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The BRC is clearly photogenic

The BRC is clearly photogenic. The producers of the SATV 2’sEastern Mosaic filmed  at  the BRC recently. You can watch the evocative episode by clicking the following link:

In the Beginning and in the End

When we entered a new millennium 15 years ago, it was deemed to be a significant event; the beginning of something momentous.  Was it?  Or was it just a trick of calendar-making, like the 1st January, which is, really, an ever-shifting point in the earth’s orbit around the sun.  And because the year 2000 was such a nice round figure, does that mean anything?  Or, is it a tendency of the mind to read significance into things that are arbitrary and random, like predicting the future from the tea leaves left in your cup? 


Welcome to the BRC

003-40Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist retreat Centre looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills receding like waves in the blue distance. Here, for more than twenty years people of all religions and none have come to experience peace and tranquillity. It is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still and get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one's life. CNN featured the BRC as one of the 10 finest Meditation centres in the world.

Paths threading the 300 acre property each bring their own revelation: follow the pine-scented path to the dam; walk past ancient cycads to the tracks of early Voortrekker wagons; discover an assegai-sharpening stone on a hillside; or point your feet towards the rocky outcrop that provides a perfect seat for contemplating the valley below. Nearby are the breeding sites of the exquisite, but rare Blue Swallow of which the Endangered Wildlife Trust has appointed the BRC a custodian. Their presence, together with the BRC's commitment to encouraging the indigenous biodiversity of the area, has led to the Centre being declared a Natural Heritage Site by former President Nelson Mandela.

Integrated into this setting are the Centre's buildings, accommodation lodges and cottages, the dining room and office, a shop, a lecture and art studio, a library, and the meditation hall.

Upcoming Retreats

The retreat schedule to September 2015 is now available

View full retreat schedule and details

Next 5 retreats

Fri Mar 06 - Sun Mar 08You And Stress: It Takes Two To Tango
Fri Mar 13 - Sun Mar 15Eat Treat Retreat
Fri Mar 20 - Sun Mar 22Finding Ease: Returning to ourselves through yoga and meditation
Tue Mar 24 - Sun Mar 29Taming Our Wayward Minds
Thu Apr 02 - Mon Apr 06Sumie: When The Brush Dances And The Ink Sings: A course in Japanese brush painting

Our Books

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Quiet Food, our fabulous BRC recipe book, is in its eighth reprint. Like Quiet Food, The Cake celebrates the food served at the BRC as much as it does the BRC itself with photographs showcasing the beauty of the place, and stories about it and the activities that take place there.

You can order copies from our shop.

Mailing Lists

Submit your details to stay in touch with BRC activities


If anyone would like to get involved with donating goods to the Centre, please see the much-needed list below, or email us:  

  • Portable power drill
  • Small generator
  • Indigenous plants & seedlings
  • Gardening equipment
  • Patio chairs 
  • Towels, linen, pillows

Contact Us

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Telephone: +27 [0]39 834 1863 / 0878091687
Fax: +27 [0]86 683 9307
Mobile: 082 579 3037

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Emergencies:082 741 7901
Durban nos.:+27 [0]31 209 5995 or 082 466 8306 (Chrisi)

If our telephone lines are down, please would you call us on our cell phone : 0825793037.