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Secular Buddhist Meditation Retreat

This retreat is for those who seek a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation but framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values. We will explore the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life, letting go of the dictates of reactivity, experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness, and cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.

Attention will be focused on the technical aspects of meditation as well as its intuitive and imaginative dimension.

The week will consist of periods of sitting and walking, instructions, discussions and talks.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Son retreat. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions – Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions – What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it’s connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)


Retreat Code = 17152

A = suitable for all

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Saturday 29 July 2017 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£385 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £327 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £462 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £385.00

Awakening Wisdom, Joy and Peace

The meditation practices of Insight and Metta (goodwill or Loving-kindness) are powerful transformative vehicles that connect us with our potential to awaken to ever deepening levels of love and wisdom in life.

We will learn the art of welcoming each moment with a kind and spacious attention, opening our hearts to ourselves and all beings, while exploring the nature of our experience and contemplating what it means to be alive. As we open to the way things are, we can rediscover the natural peace and freedom of our human hearts.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

Listen to one of Jake Dartington’s Talks given at Gaia House on 01.01.2016: Four Noble Truths (Duration 53:55)

ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Retreat Code = 17155

A = suitable for all

Thursday 17 August 2017 – Tuesday 22 August 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £275.00

Living with Illness and Loss

Facing illness and loss in our lives can be a time to slow down and look deeply into our experience. This retreat provides an opportunity to explore being present with our experience just as it is without judgement or blame, thus opening to the possibility for transformation that this approach brings. The practice of Insight Meditation will be used as the basis for exploring our relationship to bereavement and illness.

Developing greater mindfulness in times of transition, challenge and confusion can enable us to find new ways of relating to our daily lives. The retreat includes guided meditation and reflection, reflective exercises and contemplative art/writing.

Paul Burrows and Zohar Lavie offer a wealth of experience in supporting people find greater peace when facing the difficulties of illness and bereavement, through Dharma teachings and tailored meditation techniques.

This unique annual retreat has been running at Gaia House since 2011 and has received much positive feedback from participants.

Jenny Nicholson, who attended the retreat in 2016, said: “The retreat was a safe space for me to start to explore my relationship with a relatively recently diagnosed chronic illness for the first time. The silence allowed me to really be with my experience, in beautiful, therapeutic surroundings, and the daily afternoon sessions helped me to face issues and feelings in a kind and supportive environment. Going through the Brahma Viharas was perfect for me – exactly what I needed – and I have come away with a clearer feeling of wholeness and strength to help me live with the condition.”

Pau, who attended the retreat in 2016, said: “What helped me the most was to share my experience of loss with other people who were passing through a similar situation. That really changed my perspective of feeling alone in my situation and I began to realise that it is a shared experience. Seeing that made the pain of my loss become more bearable and it helped me to be more compassionate with other people and with myself. I still remember this now and I think it’s something I won’t forget.”

Thelma, who attended the retreat in 2015, said: “The retreat changed my life. That sounds like an extreme claim, but I came away knowing what I needed to do to help me cope with issues that had overwhelmed me, and it resulted in me successfully making twice-daily meditation part of my routine. I was transformed by those few days and hope to repeat the retreat next year.”

Alison, who attended the retreat in 2015, said: “I gained a lot of benefit from attending this retreat. I came on the verge of depression with repetitive thoughts of not knowing what to do, and of despair – I left with a plan! I felt in control of my life again and was much happier. I would highly recommend the course to others who are feeling lost. The teachers were excellent and assisted the participants to feel included and accepted in the group. This broke down much of the isolation that I had been feeling”.

Because of practical constraints, we request that those attending be able to manage the tasks of everyday living.

Please note the arrival time for registration for this retreat is from 14.00 until 16.30.

Click here for answers to some additional questions you may have about the retreat.

How heavy is the schedule? What does a typical day entail?

  • The daily program is lighter than an average Gaia House retreat. A typical day will include meditation sessions, teaching, and some reflections and exercises relevant to the theme of the retreat to explore how these practices can support self-care and well-being.

What if I need to take a rest?

  • Rest time will be scheduled into each day and you can rest whenever you need to. Meditation practices can be done lying down if necessary.

What are the seating options in the meditation hall?

  • In the hall people can choose to sit on chairs, or on cushions or benches on the floor, or lie down.

What is the accommodation like?

  • The accommodation in the house is basic but comfortable. We will do our best to meet requests for single rooms, but there may be a need to share. We can guarantee that people will share with no more than one other person. Bathroom facilities consist of shared bathrooms with showers.

What food is available?

  • Nourishing vegetarian or vegan food is served three times daily. A simple diet is available for people with special dietary needs.

What access is there for people with disabilities?

  • There is one bedroom and bathroom available with full wheelchair access. The meditation hall and dining room are all on the ground floor and accessible. Most of the bedrooms are upstairs.

What does the daily work period entail?

  • The one-hour work period might include vegetable chopping, washing up, or cleaning. It will be allocated to suit any physical limitations you may have.

What support is available if I encounter any problems or need help with something?

  • The teachers offer both group and individual meetings to support your practice and talk about any difficulties you are having. The staff and co-ordinators are available for help with practical questions.

What if I can’t afford to come on the retreat?

  • Our Supported rate is a subsidised rate available to anyone who cannot afford the Standard rate for the retreat. This rate is available via the online booking process.
  • If you cannot afford the Supported rate, we invite you to fill in a short, confidential application form for additional help from our Financial Assistance and Bursaries Fund (FAB Fund). This offers funding of 50% towards the standard cost of the retreat. For more information, please visit the Financial Help section of our website. Please telephone our Reception team on 01626 333613 to request a form and they will be happy to send you one.
  • We may also be able to offer flexibility around the initial deposit payment.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

  • Due to the nature of this retreat we understand that you may need to cancel your booking. Cancellations can be made by telephone or email and we will offer flexibility around our cancellation policy, taking into consideration personal circumstances.

We also recommend you visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Reception team on 01626 333613 or info@gaiahouse.co.uk


PAUL BURROWS is a student in the Insight Meditation tradition. He trained as a teacher with Christina Feldman, co-founder of Gaia House retreat centre and he now leads courses internationally. His exploring has led him through the monasteries and retreat centres of the Kathmandu Valley, India and the UK and through periods of intensive retreat practice in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He is now making a home in North London. Awakening City.com

Listen to one of Paul Burrows’ Talks at Gaia House on 22.12.2015: What’s With All This Meditation Then? (Duration 48:30)

ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Retreat Code = 17156

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Saturday 26 August 2017 – Thursday 31 August 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £245 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £208 – Available if you cannot afford the Standard Rate
Sponsor Rate:     £294 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
          For additional help with retreat costs, other options are available.

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £245.00

Mindfulness: Beyond the Eight-Week Course

This retreat is particularly designed for people who have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent and may not yet have attended a residential retreat. It will offer an opportunity to explore the familiar mindfulness practices in ways that can gently deepen our practice of non-reactive awareness.

Participants will be guided through various mindfulness practices (including sitting meditation, walking, and mindful movement) and will also have opportunities for inquiry and to meet one-to-one with the teachers. There will also be some short talks and time for questions about the theory of mindfulness, including its roots in Buddhist psychology.

The retreat will be held in the supportive context of silence at Gaia House, and the programme will include some time to practice in silence without guidance. Those who have already attended retreats as well as the eight-week course are also welcome.

Please note that this is not a training retreat for potential teachers but aims to support us in deepening and nourishing our personal practice of mindfulness.

To join this retreat you need to have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent.


JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

Listen to one of Jake Dartington’s Talks given at Gaia House on 01.01.2016: Four Noble Truths (Duration 53:55)


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks’ Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)


Retreat Code = 17157

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

To join this retreat you need to have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent.

Monday 4 September 2017 – Thursday 7 September 2017 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£183 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £156 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £220 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £183.00

Awakening in Stillness and in Movement

This retreat will interweave the practices of meditation with mindful movement and yoga practice, all as supports for freeing ourselves from habitual patterns, as we recognise them both psychologically and in the tension patterns in our bodies.

The retreat will include two periods of mindful movement each day along with silent and guided meditations, and meetings with the teachers. The movement practices are designed to greatly enhance the sensitivity and steadiness of mind in attending deeply to moment-to-moment experience, and to be integrative in bringing awareness and inquiry into all moments and activities of life.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


MARTIN AYLWARD began practising Dharma aged 19, spending several years in Asian Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He is co-founder and resident teacher at Moulin de Chaves Retreat Centre in France, and of online Dharma platform WorldwideInsight.org. Martin directs teacher training at Mindfulness Training Institute and leads retreats worldwide. For information on his teachings and schedule visit MartinAylward.com

Listen to one of Martin Aylward’s Talks at Gaia House on 21.6.2016: The The 3 Facets of Practice, in Meditation and in Life (Duration 45:38)

GAIL AYLWARD attended her first retreat in Bodh Gaya in 1994. Since then she has lived and worked continuously in meditation centres, as well as bringing up her 2 children. In 2005 Gail became co-founder and director of Moulin de Chaves Meditation Centre in S.W. France. Alongside assisting Martin Aylward on some retreats, Gail is a qualified yoga teacher, offering yoga classes at Le Moulin and locally, emphasizing embodied awareness. She has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2005.


Retreat Code = 17158

A = suitable for all

Tuesday 12 September 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £275.00

Freeing Your Heart, Embracing Your Life

This retreat will explore the qualities of Loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. As we begin to understand what impedes these natural attributes of the heart, an innate resilience and ability to bring harmony to our inner and outer worlds emerges.

We will cultivate a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body. When no aspect of our experience is left out, we can access the creative energy and intuitive wisdom that can fuel our spiritual awakening and support our passionate participation in life.


CATHERINE McGEE has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world. She is an advisor to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach.

Listen to one of Catherine McGee’s Talks given at Gaia House on 09.08.2010: Intimacy and Non Attachment (Duration 51:37)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 17141

A = suitable for all

Friday 14 April 2017 – Monday 17 April 2017 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£183 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £156 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £220 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £183.00

Sŏn (Zen) Retreat

The form of this retreat is based on that followed in the Sŏn (Zen) Buddhist tradition of Korea. In meditation we will seek a balance between the calm of open awareness and a focus of deep inquiry into the nature of our lives through the question (kungan / koan) ‘What is this?’

Sitting and walking meditation both take place in the hall. There is also an optional practice of offering and bowing twice a day. Equal emphasis will be given to traditional instructions and contemporary interpretation of the tradition.

This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators, and is not recommended for beginners.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Son retreat. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions – Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions – What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it’s connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)


Retreat Code = 17142

E = experienced

This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators, and is not recommended for beginners.

Saturday 22 April 2017 – Saturday 29 April 2017 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£385 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £327 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £462 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £385.00

Mahasi Weekend Retreat

Vipassana Insight Meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential meditation teachers of the last century, developed a combination of techniques – a robust schedule, noting, noting intentions and going slow – to develop the steadiness of attention needed for insight into the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self. Understanding these Three Existential Characteristics leads to liberation, peace and happiness. Metta/Goodwill and Bodycare are also developed.
Time also for daily practice and questions.

Carl Fooks will continue to assist Bhante as he has done since 2014.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Listen to one of Bhante Bodhidhamma’s Talks: Mae Chee Kaew: Awakened! (Duration 41:40)
More talks on Dharma Seed. and Satipanya.


Retreat Code = 17143

A = suitable for all

Friday 5 May 2017 – Sunday 7 May 2017 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£122 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £104 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £146 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £122.00

Mahasi Retreat

Vipassana Insight Meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential meditation teachers of the last century, developed a combination of techniques – a robust schedule, noting, noting intentions and going slow – to develop the steadiness of attention needed for insight into the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self. Understanding these Three Existential Characteristics leads to liberation, peace and happiness. Metta/Goodwill and Bodycare are also developed. Time also for daily practice and questions.

On the last Sunday there is the opportunity to undergo Lay Ordination for those wishing to make the Buddha Dhamma the reference point in their lives.

Carl Fooks will continue to assist Bhante as he has done since 2014.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Listen to one of Bhante Bodhidhamma’s Talks: Mae Chee Kaew: Awakened! (Duration 41:40)
More talks on Dharma Seed. and Satipanya.


Retreat Code = 17144

A = suitable for all

Friday 5 May 2017 – Sunday 14 May 2017 (9 nights)

Standard Rate:  £441 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £375 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £529 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £441.00

Awakening Here and Now

Through understanding the way things are, we can come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not bound by it.

This retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with acceptance and wisdom. Insight Meditation practice will be supported by instructions, loving-kindness meditation and opportunities for questions.

The retreat will include some chanting as well as mindful movement and qi gong.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)

CHRIS CULLEN trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and did Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock. Chris co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and teaches mindfulness courses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and for MPs in the Houses of Parliament. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.

Listen to one of Chris Cullen’s Talks given at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center on 29.01.2015: Compassion (Duration 63:02)


Retreat Code = 17145

A = suitable for all

B = particularly suitable for beginners

Friday 19 May 2017 – Sunday 21 May 2017 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£122 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £104 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £146 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £122.00

The Courage to Care: Dreaming the Earth

“All conditioned dharmas, are like a dream, like an illusion, like a bubble, like a shadow, like a dewdrop, like a lightening flash; you should contemplate them thus.” – Diamond Sutra

This will be the third and final part of the Courage to Care series. Attendance is open to anybody; participation on the previous two retreats is not necessary although previous retreat experience is encouraged.

We are living through complex times. The multifaceted crisis — spiritual, psychological, ecological, social, political and economic – brings us into uncharted terrains where our usual solutions and strategies are growing increasingly impotent to effect change.

What is it to abide, wholeheartedly, in uncertainty? To collectively create a field which exists beyond the known? How can we contribute as we understand that we co-emerge in relationship with the whole?

As Dharma practitioners dreams can open a door into the ultimately empty and selfless nature of all dharmas. Through them we can explore that we are not on Earth, we are of Earth. We are Earth in human form.

On this retreat we will establish a group field that allows a different kind of listening to arise, through tending to and sharing our dreams, guided meditations and group time, to let the sense of imaginal space arise – of intuition and felt images – and to explore what they ask of us.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


SUVACO is a former Buddhist monk and a passionate advocate for embodying life in all of its forms. He lives in the South West UK where he works as a psychotherapist and Tai Qi teacher.

Listen to one of Suvaco’s Talks at Gaia House on 15.06.2015: Evening Talk from Touching the Earth Retreat (Duration 47:09)


Suvaco will be assisted by Kamalamani. She has been a Dharma farer since 1995 and was ordained within the Triratna Buddhist Order for 11 years. She lives in Bristol where she works as a body psychotherapist, ecopsychologist, facilitator, and supervisor. She is author of Meditating with Character and Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind.


Retreat Code = 17146

A = suitable for all

Friday 26 May 2017 – Monday 29 May 2017 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£183 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £156 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £220 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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Price: £183.00

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Meditation and yoga are natural partners in the spiritual life. Drawing on the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness and awakening, and the yoga teachings of Patanjali, this retreat will combine the practices of Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation.

The Yoga is offered as a spiritual path rather than simply an exercise system. Slow precise movement attuned with the flow of breath enables practitioners to move safely into and out of posture. Through the practice of meditative awareness the body becomes a gateway to inner peace and understanding, enabling us to open into an intimate connection with life.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


YANAI POSTELNIK has practiced and studied Insight Meditation and Buddhism since 1990 and has been teaching internationally for over 20 years. He is much inspired by the Thai forest tradition and the transformative power of the natural world. Yanai is a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts, and he lives with his wife Catherine McGee in Devon, England.

Listen to one of Yanai Postelnik’s Talks given at Gaia House on 02.09.2013: The Art of Unknowing (Duration 61:05)

HELEN STEPHENSON has practised Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation since 1979. Initially she was taught by the late Robert van Heeckeren and in 1981 she began to study classical yoga with the Indian Yoga teacher Sri S Rajagopalan. She is a certified pilates teacher and lives with her family in an interfaith community in Milton Keynes. Helen is also the director of mindfulness:mk and runs courses and retreats in Milton Keynes and other locations. For more information please see www.mindfulnessmk.com

Listen to one of Helen Stephenson’s Talks given at Gaia House on 01.05.2012: The Texture of Being (Duration 37:59)


Retreat Code = 17147

A = suitable for all

Friday 2 June 2017 – Wednesday 7 June 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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Price: £275.00

Investigating Koans

The Chinese Chan (Zen) practice of investigating Huatou and Gongan (Koans) will be practised in periods of sitting meditation interspersed by walking meditation and stretching exercises.

As one becomes deeply absorbed in the practice mental constructions drop away, and one is confronted by a realisation that one does not know the nature of existence and one’s fundamental assumptions of life are groundless. Staying with and cultivating this ‘doubt’, it can become all-consuming ‘Great Doubt’ which may ‘shatter’ into a direct insight into reality, a glimpse of Enlightenment.

This retreat is recommended particularly for those with previous experience of intensive retreat but serious beginners are also accepted.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


SIMON CHILD is a retired medical doctor who has trained for over twenty-five years with the late Dr John Crook and Chan Master Sheng-yen. He is a Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng-yen since 2000. He is Teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship and leads retreats for the Fellowship at their retreat centre in Wales, and also in Europe and the USA.

Listen to one of Simon Child’s Talks at Gaia House on 12.04.2014: Introduction to Koans (Duration 1:12:43)

JAKE LYNE lives in Devon. He is a retired Clinical Psychologist, and has practiced Chan meditation for many years as a student of Dr John Crook and Master Sheng-Yen. He is a former Chair of the Western Chan Fellowship (WCF) and leads Chan Retreats at Bala Brook on Dartmoor and at the WCF retreat centre in Wales.


Retreat Code = 17148

A = suitable for all

Monday 12 June 2017 – Monday 19 June 2017 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£385 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £327 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £462 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

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Price: £385.00

Finding True Refuge in a Modern World

In a world where so much is changing so fast, where can we find a place for our hearts to rest?

From one perspective, Insight Meditation and mindfulness can be seen as rational techniques, with benefits confirmed by science. From another perspective our practice can inspire in us a sense of the sacred, devotion to something larger than ourselves, resting on faith and bringing blessing to ourselves and the world.

How do we hold, practise and benefit from both these orientations and explore what relating to a sense of the sacred might look like in a modern context? Join us to explore timeless refuge and meaningfulness in today’s world, releasing the heart and mind from the endless search for home.

To join this retreat you need to have a regular meditation practice and a working familiarity with mindfulness practice.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


CATHERINE McGEE has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world. She is an advisor to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach.

Listen to one of Catherine McGee’s Talks given at Gaia House on 09.08.2010: Intimacy and Non Attachment (Duration 51:37)

ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE has trained in Buddhist meditation for over 25 years, lives in San Francisco and teaches meditation around the globe. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, and modern urban life. She holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale. For more info visit: www.anushkaf.org


Retreat Code = 17149

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Saturday 24 June 2017 – Saturday 1 July 2017 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:&nbsp&nbsp£385 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £327 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £462 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £385.00

The Four Immeasurables

This retreat is dedicated to the exploration and cultivation of four natural wonders of the heart: friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. Together with the practices of mindfulness and investigation, these four inter-related qualities help us find a path through life conducive to healing, awakening, and freedom.

The retreat will be held predominantly in silence but there will also be individual and group meetings with the teachers, guided meditations, Dharma talks, and contemplative exercises in pairs or groups involving some talking and listening.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks’ Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Retreat Code = 17150

A = suitable for all

Wednesday 5 July 2017 – Monday 10 July 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £275.00

Being in this World

The Buddha’s teachings on non-attachment are not a means of escaping this life but an invitation to engage with it with care, creativity and a spirit of inquiry.

In this retreat we will explore our relationships of being in the world and how we can hold, enjoy and cherish the dynamic and creative tension of wise non-attachment and the human heart’s need and wish for belonging and for engaged participation: a passionate and compassionate participation that can encounter life with amazement and wonder, as rich in meaning, and even sacred.

This retreat will include guided meditative interactive practice, chanting and qi-gong.

-Camping places-
A limited number of camping places are available for this retreat at a reduced rate. It is not possible to book these online. Please contact our Reception team to enquire. Please note that we can only accommodate small one/two-person tents and each retreatant must have their own tent. Please be aware that if there is poor weather we may be unable to accommodate campers in the house.


KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE.

Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz’s Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 17151

A = suitable for all

Thursday 13 July 2017 – Tuesday 18 July 2017 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:  £275 – Please pay this rate if you can
Supported Rate:  £234 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
Sponsor Rate:     £330 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFor additional help with retreat costs, other options are available

Extending Your Retreat = £43 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £275.00

The Heart of Wisdom and Kindness

The Buddha’s teachings offer a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom and the compassionate heart.

This Insight Meditation retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of wakeful presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with kindness and wisdom, and supports us to re-connect with what is most important in our lives.

Through understanding that we are not separate, we can come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not bound by it. All are welcome.


YANAI POSTELNIK has practiced and studied Insight Meditation and Buddhism since 1990 and has been teaching internationally for over 20 years. He is much inspired by the Thai forest tradition and the transformative power of the natural world. Yanai is a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts, and he lives with his wife Catherine McGee in Devon, England.

Listen to one of Yanai Postelnik’s Talks given at Gaia House on 02.09.2013: The Art of Unknowing (Duration 61:05)


Gavin Milne will be an assistant teacher for this retreat.


Retreat Code = 18152

A = suitable for all

Monday 2 July – Saturday 7 July 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £280.00

The Four Immeasurables

To help us learn to live in a happy and peaceful way, the Buddha recommended that we practise recognising and cultivating the wonderful natural resources in our own hearts.

During this retreat we will explore how meditation can help us incline our minds to goodwill, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

The first full day of the retreat will be devoted to cultivating mindfulness in order to help us settle and to ground our meditation practice in embodied awareness. Towards the end of the retreat we will reflect together on ways of integrating these practices into our lives.


CAROLINE JONES has been practising meditation since 1989. She started teaching in 2006, and now teaches at Gaia House and internationally. She also spends time as a resident teacher at Gaia House. Caroline will be resident teacher at the Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts. from December 2015.

Listen to one of Caroline Jones’s Talks given at Gaia House on 18.12.2013: The Gifts of Practice (Duration 50:22)

ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)

 


Retreat Code = 18153

A = suitable for all

Tuesday 10 July – Tuesday 17 July 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £392.00

Secular Buddhist Meditation Retreat

Offered in partnership with Bodhi College

This retreat is for those who seek a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation but framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values. We will explore the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life, letting go of the dictates of reactivity, experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness, and cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.

Attention will be focused on the technical aspects of meditation as well as its intuitive and imaginative dimension.

The week will consist of periods of sitting and walking, instructions, discussions and talks.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Son retreat. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions – Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions – What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it’s connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)


Retreat Code = 18154

A = suitable for all

Saturday 21 July – Saturday 28 July 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Full This retreat is full – you can join the waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

Price: £1.00

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Journeying the Landscape of Body, Heart and Mind

Practice invites us to be present to our whole being, with its inner landscapes of inter-playing sensations, emotions, and movements of mind. In meditation we discover that the beautiful and nourishing qualities of care, compassion, joy, and wisdom are found and known in the body. It is intimacy with this body/mind/heart that allows us to experience them deeply.

On this retreat we will explore what it might mean to abide wholeheartedly in the beauty and challenges of our experience, to realize our connection with all things, and to know a more embodied life that can trust the potential and mystery of being human.


KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE.

Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz’s Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)

YUKA NAKAMURA PH.D has been practicing in several Buddhist traditions (Vipassana, Dzogchen and Zen) since 1993 and has practiced for long periods in the US (IMS, Spirit Rock), in Burma and Japan. She was trained as a Dharmateacher by Fred von Allmen and has been teaching since 2014 in Europe and in the US. She is a trained psychologist and MBSR-teacher and trainer. She lives near Zurich in Switzerland. www.yuka-nakamura.ch.

Listen to one of Yuka Nakamura Talks at the Insight Meditation Society retreat centre on 19.11.2016: Shaping our world through perception (Duration 51:05)


Retreat Code = 18155

A = suitable for all

Wednesday 1 August – Sunday 5 August 2018 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £224 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £269 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £190 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £112 – – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £67 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Full This retreat is full – you can join the waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

Price: £1.00

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Cultivating Community: A Retreat for Those Involved with Sangha Initiatives

This weekend is an opportunity for those who organise or regularly attend sitting groups, meditation days, day-longs, or other sangha activities and initiatives to practise together and learn from each other.

Community is one of the great refuges and resources on the spiritual path. It offers both supports and challenges that nourish growth. On this retreat we will explore areas such as communication and working with conflict and how we can approach them in ways that enhance practice and well-being.

The weekend will include interactive exercises, talks, and time for sharing our questions and experience within the container of silence and meditation.


ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Mark Ovland will be an assistant teacher on this retreat.


Retreat Code = 18157

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Saturday 18 August – Monday 20 August 2018 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £94 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £113 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:    £80 – Available if you cannot afford the Standard Rate
FAB Fund Rate:     £47 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £28 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else –
you must make a separate booking for each person.

Spaces Available

Please make your selections below

Price: from £80.00

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Living with Illness and Loss

Facing illness and loss in our lives can be a time to slow down and look deeply into our experience. This retreat provides an opportunity to explore being present with our experience just as it is without judgement or blame, thus opening to the possibility for transformation that this approach brings. The practice of Insight Meditation will be used as the basis for exploring our relationship to bereavement and illness.

Developing greater mindfulness in times of transition, challenge and confusion can enable us to find new ways of relating to our daily lives. The retreat includes guided meditation and reflection, reflective exercises and contemplative art/writing.

Because of practical constraints, we request that those attending be able to manage tasks of everyday living.

We will do our best to meet requests for single rooms, but there may be a need to share. We can guarantee that you will share with no more than one other person.

Please note the arrival time for registration for this retreat is from 14.00 until 16.30. 

This unique annual retreat has been running at Gaia House since 2011 and has received much positive feedback from participants.

Edward Mills, who attended the retreat in 2017, said: “I chose to come on this retreat as I had encephalitis five years ago which has left me with a brain injury, and I found the retreat very beneficial in gaining an insight and healing into this. It was the first multi-day silent meditation retreat I’ve been on and I went through so many emotions that it is difficult to sum up in a few words. But I can say that it was a good experience, and I felt that it had enormous benefits. Over the few days in silence I found that I became very finely attuned to the beautiful nature and wildlife around the retreat centre, and became intensely aware of my surroundings and the others on the retreat. We built up a surprising degree of rapport and it felt very supportive and nourishing.”

Jenny Nicholson, who attended the retreat in 2016, said: “The retreat was a safe space for me to start to explore my relationship with a relatively recently diagnosed chronic illness for the first time. The silence allowed me to really be with my experience, in beautiful, therapeutic surroundings, and the daily afternoon sessions helped me to face issues and feelings in a kind and supportive environment. Going through the Brahma Viharas was perfect for me – exactly what I needed – and I have come away with a clearer feeling of wholeness and strength to help me live with the condition.”

Pau, who attended the retreat in 2016, said: “What helped me the most was to share my experience of loss with other people who were passing through a similar situation. That really changed my perspective of feeling alone in my situation and I began to realise that it is a shared experience. Seeing that made the pain of my loss become more bearable and it helped me to be more compassionate with other people and with myself. I still remember this now and I think it’s something I won’t forget.”

Thelma, who attended the retreat in 2015, said: “The retreat changed my life. That sounds like an extreme claim, but I came away knowing what I needed to do to help me cope with issues that had overwhelmed me, and it resulted in me successfully making twice-daily meditation part of my routine. I was transformed by those few days and hope to repeat the retreat next year.”

Alison, who attended the retreat in 2015, said: “I gained a lot of benefit from attending this retreat. I came on the verge of depression with repetitive thoughts of not knowing what to do, and of despair – I left with a plan! I felt in control of my life again and was much happier. I would highly recommend the course to others who are feeling lost. The teachers were excellent and assisted the participants to feel included and accepted in the group. This broke down much of the isolation that I had been feeling”.

Click here for answers to some additional questions you may have about the retreat

How heavy is the schedule? What does a typical day entail?
The daily program is lighter than an average Gaia House retreat. A typical day will include meditation sessions, teaching, and some reflections and exercises relevant to the theme of the retreat to explore how these practices can support self-care and well-being.

What if I need to take a rest?
Rest time will be scheduled into each day and you can rest whenever you need to. Meditation practices can be done lying down if necessary.

What are the seating options in the meditation hall?
In the hall people can choose to sit on chairs, or on cushions or benches on the floor, or lie down.

What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation in the house is basic but comfortable. We will do our best to meet requests for single rooms, but there may be a need to share. We can guarantee that people will share with no more than one other person. Bathroom facilities consist of shared bathrooms with showers.

What food is available?
Nourishing vegetarian or vegan food is served three times daily. A simple diet is available for people with special dietary needs.

What access is there for people with disabilities?
There is one bedroom and bathroom available with full wheelchair access. The meditation hall and dining room are all on the ground floor and accessible. Most of the bedrooms are upstairs.

What does the daily work period entail?
The one-hour work period might include vegetable chopping, washing up, or cleaning. It will be allocated to suit any physical limitations you may have.

What support is available if I encounter any problems or need help with something?
The teachers offer both group and individual meetings to support your practice and talk about any difficulties you are having. The staff and co-ordinators are available for help with practical questions.

What if the retreat rates are too high for me?
Our Supported rate is a subsidised rate available to anyone for whom the Standard rate is too high. This rate is available via the online booking process.
If the Supported rate is too high for you, we invite you to fill in a short, confidential application form for additional help from our Financial Assistance and Bursaries Fund (FAB Fund). This offers funding of 50% towards the Standard rate for the retreat, and further discounts can be arranged depending on individual circumstances. For more information, please visit the Financial Assistance section of our website. Please phone our Reception team on 01626 333613 to request a FAB Fund form and they will be happy to send you one. We may also be able to offer flexibility around the initial deposit payment.

What if I need to cancel my booking?
Due to the nature of this retreat we understand that you may need to cancel your booking. Cancellations can be made by phone or email and we may be able to offer flexibility around our cancellation policy, taking into consideration personal circumstances.

We also recommend you visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Reception team on 01626 333613 or info@gaiahouse.co.uk


ZOHAR LAVIE has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Listen to one of Zohar Lavie’s Talks from the Dharmalaya Silent retreat on 29.03.2017-: Emptiness, Self and Dependent Arising (Duration 50:33)


Nathan Glyde will be an assistant teacher on this retreat.


Retreat Code = 18158

A = suitable for all

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Thursday 23 August – Tuesday 28 August 2018 (5 nights)
Registration: 2 – 4.30pm

Standard Rate:    £250 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £300 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £213 – Available if you cannot afford the Standard Rate
FAB Fund Rate:     £125 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £75 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


This retreat is almost full or has recently become full; we have started to operate a waiting list to prevent this retreat becoming overbooked. If you join the waiting list you will be offered one of the last remaining places, if there are any. Once the retreat fills up you may be offered a place if we have a cancellation.

  • To join the Waiting List a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you
  • We will contact you if and when a place on this retreat becomes available
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place

Price: £1.00

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Mindfulness: Beyond the Eight-Week Course

This retreat is particularly designed for people who have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent, and may not yet have attended a residential retreat. It will offer an opportunity to explore and build on what has been learned on these courses, in ways that can gently deepen our practice of non-reactive awareness.

Participants will be guided through various practices (including sitting meditation, walking, and mindful movement) and will also have opportunities for inquiry and to meet one-to-one with the teachers. There will also be some short talks and time for questions about the theory of mindfulness, including its roots in Buddhist psychology.

The retreat will be held in the supportive context of silence at Gaia House, and the programme will include some time to practise in silence without guidance. Those who have already attended retreats as well as the eight-week course are also welcome.

Please note that this is not a training retreat for potential teachers but aims to support us in deepening and nourishing our personal practice of mindfulness.

To join this retreat you need to have completed an eight-week course in MBSR, MBCT, or equivalent.


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks’ Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 18159

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 31st August – Monday 3rd September (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £189 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £227 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £161 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £95 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £57 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else –
you must make a separate booking for each person.

Spaces Available

Please make your selections below

Price: from £161.00

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Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: MBCT/MBSR Foundations

This Insight Meditation retreat, which is particularly relevant to those teaching or training in mindfulness-based applications, will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipatthana discourse given by the Buddha. It is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.

This retreat is not a clinical skills workshop.
This retreat is not suitable for beginners and is specifically designed for therapists in teaching or training of mindfulness based interventions. Please state your background when booking.


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House. She has been leading Insight Meditation retreats worldwide since 1976. She is a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of a number of books including Woman Awake, Way of Meditation, and co-author of Soul Food. Recent books include Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.

Listen to one of Christina Feldman’s Talks given at Gaia House on 24.09.2013: Swimming Against the Tide (Duration 61:35)

JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. He was initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India and subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He has lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and at present he is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. He has been teaching meditation for over twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

Listen to one of John Peacock’s Talks given at Gaia House on 12.09.2015: The Skill of Remembering(61:58)

CHRIS CULLEN trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and did Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock. Chris co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and teaches mindfulness courses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and for MPs in the Houses of Parliament. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.

Listen to one of Chris Cullen’s Talks given at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center on 29.01.2015: Compassion (Duration 63:02)


Retreat Code = 18160

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

E = experienced

Friday 7 September – Friday 14 September 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Full This retreat is full – you can join the waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

Price: £1.00

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Insight Meditation and Qigong – April

We will cultivate a sustained and gentle attentiveness to the movement and stillness of body, heart and mind.

As we bring investigation and kindness to this constantly changing experience of life, the entanglements that bind us become more visible, allowing us to soften and open to the simple perfection of the moment. Through this cultivation we can access a spaciousness, which allows our natural compassion and wisdom to become more available to us.

The Qigong practice is very much part of the meditative inquiry, using simple standing and moving exercises suitable for all levels of experience and health.


KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE.

Listen to one of Kirsten Kratz’s Talks given at Gaia House on 23.03.2013: Calm and Kindness (Duration 38:57)

BRAD RICHECOEUR has been practising Insight Meditation and Qigong for over 20 years. He is a senior student of Master Zhixing Wang, and brings a meditative inquiry into the nature of health, healing and embodied presence. He is the co-founder of Qigong Southwest and is also a Craniosacral Therapist and a tutor on the Craniosacral Therapy training at the Karuna Institute, Devon, UK.

Listen to one of Brad Richecoeur’s Talks given at Gaia House on 13.12.2015: Ignition of the Three Energy Centres (Duration 58:27)


Retreat Code = 18142

A = suitable for all

Friday 13 April – Wednesday 18 April 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £280.00

Sŏn (Zen) Retreat

The form of this retreat is based on that followed in the Sŏn (Zen) Buddhist tradition of Korea. In meditation we will seek a balance between the calm of open awareness and a focus of deep inquiry into the nature of our lives through the question (kungan / koan) ‘What is this?’

Sitting and walking meditation both take place in the hall. There is also an optional practice of offering and bowing twice a day. Equal emphasis will be given to traditional instructions and contemporary interpretation of the tradition.

This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators, and is not recommended for beginners.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR trained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs. His most recent publications are After Buddhism , Secular Buddhism and What is this? Reflections from a Son retreat. A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches worldwide and lives in South West France.

Listen to one of Stephen Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 24.07.2015: Instructions – Behold the Ceasing (Duration 34:23)

Martine BatchelorMARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a Gaia House guiding teacher. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in South West France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

Listen to one of Martine Batchelor’s Talks at Gaia House on 23.07.2015: Instructions – What is This? Questioning. The Way of Korean Seon and it’s connection with Vipassana (Duration 34:08)


Retreat Code = 18143

E = experienced

Saturday 21 April – Saturday 28 April 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £1.00

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Mahasi Weekend Retreat

Vipassana Insight Meditation in the Mahasi Tradition

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential meditation teachers of the last century, developed a combination of techniques – a robust schedule, noting, noting intentions and going slow – to develop the steadiness of attention needed for insight into the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self. Understanding these Three Existential Characteristics leads to liberation, peace and happiness.

Metta/Goodwill and Bodycare are also developed. Time also for daily practice and questions.

It is likely that this retreat will not be advisable if you have a history of any of the following:

  • Severe psychotic interludes or psychosis (even if controlled with medication)
  • An active addiction to drugs or alcohol. A person with at least one year of recovery and abstinence is welcome.

If you have any history in relation to a suicide attempt or if you have questions or concerns about the above, please contact our Retreat Manager, Susanne O’Brien, by email, to arrange a suitable time to have a conversation. Susanne can be reached on retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Listen to one of Bhante Bodhidhamma’s Talks: Mae Chee Kaew: Awakened! (Duration 41:40)
More talks on Dharma Seed. and Satipanya.

Carl FooksCARL FOOKS has been practising Buddhism since the late 1980’s, starting with Rinzai Zen before settling on the Mahasi tradition in 2007, and has been under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2010. He teaches a weekly group in London and retreats at Satipanya. He has an MA in Buddhist Studies.


Retreat Code = 18145

A = suitable for all

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 4 May – Sunday 6 May 2018 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £126 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £151 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £107 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £63 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £38 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night
One day before only – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £126.00

Mahasi Nine-Day Retreat

Vipassana Insight Meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential meditation teachers of the last century, developed a combination of techniques – a robust schedule, noting, noting intentions and going slow – to develop the steadiness of attention needed for insight into impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self. Understanding these Three Existential Characteristics leads to liberation, peace and happiness.

Metta/Goodwill and Bodycare are also developed. Time also for daily practice and questions.

On the last Sunday there is the opportunity to undergo Lay Ordination for those wishing to make the Buddha Dhamma the reference point in their lives.

It is likely that this retreat will not be advisable if you have a history of any of the following:

  • Severe psychotic interludes or psychosis (even if controlled with medication)
  • An active addiction to drugs or alcohol. A person with at least one year of recovery and abstinence is welcome.

If you have any history in relation to a suicide attempt or if you have questions or concerns about the above, please contact our Retreat Manager, Susanne O’Brien, by email, to arrange a suitable time to have a conversation. Susanne can be reached on retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Listen to one of Bhante Bodhidhamma’s Talks: Mae Chee Kaew: Awakened! (Duration 41:40)
More talks on Dharma Seed. and Satipanya.

Carl FooksCARL FOOKS has been practising Buddhism since the late 1980’s, starting with Rinzai Zen before settling on the Mahasi tradition in 2007, and has been under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2010. He teaches a weekly group in London and retreats at Satipanya. He has an MA in Buddhist Studies.


Retreat Code = 18146

A = suitable for all

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 4 May – Sunday 13 May 2018 (9 nights)

Standard Rate:     £450 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:         £540 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:      £383 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £225 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £135 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £450.00

Freeing Your Heart, Embracing Your Life

This retreat will explore the qualities of Loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

As we begin to understand what impedes these natural attributes of the heart, an innate resilience and ability to bring harmony to our inner and outer worlds emerges.

We will cultivate a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body. When no aspect of our experience is left out, we can access the creative energy and intuitive wisdom that can fuel our spiritual awakening and support our passionate participation in life.

 


CATHERINE McGEE has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world. She is an advisor to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach.

Listen to one of Catherine McGee’s Talks given at Gaia House on 09.08.2010: Intimacy and Non Attachment (Duration 51:37)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 18148

A = suitable for all

Friday 25 May – Monday 28 May 2018 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £189 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £227 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £161 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £95 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £57 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £189.00

Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Meditation and yoga are natural partners in the spiritual life. Drawing on the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness and awakening, and the yoga teachings of Patanjali, this retreat will combine the practices of hatha yoga and Insight Meditation.

The yoga is offered as a spiritual path rather than simply an exercise system. Slow, precise movement attuned with the flow of breath enables practitioners to move safely into and out of posture. Through the practise of meditative awareness the body becomes a gateway to inner peace and understanding, enabling us to open into an intimate connection with life. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.


YANAI POSTELNIK has practiced and studied Insight Meditation and Buddhism since 1990 and has been teaching internationally for over 20 years. He is much inspired by the Thai forest tradition and the transformative power of the natural world. Yanai is a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts, and he lives with his wife Catherine McGee in Devon, England.

Listen to one of Yanai Postelnik’s Talks given at Gaia House on 02.09.2013: The Art of Unknowing (Duration 61:05)

HELEN STEPHENSON has practised Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation since 1979. Initially she was taught by the late Robert van Heeckeren and in 1981 she began to study classical yoga with the Indian Yoga teacher Sri S Rajagopalan. She is a certified pilates teacher and lives with her family in an interfaith community in Milton Keynes. Helen is also the director of mindfulness:mk and runs courses and retreats in Milton Keynes and other locations. For more information please see www.mindfulnessmk.com

Listen to one of Helen Stephenson’s Talks given at Gaia House on 01.05.2012: The Texture of Being (Duration 37:59)


Retreat Code = 18150

A = suitable for all

Thursday 14 June – Tuesday 19 June 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

 


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £280.00

Awakening, Breath by Breath

Exploring practice through the Anapanasati Sutta
(the Buddha’s discourse on mindfulness of breathing).

Mindfulness of breathing is often one of the first meditation practices that we learn. Not only is it an excellent foundation for all other varieties of meditation, it was also taught by the Buddha as the basis for a complete path to awakening, including calming the mind, experiencing joy, and cultivating insight and freedom.

On this retreat we will explore and practise the progressive steps of this path as a framework for understanding and experiencing the transformative potential of the Buddha’s teachings in our lives.

This retreat will include optional mindful movement (Qigong).


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks’ Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard’s Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 18147

A = suitable for all

Thursday 17 May – Tuesday 22 May 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

 


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £0.00

Jhanas and Dependent Origination

Paticca-samuppada and jhana are dependent co-origination and the meditative absorptions.

This retreat combines the two main elements of the Buddha’s model of liberation: cultivating the meditative absorptions (jhanas), which lead to calm clarity, along with insight into the dependent co-origination (paticca-samuppada) of phenomena.

We will look at selected texts from the Pali suttas, including the famous Satipatthana Sutta, to highlight both meditation practice and the teachings of dependent co-origination.

To attend this retreat you need to have completed at least two seven-day or longer silent vipassana retreats.


Mary-AubryMARY AUBRY has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1993, and practising the Jhanas since 2010. She was authorized by Tara Brach in 2013 to teach Vipassana retreats and by Leigh Brasington in 2016 to teach the Jhanas. Additionally, she teaches retreats on the Brahma Viharas and the Heavenly Messengers.


LLOYD BURTON discovered the power of Vipassana and Metta practices to free him from war-related post-traumatic stress in 1975; and began Dharma teaching in 1997. In 1985 he incorporated the organisation that founded Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. In 2000 he graduated with the charter class of SRMC’s Community Dharma Leader training program. He serves as resident guiding teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Denver, Colorado. Lloyd received training in Jhana meditation practice from Leigh Brasington and Sister Dipankara (formerly of Pa Auk Monastery); and has been either assisting or co-teaching Jhana retreats with Leigh since 2005. Since 2000, his principal Dharma teaching mentor has been Joseph Goldstein.


Retreat Code = 18149

E = experienced

Friday 1 June – Sunday 10 June 2018 (9 nights)

Standard Rate:     £450 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:         £540 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:      £383 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £225 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £135 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

 


Retreat is Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £450.00

Your Body, Buddha’s Body

Through contemplative practices we will explore how to relate to our human body as the instrument through which we can know the awakening of a Buddha.

With the earth below and the sky above, your body is the meeting place of your heart, your mind, and the world. And it is here, with practice, that we can develop mindfulness, collectedness, wisdom, faith, and energy, which together allow our body to be the very location where we realise the path to the end of suffering, and come to participate in our life with greater meaningfulness and love.


CATHERINE McGEE has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world. She is an advisor to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach.

Listen to one of Catherine McGee’s Talks given at Gaia House on 09.08.2010: Intimacy and Non Attachment (Duration 51:37)

ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE has trained in Buddhist meditation for over 25 years, lives in San Francisco and teaches meditation around the globe. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, and modern urban life. She holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale. For more info visit: www.anushkaf.org


Retreat Code = 18156

A = suitable for all

Wednesday 8 August – Wednesday 15 August 2018 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £392 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £470 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £333 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £196 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Intensive silent 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 (i.e. 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 attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • 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 to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Retreat is Full This retreat is full – you can join the waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

Price: £1.00

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