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  • Nia Technique: How to love and appreciate your body through music, movement, dance and martial arts

    Teacher: Karyn Cardoso
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 August 2019 - Sunday 25 August 2019

    karyn cordoso2017Learn why Nia is a lifestyle practice that strengthens your ability to sustain body-centred awareness and vitalises your nervous system. Feel how every cell in your body can vibrate in joy and how you are connected to everything that surrounds you. It is more than a cardio dance fitness class.

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    Karyn Cardoso has danced since she could walk. Her interests lie in philosophy, science and spirituality. A Waldorf Kindergarten teacher by profession, her passion is to share Nia, The Dance Of Life, with others as it connects us to our inner essence, bringing joy, fitness and healing at all levels. 

     
  • Authentic Ayurveda and Yoga - Explore alignment of body, mind and soul through mindful cooking and yoga

    Teacher: Nalini
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 August 2019 - Sunday 01 September 2019

    nalini2017Enjoy the revitalising and rejuvenating effects of both hatha and restorative yoga sessions over this retreat. Yoga offers us a nurturing space where we can heal and balance our physical, mental and emotional selves more effectively, as well as develop strength, stability and flexibility.  Both hatha and restorative yoga offer overall support and healing to the nervous, lymphatic, hormonal, cardio thoracic, digestive and immune systems which brings you back into harmony with your body’s natural rhythms. Through asana (posture), and pranayama (breathing), we learn to become more mindful in our lives. You will also  learn the art of preparing a dosha-balancing meal that will take you from the cool days of winter into spring.  Be your own healer by learning how to incorporate the therapeutic properties of food, herbs and spices into your daily routine  to detoxify your body and enjoy optimal health.

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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.

  • Mindful Writing - Zen Pen: A writing, being and meditation retreat

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 06 September 2019 - Sunday 08 September 2019

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    Looking at your image in a clear stream, you answer the question by your very presence.

    In this workshop we will explore the connection between writing and meditation. We write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives. We consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely. Writing opens us to the moment. It’s as close as pulse and breath. Come and magnify your sense of aliveness and presence in this safe space.

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    Dorian Haarhoff is a writer, story-teller and mentor. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness. To bring healing. To build our belonging. A former Professor of English (Namibia), Dorian’s retreats are based on his workbook, The Writer’s Voice. His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake The Buddha Ate. When he grows up he’d like to be the Poet Dorieate of his spiritual home - the BRC.

  • Mirror, Lens And Window: The art of journaling

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 08 September 2019 - Tuesday 10 September 2019

    dorian haarhof 2019Some record only what has happened to them; but others record how they happened to the universe - Henry David Thoreau

    The word ‘journal’ comes from Old French, ‘day’. So it is our daily encounter with ourselves through the mirror, lens and window of words and silence. ‘Journal’ echoes the word ‘journey’ as we travel through inner and outer landscapes.  In this retreat we write with the ear, eye and heart. This journal journey opens you to your creativity and imagination as you express your truths, reflect on your life and behold the window of the world with new eyes.

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    Dorian Haarhoff  is a writer, story-teller and mentor. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness. To bring healing. To build our belonging. A former Professor of English (Namibia), Dorian’s retreats are based on his workbook, The Writer’s Voice.  His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake The Buddha Ate. When he grows up he’d like to be the Poet Dorieate of his spiritual home - the BRC.

     
  • A Taste Of Mindfulness: On being here - now

    Teacher: Lisa Firer and Craig Henen
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 13 September 2019 - Sunday 15 September 2019

    lisa firercraig henenOpen to newcomers and seasoned meditators alike, this retreat gives participants a taste of the practice of Mindfulness: developing moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. This powerful practice enables one to relate with equanimity to whatever is unfolding and makes it possible to work more creatively with the stresses and demands of daily living. Based on the work of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat combines traditional eastern wisdom with modern science and psychology and aims to generate a greater sense of present-mindedness, less reactivity, more relaxation, body awareness and self-compassion through mindful exercises, yoga, group discussion and reflection. This unique format enables one to integrate this practice into one’s daily life.

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    Lisa Firer is an artist and facilitator with a background in education and psychology. She offers, in a variety of contexts, both mindfulness and Biodanza, a dance-movement system of human development. For the past five years, she has been developing Stillness-Dancing, an integration of movement and meditation practices. She studied the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, USA, Centre for Mindfulness in 2005. She is an internationally accredited Biodanza facilitator and is currently enrolled in the Certification of Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University.

    Craig Henen is an executive coach and facilitator, offering several mindfulness-based interventions to individuals and groups. He works with an integral framework of experiential learning, systems theory, emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices, providing a stimulating and safe environment for executives and their teams to examine, evaluate and improve their leadership styles, skills, and processes. He co-facilitates with Lisa Firer in a range of mindfulness applications.

  • The Karma And Drama Of Relationships: A practical Buddhist approach

    Teacher: Melanie Polatinsky
    Cost: 3 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 20 September 2019 - Monday 23 September 2019

    melanie polatinskyWhat comes first? Karma or Drama? Our previous karma - going back many lifetimes - usually thrusts us into the dramas we experience in all our relationships. Yet, it is the drama of ups and downs that usually creates more karma! So both are important to examine. All we know is that difficult relationships cause us pain and suffering, but is there a way to deal with relationships more creatively? The answer is to learn to view difficult relationships in a completely different way. During this retreat we will study the Buddhist approach to relationships from which we will learn that we are the creators of all our drama and that we need to take responsibility for change no matter how difficult. We will see relationships as a mirror reflecting our repetitive imprints both positively and negatively. This 3-day workshop will include meditation, chi kung and periods of quiet and rest.

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    Melanie Polatinsky is a psychotherapist, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been empowered to teach by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery, in Scotland. She has worked, taught and conducted retreats in a variety of fields for the past 45 years. These include meditation, dream work, death and dying, bereavement, inner child work, relationships, karma and reincarnation, inner peace, the five Wisdoms, discovering your true potential, and many other Buddhist topics including a Dzogchen View of life. She has done several self-retreats in India at Palpung Sherabling Monastery. She runs a Tibetan Samye Dzong Centre in Johannesburg and is involved in ongoing teaching in the above fields as well as many aspects of Vajrayana practice. She also teaches a Bardo group to train people in the death and dying teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as extensive direct work with the dying and their families. She has a private practice in psychotherapy with a Buddhist approach.

  • Tibetan Dream Yoga: The practice of lucid dreaming

    Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 27 September 2019 - Sunday 29 September 2019

    chamtrul rinpocheMost of us spend a third of our life asleep. Taking the average life span into account, this is equivalent to about twenty-five to thirty years. Even though the mental state is more subtle when the body is asleep, it doesn't mean that we can't have an alert, meditative, observing mind. In fact, certain practices prove to be even more effective during this state, as we are less distracted by the five physical senses. In order to access dreams and to turn them towards the Buddhist path, we first have to realise that we are in fact dreaming. Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of Lucid Dreaming documented for 1,000 years. Also known as Milam - the yoga of the dream state - it is a collection of advanced tantric techniques. Just like our Western understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness in the dream, state. In the Tibetan tradition, dream yoga is also used to practise Bodhicitta (the seed of enlightenment) and to develop wisdom.

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    Chamtrul Rinpoche has taught for over 20 years to thousands of Tibetan monks and foreign students (monks, nuns and lay people) in Tibet, India and other countries. In the words of Rinpoche himself: “Teaching is what I do in this life. Wherever someone asks me to teach, I am there.”More details on Chamtrul Rinpoche’s life can be found on Rinpoche’s official site in the page “autobiography”. For more information and for updates on Rinpoche’s teachings visit https://safricachamtrulrinpoche.wordpress.com

  • Deepening Your Emotional Intelligence Through Mindfulness

    Teacher: Shanil Haricharan
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 October 2019 - Sunday 06 October 2019

     dr.shanil haricharanResearch on emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) suggests that a person’s ability to perceive, identify and manage their emotions is essential to making good decisions, taking optimal action to solve problems and coping with change. According to Daniel Goleman, emotionally intelligent people are aware of their own emotions (self-awareness) and they effectively manage their emotions (self-management). In addition, they are aware of the emotions of others (social awareness) and are adept at managing the emotions of others (relationship management). Each one of us can acquire and improve our EI - an essential part of our personal development. Self-awareness - EI competence - cultivates our empathy, and nurtures our compassion and caring. Furthermore, the subject of mindfulness has received huge interest from practitioners and researchers alike, with a growing body of research linking mindfulness to cognitive, physiological, and psychological benefits. Interestingly, current research shows a positive relationship between mindfulness and the development of emotional intelligence competencies. This interactive retreat supports participants in their personal development journey through gaining insights into emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and behaviour that positively impacts their well-being and relationships.

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    Shanil Haricharan is an associate professor at UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance where he convenes the public leadership course on the MPhil programme in development policy and teaches emotional intelligence and leadership. He is currently a director at Ilifa Labantwana, an early childhood development NGO. For the past 13 years he served as  a senior advisor on public management, leadership and organisational culture at the National Treasury. He received a BSc (Medical/Life Sciences, Wits), an Advanced University Diploma in Adult Education (Natal), a MBA (UCT), and a PhD (Stellenbosch). His doctoral research focused on emotional intelligence, public leadership and organisational culture. He also completed the Gestalt International Organisation and Human Systems Development Programme at the Gestalt International Study Centre, Cleaveland, USA.

  • Mindful Body - Embodied Mind: Body Sense Alexander Technique and mindful movement

    Teacher: Marguerite van der Merwe
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 11 October 2019 - Sunday 13 October 2019

    marguerite van der merweCultivating the practice of Mindful Body-Embodied Mind in daily activity, we will take each step, each activity with conscious awareness and impeccable attention. Through a combination of Body Sense Alexander Technique and mindful movement - gentle tai chi-chi kung and conscious walking - we will restore a state of ease in body and mind. The practise of Alexander Technique in an environment of attentive-relaxation offers a means to enhance and maintain our co-ordination, composure and effortless mobility. Come and walk the path to health and well-being. There will be periods of stillness and time for reflection.

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    Marguerite van der Merwe teaches The Alexander Technique and tai chi-chi kung. She is the author of The Art of WalkingandEve-olution. Concerned with the development and enrichment of the whole individual, she combines scientific, psychological and spiritual insights in her teachings dealing with the integration of mind and body. In 2016 she was awarded the University of the Free State Chancellor's Medal for exceptional service for her work in establishing The Alexander Technique in South Africa. This technique is a practical, visionary and educational method which teaches essential life-skills. She is the sister of Antony Osler.

  • Deepening The Practice Of Mindful Body-Embodied Mind: The Alexander Technique Continued

    Teacher: Marguerite van der Merwe
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 13 October 2019 - Tuesday 15 October 2019

    marguerite van der merweIn this two-day retreat, we continue the practice of Mindful Body-Embodied Mind. Managing our lives in such fast-paced, challenging times, we need such life-skills: attentiveness and focus; poise and balance in body and kindness and compassion in our emotional and spiritual lives. Spend 2 days in the tranquil environment of the BRC to ground yourself in this technique. There will be periods of stillness and time for reflection.

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    Marguerite van der Merwe teaches The Alexander Technique and tai chi-chi kung. She is the author of The Art of Walking and Eve-olution. Concerned with the development and enrichment of the whole individual, she combines scientific, psychological and spiritual insights in her teachings dealing with the integration of mind and body. In 2016 she was awarded the University of the Free State Chancellor's Medal for exceptional service for her work in establishing The Alexander Technique in South Africa. This technique is a practical, visionary and educational method which teaches essential life-skills. She is the sister of Antony Osler.