Detailed List of Retreats

Online events

You need to register for our online events.
For multi-day events, please register for each session where indicated.

You will receive a registration confirmation email.
This will contain the link to join the session.

To make a donation for online events, please use:

EFT: Buddhist Institute of S.A. | FNB Ixopo (No: 220223) | Acc: 52555029829
International payments: Swift Code FIRNZAJJ or FIRNZAJJ824
PayPal & card payments: louis@vanloon.co.za
Please use your NAME and SESSION DATE as the payment reference

How To Draw What You See: A pen and ink sketching workshop

Teacher: Louis van Loon
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
Dates: Friday 13 July 2018 - Sunday 15 July 2018

louis van loonYou don’t have to be, or become, an artist to be able to sketch what is in front of you.  Everybody can see that some things are shorter than others or to the left or right of something else. So you simply draw it like that.  All you need is one eye and two fingers. Participants will be taken through a series of simple practice sessions in this type of “Seeing-Drawing”, after which they will draw a variety of subjects - from still life to landscape scenes and portraits - all in the space of a weekend. Sketching is one of the loveliest of skills anybody can acquire because you can take your pen and sketchbook anywhere and experience what it is like to be truly present in where you are.  All materials will be provided.

View teacher details
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.