Welcome. We live in challenging times, at the intersection of climate crisis, social upheaval and economic uncertainty. The Gaia Forest project aims to create a refuge. Located in cool uplands of the mid-north coast of NSW, in a region that has been home for rainforest since the age of Gondwana, Gaia Forest will be retreat space for meditation and yoga, a farm focused on regenerative agriculture, and a base for forest restoration and nature reconnection.
For more information about our project, please visit the “about” page and “who are we?“. To keep up with recent developments, please visit the “news” page. We are currently raising the necessary funds to purchase land. Click here to support our project. To find out how you can become involved, please fill in a contact form. See below for a site map.
- Meditation retreat with Bhante Dhammadipa: 19-26th February 2023
We are very happy to confirm dates for our first meditation retreat with Bhante Dhammadipa (http://dhammadipa.cz) in Australia, February 19th-26th 2023, at beautiful Corindi, on the NSW Mid-North Coast. In this retreat we will take a deep dive into the Four Immeasurable Minds; Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. These practices are central to the […]
- Return to Mother India
I am feeling very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to India, assisting Bhante Dhammadipa again as he tours and teaches. We have spent a rich two weeks in Mumbai, at Somaiya Vidyavihar Institute of Dharma Studies. There Bhante taught on the Chapter 6; “Questions of Maitreya” from the Samdinirmocana sutra, and important text […]
- Thich Nhat Hanh 11/10/1926 – 22/01/2022
It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the passing of Zen Master, poet, peace activist and gardener Thich Nhat Hanh. We also experienced a great joy in witnessing the outpouring of condolences and memories of Thay shared by so many from around the world who have been touched as we have by […]
- Seeking a home among the clouds
The combination of economics, climate change and a global pandemic has created an interesting nexus of challenges for us in our search for a home for the Gaia Forest project. We have fallen in love however with the Dorrigo Plateau. The combination of land-forms, soils, climate, vegetation and community has what we feel to be […]
- Meet our founders: Tasch Arndt
We are so happy to welcome Social Scientist, Organic Farmer and mindfulness practitioner Tasch Arndt to our team: “I am passionate about taking care of the Earth and the diverse human and more-than-human kin that we share this precious planet with. My interdisciplinary background spans ecology and the social sciences and I hold a Master’s […]