About the retreat

Mindfulness is central to the Buddha’s path to liberation. Mindfulness practice has spread to the secular world as a means to psychological health, and in this transition its meaning has adapted to its new context. In this online retreat we will go back to the origins, exploring and practising mindfulness as understood by the Buddha himself. However, since an online retreat is a domestic retreat, conducted in the midst of our everyday cares, we will explore ways to apply mindfulness to the challenges and stresses of ordinary life.

About Patrick

Patrick has been practising Buddhist meditation since the 1970s and teaching full-time since 2000. He teaches satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā (insight through the establishment of mindfulness) in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His principal teachers have been Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale. He has also practised Zen, in the Diamond Sangha lineage. His principal teachers have been Robert Aitken Roshi and Paul Maloney Roshi.

Patrick’s approach to meditation is enlivened by his focus on the original teachings of the Buddha – Buddhism before the divisions between Theravada and Mahayana were ever thought of. He applies these teachings directly to life in our contemporary world in an accessible, clear and joyful way.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations are accepted up until two weeks prior to the retreat, and a refund of 90% will be given without question. The additional 10% is kept to cover fees. Cancellations will also be accepted after this date if you have unexpected circumstances, but you will need to contact the retreat manager by email at retreats@mindthegap.events

Fees and dāna

Please note that the fees here are just to cover expenses and build a fund for future retreats. The money does not pay for Patrick's teaching. In the Buddhist tradition, the dharma is felt to be of such great value that it cannot be bought or sold: it can be transmitted and received only as gift. This is dāna, which means “giving” or “gift.” In this spirit, Patrick offers his teaching on this retreat as a gift. His students return his gift in the form of financial support, and Patrick lives on these gifts. Details for giving dāna to Patrick will be provided at the conclusion of the retreat, or can be found on his website https://patrickkearney.net/dana/


You can see schedules for several time zones on the schedules page. If you are in a timezone other than those, please email Alex with the desired timezone and he'll generate a new schedule.

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Public Dharma Talks

This is for the nightly Dharma talks (included in the other options). The zoom link will be sent out to anyone who registers. Questions cannot be asked by those only attending the dharma talks.