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Open The Heart And Still The Mind: A joyful awakening

Teacher: Sue Cooper
Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
Dates: Friday 17 March 2017 - Tuesday 21 March 2017

sue-cooper-2014This retreat integrates meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and is held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence. Through the teachings and meditation practices which cultivate calm, spaciousness and compassionate wisdom, we will discover ways to free ourselves from the addictive patterns of our fear-based conditioning, the cause of so much of our suffering. As we integrate our body, heart and mind through grounding ourselves in the present moment with an embodied awareness and a kind and compassionate heart, we will discover a powerful healing and transformation, which lead to a joyful awakening. In addition to sitting and walking meditations, Sue will offer chi kung movement meditation as well as short, individual sessions. There will be time for restorative rest, as well as for silent walks in the beautiful gardens of the BRC. Beginners as well as experienced practitioners are very welcome.

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Sue Cooper is a clinical psychologist with almost 25 years of experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice in Cape Town since the early 1990’s. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between psychological and spiritual approaches to self-discovery and inner healing, and has attended Buddhist meditation retreats, mainly in the Theravada tradition, for over 30 years.  She has been   inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition and is deeply grateful to her primary teachers: the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor. She has a particular interest in exploring how our practice enables us to embrace our humanness, integrating love and loss in our lives, so that we can live and die with compassionate awareness.  She offers weekend and longer retreats throughout South Africa. Contac: sue.stillmind@gmail.com.