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

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £392.00

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

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £224.00

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


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

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £94.00

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.

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


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

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £250.00

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 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


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

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 has practised and studied the Buddha’s teachings since 1994 and has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 2010. He also teaches for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and 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 Expired This is an old retreat and no longer available for booking.

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £392.00

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 practised 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 Yogateacher Sri. S. Rajagopalan. Her movement work is influenced by the work of the late Moshe Feldenkrais “awareness through movement” and her training in body centred therapy with the late Ron Kurtz. Having lived most of her life in a communal setting she and her family now share a home with another family in Newport Pagnell.

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

Please click here to see our current retreat programme.

Price: £224.00

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.


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 = 19141

E = experienced

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Saturday 6 April 2019 – Saturday 13 April 2019 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £413 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £496 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £351 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £207 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £124 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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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Practising Liberation from the Three Poisons

Developing antidotes against the 3 poisons of desire, anger, and ignorance lies at the heart of the great project of Buddhadharma.

But how do we begin working with this energy in our practice, enabling us to transform these poisons in our minds and in our environments wisdom? How do we understand that these poisons are actually important teachers for us?

This retreat will combine simple movement, meditation, contemplation, small group interaction, journaling, as well as structured and guided dialogue to help us break through the barriers that prevent authentic and intimate dialogue and interaction with others.

This retreat is suitable for people that are willing to engage with issues of marginalisation, racism and patriarchy and would like to explore these issues in the context of Dharma practice.


LAMA ROD OWENSLAMA ROD OWENS a formally authorised teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is a visiting teacher at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a contributing teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Lama is also a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s programme Mindfulness for Educators. He completed his graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School and is the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.


The teacher will be assisted by:

DANIEL SUTTON-JOHANSON is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a young and burgeoning urban dharma community, on the island city of Portsmouth. Daniel practises as a Psychotherapist and mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a teacher and mentor for iBme UK.

 


Retreat Code = 19142

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Thursday 18 April 2019 – Monday 22 April 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Self-Compassion and the Courageous Heart

All beings thrive on kindness and yet it is often something we struggle most to offer to ourselves.

We will use our meditation and contemplation to develop a genuine sense of self-compassion and the qualities that support it, and to see how paradoxically by being kinder to ourselves we can begin to dissolve the illusion of separation and discover the heart’s innate capacity for freedom.


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)

YANAI POSTELNIK has practised 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)


Retreat Code = 19143

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Friday 26 April 2019 – Tuesday 30 April 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Abiding with a Heart Imbued with Love

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

We will cultivate a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body. As we learn to abide, we can recognise both what impedes these natural attributes of the heart and what supports love to emerge.

When no aspect of our experience is left out we feel more equipped to care for whatever arises, and find we can take our place in the world with greater resilience.


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 = 19144

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Friday 3 May 2019 – Monday 6 May 2019 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £192 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £230 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £163 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £96 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £58 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:

  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 4pm on the final day of the retreat.
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.

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

  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.


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 £163.00

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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 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.

Mental health criteria

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.


The teacher will be assisted by:

NOIRIN SHEAHAN has been practising meditation under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma for the past thirty years. She attended Gaia’s first Dharma Study Course in 2002-4 and she has been assisting Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2003. In July 2013 she lost her voice box due to throat cancer and now pioneers Dharma-teaching via an electro-larynx. She teaches regularly at Satipanya and offers on-line “Right Lifestyle” courses which help people to practise in everyday situations.


Retreat Code = 19145

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Friday 10 May 2019 – Sunday 12 May 2019 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £128 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £154 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £109 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:        £64 – 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 = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

(please note, as this retreat continues as part of the Mahasi 9 day retreat, extra nights after the retreat are not available)

Arrival & Departure:

  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 4pm on the final day of the retreat.
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.

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

  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.


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 £109.00

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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 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.

Mental health criteria

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.


The teacher will be assisted by:

NOIRIN SHEAHAN has been practising meditation under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma for the past thirty years. She attended Gaia’s first Dharma Study Course in 2002-4 and she has been assisting Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2003. In July 2013 she lost her voice box due to throat cancer and now pioneers Dharma-teaching via an electro-larynx. She teaches regularly at Satipanya and offers on-line “Right Lifestyle” courses which help people to practise in everyday situations.


Retreat Code = 19146

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Friday 10 May 2019 – Sunday 19 May 2019 (9 nights)

Standard Rate:    £486 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £583 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £413 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:        £243 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £146 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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A Wide and Wonderful Path

On this retreat we will open to the full potential of our life: Applying heartful practices that calm our mind and soothe our body, we can gently and sincerely journey towards our ‘sure heart’s release’. Along the way seeing deeper, understanding more profoundly, and learning to live more wholeheartedly.

‘The purpose of my teaching of the holy life of the Dharma is not for merit, nor good deeds, nor rapture, nor concentration, nor insight, but the sure heart’s release.’
– Buddha


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)

LAURA BRIDGMAN began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.


Retreat Code = 19147

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Thursday 23 May 2019 – Monday 27 May 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Embodying the Awakened Heart

At the heart of the Buddha’s teachings is the real possibility of awakening: our innate potential to discover inner peace and freedom, and to embody the unobstructed openness that is our deepest truth.

This retreat will explore the art of Insight Meditation as an invitation to be authentic with our experience, to relax into an intimate relationship with the depth of our being, and to cultivate a genuine kind-heartedness towards ourselves and all of life. In learning to trust our life we can come to abide in the wide-open heart of awakened presence.

There will be full meditation instructions, talks, Loving-kindness practice and regular meetings with the Teachers.


YANAI POSTELNIK has practised 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)

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

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


The teachers will be assisted by:

GAVIN MILNE has been practising Insight Meditation since 2004, including extended periods of retreat in Asia and the USA. He is currently training to be a Dharma Teacher under the guidance of Yanai Postelnik, and is particularly interested in exploring practice wherever we find ourselves – everything from family life to responding to the wider challenges of our era.


Retreat Code = 19149

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Saturday 8 June 2019 – Sunday 16 June 2019 (8 nights)

Standard Rate:     £472 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:         £566 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:      £401 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:         £236 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £142 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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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 mindfulness and Insight meditation 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 and devotion to something larger than ourselves.

How do we hold these seemingly different orientations and world views?

Join us to explore what relating to a sense of the sacred might look like in a modern context, discovering timeless refuge and meaningfulness in the modern world through Dharma practice.

Please note: This retreat is for those that have already some Insight meditation and or mindfulness meditation experience and have attended an Insight meditation or mindfulness course or retreat.


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: Anushkaf.org


Retreat Code = 19151

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Saturday 22 June 2019 – Saturday 29 June 2019 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £413 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £496 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £351 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £207 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £124 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Opening the Heart with Mindfulness and Compassion

This retreat will offer an opportunity to explore and practise how mindfulness and compassion can be cultivated together in a mutually supportive way.

Compassion prevents mindfulness from becoming a cool or indifferent awareness; equally, mindfulness deepens our ability to extend compassion toward the suffering of ourselves and others without being overwhelmed. Practised together, these beautiful qualities of the heart can open up the path to a more meaningful and awakened life.

The retreat will draw on traditional and contemporary approaches to mindfulness and compassion practice. In addition to the usual retreat format of dharma teachings, guided meditation, and silent practice, there will be some opportunity for contemplative dialogue to support our practice.


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)


The teacher will be assisted by:

ALISON EVANS has practiced insight meditation since 2004. She regularly attends retreats, alongside individual mentoring to support her practice. She is the director of The Mindfulness Network, a MBSR/MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor and trained to teach Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living. She is studying on the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme from 2018-2021. She lives in North Devon. See www.mindfulness-network.org/alison-evans.


Retreat Code = 19152

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Sunday 7 July 2019 – Thursday 11 July 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Freeing of Human Consciousness: Decolonising Body, Heart and Mind

On this retreat, we will explore social, generational, and oppressive systemic conditionings that shape our personal and collective lives in ways that undermine our ability to fully and authentically engage the extreme challenges of our times.

In a safe and carefully held retreat space, we’ll explore our experience of internal narratives and the energetic and emotional shapes we embody, while inquiring into the sense of self that arises from the conditioning of class, patriarchy, race, and gender. From the lens of unconditioned awareness, we will hold the possibility of freedom from painful conditioning, without disassociating from its impact, so we can compassionately respond within our fast moving world.

This retreat, framed by the practice of Insight meditation, includes guided interactive inquiry, Dharma reflections and guided meditations as well as devotional practices and Qigong.

All, regardless of background, who feel resonant with this theme, are very welcome.


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)

THANISSARA trained in the Burmese Vipassana School, and Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She has taught meditation retreats since the 1980’s, and is co-founder of Dharmagiri Insight Centre, South Africa, and has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice. Thanissara is co-author of Listening to the Heart, and author of Time To Stand Up.

Listen to one of Thanissara’s Talks at Dharmagiri, South Africa on 26.12.15: The Evolutionary Journey of Love (Duration 42:04)


Retreat Code = 19156

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Thursday 15 August 2019 – Thursday 22 August 2019 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £413 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £496 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £351 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £207 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £124 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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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.


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)

The teachers will be assisted by:

NATHAN GLYDE began meditating in 1997, and teaching retreats in 2007. From continued exploration grew a deep love for meditation’s alive stillness and creative silence. Feeling the potential for all of life to play a part in awakening opened an interest to cultivate attentiveness in every experience. In 2004 this led to co-founding SanghaSeva to offer retreats combining meditation with engaged action.


Retreat Code = 19158

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Monday 2 September 2019 – Monday 9 September 2019 (7 nights)

Standard Rate:    £413 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £496 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £351 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £207 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £124 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Pathways to Happiness: Cultivating Wellbeing and Contentment

Being human includes feeling great and feeling pain; it’s intense. Given this, what kind of happiness is possible for us? The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember.
Together we will explore how to cultivate freedom, happiness and contentment that are less reliant on things ‘going our way’ and develop resources that are available to us within the circumstances of our lives as they unfold.


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)


The teacher will be assisted by:

MARK ØVLAND has been devoted to practice and service since his mid-twenties. He has lived and worked as a coordinator at both Gaia House and the Barn Retreat and is currently training to teach with Rob Burbea. Mark is a founding trustee of Freely Given Retreats and a co-initiator of DANCE.

 


Retreat Code = 19157

A = suitable for all

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Monday 26 August 2019 – Friday 30 August 2019 (4 nights)

Standard Rate:    £236 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £283 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £201 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £118 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £71 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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Natural Ease in Practice

The essence of practice is to see and know, as purely as we can, our direct experience in the moment. There is a potential within our hearts for discerning awareness. If we open to what is arising in this body and mind bringing a gentle curiosity to it, we find this awareness arises.

We may be familiar with the idea of the Buddha’s teaching on the Middle Way, but perhaps forget how a middle way might look or feel for ourselves as we navigate through our lived experience. We will also inquire into what takes us away from this relaxed, spacious effort into becoming over-focused or stressed.


LAURA BRIDGMAN began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.

AJAHN JUTINDHARO Ajahn Jutindharo began his meditation practice in 1982 and since 1989 has been a monk in the Thai forest lineage of Ajhan Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, living primarily in the UK. For the last ten years he has been the Abbot at Hartridge Monastery in Devon.


Retreat Code = 19155

A = suitable for all

B = particularly suitable for beginners

Mental well-being guidelines – please click here to read before booking


Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

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 (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 psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional’s contact information to the teachers on the opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


Monday 5 August 2019 – Sunday 11 August 2019 (6 nights)

Standard Rate:    £354 – Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £425 – A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £301 – Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:      £177 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate:£106 – For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £54 per night – Conditions apply – please see box

Arrival & Departure:
  • Arrive for registration between 2-5pm on the opening day.
  • Depart after 12.30pm on the final day (or 1.30pm if staying for lunch).
  • Please only make travel bookings to fit with these times.
  • These conditions apply even if you’ve been to Gaia House before.
Please only book if you are able to commit to the entire retreat:
  • The teachers and staff at Gaia House require this commitment in order to respect the retreat environment and minimise disruption to others.
  • We are not able to accept bookings from people who want to arrive and/or depart outside of these times.

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 £100.00

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