A Home in Awareness

Meditation Day at Gaia House


Monday, 19 September 2022

With Gavin Milne



GAVIN MILNE has been practicing the Dharma since 2004 and teaching since 2015. He is especially interested in the role and relevance of these teachings towards the individual, relational and societal transformations being called for in this era. And as such embracing and exploring practice in all areas of our life.

Experience required

This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.

Retreat description

Life can often feel like a non-stop juggling of present, future and even past circumstances, where we somehow never quite arrive at where we need to be – perhaps more so in troubled and challenging times like these.

And yet past and future don’t exist – there is just this. The Buddha’s path is one of waking up fully to this – the only place that peace and liberation can be found, and wise and compassionate responses to life can occur; the type the world seems to be needing from us right now. In this way, no situation is that different from another, and it is possible to be increasingly awake to them all. So this timeless sensitive awareness is our practice, but it can also become our abiding home – the only place we need to be.

In this day of practice, we’ll connect with and nurture this inner home, as well as the intention to be more awake to our whole unfolding life. Making use of the support of a day in silence to calm and resource for a time, we will also reflect on some of the possibilities this profound boundless quality offers ourselves and the world at this time.

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Basic Rate:£36Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Young Persons Rate:£11For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
FAB Fund Rate:£18For more details please see the Financial Assistance page


None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. 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 Gavin, 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 develop covid-19 symptoms during the day 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 get home if you are unable to travel as you arrived, you will need a friend or family member to collect you.

Arrival and departure times

Please arrive between 8.30am - 9.15am to register.
The retreat will end at approximately 5.15pm.

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


Meditation Day: A Home in Awareness


Monday 19 September 2022

Retreat code:  22159

Arrival and departure times

Please arrive between 8.30am - 9.15am to register.
The retreat will end at approximately 5.15pm.

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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Basic Rate:£36Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
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