The Freedom of an Awakened Heart

Residential retreat


Monday, 11 July – Sunday, 17 July 2022 (6 nights)

With Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde assisted by Tony O’Connor

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If you wish to camp, places are available please see below.


ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Meeting Uncertainty with Wisdom and Courage: Perennial Teachings for a Changing World retreat on 07.06/2021: Anicca Brings Possibilities (Duration 40:35)

NATHAN GLYDE has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva whose retreats emphasise wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service.

Listen to one of Nathan Glyde’s Talks given at Gaia House on 15.12.20: Anattā and Mettā (Duration 45:31)


Assisted by

Image of teacherTONY O'CONNOR has been practicing meditation since the mid 90's in both the Insight Meditation and Korean Seon traditions, trained under the guidance of Martine Batchelor and completed the Bodhi College Dharma Teacher Training Programme. He is interested in exploring how Dharma teachings can be integrated into our daily lives and inform the issues of our time.


Experience required

This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.

Retreat description

The Buddha’s clarifying teachings are an invitation to unbind the heart-mind from troubling habits. They stand as a wake up call to the possibility of a freedom that is sensitive and wise from beginning to end.
To walk this path we need to remember to embody our innate ability to be present and connected to life as it happens. And to bring creativity and intelligence to how things dependently unfold. That is to say, to be attuned to the boundless possibilities here in the midst of our life. For everything that depends, deepens into release, and it all depends.

This residential retreat will also be livestreamed to people who wish to participate remotely online. If you wish to book the remote, online retreat click here. Information on this page is for the residential retreat happening at Gaia House

What can I expect on a residential retreat that is livestreamed?

Much care is taken to ensure that a livestreamed residential retreat remains a simplified, calm and well-held retreat space, like any other residential retreat.

Here is some practical information about how it works:

  • You will be sharing the retreat experience with people who are remotely attending the retreat online. Most of the time you will not see or hear those online and they will not be able to see or hear you.
  • The teachers may, at limited times, wish for those in the hall to see and hear the online participants, or vice versa, within the context of the retreat, and with your consent.
  •  If you ask a question during the retreat, the teacher will repeat your question and then answer, so those online will be able to hear the question, the teachers will also do this for those asking questions online.
  • There is very little equipment in the hall, so that the aesthetic remains simple and calm. At the front of the hall, there will be a small camera on a tripod facing the teachers (approximately 1 foot high) and also a small microphone.  There will also be a small laptop out of view, which at times one of the teachers may go and view.
  • Usually one member of staff will offer minimal tech support in the hall, and will do this job discretely and mindfully, upholding the silent atmosphere of the hall. This might involve turning the laptop on, and starting the livestream, for example.
  •  All other teaching and tech support for the online retreatants is conducted away from the meditation hall.


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



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.


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 Zohar and Nathan, 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,


The Freedom of an Awakened Heart


Monday 11 July – Sunday 17 July 2022 (6 nights)

Retreat Code: 22151

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