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Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing In the Hills Of Ixopo : An unstructured, introspective weekend

Teacher: Louis van Loon (meditation), Alex and Jeremy Lister-James (chi kung) Deborah Don (healing therapies).
Cost: Cost: 2 days’ accommodation
Dates: Friday 23 March 2018 - Sunday 25 March 2018

almost loIt is difficult to make decisions about important issues in your life when you are immersed in them. You need some distance from them, physically and psychologically - to see them clearly for what they are. Only then, can you gain a fresh perspective on them. So, if you feel like you need a gentle, uncluttered space to tune into what lies ahead in 2018, this largely unstructured weekend will prove useful. Experience sunrise chi kung or yoga, followed by meditation, after which the centre is yours to enjoy, walking or birdwatching in three hundred acres of rolling hills and indigenous forests. Circumambulate the labyrinth, meditate in the Zen garden or Buddha Boma, and spend solitary time in the deer park and at the dam, stalking the light, listenening to the windchimes and gazing at clouds. The BRC provides an ideal opportunity to be in a sympathetic space to reflect on the things that crowd one’s life: to just be…

In this retreat, meditation will be offered by Louis van Loon, Chi Kung with Alex and Jeremy Lister-James, walks with Lien Duvenage and healing therapies with Deborah Don. Please enquire further at the office.

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Louis van Loon lectured in Buddhist philosophy at the Universities of Cape Town and Durban-Westville for 22 years. He established the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1980 and, along with his wife, Chrisi, directs its affairs. Both were involved in the compilation of the BRC’s popular recipe books Quiet Food, The Cake The Buddha Ate and Plentiful:The Big Book Of Buddha Food. His interest lies in the psychology of meditation and in the relationship between art, science, religion and philosophy. He is an architect and consulting civil and structural engineer in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.

Alex Lister - James initially studied the Yang Form of tai chi as a form of “moving meditation” before incorporating chi kung in her practice, together with sitting and walking meditation. She has attended retreats at the Buddhist Retreat Centre for 30 years. In her professional life, Alex is a Health Professional in private practice, focusing on the health of women and children.

Jeremy Lister - James is a horticulturist who has been involved for many years in social, ethical and environmental standards in the agricultural sector, part of which is the provision of carbon footprint assessments. His broader philosophy includes Deep Ecology and teaching tai chi and chi kung.

Deborah Don, a qualified Self-esteem Coach, and massage therapist, has been involved in the “Health Retreats” offered at the BRC over the last two years. She will be on hand to offer healing therapies such as aromatherapy, massage, sound therapy, foot and back massage. Please enquire further at the office