Jaya Rudgard

Jaya Rudgard began meditating in 1984, and from 1996 to 2005 was ordained as a nun in the Thai forest tradition in England at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

She subsequently trained as an Insight Meditation teacher at Spirit Rock in California and Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts.

She teaches meditation retreats and courses in the UK and internationally. Jaya has extensive experience teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches retreats for Mindfulness teachers and teachers in training. She also enjoys practising and teaching qigong.

For upcoming online courses and retreats with Jaya, including qigong and meditation retreats, please see Upcoming Retreats and Courses.

For information about learning qigong with Jaya please see Qi-mindful.com.


Qigong (chi kung), meaning ‘energy-skill’, is the ancient Chinese practice of mindfulness in motion. Grounded in Taoist wisdom, it simultaneously promotes physical health and fitness, emotional resilience and mental clarity.

Some qigong practices can develop strength and endurance, whilst others maintain and increase mobility, soothe the nervous system and activate and support the body’s natural healing powers. Above all qigong is deeply enjoyable and relaxing, and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Jaya has practised and shared qigong for many years and is a certified Holden Qigong instructor. For information about her current online classes please visit Qi-mindful.com.

Upcoming Retreats & Courses

Dharma & Mindfulness events 2024 with Jaya Rudgard


Gaia House New Year’s Retreat Livestream (see below)
For the New Year, a Sunday of Contemplation – 14th January 2024
With Christoph Köck
for The Mindfulness and Compassion Centre UK


At Gaia House, Devon

Gaia House New Year’s Retreat (Residential/Online) 28th December 2023 – 2nd January 2024
with Kirsten Kratz, Julia Wallond and friends
(Residential retreat fully booked – online option still available)

Rest and Renewal Retreat Residential 6th – 13th January 2024
with Nathan Glyde & Sumedha
(Waiting list)

Metta in Motion 26th – 28th April 2024
qigong and meditation weekend retreat
with River Wolton
open to all

Practices of the Heart 30th August – 6th September 2024
Including chanting and devotional practices
with Sumedha and Mat Schencks
open to all

At the Nightingale Centre, Buxton
with The Mindfulness Network
Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness 27th September – 2nd October 2024
with Rebecca Crane

Day Retreats (in person)
London Insight Meditation Sunday 30th June 2024
Oxford Insight Meditation Saturday 21st September 2024


Castletown, Co. Laois
with The Mindfulness and Compassion Centre
Food for the Heart – the Factors of Awakening 11th-17th August 2024
with Christoph Köck


ITC Naarden
with Bodhi College

Satipatthāna Sutta Retreat 14th-19th May 2024
with Christina Feldman


Spirit Rock, CA
February and March monthlongs
with teaching team (see website)

Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA

The Nature of Awareness 16th-25th July 2024
with Guy and Sally Armstrong and Yuka Nakamura
(for experienced students)

Three-Month Retreat, Part 2 22nd October-3rd December 2024
with teaching team (see website)