The Wisdom of Compassion

Online five-week course with Nathan Glyde

Mondays, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2022

from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm (BST)


This retreat is open to all, including beginners and those with experience. Please join us.


NATHAN GLYDE has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva whose retreats emphasise wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service.

Listen to one of Nathan Glyde’s Talks given at Gaia House on 15.12.20: Anattā and Mettā (Duration 45:31)

Course description

Compassion and wisdom are closely related. Grounding ourselves in insight, we prepare the soil for kindness. For example, when we sense into our interconnectedness and realise how much we all share, compassion grows as our sense of separation fades. Each time boundaries meet wisdom, they dissolve, and our hearts expand wider. Emptiness teachings are the wise antithesis of meaninglessness and disconnection. Dependent origination sees beyond all apparent limitations and invites the heart into its potential boundlessness.

On this 5 week course we will explore teachings and practices that invite and sustain well-being and spaciousness; deepen our understanding of emptiness and dependent origination; and empower us to act with kindness and compassion.

Format and Schedule

Monday evenings, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 2022
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm (BST)

The course will run over the five Mondays in May.  To benefit from the teachings we recommend that all sessions are attended, whether this is in person or by listening to the recordings.

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 Nathan at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Nathan, through his website or via the Gaia House website by clicking here. On the Gaia House website, please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Nathan — 5 week course’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House, there are the options to support: the residential community, the general fund and/or the teachers.  Please click here to go to our website.

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,


Registration is no longer available for this course.