What to expect

On the retreat, we ask you to arrive for registration between 9.15 – 9.45am. The retreat finishes around 5pm, and we ask that attendees commit to staying for the full day.

Each one-day retreat will be a day of sustained meditation, supported by an atmosphere of silence. All the retreats are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. The retreat is led by a teacher from Gaia House, and the structure of the day can vary. Typically the day includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, and guidance on meditation provided by the teacher. Opportunities are provided to ask questions.

We ask attendees to bring a vegetarian dish to contribute to a shared lunch, which is held together and in silence (see What to bring).

At the end of the day, one of the volunteers will speak briefly about the ancient tradition of Dana.