Retreat programme 2017

Saturday 1 April 2017 – 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 6 May 2017 – 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 June 2017 – 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 September 2017 – 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 21 October 2017 – 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 18 November 2017 – 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.