Online: Jhanas, Insight, and Dependent Origination

Online retreat with Leigh Brasington and assisted by Matt Harvey

Friday, 19 August – Monday, 29 August (10 nights)


Participants need to have completed two seven-night residential (or online) silent Insight Meditation retreats previously.


LEIGH BRASINGTON has been practising meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his own in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America and is the author of the book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas and Dependent Origination and Emptiness: Streams of Dependently Arising Processes Interacting. . Find more information about Leigh’s teaching and schedule at

Listen to one of Leigh Brasington's Talks given at Gaia House on 19.10.2013: Nibbana (and Q&A) (Duration 69:11)

Assisted by

MATT HARVEY has been practising Buddhist meditation since 2008 in the early Buddhist and Zen traditions. He has been studying with Leigh Brasington in the tradition of Ven. Ayya Khema since a transformative retreat at Gaia House in 2013. Matt believes passionately in sharing these practices for the benefit of all.



Retreat description

This retreat combines the two main elements of the Buddha’s model of liberation: cultivating the meditative absorptions (jhanas), which lead to calm and clarity; and using the concentrated mind to gain insight into the nature of reality

We will explore the insight practices given in the famous Satipatthana Sutta and we will also delve extensively into the Buddha’s teaching of the dependent origination (paticca samuppada) of phenomena.

The retreat is limited to 36 participants, enabling the teachers to meet individually with retreatants for practice interviews.  With spaces limited it is important that all registrants take advantage of this unique offering so we encourage you to only book this retreat if you feel sure of being able to join, and are also able to attend all the 11.00am and 8.00pm sessions.


The format will include individual meditation, instructions and an evening Dharma talk. Each student will have three one-on-one individual interviews with the teachers over the course of the retreat.


All times shown are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

wake up – 10.30 am             Morning individual meditation
11.00 am – 12.30 pm            Morning Instructions (Matt)
3.30 pm – 7.00 pm                Interviews (Leigh and Matt) or individual meditation
8.00 pm – 9.30 pm                Evening Dharma Talk (Leigh)
9.30 pm  – sleep                    Late night individual meditation

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 teachers. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to Leigh and Matt at the end of the retreat.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Leigh and Matt via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Jhanas, insight and dependent origination’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House.   If you wish to offer support to either the General Fund or the Residential Service Community please go to our support us page on our website.  Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us to continue offering the teachings of the Dharma from our centre in Devon and online.

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,

Online: Jhanas, Insight, and Dependent Origination

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:         £180 — £500 (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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