at the end of the course.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Juha via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Exploring  Vedana’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here:  This team is responding to email and telephone enquiries for both our online and residential retreats, alongside supporting our retreatants during their stay at Gaia House.


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,

Registration for this course has now closed.