Work Retreat

Residential retreat

 

Monday, 13 June – Thursday, 16 June 2022 (3 nights)

With Gavin Milne, assisted by Ramiro Ortega


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Teacher

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.

 

Assisted by:

RAMIRO ORTEGA has practised Buddhist meditation since 2005 and completed his training as a Dharma teacher with Bodhi College. He also teaches mindfulness courses and retreats. Ramiro has a background in Western philosophy and is interested in exploring the parallels between Ancient Greek philosophy and the Dharma. He is also training to become a philosophical counsellor.

 

 

Experience required

This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.

Retreat description

The work retreat is an opportunity to develop the practice of awakening through the type of tasks and activities that comprise much of our lives. In essence, the path of awakening is not governed by any particular situation or activity, but more the attitude and orientation we bring to life in any moment. This is valuable to explore. During this retreat we will emphasise curiosity and kindness, and practice together in both sitting meditation and whilst engaging in tasks, exploring themes such as service, continuity, intention, and opening to challenges.

Please note accommodation for this retreat will be single rooms.

Rates

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Basic Rate:£72Covers the very basic costs of running the retreat
Camping£54Limited places are available, please ring to book

Camping

In addition to our in-house accommodation, we can offer a few camping places during the warmer months.

  • Limited number of camping places available, please call to check availability and to book (booking is not possible online).
  • Each retreatant needs to bring their own tent (small one/two person tents only).
  • Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared with the in-house occupants.
  • Please note: In poor weather we cannot accommodate campers in the house.

Dana/generosity

None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. At the end of the retreat, there is an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teacher(s), the residential service team and Gaia House’s General and FAB Funds. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Gaia House and covid-19

We hope to make everyone's retreat at Gaia House as supportive as possible.

Many aspects of the retreat set-up and retreat environment will be familiar and well-known, and others may be new. As the conditions and guidelines are constantly changing, we are remaining flexible and will be reviewing what is needed at the time of each retreat. Prior to your retreat, we will send some more information about what to expect whilst at Gaia House.

From 22nd April 2022 onwards we plan to offer shared rooms again, the exact configuration of rooms will depend on the covid situation and the government guidelines at the time.

A limited number of single rooms will be available. Requests for single rooms must be made at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed. Priority is given to those with specific medical needs and age considerations.

Please click here for more detailed information on how we are creating as supportive and safe a retreat environment as possible under the covid regulations that may still be in place.

Please note:
  • If you have covid-19 symptoms during your retreat you will be able to stay in isolation for a limited period. However, we need you to have a plan in place to enable you to continue your isolation away from Gaia House, if you have travelled by public transport you will need a friend or family member to collect you.

Arrival and departure times

  • Arrive for registration between 2.00pm-4.45pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 4.00pm on the final day of the retreat.

Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:

  • We will need everyone to commit to the full duration of their retreat; early or late arrivals will not be possible at this time.  Extra nights will also not be possible.

Building work during 2022

To support more socially-distanced retreats in the short term and our development into the future, we are excited to have completed our new shower block, while work on our new Dartmoor Wing is progressing well. These two new buildings will double the number of single rooms and shower/toilet spaces we can offer to group retreatants, enabling our site to catch up with the vast numbers of people now visiting Gaia House each year, and help us increase accessibility. We will take all possible care to minimise disruption by scheduling noisier work to take place between retreats. However, there may be some noise at Gaia House during this time.

Cancellation terms & conditions

If you find it necessary to cancel your booking because of a positive covid-19 test, a full refund will be available. Please note this does not include any travel costs you may have incurred. In all other circumstances, our standard cancellation terms and conditions apply. If there is an outbreak of covid within the residential staff community, the retreat may be closed early, however, a refund will be offered for the remaining days of the retreat if this occurs.

 

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

 

Work Retreat – (Waiting List)

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Monday 13 June – Thursday 16 June 2022 (3 nights)

Retreat Code: 22148


Retreat fullThis retreat is full

Join the Waiting List


Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to register your interest and complete the checkout process. No payment is required for joining the list. We will then contact you if a place becomes available.

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