Retreat programme 2019

Saturday 26 January 2019 – 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 23 February 2019 – 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 30 March 2019 – 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. Trained to teach in the US by Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, Jaya teaches regularly at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts as well as as at Gaia House and other centres in the UK. She also leads retreats for the Mindfulness Network and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, of which she is an associate, and is the founding teacher of Oxford Insight’s Monday evening sitting group.

Saturday 11 May 2019 – Venerable Canda

VENERABLE CANDA began meditating in 1996 with SN Goenka. She ordained as a Buddhist nun in Burma in 2006 and subsequently took full ‘bhikkhuni’ ordination under the guidance of her Teacher, Ajahn Brahm. Her approach to meditation focuses on kindness and letting go as a means to deepening stillness and is increasingly informed by the early Buddhist texts. Ven Canda founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project with Ajahn Brahm- a UK charity aimed at establishing a nun’s monastery in the UK.

Saturday 8 June 2019 – 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.

Saturday 6 July 2019 – Mark Ovland

Mark has been devoted to the Dharma, to study, service, and practice, since his mid-twenties. His passion and curiosity led him first to India, where he lived briefly as a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, and later to Devon, where he served as a coordinator at both the Barn Retreat and Gaia House. Mark is a founding trustee of Freely Given Retreats and a co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE). His training to teach Insight Meditation has been under Rob Burbea, with whom he has studied and practised since 2010.

Saturday 21 September 2019 – 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 19 October 2019 – 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 23 November 2019 – Yanai Postelnik

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.

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