Silent Retreat (residential)

Silent retreat details

How long is the course?

7 days

When is the course?

Friday 1 June 2018 to Friday 8 June 2018

Who is the course for?

Teachers or training to Teach MBCT

Where is the course?

St Cuthman's Retreat Centre, West Sussex

How many people on the course?


How much does the course cost?

£985 (£525 Accommodation and food and £460 Teaching Fee)

Course Leaders

Christina Feldman and John Peacock

This 7-day silent retreat is held in the tranquil rural setting of St Cuthman’s. It represents an opportunity for practitioners with an established meditation practice to deepen their personal experience of mindfulness meditation, and to explore its roots in the Buddhist tradition, as a foundation for teaching others.

To be mindful is to see ‘what is’, not to search for what may be. With mindfulness, we see that all striving for attainment is a conflict between ‘what is’ and the fantasy of an abiding self, beset with attachments, hopes and fears.

To be fully aware in all situations and conditions of life is what the Buddha meant when he said, in the Discourse on the Establishment of Mindfulness (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta), that we should be mindful sitting, standing, lying down, or walking. ‘Fully aware’ means being aware with our whole being of the ‘way things are’ and living accordingly.

To establish mindfulness four contemplations are used: body, feelings, mind and mind-objects. Through focusing on these, the Buddha believed we could learn to understand and take control of our lives.

In this silent retreat, we shall engage in a range of practices based on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. The retreat will include intensive meditation practice, both sitting and walking, as well as teaching, discussion and interviews.

Regular mindfulness practice, supported by a good teacher is essential. Good residential retreat centres provide a containing space to let go of all the have to do’s of life and drop more deeply into practice, so we can do the work of investigating the mind, knowing the mind, transforming the mind and experiencing first-hand the challenges and joys of this work. Daily and sustained practice builds capacity and confidence.

Christina Feldman is a co-founder of Gaia House and a member of the Teacher Council. She has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She has written a number of books including Woman Awake, The Way of Meditation, Silence, The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.

John Peacock has been a Buddhist meditation practitioner for over forty years, and has been teaching meditation since the early 1980s. He is an academic as well as a practitioner, and has lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol for ten years. At present, he is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Co-Director of the Masters in MBCT.

St Cuthman’s Map and Directions (002)

St Cuthman’s Programme

Accommodation is in a mixture of single and twin rooms with ensuite facilities.