Jake Dartington has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995 and trained as a meditation teacher with Christina Feldman, the co-founder of Gaia House in Devon. He began to teach retreats and meditation courses in 2007. As well as teaching at Gaia House, Jake leads daylong and evening courses at various places around the country. He teaches Insight Meditation, Mindfulness courses and yoga in Nottingham.
Jake teaches Insight Meditation, which is a practice that can deepen our potential to live with wisdom, kindness and compassion. The practice is derived from the Buddhist tradition and is accessible and appropriate for people of any religious affiliation or none. Insight Meditation is the traditional inspiration behind contemporary mindfulness-based therapies and methods.
Insight Meditation is the traditional inspiration behind contemporary mindfulness-based therapies and methods
Jake began practising meditation in January 1995, while studying for an M.A in Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He started to go on retreats and deepened his practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation. His also spent time practising in India in Bodh Gaya and Dharamsala.
In 2002, Jake completed a ten-week residential course at Sharpham College in Devon, taught by Stephen and Martine Batchelor, Gay Watson and John Peacock. The following year he sat a three-month silent retreat at Gaia House and was guided through this by Christina Feldman, Bhante Bodhidhamma and Yanai Postelnik.
From 2005-2008, Jake trained as a Dharma Teacher with Christina Feldman. This training included several longer retreats at Gaia House (including six-week and month-long retreats). He began teaching at Gaia House in February 2007 and went on to teach several retreats at Gaia House and daylong retreats around the country (Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford, London, Mid-Wales and Brighton). Since 2012, he has also begun to teach eight-week Mindfulness courses in Nottingham. He has completed teacher trainings at Bangor University (TTR 1 and 2) and trained with Enter Mindfulness in London.
While Jake’s meditation teaching is rooted in his Vipassana training, it is also informed by his Masters degrees in Buddhist Studies and Philosophy, and by years of teaching Religious Studies and Philosophy in a sixth-form college. Jake also has a long standing interest in psychotherapy and counselling and has completed a one-year Foundation course at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Jake sees meditation as a way to live with deeper wisdom, compassion, peace and joy and he loves the opportunity to share what it offers with others.
Meditation offers a way to live with deeper wisdom, compassion, peace and joy and I love to share what it offers with others.
All of the talks I’ve given at Gaia House are on Dharmaseed. It is an excellent site that gives you access to talks by many Insight Meditation teachers, including Christina Feldman who trained me. You can search for talks by theme or by teacher.
Some of my more recent talks given in Nottingham are on Soundcloud.
There is a long established tradition of ‘Engaged Buddhism’ and in my own practice I’ve been reflecting on social and political issues more over the last year or so. As part of this process, I made a short film about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Bradford and gave a talk about some […]
One of the most interesting areas of connection between Buddhist practice and Western culture is the dialogue with psychology and psychotherapy. Barry Magid and Tara Brach are two teachers who have made particularly interesting contributions to this conversation. In a series of talks this autumn I am reflecting on their work.
This week I was interviewed by Claire Balding on Radio 2’s programme Good Morning Sunday. We spoke about mindfulness, retreats and responses to the recent attacks. I was also able to give a brief reflection on compassion.
The All Party Parliamentary Report has been published with recommendations for mindfulness in healthcare, education, the criminal justice system and the workplace. Our studio was featured in a piece on BBC breakfast publicising the report. You can read the full report here.
There is lots of scientific research explaining the various ways in which mindfulness practice helps. It’s also lovely to hear personal accounts of how practice has helped people. Three people who’ve been to my classes in Nottingham say more about the benefits of their mindfulness practice.
I recently spoke to my friend and fellow mindfulness teacher Dr Karen Neil about how mindfulness helps us with stress. She trained as a Pharamcist before becoming a Mindfulness Teacher. We discussed the bodily changes that come with stress, and how it affects our thinking and our performance.