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  • Vinyāsa Yoga And Meditation

    Teacher: Hannelize Robinson
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 April 2021 - Sunday 25 April 2021

    hannelize robinsonYoga teaches us the ability to remain present, calm and stable no matter what situation we find ourselves in. It is not about perfecting the shape of the pose or increasing flexibility -  it is about knowing what the shapes do and how they impact our physiology, our energy and our mind. When carefully planned and sequenced, yoga helps us to thrive in the external world that is always changing, and simultaneously allows us to disconnect from our daily lives and reconnect to that aspect of being that never changes. In yoga we use the body to connect with the breath (asana), the breath to connect with the mind (pranayama) and the mind to connect back to Source (meditation). When we regularly practise meditation we train ourselves to pause before we react – often based on habitual patterns – and instead to respond calmly with  more wisdom and compassion.
    Previous yoga practice is recommended; however, beginners are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat.

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    Hannelize Robinson is a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher based in Johannesburg. She is a dedicated student of Yoga  and  Buddhism and the founder of Conscious-Collab, an initiative established to host transformative group experiences and gatherings - for mind and body - to help create a healthier, harmonious and more conscious, connected world. Her personal journey of discovery has led her towards conscious and mindful living with yoga and meditation becoming an integral part of her life. Her intention is to inspire and assist her students and clients on their own journey of growth and transformation.

  • Seeing The Light: A Photography Workshop: Explore your inner light through your camera

    Teacher: Marlene Neumann
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 April 2021 - Sunday 02 May 2021

    marlene neumannTune in and allow nature to flow through your heart and lens. The lens of your camera is an extension of your eye, your eyes are an extension of your heart. This weekend workshop is guided by Master Fine Art photographer, Marlene Neumann. She will take you on a journey deep into the forest where you can explore the light through your camera lens as you listen to the ancient wisdom whispered by the trees. This is not a technical workshop on how to use your camera, but rather an opportunity to learn to follow the light and allow the spirit of nature to shine through you. Marlene’s contemplative approach will teach you new insights and a new way of seeing. See: www.marleneneumann.com  

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    Marlene Neumann is an award-winning Master Fine Art Photographer who has excelled as a leader in her field. She broke the boundaries of Fine Art Photography in South Africa with her intuitive approach and her unique black and white darkroom process. She was head of the Art Department of the Port Elizabeth Technikon satellite campus in East London. Her images and her life journey have been featured in many publications. Centre For Photography And Light is set in a tranquil art garden, creating a sacred space for her galleries as well as a creative hub for her workshops. Students from across Southern Africa attend her sought-after Creativity Through Photography workshops. Her visual journey is shared in her book: Sky Meets Land where over 100 photographs are showcased. She describes her book as a metaphor for 'mind meets heart'. As an “intuitive photographer” she also engages us with her inspiring DVD series called Capturing what people don’t talk about. Marlene celebrates life through the lens. See: www.marleneneumann.com.

  • Mist Rising, Rain Falling: A Qigong Retreat

    Teacher: Di Franklin
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 03 May 2021 - Friday 07 May 2021

    di franklinQigong can be loosely translated as the movement of energy. Qi is the energy derived from nature that is always around us. Using 6,000 year old movements, we can tap into this energy and thereby energise ourselves. Qigong exercises are slower than aerobics, but faster than tai chi. There will also be free time to relax and rest, and to take in the beauty of the BRC.

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    Dianne Franklin is an Advocate in private practice. She has been studying Buddhism and Qigong for twenty years. She is a student of Max Weier, the Qigong Master from Switzerland. Her teachers include Rob Nairn, Geshe Pende and Ken Holmes.

     
  • The Heart And Art Of Awakening - Part 1: Shift your life though presence and art

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 May 2021 - Sunday 09 May 2021

    john homewoodmichelle mcclunanWould you like to connect more deeply with Life?
    Reunite with the simple joy of being?
    Open to the flow of creative abundance?
    Shift your life to a new level?
    Join two of South Africa’s top transformational facilitators, John Homewood and Michelle McClunan on a powerful, transformational experience, that will awaken, shift and nourish you. This retreat will integrate powerful spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Flow with different creative art processes, to help you to clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, joy-filled, peaceful and abundant life. The creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. Through wisdom teachings, guided visualisations, meditations, time spent in nature, heart-opening music and a variety of experientially creative processes, you will be led gently into your inner landscape, where you will rediscover your own deep wisdom and reason for being here, on this planet, right now. You will also be provided with valuable tools to help you navigate our quickly changing world.

    PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is further extended to include Monday and Tuesday 9-11 May

    The Heart And Art Of Awakening Part 2 - GOING DEEPER

    This is a follow-on from the weekend’s retreat for those wishing to deepen the process of Awakening and aligning with Presence and Flow.

    Please book this extension separately.


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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 is able to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

    Michelle McClunan is an Astrologer/Coach, Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people understand and accept themselves, navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. She has written a fortnightly newsletter for the last twelve years, where she provides practical tools to assist people in navigating and optimising the current planetary energies. She has a gift for meeting clients exactly where they are, gently guiding them through what they are going through, without judgement. She has been working as a counselling astrologer/coach for the past seventeen years and has run hundreds of workshops, where she assists people to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that block them from living rich and fulfilling lives.

  • Meditation In Daily Life - Online

    Teacher: Bhante Sukhacitto and Beth Faria
    Cost: Donation
    Dates: Saturday 08 May 2021 - Sunday 09 May 2021 09:00am - 11:30am

    bhante sukhacitto elizabeth fariaJoin Bhante Sukhacitto and Elizabeth Faria in a mini Zoom weekend retreat during which they will help you develop mindfulness in silent sitting meditation, and also use the practice of Insight Dialogue to develop insight. In dialogue meditation, we will explore and contemplate in the virtual presence of another, relevant Dhamma topics in order to understand how things really are. The aim is to develop wholesome qualities such as kindness and compassion and cultivate spiritual friendship. We will explore how to apply the Noble Eightfold Path into practice. 

    2 and a half hours | Saturday 8 May | 09:00-11:30am
    2 and a half hours | Sunday 9 May | 09:00-11:30am

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    Bhante Sukhacitto is an Insight Dialogue teacher. He was born in Germany in 1963 and first came into contact with Buddhism in 1986 in Thailand when he attended a meditation retreat in Wat Suan Mokkh. He ordained there as a novice in 1989 and as a monk in 1990. He moved to the West in 1993 where he has lived at various monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in Switzerland and the UK. While attending his first Insight Dialogue retreat in 2005, he was amazed by the powerful experience of meditating together with other people. Since 2010 he has taught Insight Dialogue worldwide and was trained by Gregory Kramer and other teachers. In his experience, interpersonal meditation is an extremely helpful aid for the development of wisdom. It bridges the gap between traditional silent meditation and our everyday lives and relations with other people. He established a small Dhamma Centre "House Of Noble Friendship“ in his hometown and ran it until 2020.

     Elizabeth Faria is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She has taught online programs, as well as workshops and retreats in Australia and Brazil. Practicing meditation since 1996, she has trained in the Burmese and Thai Forest tradition. She is a graduate of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors, and has worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist for the last thirty years. She has long been interested in the integration of The Noble Eightfold Path with the whole life experience, and in the practice of the liberating teachings on satipatthana and of the brahmaviharas. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.

  • The Heart And Art Of Awakening - Part 2: Going deeper

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 09 May 2021 - Tuesday 11 May 2021

    john homewoodmichelle mcclunanThis is a follow-on from the weekend’s retreat for those wishing to deepen the process of Awakening and aligning with Presence and Flow.
    It will be structured in a way to allow newcomers to attend - so all welcome!

    Would you like to connect more deeply with Life?
    Reunite with the simple joy of being?
    Open to the flow of creative abundance?
    Shift your life to a new level?

    Join two of South Africa’s top transformational facilitators, John Homewood and Michelle McClunan on a powerful, transformational experience, that will awaken, shift and nourish you. This retreat will integrate powerful spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Flow with different creative art processes, to help you to clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, joy-filled, peaceful and abundant life. The creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. Through wisdom teachings, guided visualisations, meditations, time spent in nature, heart-opening music and a variety of experientially creative processes, you will be led gently into your inner landscape, where you will rediscover your own deep wisdom and reason for being here, on this planet, right now. You will also be provided with valuable tools to help you navigate our quickly changing world.

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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 is able to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

    Michelle McClunan is an Astrologer/Coach, Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people understand and accept themselves, navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. She has written a fortnightly newsletter for the last 12 years, where she provides practical tools to assist people in navigating and optimising the current planetary energies. She has a gift for meeting clients exactly where they are, gently guiding them through what they are going through, without judgement. She has been working as a counselling astrologer/coach for the past seventeen years and has run hundreds of workshops, where she assists people to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that block them from living rich and fulfilling lives.

  • Beginner's Mind, Quiet Mind: Meditation Instruction And Practice for Meaningful Daily Living

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 11 May 2021 - Friday 14 May 2021

    tsunma tsondruIt is important for us to take time out from the incessant demands and fast pace of daily life. The BRC gives us a space to step off the wheel and the time to come home to the quiet, strong refuge which lies at our centre. Cultivating the natural state of peace and ease that lies there reveals our true nature - which enables us not to just help ourselves, but to help the world of which we are a part. Then daily living becomes meaningful. This mid-week retreat will bring out our Beginner’s Mind through the practice of meditation. The time will be silent, quiet, and slow. There will be meditation instruction and guidance, formal sitting, and time for walking, writing, or staring into the distance.

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    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She came across Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a molecular biologist, lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three-and-a-half-year retreat, followed by a second 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 as its Executive Director. In order to learn the Work That Reconnects, she travelled to San Francisco for a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with Macy’s Work That Connects. Tsondru offers this work, blending it with teachings on Engaged Buddhism, and traditional meditation practice. 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. Click here to see the blog interview in 2 parts done by Penny Urquhart.

  • Releasing Ourselves From Old Stories: Stepping from the past into an abundant future by drawing on the Ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono

    Teacher: Dominique Garnett
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 May 2021 - Sunday 16 May 2021

     dominique garnettStories and story-telling are what make us human. We have stories about health, wellness and well-being. Often, we are informed by the should, could and would of life. These stories, or programs, inform our view of the world - whether it is a world-view and story of scarcity or one of abundance. Sometimes these stories, or the programs from the past can entrap and restrict us from living a full life. How have other people’s stories of the world in health and wellness, scarcity and abundance - informed your own? This retreat is an invitation to look at our own personal stories as part of a much larger story of world, health and well-being; to look at the programs that run automatically and prevent us from living freely and being in the present moment. It is also an invitation to seek alternate stories as we explore new possibilities of being well and being present; to be curious at how and where certain stories come from and to seek alternate meaning through engaging with new ideas and research, and to be enlivened as we open up to the possibilities. Through learning and practising Ho’oponopono we can learn how to release ourselves from restrictive stories and live in the fullness of each moment and to see how transforming this can be. The weekend will be informative, with practical workshopping real-life examples of how to shift our lives into the fullness of the present moment.

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    Dominique Garnett is a Counselling Psychologist, Narrative Therapist, Nutritional Coach,  writer, artist, foodie and a passionate reader and learner. She has a practice on the North Coast of KZN where she connects with people in therapeutic conversations as they explore meaning-making in a holistic and respectful way. She runs workshops and weekend retreats exploring health and wellness.

  • Come As You Are: Secular Buddhism, Existential Philosophy And Psychotherapy. Can Buddhism Effectively Treat The Struggles We Face In Life?

    Teacher: Jason Ross
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 May 2021 - Tuesday 25 May 2021

    jason ross oct2019It is often our personal struggles that bring us to a retreat setting. But, is Buddhism meant to serve as a form of therapy? This retreat will explore the potential meeting place between Secular Buddhist practices, Existential Philosophy and Psychotherapy. We will explore methods such as Vipassana and Korean Zen meditation as a means of better understanding the nature of our own minds and the relationships we have formed with the struggles we are facing. The retreat will include Tai Chi, meditation, philosophical reflection, therapeutic discussion and short periods of essential noble silence.

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    Jason Ross is a psychologist practising in KwaZulu Natal. He specialises in relationships, sexual health and addiction. His interest in Buddhism, however, preceded his career in psychology when Rob Nairn first introduced him to the relationship between Buddhism and psychology in 1997. He fondly recalls his first retreat with Louis van Loon 20 years ago. He was trained in Discursive Psychology and, therefore, has an interest in how we construct our realities through language. He is particularly interested in a language-based approach to mindfulness. He does not believe in reducing people's experiences to diagnostic labels and is very interested in finding more empowering ways for us to describe and understand our problems. He believes that we cannot live effectively without a sense of purpose and, along with his life partner, he has founded the secular Buddhist retreat centre, The Centre For Purposeful Living, in La Mercy.

  • Under The Full Moon Of May: Wesak

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 May 2021 - Sunday 30 May 2021

    louis van loon smlstephen coan oct2019Wesak is the most important day on the Buddhist calendar, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2,500 years ago, and is traditionally held on the full moon of the lunar month of Vesakha (coincidental with May). As in the past, we will mark this festival with a programme of sitting and walking meditation, talks and reflections on aspects of the Buddha’s life and teachings and, in union with Buddhists around the world, a Wesak ceremony culminating in a candle-lit circumambulation and traditional chanting. Please note: Apart from the talks and discussion periods this retreat will be held in Noble Silence.

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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 and teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching.

    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 he 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).