Timeless presence in daily life – Spring 2022 series

A series of three online morning retreats with Leela Sarti

Sundays:  3 April,  8 May and 12 June 2022

9.30 am – 12.30 pm



These retreat mornings are open to all.


LEELA SARTI has been a student of the Buddha's teachings and practices since she was 16 years old. She lives with her family in Sweden and in addition to teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally works individually with students in her psychotherapy practice in Stockholm. She is a long term student of the Diamond Approach and part of a teacher training program in that tradition.

Listen to one of Leela Sarti's Talks at Gaia House. 19.10.2015: Bowing to Instinct and Embracing Desire (Duration 51:54)


Retreat description

Welcome to a series of Sunday morning retreats exploring the possibility of being grounded in the depth of timeless presence in the midst of daily life. We will inquire how to live a full life from silence and emptiness, and yet being yourself in peace with others, and doing what needs to be done.

A day of retreat is, for a brief time, to stop the momentum of the world so that which is profound and real may emerge and be embodied. A human life infused with meaning, freedom and love, a fulfilling life, means to develop a taste for certain values; a taste for truth, depth and simplicity of being. You do not need to achieve these qualities, you just need to appreciate them and orient yourself towards them, allowing yourself the time and opportunity for them to emerge and become an integrated part of your life. With a spirit of curiosity and kindness, we will engage in meditative and inquiry practices that support realignment, deep rest, letting go and embodiment. If you have the possibility you may wish to spend this day in silence and use the morning teaching and practice as the start of your day of retreat.

Participants are invited to register for the whole series although each day can also be booked as a standalone retreat day.

Day 1 — Depth, rest and stillness. Practicing beyond life and death (3 April )

There is a momentum in life; we rise, live as best as we can and fall asleep. We go through life stages and a multitude of challenges. We remember, regret, our lives now shaped by life gone by. We plan ahead, hope, fear and dream of what is yet to come.  There is no stopping of this incessant stream, and yet a day of retreat offers a sacred territory to simply stop. To pull the brakes, to enter the still point and linger there. Beyond the momentum of life there is timeless presence, there is profound stillness and we can incline our heart, mind and spirit to that still point and let ourselves be unburdened.

Day 2  — Living a life of courage and ease (8 May)

A day of retreat opens the possibility to turn to our dissatisfaction, distraction and restlessness, so that we may remember and live from the deeper stream.  The practice of the noble eightfold path trains heart, mind and presence and weaves habits of integrity, truth and value. It is a training to care and dare to live this life that we have been given; with openness, curiosity, kindness and courage, and to do what needs to be done, to make this precious life count.

Day 3 — Feeling at home (12 June)

How can we feel at home in our own skin and in the very circumstances of our life? How can we awaken an awareness and a heart that embraces life, dukkha and beyond?

To live life with integrity, sensitivity and openness requires heart presence. It is in the heart that we digest life experience and it is the heart of compassion, kindness and equanimity that can embrace the challenges and the sorrow of life. To know our heart is to be intimate with life, the meaning and the joy of living.

Format and timings

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

The morning will include guided meditation, Dharma talk, inquiry and an opportunity to ask questions and share reflections with the teacher and the group.

There will be a comfort break midway through the morning.

We ask for your intention to commit to attending the whole morning retreat for each day.  If you are unable to attend one of the mornings, recordings will be available on the retreat noticeboard at a later time.

The times shown are in UK time (BST).

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 info@gaiahouse.co.uk 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 Leela at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Leela via PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Leelasarti

Dana can also be offered to Leela via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Leela-Spring 22‘ 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


Booking has closed for the three days, but you may wish to book on the individual days remaining:

Living a life of courage and ease — 8 May

Feeling at Home — 12 June