Retreat programme 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018 – Jake Dartington

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

Saturday 10 March 2018 – Chris Cullen

CHRIS CULLEN works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and also did the Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Chris co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and is on the teaching team at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre. He teaches mindfulness courses for students at Oxford University and for MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.

Saturday 21 April 2018 – Kirsten Kratz

KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993 and 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 she is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE:

Saturday 2 June 2018 – Jaya Rudgard

JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in 1985, and was ordained as a nun in the Thai Forest Tradition from 1996-2005 with Ajahn Sumedho as her main teacher. Jaya is a graduate of the four year Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock teacher training led by Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. She teaches retreats in the UK and overseas, mainly at Gaia House, IMS and Spirit Rock, as well as running a weekly sitting group in Oxford. She also teaches Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion.

Saturday 23 June 2018 – Laura Bridgman 

Please note this is an additional retreat to the 2018 programme. There will be NO shared lunch you are requested to bring a packed lunch. For all information regarding this retreat please click here

LAURA BRIDGMAN ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995, and was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until she moved out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. Over the past ten years 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 overlap as this path incorporates several fundamental Buddhist principles and practices.

Saturday 21 July 2018 – Zohar Lavie

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.

Saturday 22 September 2018 – Mark Ovland

MARK OVLAND has been devoted to spiritual inquiry and service for the past ten years. His passion for the path was given its first container in the Indian monasteries of the Ramakrishna Order and was later accommodated and nurtured by his service to both the Barn Retreat and Gaia House as a residential coordinator. Mark is a founding trustee of Freely Given Retreats and a co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE: He has been a student of Rob Burbea since 2010.

Saturday 20 October 2018 – Bhante Bodhidhamma

BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada tradition. 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. After four years as resident teacher at Gaia House, he founded in 2007 the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Saturday 1 December 2018 – Catherine McGee

CATHERINE McGEE has practised and studied Buddhist meditation with senior teachers from Asia and the West since 1991. She has been teaching Insight Meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. Her teaching emphasises embodied practice and the integration and translation of our deepest understandings into our life. She is also a student and teacher in training of Diamond Approach of AH Almaas.


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