The Freedom of an Awakened Heart (online)

Online retreat, live-streamed from Gaia House


With Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde assisted by Monica Antunes

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



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

MONICA ANTUNES has been practicing Buddhist meditation in Burma and the West since 2008 and has been invited to teach in 2017 under the guidance of Guy Armstrong and Rob Burbea. She also teaches mindfulness in the context of humanitarian interventions for child protection, works as a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy trainer at OTIUM Cancer Centre in Geneva, Switzerland and supports medical research.

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 online retreat will be live-streamed from Gaia House, if you wish to attend in person at Gaia House, please book by clicking here.


This retreat allows us to join with those on retreat at Gaia House as we join the Meditation Hall to practice together.  As online participants we will have a window into Gaia House and be viewing and listening to the teachers at the front of the Meditation Hall.

  • The retreat can be attended, if your circumstances allow, as fully as if in the house, the teachers encourage attendance, as a minimum, for the three main teaching sessions each day — although these will be recorded if you need to miss one or to enable you to join from a different time zone
  • Monica Antunes may hold small group meetings for those online, during the retreat
  • Recordings of the main sessions and any resources will be shared on an online retreat noticeboard
  • Questions can be asked by using a form on the noticeboard
Although all efforts have been made to ensure that live-streaming is possible from Gaia House, we are in a rural location and at times there can be a loss of connectivity.

Recordings of the essential sessions from the house will be made available at a later time  and we will endeavour to provide short recordings for participants to practice with for the duration of any time whilst the connectivity is down.


All times shown are in British Summer Time (BST)

The schedule will follow that of the house and full details will be made available nearer the time.  A guide to timing is below, but please note these timings are subject to change:

Monday, 11 July

The opening session starts at 7.00 pm online

Tuesday – Saturday

The daily schedule runs from 6.25 am – 9.15 pm and you are welcome to join all or any of the sessions during the day (please stay for the whole session).

We would encourage your intention to commit to attending the three essential sessions of the day preferably live, but if your situation does not allow this it would be beneficially to listen to the recording at a later time.  The times of these sessions are:

  • 9.30 am — Morning instructions
  • 2.30 pm — Guided Meditation
  • 7.30 pm — Evening Dharma talk

The retreat will end at approximately 12.00 noon

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 We will respond as quickly as possible, but we have a reduced team during this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual.


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

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

To offer dana to Zohar and Nathan, please go via their website: You can use PayPal, international credit or debit cards, and bank transfer.  You may also offer dana via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Freedom of Heart – Zohar and Nathan’ 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.

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,


Online: The Freedom of an Awakened Heart

To register for this retreat:
  1. Please look at the rates listed below and enter the amount appropriate to you in the amount box.
  2. Then complete the registration form.
  3. Please read our Booking & cancellation conditions before completing your booking.

Registration is on a sliding-scale starting at £0. 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 suggested registration band is too high for you, you can enter the amount you are able to pay.

Registration:         £120 — £320 (if this amount is too high, please feel welcome to pay what is appropriate for your current circumstances)

Dānanandi Sangha:       £0     As a regular donor to Gaia House you are contributing already. Thank you.

A note on dana/generosity
None of your registration fee goes to the teacher(s). Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teacher(s) at the end of the event.

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