Retreat Programme 2021

Due to Covid-19 our retreats and events will now take place online via Zoom until early 2021. These will all be free of charge. However, we request that you support our teachers by offering dana. If you would like to take part in these online retreat days please subscribe to our email newsletters via our website and you will be sent all the relevant information and the link and password to Zoom.

Saturday 23rd January – Venerable Canda – online retreat

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. Venerable Canda founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project with Ajahn Brahm- a UK charity aimed at establishing a nun’s monastery in the UK.

Dana Venerable Canda offers her teaching in the spirit of generosity. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to to the Anukampa Project of which Venerable Canda is the spiritual director. This is a time of financial uncertainty for many of us, our invitation is to reflect on the value of the teachings and the service to our community that Venerable Canda so generously offers whilst also bearing in mind your own financial situation when considering what you can offer.

To make a donation please go to: https://anukampaproject.org/donate/

We are currently unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.


Saturday 20th February – Jaya Rudgard – online retreat

Jaya 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 programme and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Dana In the spirit of the Insight meditation tradition, our teachers offer their teaching for free. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support teachers who rely wholly or partly on this generosity for their livelihoods. Your generosity to the teachers is greatly appreciated; it is truly what enables the continuation of the teaching.

To offer dana to Jaya please go to her PayPal page here

Alternatively go to https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/, then choose ‘teacher dana’ and add in the notes when making the payment that the dana is for ‘Jaya Rudgard’

We are currently unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.

Saturday 20th March – Jake Dartington – online retreat

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.

Dana In the spirit of the Insight meditation tradition, our teachers offer their teaching for free. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support teachers who rely wholly or partly on this generosity for their livelihoods. Your generosity to the teachers is greatly appreciated; it is truly what enables the continuation of the teaching.

To make a donation to Jake please either donate via Jake’s PayPal page: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jakedartington

Alternatively go to https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/, then choose ‘teacher dana’ and add in the notes when making the payment that the dana is for ‘Jake Dartington’

We are currently unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.


Apr 24th – Catherine McGee – venue to be confirmed

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 12th June – Laura Bridgman – venue to be confirmed


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 17th July – Zohar Lavie – venue to be confirmed

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 18th September – Kirsten Kratz – venue to be confirmed

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: www.thedancewebsite.org).


Saturday 23rd October – Bhante Bodhidhamma – venue to be confirmed

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 27th Nov – Yanai Postelnik – venue to be confirmed

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.