Attention, Insight and Ethics

  • Nov 25

    Monday Nov 25, 2024 - Saturday Nov 30, 2024

    (Start time Mon 16:00 GMT - End time Sat 12:00 GMT) Christina Feldman, John Peacock
    • £650.00 excl.
    The fee does not contribute towards the livelihood of our teachers. You will be invited to offer teacher dana at the end of the course.

Over the course of this retreat we will examine the relationship between the development of a profound form of attention (yoniso manasikāra) leading to a penetrating insight (vipassanā) into the way we are to live our lives. The way that we live our lives can be summed up in the word 'ethics' (sīla) - not as a list of rules, but as a responsiveness to the unfolding and changing dimensions of our lives and our inter-relationships with others, the environment and other beings. The mornings will be dedicated to silent practice and the afternoons to an examination of attention, insight and ethics.

Event Details


This retreat is offered on a dana basis – you will be asked to make an additional monetary donation at the end of the course to support the livelihood of the teacher.

Additional Information:

  • For experienced practitioners
  • Participants are asked to contribute 1 hour of work a day, in order to help with the running of the retreat
  • Periods of silent meditation practice, as well as teachings and study
  • Accommodation in shared and single rooms
  • All meals included – vegetarian food with the possibility of catering for special diets
  • On the last day, lunch will not be provided. 
  • If paying a deposit – balance to be paid no later than 4 weeks before the module starts
  • A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 

is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT(Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course.  John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.