Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Embracing life with courage and trust
Teacher: Sue Cooper
Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R300 surcharge
Dates: Friday 22 September 2017 - Tuesday 26 September 2017
This 4-day retreat integrates meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence. We will focus on the cultivation of life-affirming qualities of heart and mind to support the development of courage and trust, necessary for growth and discovery. The Spring theme of new beginnings will help to inspire and encourage fearlessness in the face of change and uncertainty, so that we can embrace our lives with greater freedom, compassion and joy. In addition to offering short, individual sessions, Sue will offer daily sessions of chi kung movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will also be time for restorative rest and silent walks in the beautiful gardens of the BRC. See: www.suecooper.co.za
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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.