AND SIMPLY BEING PRESENT
AT DHARMA GAIA
A retreat should refresh us.
It should offer nourishment for mind body and spirit.
A retreat should enable us to live with more clarity, peace and joy.
At Dharma Gaia our focus is to come home to ourselves, and thereby develop deep understanding for ourselves and the nature of reality. We practice in a way that we no longer get dragged backwards into past regrets and suffering nor be swept away by our worries and plans for the future. This does not mean that we deny or shut ourselves off from the past or the future, it means that we can be in touch with these aspects with insight, understanding and clarity through the stability that present moment awareness enables.
Retreats at Dharma Gaia offer us the opportunity to be supported by a committed community of mindful living and to deepen our own capacity to live more mindfully, more peacefully with joy and awareness.
During retreats there are also formal teachings offered by Dharma teachers – both monastic and non-monastic – and sessions in smaller groups in which we have a chance to explore and support each other to translate the teachings into reality in our everyday lives.
The practice of Mindfulness is simple... but it is not always easy and we understand that. Retreats usually have the range of practitioners from absolute beginners to long-term and each will naturally practice at their own natural pace. New or long term, young or old, rich or poor, awakening does not depend on any of these constraints. Irrespective of culture, race, age gender, religion, experience, and all other categories we may use as labels, the practice is the same. The gentle but clear focus for us is to optimise the conditions that will enable all to wake up and be truly present to the miracle that is life.