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2-Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Gaunts House

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When: Spring 2018, 9am – 5pm (arrival at 8 – 8.45am)
Where: Gaunts House, Petersham Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4JQ
(NB: Please use the BH21 4JD postcode for your Sat Nav) Free parking is available at Gaunts House

This 2-Day (with optional 1-Day) silent mindfulness retreat offers us the wonderful opportunity to take time out from our busy lives and take care of ourselves, expanding and deepening our sense of aliveness, compassion and wellbeing. Join us with other like minded people to nourish our minds and bodies with meditation, dialogue and some easy to do yoga. This retreat is secular and non-religious, delivered in a gentle Tibetan/Zen Buddhist flavour.
The retreat is held at the magnificent Gaunts House in Wimborne, Dorset. The house is a beautiful red-brick mansion built around 1752, situated on a stunning estate totalling nearly 2000 acres with a beautiful lake and many acres of private woods wonderful for walking nature meditation.
The type of meditation that we will be practicing is called Awareness of Breath or Ānāpānasati. This type of meditation, in our opinion, is one of the purest and simplest of all meditation practices. It’s intention is to develop one pointed attention and a sense of connection to ones inherent inner wisdom and compassion. The retreat is guided by Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, published author and NHS mental health worker. More about Robert further down below.

Robert held a graceful retreat full of relaxation, kindness and investigation into why the mind jumps around from place to place. The message I received during the evening, was to always be present and to view all events in the world without judgement. A wise message and one I hope to use daily. Noel L S

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It was a beautiful experience and an enjoyable opportunity to practice and be reminded of some of the aspects I have learned already but don’t get to practice regularly. Trudie F

This mindfulness retreat is for you if you wish to:

tickTake time out for self-care and healing.

tickDiscover your true purpose, meaning and happiness.

tickDeepen your connection to awareness wisdom and compassion.

tickLearn how to live in the present moment away from past negative habitual responses.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickReduce stress, anxiety and depression and enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

tickThe retreat venue has an authentic and relaxing atmosphere with close by stunning rurual views which promises an unforgettable and life enhancing experience.

tickThis retreat is suitable for beginner as well as for those with some previous meditation experience.


About Robert Gebka, your mindfulness teacher

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Robert is a Qualified Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Centre for Mindfulness, USA (UCSD CFM). He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He has guided over 50 meditation retreats and attended a number of 3 and 10 day Vipassana retreats himself. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert is a registered member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and abides by their Good Practice Standards for teaching mindfulness-based courses. His mindfulness work is supervised by the managing director of the UCSD CFM. (Picture: Robert with his teacher Ahbey Rinpoche 2017 by Ben)
Robert is a member of:

NCS AccredUSA Cogntive AssociationMABNAFENS
Listen to Robert on soundcloud below.

A lovely retreat presented by Robert – timely for me, as I’m well aware the busier I am the more I need to stop and linger in the present moment and be mindfully aware of all it holds. The group, the guided meditation, the brief wander amongst the stars and bright moon, the cold night air on our faces followed by the warmth and welcome indoors to experience the nuances of our tea meditation all brought a delightful sense of balance and harmony. I left for my drive home feeling refreshed, calm and centred. Margaret R – Dorset

Retreat programme

Click below to view the 2-day retreat programme
Gaunts House 2-Day Silent Retreat Sept-Oct 2017 programme
The length of the sitting meditation practice is 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of mindful movement (easy to do Yoga).
Outise walking meditation
The retreat will invite you to explore mindful walking on the beautiful Gaunts House gardens with plenty of fresh air and beautiful surroundings, weather permitting of course..

Why a silent retreat?

A period of deep silence, also called Noble Silence is observed starting from the start to the end of the retreat. This type of silence is very healing. We allow the silence and the calmness to move through our minds and bodies, letting the collective compassionate energy of the group to flow through us, making it easier to meditate and tune into our own sense of wisdom and compassion. You may however at any time speak to the guiding teacher or his assistants should you need anything or have any questions as we are there to support you.

Click here to read more about the benefits of Noble Silence

Retreat options

tickOption 1: Two-day retreat – join us for the entire retreat on Saturday and Sunday. You can either stay overnight at Gaunts House (accommodation not included) or travel home and come back in the morning.

tickOption 2: One-day retreat – join us for one day (Saturday) only. Please note that you can only join us on Saturday if choosing the one-day option.

Retreat price & self-investment

tickOption 1: Two-day retreat – £150
tickOption 2: One-day retreat – £85
Both retreat options price include tea, hot vegetarian pastries in the morning and a light vegetarian lunch in the afternoon, snacks and teas throughout the day, but excludes overnight accommodation. Accommodation is available at the beautiful Gaunts House itself.

For more details on booking accommodation please contact Daphne on or call her on 01202 841 522


What to bring?

Hot pastries in the morning, lunch, tea and organic snacks are provided throughout the day. Meditations mats are provided, but please bring your own cushion to sit on. You may use a chair to sit on for the meditation which will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes.

What not to bring?

Please leave your mobile phones at home and give yourself permission to unplug form the hustle and bustle. You will be asked to hand in your phones at the start of the retreat.

Making payment

You do not need a Paypal account to pay for your retreat booking. – Just select your preferred retreat option and click on the BUY NOW Paypal button below to pay SECURELY with a debit or credit card. Please note that we do not send out CONFIRMATIONS. You will however receive an automatic message from Paypal with your ticket confirming your retreat booking.

For more information please contact Anna

Anna Dorset MindfulnessHello, my name is Anna and I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be delighted to be of assistance.

Feel free to email me on or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


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