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  • New Year Intentions And Yoga Retreat

    Teacher: Lucy Draper - Clarke
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 January 2018 - Sunday 21 January 2018

    lucy draperLucy has been running New Year Intentions retreats for many years, in which participants take the opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, and set intentions for the future. Intention-setting does not need to be difficult. We can simply connect with what brings us joy, makes us feel energetic and alive, and commit to focusing on these activities over the year. The retreat is inspired by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s book The Book of Joy. We will explore what it means to lead a life of joy, where anything is possible, and contemplate the Buddhist ‘Four Thoughts’ of precious human birth, impermanence, karma and samsara, and find out how to create a meaningful life within whatever shifting circumstances we find ourselves. We will integrate our body, heart and mind in a gentle, unfolding process of yoga and mindfulness, providing the opportunity to reflect on what inspires and energises us. By trusting our ability to tap into our own talents, we can lead our lives in a  way that also brings benefit to others. Yoga and mindfulness  practices will tune us into both our supportive and sabotaging patterns, while compassion practices will provide us with skilful ways to accept ourselves just as we are, in order to create the conditions for transformation to take place. Please bring a yoga mat, a journal and pen or pencil, as well as stretchy, comfortable clothes for both yin and yang yoga practices.

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    Lucy Draper-Clarke has a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education. She has practised yoga for 20 years and taught yoga and mindfulness in Botswana and South Africa since 2006. She has been lucky enough to study with inspiring Buddhist mindfulness and Vinyasa yoga teachers, and offers a combined practice known as Mindfulness Yoga. Her light-hearted approach to teaching allows yoga students to learn through a joyful, yet transformative practice.

  • Ayurveda, Yoga And Meditation Retreat: A return to wholeness

    Teacher: Helen Altman
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 January 2018 - Sunday 28 January 2018

    helen altman smlAyurveda - the knowledge of life - is  a  5000 year old healing/health system that offers integrated, balanced living and preventative medicine. This ancient wisdom  helps us to maintain health from deep within our systems, of which yoga and meditation are a part. In this retreat we will look at the fundamental guiding principles of Ayurveda. The daily rhythm includes a talk, followed by a  class combining chi kung and simple, gentle, dynamic yoga for all levels of fitness, walking meditation, guided visualization, yoga nidra and breathing practices (pranayama). No previous experience is needed.

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    Helen Altman has explored the somatic experience from an early age, weaving the threads of dance, movement analysis, Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, yoga therapy, healing and meditative practice together. She has established two Yoga Dharma Centres over the last 35 years and now lives in McGregor in the Cape, where she offers private and small group retreats at her Stillness Sanctuary.

  • Getting To Know The Birds And Trees At The BRC: 160 birds of a feather

    Teacher: Crystelle Wilson and Chris Dalzell
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 February 2018 - Sunday 04 February 2018

    crystelle wilson with gustavchristopher dalzellJoin Crystelle and Chris for an enjoyable weekend of identifying some of the BRC’s 160 species of birds (including the summer residents, the rare Blue Swallow, Knysna Turaco and Emerald Cuckoo) and getting to know the indigenous trees and many of the wild flowers that grow there. You will also have a chance to be part of the indigenous forest by planting your own tree. The weekend includes learning how to identify the most common trees in KwaZulu Natal, how to dig and plant a tree, how to maintain it, and what butterflies and birds are attracted to these trees for nectar or fruit. Walk the verdant hills and meadows among the wild flowers, close to where the Blue Swallows nest, and enjoy the rare orchids, tree ferns and yellowwoods.  Included will be talks, chi kung, meditation and some quiet time communing with nature. Bring your binoculars and a sunhat.

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    Chris Dalzell was Curator of Durban Botanical Gardens where he was in charge of special collections. He has studied, lectured and travelled internationally, collecting plant specimens from USA, Canada, Brazil, S.E. Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  For many years he guided the South African exhibition at the international Chelsea Flower Show where his stall was consistently awarded Gold and Silver-Gilt Medals. He was appointed Assistant Director for the development of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. He currently runs his own landscaping business Chris Dalzell Landscapes.

    Crystelle Wilson describes herself as a writer, artist, birder and dog-walker who is passionate about the environment. She has a Fine Arts Degree and postgraduate diploma in Journalism. She participated in art exhibitions in Durban and Johannesburg, and worked on newspapers in both cities.  She is the editor of KZN Birds, the newsletter for  branches of BirdLife South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal, and is a keen participant in SABAP2, the citizen’s science project of the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape town, to map the distribution of birds across Southern Africa.

  • Plant Healing - The Sangoma Way: An intensive plant healing retreat

    Teacher: John Lockley
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 05 February 2018 - Thursday 08 February 2018

    john lockleyMedicinal plants have been used in African Sangoma culture for hundreds of years - to cleanse and help people to connect to their true nature. This is reflected in conscious dreaming and in a more aware wakeful state. The Sangoma healing culture is one of the most ancient and misunderstood healing systems in the world. Yet up until the 1980’s, more than 80% of South Africans consulted traditional healers and Sangomas. Participants in this retreat will learn about medicinal plants and their uses and the role of ancestors and dreams.  Sangomas are spiritual doctors. They work with plants in a different way to herbalists. A Sangoma connects to the spirit of a plant and calls this spirit forth to help heal people. Often these are plants which the sangoma has dreams about. John will work with 3 plants that he has dreams  about, and discuss this ancient culture with participants and demonstrate how they can develop an intimate relationship with the plant world.  He will also discuss how plants are harvested, prepared and sold in South Africa today, forming an intricate triangle of relationships from the rural areas to urban towns and cities. The story of plants is the story of traditional South African culture. He will demonstrate the Sangoma version of meditative absorption through drumming, chanting and dancing. Every morning there will be a “dream circle” in which dreams will be interpreted.  Please bring a plastic basin which will be used  for  medicinal foot healing, and a dream journal, pen and paper to take notes.

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    John Lockley has practised Zen Buddhism since the early 90’s. He studied under Zen Master Su Bong in South Korea and was invited to become a Zen monk after completing his first kyol-che (3 month silent retreat), but chose to rather follow his Sangoma calling. He was one of the first white men to be invited to train as a Xhosa Sangoma, and apprenticed under Mum Ngwevu, a well-known Xhosa Sangoma in the Eastern Cape. He runs Ubuntu “humanity” workshops internationally, teaching people heart-beat meditation, and how to connect with their dreams, ancestors, nature and one another. He holds an honours degree in clinical psychology. He has published  a book Leopard Warrior .  " A beautiful invitation to open your eyes and heart to whole new worlds of shamanic healing and spirit. A reminder to trust your dreams and inspiration, and to love, dance and awaken to mystery." Jack Kornfield .  Click here to read more about the book Leopard Warrior

  • Healing Relaxation: Opening and relaxing the heart and mind

    Teacher: Pippa Cope and Jayne Pilossof
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R 400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 February 2018 - Sunday 11 February 2018

    pippa copejayne pillosofEverybody experiences tranquillity from time to time, because this open quality of mind is natural to all. Yet, often our bodies and minds tighten and freeze to life’s challenges and stresses, even though creative solutions and expansive ideas are most likely to arise from a relaxed state. “Healing relaxation” -  designed by the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a deeply wise Tibetan Buddhist healer and a team of western healing professionals -  is a simple, highly practical, yet profound programme which helps people repair the strains and tensions resulting from the conditions of modern life, and prevents them from developing in the first place. Relaxation and awareness practices can enhance our ability to access calm, expansive states of mind intentionally throughout our day. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits of developing such calmer states of mind, and learn specific relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques.

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    Pippa Cope has been involved with the Tara Rokpa Therapy Process, Healing Relaxation, a creative fusion of Tibetan and western Wisdom, since 1997, and was authorised to practise as a senior helper in South Africa. Having worked in the caring, therapeutic and development fields in the UK, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, she is currently the resident manager of the Tara Rokpa Centre, Groot Marico.

    Jayne Pilossof was born in India and left when she was twelve years old to live in South Africa. After a few years, her family moved to what was then Rhodesia, where she has lived ever since. She qualified as a textile designer, but when her children were born, she left formal employment and worked in the informal sector as a craft person, producing textiles and jewellery. She was one of the initial members of the Zimba Craft Co-operative. In 1986, she studied kinesiology and various other alternative therapies, and currently has a successful practice in Harare. In 1995, she began her own Tara Rokpa Therapy  (TRT) process, and is now  a TRT Trainee Graduate.

  • Working With The Elements: Enquiry into ourselves and the world around us through a deeper understanding of our environment

    Teacher: Pippa Cope and Jane Pilossof
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + surcharge R150
    Dates: Sunday 11 February 2018 - Wednesday 14 February 2018

    pippa copejayne pillosofThe five elements provide a very dynamic system of understanding life. They make up the world around us and are in all living organisms, only the proportions differ.When the elements are in balance there is balance and harmony, when they are out of balance there is disharmony and dis-ease.The balance is constantly changing within and around us. To help us learn how to work with this ever-changing balance of the elements in a positive way, we have to first get to know them. In this retreat we will use the Tibetan schemata of the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and space. We will explore and get to know them in a practical way. We will examine and become familiar with the characteristics and qualities of each, and observe their interaction. At the same time we learn to observe our mind/body states in relation to the elements. The retreat will include guided relations, gentle stretching and creative work around each element, including painting and working with clay. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

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    Pippa Cope has been involved with the Tara Rokpa Therapy Process, Healing Relaxation, a creative fusion of Tibetan and western Wisdom, since 1997, and was authorised to practise as a senior helper in South Africa. Having worked in the caring, therapeutic and development fields in the UK, Zimbabwe and Sri lanka, she is currently the resident manager of the Tara Rokpa Centre, Groot Marico.

    Jayne Pilossof was born in India and left when she was twelve years old to live in South Africa. After a few years, her family moved to what was then Rhodesia, where she has lived ever since. She qualified as a textile designer, but when her children were born, she left formal employment and worked in the informal sector as a craft person, producing textiles and jewellery. She was one of the initial members of the Zimba Craft Co-operative. In 1986, she studied kinesiology and various other alternative therapies, and currently has a successful practice in Harare. In 1995, she began her own Tara Rokpa Therapy  (TRT) process, and is now a TRT Trainee Graduate.

  • Authentic Ayurveda: Restorative yoga and mindful cooking

    Teacher: Nalini
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 16 February 2018 - Sunday 18 February 2018

    nalini2017Enjoy the restful and rejuvenating effects of restorative yoga sessions over this retreat. Restorative yoga offers us a nurturing space where we can heal and balance our physical, mental and emotional selves more effectively. With the use of props, we are able to hold postures longer, giving us the benefits of deep relaxation. Through asana (posture), and pranayama (breathing), we learn to become more mindful in daily living. Restorative yoga offers overall support and healing to the nervous, lymphatic, hormonal, endocrine, cardio thoracic, digestive and immune systems in the body, which brings you back into harmony with your body’s natural rhythms. You will also  learn the art of preparing a dosha balancing meal, that will take you from the hot days of summer into the transition of autumn. Be your own healer by learning how to incorporate the therapeutic properties of food, herbs and spices into your daily routine. Explore simple, yet effective Ayurvedic remedies for common complaints, using ingredients from your kitchen.

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    Nalini’s profound love for all forms of yoga started at an early age, and has motivated her throughout the years on her spiritual journey. Inspired by Guruji Iyengar's teachings, she believes that by connecting deeply with your breath and body, you connect  with the inner essence of who you truly are. She is passionate about women’s health, as well as maintaining balance and well-being as we get older. Her yoga classes have a holistic approach, integrating Ayurvedic principles along with asana. By drawing on her background as an alternative therapist, she aspires to create a balancing and nurturing space in her classes. Her love of Ayurveda started in her mother's kitchen as she watched her prepare her own blend of spices to use in her dosha-balancing meals. Nalini was featured on Mela SABC 3: https://youtu.be/r5KySwBCV2M

  • Chi Whiz: An introduction to chi kung

    Teacher: Colin Kemery
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R100 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 19 February 2018 - Wednesday 21 February 2018

    colin kemeryChi kung is an art that combines aerobic conditioning, meditation and relaxation without the extremes of physical exertion, making it the ideal practice for people of every age and of all levels of fitness. Learn the gentle rhythmic dance of the shamans, increase your healing life force by dissolving blockages in your body and restoring the natural flow of Chi. A programme of twenty easy-to-learn chi kung movements, practised on a regular basis, will prove to be invigorating and life-changing.

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    Colin Kemery conducts his popular sunrise chi kung sessions at the BRC. He is currently the Estate Manager at the BRC, and has been a Buddhist and yoga practitioner for 40 years. He lived and worked in the UK, France, Denmark and the USA, and is a musician and song-writer with a passion for cooking and nutrition.

  • A Neurosurgeon Probes Wellness And Performance

    Teacher: Ian Weinberg
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 February 2018 - Sunday 25 February 2018

    ian weinbergIn a series of talks and Mindfulness meditation sessions, we will explore the chemistry which mediates the effects of mind states on the body: psychoneuroimmunology or PNI. The talks and demonstrations will show that we can attain optimal wellness and performance by getting to know our temperament and personality traits; by being more present-minded; and through sensible, informed ways of living and behaving.

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    Ian Weinberg is a consultant neurosurgeon by profession and a pioneer in the science of applied psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). His Triangles Model© became the cornerstone for PNI instruction and intervention. A significant proportion of these interventions reflect traditional Buddhist principles. He is consulted widely, both by private and corporate individuals, in the implementation of wellness and performance-enhancing strategies

     
  • Yin And Yang: A Yoga Retreat: Release, relax and restore

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 March 2018 - Sunday 04 March 2018

    georgie carterYin Yoga is the balance to our Yang lifestyle. In today’s busy world we are inundated with the pressure to do more, take on yet more and push ourselves even more. This retreat provides a balance to our often frenetic, stressful lives and will restore harmony, health and calmness. In relaxing our muscles and surrendering into our yoga postures, we are able to work deeply into the joints, ligaments, fascia and bones of the body - releasing tension and detoxifying normally inaccessible parts of our bodies. This retreat is centred around releasing, relaxing and restoring our bodies, our minds and our energy and is suitable for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mats. 

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    Georgie Carter has been practising Hatha yoga for 8 years. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with The Jivananda Centre for Well-Being in 2010 and an intensive Iyengar yoga course in Rishikesh with Usha Devi in 2015. Her passion is to apply yoga to everyday life to help find a balanced and  a better way to manage daily challenges, so as  to live  a more loving, compassionate and purposeful life. She has travelled to India many times to deepen her practice. She currently lives in the Natal midlands, where she teaches yoga.