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Gaia House







Gaia House is a silent meditation retreat centre set amongst the gentle hills and quiet woodlands of South Devon offering a year-round programme of weekend and week-long group retreats in the Insight tradition as well as long-term solitary and work retreats.

London Insight Meditation

London Insight offer a programme of events based in the insight meditation tradition. Together with a group of leading teachers we explore the modern application of authentic Buddhist teachings in our lives.

Bath Insight Meditation meets at John Williams Room at Bath Central United Reform Church, Grove Street, Bath BA2 6PJ. Fridays 6pm-7pm. Please phone Sue on 07929 842776 if you would like any further information.

Frome Insight
Frome Insight offers day retreats, street meditations, community activities, Yatra walks, and Dharma study.

Chew Valley sitting group. We are a small open group. We have a short lead in – maybe a poem or reading followed by quiet meditation (total 40 mins) then 20 mins for reflections and talk. All are welcome whether experienced or new to meditation. Cost £ 4.  For further information please contact Phil or Moira

Oxford Insight

Oxford Insight Meditation (formerly known as Oxford Gaia House Meditation Retreats) offers a programme of silent day retreats led by teachers associated with Gaia House, a retreat centre in Devon which offers silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.

Sheffield Insight Meditation

Sheffield Insight Meditation offer retreats led by teachers associated with Gaia House Retreat Centre in Devon, and regular groups for meditation practice.

Cheltenham Insight
We meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings and listen to talks (mainly from Gaia House teachers) followed by a 30-minute meditation, with opportunity for discussion and support for those new to vipassana meditation.

Satipanya Buddhist Retreat
A retreat centre in Shropshire which runs retreats devoted to contemplative living and Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma.

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Based in Hertfordshire, this a Buddhist monastery of the Theravadan Thai Forest Tradition offering a range of events and retreats.

Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project

Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project was registered as a charity in April 2017. It’s objects are to advance Theravada Buddhism in the UK for the benefit of the public primarily by;

(a) establishing and maintaining a residential centre or centres offering material support for Theravada Buddhist bhikkhunis and women training towards full bhikkhuni ordination;

(b) furthering the education of the public in the teachings and practices of the Buddha by organising educational activities.

The charity is run entirely by a tenacious team of volunteers committed to realising the ambition of establishing a bhikkhuni monastery in the UK and creating a supportive space for Dhamma practice for monastics and laypeople alike.

You can find out more and donate at

Sharpham Trust
The Sharpham Trust in South Devon operates both the Sharpham Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Enquiry and the Barn Rural Retreat. It runs a broad range of projects providing a balance of practical activity with spiritual enquiry.

Moulin de Chaves Meditation Centre (formerly Tapovan)
Le Moulin in France hosts a selection of retreats, workshop and courses with resident teacher Martin Aylward and invited teachers in both the Buddhist Insight tradition and in various contemporary approaches to awakening.

Dhamma Dipa
A retreat centre in Herefordshire which runs residential courses throughout the year based on the practice of Vipassana (Insight) meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
A meditation centre in the USA which hosts a full programme of ongoing classes and residential retreats in the Vipassana tradition.

Insight Meditation Society
The Insight Meditation Society in the USA has over 30 years’ experience of offering retreats in Insight and Loving Kindness meditation. On its website there are online dharma talks, a suggested reading list and a useful glossary of Buddhist terms.

Insight Meditation South Bay

Insight Meditation South Bay offers insight meditation retreats, provide guidance in vipassana meditation, and support contemplative practices that develop concentration, joy, and inner peace in the midst of everyday living.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies is an educational organization dedicated to exploring Buddhist thought and practice as a living tradition.


Buddhist Insight Network

An organisation that connects Insight Meditation groups throughout the world. The Buddhist Insight Network also serves as the connecting link for sangha leaders and teachers to learn from and support each other in practicing and sharing the dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.

Sangha live

Sangha Live brings people together on a journey of awakening through online courses and live, weekly sessions anyone can join. Classes are led by world renowned teachers in Insight meditation practice and Buddhist teachings.

An organisation dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism. A wide variety of dharma talks are available on their website.

Audio Dharma
An archive of Dharma talks given by Gil FronsdalAndrea Fella and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA

Access to Insight
A website providing information and resources about Theravada Buddhism including books and sutta translations.

SanghaSeva offer “Meditation in Action” retreats in India, Europe and Israel-Palestine. These retreats and events bring support to social, humanitarian and ecological projects, while also finding a deeper and more supportive way of living a full human life.

Freely Given Retreats
Freely Given Retreats has been established to make Insight Meditation retreats available to everyone regardless of their financial situation. Details of the 2020 retreat programme are available on their website.