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  • Zen Pen: A writing - being and meditation retreat

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 October 2018 - Sunday 21 October 2018

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

    In this workshop we 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.

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    Dorian Haarhoff  is a writer,  story-teller and mentor.  Passionate about developing our innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread Loving-Kindness, to grow the moment and bring healing. Dorian’s workshops are based on his text, The Writer’s Voice.  He draws his inspiration from mythology, whole-brain theory, narrative therapy, Zen, creation spirituality, the new physics and eco-and Jungian psychology.  He is a former professor of English (Namibia) and facilitates story/writing workshops. His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake The Buddha Ate.

  • Mirror, Lens And Window: The art of journalling

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 21 October 2018 - Wednesday 24 October 2018

    dorian_haaroff.jpgSome 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.

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    Dorian Haarhoff  is a writer story-teller and mentor. Passionate about developing our innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread Loving-Kindness, to grow the moment and bring healing. Dorian’s workshops are based on his text, The Writer’s Voice.  He draws his inspiration from mythology, whole-brain theory, narrative therapy, Zen, creation spirituality, the new physics and eco - and Jungian psychology.  He is a former professor of English (Namibia) and facilitates story/writing workshops. His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate.

     
  • Nia Technique: Generating the sensation of loving and appreciating your body through music, movement, dance and martial arts

    Teacher: Susan Sloan and Karyn Cardoso
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 October 2018 - Sunday 28 October 2018

    susan sloane b wkaryn cordoso2017Learn why Nia is a lifestyle practice that has a vitalising impact on your nervous system and strengthens your ability to sustain body-centred awareness under all circumstances. Feel how every cell in your body can vibrate in joy and how you are connected to everything that surrounds you. It is much 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.

    Susan Sloan is a Nia Black Belt Instructor, and is the resident White Belt Trainer for Africa. She has been involved in health and healing modalities for more than 13 years. She runs a Nia community-based centre in Johannesburg which offers classes, workshops and intensive training in Nia and yoga for people with a variety of fitness levels. 

     
  • "You Can't Fill The Hole In Your Heart With Food" - Jan Chozen Bays: Developing a mindful approach to eating

    Teacher: Richard-John Chippindall and Xenia Ayiotis
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 November 2018 - Sunday 04 November 2018

    rj chippindallxenia ayiotisMindful eating can bring us awareness to our habits and thoughts around food and our bodies. This workshop is based on a combination of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness and Intuitive Eating Principles. The focus is on creating a healthy relationship with food, using a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us when, what and how much we eat. The workshop covers how to deal with cravings and urges through the development of mindfulness skills. It also draws on techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy that enable us to become aware of - and manage - our sometimes destructive patterns and habits around food, eating and our bodies. We will also look at the emotional triggers that can lead to overeating and binge eating, and how these may be understood and effectively dealt with.

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    Xenia Ayiotis has transformed her relationship with food through many years of mindfulness and yoga practice. She holds a Masters degree in languages from Wits University and has a background in organising tours to southern Africa. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Practitioner and Intuitive Eating Counsellor. She is in private practice and facilitates workshops on how to achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food.

    Richard-John Chippindall had an academic career in Microbiology until attending Louis van Loon’s retreat Hell is Other People in the 1990’s. This introduction to Buddhist philosophy inspired him to study clinical psychology. After qualifying, he spent eleven years working at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London where he gained extensive experience in providing mindfulness-based interventions to patients with emotional and psychological difficulties, as well as chronic health problems. He is now in private practice in Johannesburg.

  • An Introduction To Chi Kung

    Teacher: Paul Dorrian
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 November 2018 - Sunday 11 November 2018

    paul dorrianChi kung is an ancient Chinese practice that boosts one’s health and longevity. Through gentle, slow and flowing movements, it integrates and harmonises one’s bodily functions and states of mind by eliminating static and toxic energy patterns. Chi kung also strengthens the internal organs and skeletal structure and encourages good posture. In this retreat, Paul will teach the Healing Sounds Short Form - a set of gentle exercises that incorporates sounds to cleanse and heal our major organs. In addition, it is fun to practise. He will also teach the ancient Taoist Brain Cleansing healing meditation.

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    Paul Dorrian is an international management consultant, author and speaker.  His interest in improving employee wellness in the work place led him to teach chi kung and tai chi chuan. He has studied these disciplines under various teachers in the UK and Spain, and with the late Master Dr. Nico Snyman, his current teacher Master Marleen Bilas and with his Grandmaster Dr. Lin Feng-Chao.  He teaches tai chi in the Yang style and chi kung in the Pa Tuan Chin, Healing Sounds and Zhan Zhuang styles at his school, the Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan, in Pietermaritzburg.

  • Astrology: Mapping out your inner blueprint

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas and Margarita Celeste
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 16 November 2018 - Monday 19 November 2018

    corrinamargarita-celesteDiscover your intrinsic Nature and Nurture through the planets and stars in this informative Astrological workshop. Learn how the cycles of the celestial world affect you personally, and how your unique blueprint – your Astrological birth chart - can help you live to your fullest potential. Find your strengths, challenges and which areas of life to empower and enable us and live with greater equanimity and awareness. Astrology is an ancient, powerful, well-tested and insightful tool to foster emotional and mental growth and transformation. The retreat will focus on the role of fate and free will, the planets in their signs and houses, the aspects they make to each other, the elements and modalities they represent and the importance of the position of the sun and moon in conjunction with the cycles of life. There will be stargazing sessions and sunrise yoga.

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    Corinna Botoulas trained as a horticulturist and has always worked closely with nature and the environmemt. So it was a natural progression for her to study astrology, to understand the effects the cosmos has on our lives and nature around us. She studied modern astrology with the Cynthia Thorburn School of Astrology, and after completing her certification with the Rod Suskin School of Astrology, she opened her astrological practice.

    Margarita Celeste was intuitively drawn to the starry skies from a young age. In 2013, she enrolled for Rod Suskin's three year Diploma course, receiving a scholarship for her final year, after which she studied formally with the School of Intuition and Healing. Her passion is to help and guide others towards a more conscious state of being. She has a deep interest in alternative healing such as reiki, crystal therapy, kinesiology, chakra balance, tachyon healing and life alignment.

  • A Pilates Retreat

    Teacher: Kim McCusker-Bartlett
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 20 November 2018 - Thursday 22 November 2018

    kim mccusker bartlettThe  ‘Pilates’ retreat will incorporate a series of core-strengthening movements. The Pilates methodology helps to stabilise your spine, improving posture and balance. Enjoy learning our ‘Mat’ routine, using your body weight as a tool and specific breathing patterns to encourage efficient movement, core stability and flexibility within the body. Included in the two day workshop are the Advanced Mat exercises to accommodate both beginners and experienced students. There will be an evening discussion on how Pilates can thread through your daily life. ‘Moving with Agility’ helps to deal with life’s stresses and discover your best self.

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    Kim McCusker-Bartlett is a dancer with a passion for Pilates. She qualified as a Pilates instructor on 2011 and set up the Agility Studio, a private Pilates space where she taught  for over four years. She currently resides in Johannesburg, with her family of three. Her goal is to help students of movement to find mind and body harmony.

  • Eyes Horizontal, Nose Vertical: A weekend of meditation practice

    Teacher: Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 November 2018 - Sunday 25 November 2018

    stephen coanOn returning from an extended pilgrimage to China, the 14th century Japanese Zen master, Dogen, greeted his followers with these words: "I have returned home with empty hands... I say only this: my eyes are horizontal, my nose vertical" - their position in meditation. Thereafter Dogen spent the rest of his life teaching the merits of zazen (sitting meditation), the practice which lies at the very heart of the Buddhist experience. Simply being attentive, moment to moment, can have profound consequences: reconnecting us with our deepest selves, to others and the natural world around us. Experience this intimate connection supported by a programme of sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Centre. Please note that apart from an introductory talk and a discussion period, the retreat will be held in Noble Silence. 

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    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).

  • Playing A Lute With No String: A meditation practice retreat

    Teacher: Stephen Coan
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 25 November 2018 - Thursday 29 November 2018

    stephen coanOn a quiet evening in my thatch-roofed hut, I play a lute with no string. Its melody enters the wind and cloud, mingles deeply with a flowing stream, fills out the dark valley, blows through the vast forest, then disappears. Other than those who hear emptiness, who will capture this rare sound? - Ryokan (tr. Kazuaki Tanahashi) 

    This will be a simple no-frills, "bare-bones" Zen-style retreat consisting of sitting and walking meditation, including a morning and evening dharma reading, as well as time to experience the beautiful surroundings of the Buddhist Retreat Centre while capturing the rare sound of a lute played with no string. Held in the supportive space of Noble Silence, this retreat presents an ideal opportunity to extend and deepen your meditation practice.

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    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).

  • Grounded In Space - A tai chi - chi kung retreat: "Hands wave like clouds"

    Teacher: Alex and Jeremy Lister - James
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 November 2018 - Sunday 02 December 2018

    alex lister jamesjeremy lister jamesThis workshop introduces participants to the ancient tradition of tai chi and chi kung practices, which generate a profound sense of composure and balance through slow, gentle body movements. These are designed to release our Life Force - Chi - which is visualised as a current of energy that can be made to circulate, without obstruction, through our bodies and minds, bringing with it a deep sense of well-being, vigour and health. These movements have been fine-tuned over many centuries. They are performed in a relaxed, meditative manner and are elegant and exact, simple and flowing. They can be learnt by anybody, with any level of fitness. 

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    Alex Lister-James initially studied the Yang Form of tai chi as a form of “moving meditation” before incorporating chi kung in her practice, together with sitting and walking meditation. She has attended retreats at the Buddhist Retreat Centre for 30 years. In her professional life, Alex is a Health Professional in private practice, focusing on the health of women and children.

    Jeremy Lister-James is a horticulturist who has been involved for many years in formulating social, ethical and environmental standards in the agricultural sector, part of which is the provision of carbon footprint assessments. His broader philosophy includes Deep Ecology and teaching tai chi and chi kung.