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  • The Heart Of Healing: A weekend of deep inner healing

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 20 April 2018 - Sunday 22 April 2018

    john homewoodCancer now affects 1 in 2.6 people in South Africa, and the normally recommended route of chemo, radiation and surgery have a dismal overall success rate of less than 2%.

    One hundred years ago we had only a 1 in 8000 chance of getting cancer, so no, the ‘war on cancer’ by the usual accepted means is not the answer. We, each one of us, need to be better informed and to make better lifestyle choices, and this includes all areas of life. Diet as well the stress we live under are two major contributing ingredients to this modern epidemic.

    This powerful workshop looks at healing on four levels, and incorporates a special focus on dealing with cancer: Body (mechanistic, diet and supplements); Mind (mind-body connection); Soul (energy);and Spirit (transpersonal healing). It includes the seven vital steps to healing disease in the body naturally, and will show how to bring balance to the mind and emotions to allow life to flow freely again. While so much focus is placed on changing the physical cells in the quest to heal, it should be understood that we are, first and foremost, spiritual beings on a soul journey. As Einstein observed, “The Field is the sole determinant of the particle”, meaning that all physical reality is predicated on a field of non-visible, non-physical energy, which physicist Max Planck called ‘the Matrix’. This Field of Energy should be the starting place of all healing, and not left until the end after all else has failed. There is a huge gift of soul growth and cleansing in the journey towards healing, and this understanding needs to be incorporated into any healing regimen. In finding yourself or a loved one with serious illness, there is a window of opportunity for immense transformation. John will provide insights and guidance on optimising healing at the physical cellular level and in addition will include profound insights into the energetic aspect of the journey towards wellness and healing.

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    John Homewood, is an international inspirational speaker, corporate trainer, personal growth facilitator and spiritual life coach. He is also an entrepreneur and founder of Wisdom to Nourish.  His early career in the corporate world was a steady climb from sales to senior management, and by the age of 30, became a director of a publicly listed company, before leaving to start his own business. He has a passion for expanding people’s awareness and understanding  their potential and has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

  • Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 26 April 2018 - Sunday 29 April 2018

    howard_lipschitzchristine_withieleYoga asanas (postures) massage the internal organs, nerves and glands, improving their performance. They enhance energy levels and stamina, flexibility and agility of the body and mind, enabling you to lead a more active and creative life. Sleep and digestion are improved.  Yoga’s focus on the body and correct breathing improves energy levels and the immune system.  As you let go of resistance and allow the muscles and tendons to release into the postures, you also learn to let go of resistance in other areas of life, accepting what is and what cannot be changed, helping you to make better choices. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.

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    Christine Withiel travels to India regularly to further her knowledge of Hatha yoga and the philosophy of yoga. Christine and Howard Lipschitz often invite others to join them on their trips to India so that they can also deepen their experience.  She runs a teacher training programme each year at The Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing which is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about sharing the philosophy and physical benefits of yoga to help people to deal with the stresses of life. She is qualified in Ayurvedic Primary Health Care, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Reiki and Body Alignment.

    Howard Lipschitz avoided spinal surgery for 35 years after he was introduced to Iyengar yoga in Israel. He works as a massage therapist and teaches yoga and chi kung at The Jivananda Centre for Well-being in Durban. He competed internationally in archery and practised karate and fencing for many years.  He brings aspects of these disciplines and chi kung to his yoga teaching which is based on his personal experiences and which have been reinforced by regular trips to ashrams in India.

  • Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 May 2018 - Sunday 06 May 2018

    richard ellismarc kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending our routine lifestyle, opening ourselves to spiritual realms of healing and creativity, which is experienced as liberating and rejuvenating. The whole universe is a continuous flux of pulsating rhythms. Drumming connects us to these rhythms, facilitating a change in consciousness that leads to a sense of unity and well-being, which promotes deep relaxation and healing. In this retreat we will be learning basic drumming techniques and exploring rhythmic creativity which will be combined with meditation practice and contemplation.

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    Richard Ellis has been a drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the past forty years. He was a founding member of The Usuals and ‘Ndangered Species with Kenny Henson. He formed the first all-percussion group Interitmo  with Mike Mazzoni in 1997, and in 1999 started the first Drum Circle in Durban at the Bat Centre. Over the past twenty years he has conducted corporate team building, sound relaxation therapy and healing workshops with Marc Kress. He facilitates sound journey meditation/rhythm workshops for all ages and levels of expertise on drums and percussion. His mission is to connect people with their inner rhythm and sound, thereby helping to create a stress-free community.

    Marc Kress  is a yoga teacher and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling through India in 2003: “I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. Marc has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Tantra and Astanga. He has a Hatha Yoga teaching qualification from the Yoga Alliance and is also a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

  • Life Writing: A workshop on memoir

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 10 May 2018 - Sunday 13 May 2018

    dawn garischHere I am once again, disguised as myself – from About Death and Other Things   Alexander Ristovic

    Life writing is not only about developing technical skills. It is also a way to reflect and grow awareness. The tools we need to write about what we know best are tools we need to live more creatively, less anxiously. Whether you are writing fiction or poetry, life writing skills can help to deepen observation. We each have life motifs or themes that are more or less unconscious. Yet an evolving pattern binds our journey from birth to death into a whole coherent piece. Getting to know more about the story we are living helps us to ride our stories, rather than our stories riding us. We will reclaim memory and imagination as means to release ourselves into awe and creativity, connectedness and purpose, awareness and pleasure. Through identifying and engaging with the images that shape our time on earth, we will find refreshing approaches to put our personal stories down on the page. Bring a notebook and pen, two objects from the period you want to write about - one that represents something you loved about it, and one that represents something you disliked about that time. Beginners are welcome.

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    Dawn Garisch has had five novels, a collection of poetry, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had a short play and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. In 2007 her poem Blood Delta was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize for fiction in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. In 2013 her short story What To Do About Ricky won the NAF-funded Short.Sharp.Story competition. Her novel Accident was published by Modjaji in 2017 and her adaptation of her novel Trespass was staged. She is interested in trans-disciplinary work in science and art, and between different art forms and teaches life writing and creative method courses. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

  • Colour And Energy Healing Workshop

    Teacher: Maureen Edgcumbe
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 15 May 2018 - Thursday 17 May 2018

    maureen edgcumbe smlImagine yourself in a colourless world - no warm reds, oranges or yellows, nor cool blues, greens or turquoises or any of the infinite colour combinations. Colour healing comes from, and is an important part of, the entire realm of energy. Colour is an intimate part of our being. The introduction of colour into our surroundings and clothing is an energetic statement. Light and colour are more revealing than form. Colour is life! During this workshop we will discover the powerful story that colour can reveal. We will play with an array of coloured glass pebbles, dyes, water, clear glass, and light which is a fascinating introduction into the realm of holistic healing and creative expression. This experience will open up a more profound sense of self-awareness and intuition and help us to understand what can block the creative process and how to overcome it. Profoundly simple, but simply profound.

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    Maureen Edgcumbe is a successful professional landscape and portrait artist. Originally art trained, she later qualified as a Specialized Kinesiologist. Prior to undertaking painting on a fulltime basis, she spent 25 years running her Kinesiology practice as well as her Creative Expression Workshops. More recently she explored, via the ‘integral’ and ‘ontological’ schools of coaching, her own personal development through working one-on-one with a professionally certified coach. Given her commitment to compassion and attention to detail in her engagements, she is a trusted and sought-after intuitive coach who has a unique ability to identify the root-causes of many personal challenges and unlock creative and personal potential. In her work she aims for tangible outcomes for her clients that are designed to enhance their competence and resourcefulness.

  • SoulCollage®: "Know yourself - and you will conquer the universe..."

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge Botoulas
    Dates: Friday 18 May 2018 - Sunday 20 May 2018

    corinna boutalas smlSoulCollage® is a fun, easy, and creative way to express your inner world. Using intuition, imagination, and your willingness to explore, you will learn to create a deeply personal deck of wisdom cards. These collaged cards represent the varied and uniquely personalised aspects of who you are. They will lead you on a journey of self-discovery. By re-connecting to your innate creativity and accessing and enhancing your intuition, you open up the channel to your soul’s wisdom and access the potential which resides within you. SoulCollage® taps into the transformative power of images, intuition and synchronicity where you gravitate to images that have meaning for you - even though you may not know why. SoulCollage® works directly with the language of symbols, images and archetypes. The weekend workshop is about resting your left brain and using your right brain to connect with your soul as you play with images, shapes and colours.  No previous experience is required.

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    Corinna Botoulas is a Horticulture graduate. She has run her landscaping business since 1994. Parallel to this she also runs her healing practice. A graduate of Reiki, Astrology and a Soul Collage® Facilitator, her passion lies in empowering people to discover 'their inner soul-full selves' and to awaken them to their life's potential and a deeper self-understanding of themselves.

  • Why Does The Buddha Smile? Wesak - Reflections on the Buddha’s life and teachings. Celebrating 25 centuries of Buddhism

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 25 May 2018 - Sunday 27 May 2018

    louis van loon smlstephen coanWesak is celebrated by Buddhists worldwide during the full moon of May. It recalls the Enlightenment of the Buddha, as well as his birth and death. We will explore the trajectory of the way the Buddha’s philosophy adapted itself so readily to many different cultures, as it travelled across the globe. We will do this in readings and traditional teachings, fireside chats, sitting and walking meditation. As will be done in all Buddhist countries at this time, we will hold a Wesak ceremony with traditional chanting and a candle-lit circumambulation. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of contemplative silence for the most part.

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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.

    Stephen Coan has been involved with Buddhism for three decades. Inspired and informed by the Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions his retreats place an emphasis on the centrality of practice in living a skilful and enlightened life while also exploring the interface between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously. In addition Stephen draws on his own life experience of moving between being and doing as a film and theatre director, writer, journalist, and poet. His collection of poems Chant of the Doves (2008), inspired by time spent at the Buddhist Retreat Centre over the years, is featured in A Literary Guide to Kwazulu-Natal (2017).

  • The Yoga Of Food : Nourish to flourish

    Teacher: Meryl Currie
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 June 2018 - Sunday 03 June 2018
    meryl currie sml Join Meryl founder of "It's All Good Organics" for a weekend of yoga and food, and explore the yogic approach to diet. Learn the principles of how to prepare delicious, nutritious plant-based food through practical demonstrations and how food affects consciousness. We will explore the ethics of food production through the principles of Ahimsa - doing no harm. The weekend will incorporate all 5 principles of yoga :
    • Proper exercise: yoga asanas
    • Proper breathing: pranayama
    • Proper relaxation
    • Proper diet
    • Guided relaxations and vegetarian delights will leave you feeling nourished inside and out.

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    Meryl Currie has been teaching yoga and meditation since April 2008.  She is a 500 hour accredited Sivananda Yoga teacher and has studied at their ashrams in Kerala, India; Paradise Island, the Bahamas and the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London.  She is also qualified as a Yoga Sports Coach Through Yoga Sports Science (UK) specialising in training athletes to enhance their performance through sports-specific training. She is the founder of It's All Good Organics an organic, plant-based cafe and ethical store and is passionate about helping people to live with more awareness in the modern world.

  • Make Life Your Guru: An introduction to Buddhism and meditation

    Teacher: Louis van Loon & Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 June 2018 - Sunday 10 June 2018

    louis van loon smltsunma tsondruIn a world where many traditional beliefs and superstitions have disappeared, we have become rudderless and cynical. Life is often not much more than a meaningless journey from birth to certain death. Whilst it lasts, we try to acquire some happiness and avoid suffering.  Is that all there is to it? Or does life happen “when we are busy making other plans”, as John Lennon so memorably said? Buddhism maintains that we are not living realistically: we are missing some fundamental truths about ourselves and the world we live in that distort and obscure what is really going on in our lives. Shouldn’t we try and find out what life is about before we die?

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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.

    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three and a half years closed retreat, followed by a second closed retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and is now its Executive Director. She spent a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with the “Work That Connects”, and has offered the first “Work That Connects” workshops in Cape Town. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.

  • Your Precious Life: Discovering avenues to meaning and purpose

    Teacher: Klasie Wessels and Samantha Sparkles
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 June 2018 - Sunday 17 June 2018

    klasie wesselssamantha sparkles sOur search for meaning is the most prominent quest of our time. More and more people today are on a personal quest for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose, in the hope of enjoying a happier life. Logotherapy, as an existentialist analysis, was developed by Dr. Viktor Frankl - more famous for his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was practising as a neurologist and psychiatrist in Vienna when, as a Jew, he was sent to the concentration camps. There he refined his therapy on how to discover meaning in life despite suffering. This secular approach offers many parallels with that of Buddhist philosophy. The weekend workshop will include activities and worksheets to assist participants to discover their own unique path to meaning. It will also be infused with case studies from Tibetans who escaped from the Chinese occupation of their country, as living examples of how it is possible to live life powerfully despite severe challenges.

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    Klasie Wessels is a leadership coach and his company Streetschool specializes in personal development with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. He works with groups and individuals on themes such as leadership, personal growth, and finding a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life. The most exciting part of Streetschool’s offering are the experiential workshops to India and expeditions to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Since 2011, he has taken more than 300 people on 26 such personal development journeys. Klasie spent 25 years with the Advertising Group FCB – the last 10 years as Managing Director and Chairman of the Johannesburg office. He lectures Logotherapy at Unisa’s Centre of Applied Psychology and is Chairman of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy SA.

    Samantha Sparkes has an M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Wits University. She is a qualified life coach and Logotherapy Educator. Most of her 20 year plus career in the corporate world has been in organizational and team development, change management and training. Currently she is the head of Supply Chain Training and Stakeholder Engagement at Sasol. She and Klasie are co-authoring a book on finding meaning at work.