Online: Settling with What Is

Online retreat with Alan Lewis and Laura Bridgman

Thursday, 17 March – Monday, 21 March 2022

 

We are now offering this retreat online

The retreat is open to all, including beginners and those with prior retreat experience.

Teachers

ALAN LEWIS has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1970s. He spent 17 years as a Theravadin Buddhist monk and disrobed in December 2000. He now runs an IT business in Devon with his wife Vanessa, with whom he built and maintains the Gaia House website and Zen Moments.org.

Listen to one of Alan Lewis's Talks given at Gaia House on 18.01.2019: Investigation and Release (Duration 51:05)

 

 

LAURA BRIDGMAN began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.

 

 

Retreat description

All too often in our daily lives we are gripped by a stressful momentum – feeling a sense of lack and incompleteness, we strain towards some imagined future circumstance which we hope will provide relief from the stress we feel. However, the essence of practice is to see and know, as purely as we can, our direct experience in the moment, finding resolution right within what IS, rather than trying to push past our current circumstances.

On this retreat we will emphasise a settling into being present with what IS, so that the deeper layers of being become apparent, and the need to strive for something “other” is allayed.

Amidst these challenging times, we will approach this practice together in a kind, relaxed and curious way, setting the compass such that the seeds of insight and liberation can increasingly be sown through all the activities of our lives.

Format

This retreat will be supported by meditation guidance, talks and opportunities for questions, as well as periods of open practice where we’ll suggest particular contemplations to support you integrating the teachings in your daily life. Participants can practice in a formal posture, or include and explore some of the activities of their daily lives.  As a minimum, please try to attend the sessions shown in bold on the schedule below,

Schedule

All times shown are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Thursday 17 March

Evening

19:30-21:00         Opening Talk and meditation

Friday 18 March

Morning

07:30                   Sitting meditation
9:30-10:45          Session 1: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

 Afternoon

14:00                   Mindful movement
14:30-15:45        Session 2: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

Evening

19:30-21:00         Dhamma talk and meditation & Q&A

Saturday 19 March

Morning

07:30                   Sitting meditation
9:30-10:45          Session 3: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

Afternoon

14:00                   Mindful movement
14:30-15:45        Session 4: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

Evening

19:30-21:00         Dhamma talk and meditation & Q&A

Sunday 20 March

Morning

07:30                   Sitting meditation
9:30-10:45          Session 5: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

 Afternoon

14:00                   Mindful movement
14:30-15:45        Session 6: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integration practices

Evening

19:30-21:00         Dhamma talk and meditation & Q&A

Monday 21 March

Morning

07:30                   Sitting meditation
9:30-12:00          Closing session: Dhamma reflections, guided meditation, and integrating the retreat insights and practices into daily life

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.

Enquiries

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, you can send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk.

Dana/generosity

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 Alan and Laura at the end of the retreat.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Alan and Laura via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Settling with What Is’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/.  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, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Registrations for this retreat are now closed.