Open for Insight — a spacious practice weekend

Online retreat with Gavin Milne

Friday, 1 July – Sunday, 3 July 2022


This retreat is open to all, including beginners and those with experience. Teaching and guidance will be offered online in the morning and the evening, with the rest of the day free left open for you to follow your own schedule and to further explore the ideas we’ve shared. Please join us.


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.


Retreat description

An experience of insight can be like a revelation – a sudden ‘aha’ moment into our interconnected nature, arising out of our interconnected nature, in the here and now. It can change our lives, and in doing so change the world.

It is not something we can make happen in a moment, but something that can visit if we put down our arguments with life, give attention to what is, and relax into simply being. In this way, it is not separate from the flow of life itself. It is not separate from the healing of life itself. Beyond a wise set of practices for wellbeing, the Buddha’s path opens us to this liberating and transformative Insight.

In this spacious practice weekend, we will explore the noble turning of the heart towards simplicity, both in formal practice, and informally. Including, if you wish, time being and receiving life outdoors. Less pursuing, less distraction, and less agitation. Through this noble turning towards less rather than more, we start to steady the water of our heart and open to insight. In its clear reflection, as Rumi says, “the world can become ‘too full to talk about’ “.


Teachings and guidance will be offered in the morning and the evening, with the rest of the days free to explore in walking, light tasks, time outside and rest. The open schedule also presents an ideal opportunity to embed this practice orientation into your daily life.


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

Please make it your intention to attend all sessions shown in bold.

Friday, 1 July
  • 8.00 pm — Opening session
Saturday, 2 July
  • 7.00 am
  • 9.30-11.00 am
  • 7.00-9.00 pm
Sunday, 3 July
  • 7.00 am
  • 9.30-11.00 am
  • 7.00-8.00 pm (approx end time)

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

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Gavin via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Gavin – Open to insight’ 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: Open for insight

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:         £30 — £90 (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.

  • Registration form

    To thank and honour those who choose to make regular contributions to our beloved Dharma centre, we have created the Dānanandi Sangha ‘the community that delights in giving’. Click here to find out more and sign up.

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