Directions to BRC
The Retreat Centre is well sign-posted. It can be found off District Road D64 which branches off the R56 between Pietermaritzburg and Ixopo, 5 km from Ixopo. At this turn-off there is a sign saying "Buddhist Retreat". Coming from Pietermaritzburg, just before the D64 turnoff, one passes the Mariathal Mission close to the road, on the left. Please ensure that you arrive before dark - arrivals are encouraged between 3 & 5pm on retreat days.
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Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg. Take the off ramp at Exit 61: (Umlaas Road/R56). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (don’t follow directions to Umlaas Road). Continue to drive towards the R56. After 11 km, at the end of that road, at the Richmond/Thornfield T- junction, turn left onto the R56 which takes you past Richmond (23 km) and towards Ixopo (43 km). 5 km before Ixopo there are two signs (on the left) that warn you that a turn-off to Benmore Lodge and Buddhist Retreat lies ahead. A little further, another sign (on the left) says Buddhist Retreat. Turn right onto the D64. After 7 km, past the Chibini village, you will find the BRC entrance sign on your right.
Traveling on the N3, skirting Pietermaritzburg, watch out for the turnoff that takes you to the R56 and follow the R56 signs which take you past Richmond and towards Ixopo. From there, follow the directions given for those traveling from Durban. If you miss the R56 turn-off at Pietermartizburg, carry on towards Durban on the N3 and turn off at Exit 61 (Umlaas Road/R56). From there, follow the directions given for those traveling from Durban.
At Park Rynie, turn off the N2, heading inland on the R612 to Umzinto/Ixopo. At the junction with the R56, turn right towards Richmond/Pietermaritzburg. After 5 km turn left onto D64 at a sign that says: Buddhist Retreat. After 7 km you will find the BRC entrance sign on your right.