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  • Stoep Zen (online)

    Teacher: Antony Osler and Margie Osler
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Saturday 08 August 2020 - Monday 10 August 2020 09:00am - 12:30pm

    anthony and margie oslerTo celebrate the BRC’s 40th birthday, we will do nothing special and we will do it together.’

    This was the beginning of the pre-lockdown write-up for the BRC August 2020 Stoep Zen retreat.

    Since then our world has changed and our practice is to change with it. We will still do nothing special together but now we will do so in our kitchens, lounges, and bedrooms, in our robes, pyjamas, long-johns and slippers.

    This is still Zen as the practice of friendship, but now we can broaden our idea of what this means to us. So, we will explore the intimacy of being geographically remote, the intimacy of meeting on screen, the intimacy of just listening, and the intimacy of turning off our screens and finding our seat. We will look at how to sit upright in an upside-down world.

    All of the talks will take place via Zoom – some of this will be audio-visual while some may be audio only. The talks may also include chanting and guided meditation instruction.

    Meditations outside the Zoom sessions are done by yourself individually, should you choose to participate, but they still form part of the group’s shared activity (and Antony and Margie will be sitting in the Poplar Grove zendo at those times).

    Saturday 8 August 2020Register

    09:00 – 10:30 Zoom talk and meditation
    11:00 – 11:30 Meditation (offline)
    12:00 – 12:30 Meditation (offline)

    Sunday 9 August 2020Register

    08:00 – 08:30 Meditation (offline)
    09:00 – 09:45 Zoom Talk
    10:00 – 10:30 Meditation (offline)
    11:00 – 11:30 Meditation (offline)
    12:00 – 12:30 Meditation (offline)

    Monday 10 August 2020 Register

    08:00 – 08:30 Meditation (offline)
    09:00 – 09:45 Zoom Talk
    10:00 – 10:30 Meditation (offline)
    11:00 – 11:30 Meditation (offline)
    12:00 – 12:30 Meditation (offline)

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    Antony Osler was the first meditation teacher at the BRC in the early 1980’s. He spent some years as a Zen monk with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and later received inka from Zen master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain. A legal arbitrator in his professional life, he has published three popular books on living a Zen life in South Africa: Stoep Zen, Zen Dust and Mzansi Zen (Jacana Media). In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Free State for exceptional services to the country. He lives with his family on a farm in the Karoo where he sits on the stoep, meditates in an old shearing shed and holds Zen retreats with his wife, Margie.

    Margie Osler is a teacher in the lineage of Furnace Mountain. She leads Zen retreats jointly with her husband, Antony, and runs regular workshops for abused and traumatized children.

     
  • Speak Your Truth, Listen Deeply: a Mindful Communication Retreat (online)

    Teacher: Lucy Draper-Clarke and Felicity Hart
    Cost: R450
    Dates: Saturday 08 August 2020 03:00pm - 05:30pm

    lucy draper clarke phd 2019felicity hartWhen interacting with others, we often find ourselves triggered and then communicate in ways that hurt or harm - ourselves, the other, or the relationship between us. We have not learnt how to use mindful and authentic communication.

    “When you are busy judging people, you have no time to love them.” Marshall Rosenberg

    We will practice both intra-personal and inter-personal mindfulness in order to cultivate skills of empathy, compassion and a better understanding of self and other. Contemplative dyads are a way to promote social connectedness, something that we are often lacking in daily life where our time is dominated by digital devices. We will practice deep listening in this safe online setting, in order to learn skills that can increase feelings of closeness and strengthen relationships with our friends and partners.

    Together, these practices will help us communicate more consciously so that we learn to be aware of our feelings and needs, make requests and stay open to the feelings and needs of others.  

    Time: 3:00-5:30 pm

    More details: Payment and Zoom registration

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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 fortunate to have studied with inspiring Buddhist Mindfulness and Vinyāsa 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.

    Felicity Hart has practised meditation, mindfulness and yoga for over 30 years and now teaches within these modalities. Her formal qualifications include an Honours Degree in Psychology, an international coaching qualification, and a PGC in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the University of Stellenbosch. She is a gifted Bach Flower practitioner, using flower remedies to heal and support her clients.

  • A Weekend Of Kindness At The BRC

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 August 2020 - Sunday 16 August 2020

    elizabeth gaywoodJoin Elizabeth for a weekend of kindness, not only for ourselves, but also for the wonderful staff at the BRC who are keen to have friends ‘return’ to Ixopo after months of lockdown and isolation. Help to kindle the spirit of generosity and friendship which the BRC has demonstrated for 40 years since it opened.

    The weekend will be adjusted to suit everyone; if you want to go hiking - that is an option - if you want to be silent, catch up with your reading and breathe in the restorative air - that’s OK too. Meditation sessions will be available (either guided or silent). We are sure many of you need a break and this is an ideal opportunity to be kind to yourself, for friends to reconnect and enjoy the peace and healing energy that the BRC offers…. It will be lovely to see you (in person)

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    Elizabeth Gaywood has been involved in Buddhism since the 1970’s, and co-founded the Tibet Society of South Africa in 1995. She is the current chairperson and co-ordinator of the TSSA and, over the years, has been involved in the visits of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan teachers to SA. She has travelled to India many times, mainly to receive Teachings and visit monasteries, and to attend Tibet Support Group meetings. She has conducted courses on Meditation for Beginners in Durban for the past 9 years and has completed training in Transformative Mindfulness Methods, which has accreditation from the University of Toronto, Canada.

  • Transition Online: Would you like to transition beyond current challenges into a better place than you were before?

    Teacher: Monique Beekman
    Cost: Donation to the BRC
    Dates: Saturday 15 August 2020 - Saturday 29 August 2020 09:30am - 11:30am

    August 15;22;29 | 9:30-11:30am Register

    “If you bring forth, that which is within you, what you bring forth, will save you....If you do not bring forth that which is within you....What you do not bring forth, will destroy you”

    Are you feeling lost, blocked or stuck? We are thrilled to bring you Transition Online to resolve these and related issues,

     

    For many people, this period has been a roller coaster of emotions and for some this has included unexpected changes in circumstance. Perhaps you sometimes feel that you are coping well, but at other times not so much. You may be feeling a bit shell-shocked, lost or in need of finding a new meaning in life? Maybe it's just an urge to re-centre and align with your core, or a need for a different perspective, or even a desire for an entirely new direction?

    To have what you want but do not yet have, you have to go where you haven’t yet been. There is no other way!

    Monique will guide you beyond what is and has been, to a place of divine peace, joy and direction as you reconnect with your own all powerful inner compass. Transition Online is designed to support you through the effects of the emotional and mental challenges you have experienced during the past few months in a way that resolves even age-old trauma and transforms your present and future. By liberating the current of your inner being and thus allowing it a clear path to lead and guide you into your present and future, you will find a new openness and ease to follow the powerful calling of your all-knowing guide within.

    Within this intimate group: We will find ourselves moving through inner obstacles together, by using an approach that resolves their origins. We heal and integrate parts of ourselves that have been isolated in pain for far too long and heal our recently troubled selves. We experience a new peace as they reunite in wholeness.

    From this foundation of oneness, everything flows into place as we move beyond where we were, through where we are going, into where we have always wanted to be. This is a time of immense potential power and global momentum for those who know how to use it. As a group, we tap into this unprecedented surge of energy to transcend together into a life of greater abundance on all levels.

    Transition Online is a process designed for an intimate group of 10, who get together for Part 1: that is 3 consecutive Saturday mornings for 90-120 minutes. Thereafter, the group can choose to continue privately with Monique for Part 2 & 3, also 3 sessions each, and on a donation basis to Monique.

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    Like all Monique's work, this entire workshop is founded on her purpose where she provides a Space for Being, in an Atmosphere of Warmth, Passion and Commitment to Change, to Manifest the Vision through Inner Reconciliation, Enabling Love, Appreciation and Respect for All of Life. Her love of facilitating groups to a place of inner well-being, began with teaching Reiki over 20 years ago. She trained Reiki Masters in JHB, KZN, the Cape, Gauteng and the Netherlands. Aside from her studies since then and her experience and evolution over 27 years as an Ethno-psychologist, continuous self-development also forms a very important part of the foundation of her skills and abilities. This combination enables her to relate to your journey in a very real way and as an Empath, to effectively  and empathetically support you on your own path.

  • A Morning Of Mindful Eating (online)

    Teacher: Xenia Ayiotis
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Sunday 16 August 2020 09:00am - 12:45pm

    xenia ayiotis 2019Food and eating can be a source of great joy, but it can also be a source of suffering. Lockdown has brought up challenges and many people have been turning to food for comfort.

    This mini-retreat is based on a combination of the principles of Mindful Eating and Intuitive Eating.

    What exactly is Mindful Eating? How could you benefit from it?

    Mindful Eating increases our awareness around why, what, when and how we eat in a curious and non-judgemental way.

    The mini-retreat will combine Mindful Eating tools, Mindful Eating practices with foods and meditation. The intention is to use a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us with when, what and how much to eat, also examining our rules around food and whether they serve us creating a peaceful relationship with food.

    Join us on on Zoom for a mini introduction to Mindful Eating and gently explore your relationship with food and eating.

    16 August | 3 hours 45 minutes | 9:00-12:45pm Register

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    Xenia Ayiotis is a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Life Coach and Mindful Eating Coach. She holds a Masters degree in languages from Wits University. Her passion lies in helping people to let go of the struggle around eating and to find peace in their relationship with food and their bodies. She is in private practice and offers workshops and 8-week programmes on Mindful And Intuitive Eating and Body Acceptance. See www.theartofmindfuleating.com

  • Life Writing: A workshop on memoir

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 August 2020 - Wednesday 26 August 2020

    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 a 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 published her latest book Breaking Milk in 2020. 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.

  • "Written In The Stars": The Basics Of The Ancient Art Of Astrology (online)

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Monday 24 August 2020 - Tuesday 29 September 2020 05:30pm - 07:30pm

    corinna botoulas2020Join Astrologer Cor as she explores the Basics of the Ancient Art of Astrology, on the Buddhist Retreat Centre’s online platform from 24 August until 29 September 2020. We are part of the greater cycles of nature, bound to the ever-changing seasons of life. 

    As within, so without. As above, so below.

    This workshop will focus on celebrating and understanding the meaning of your birth chart. By learning the innate meaning and archetypal representation of the planets, you will explore your divine uniqueness and gain the gifts of self-compassion, self-tolerance, and inner equilibrium. Beginners are most welcome and encouraged.

    1) Monday 24 August 5.30-7.30pm - Welcome Introduction Circle, History of Astrology Introduction to chart layout
    2) Monday 31 August 5.30pm-7.30pm - 10 Planets and their astrological symbolism and meanings
    3) Monday 7 September 5.30-7.30pm - 12 Zodiac Signs and their astrological symbols and meanings
    4) Monday 14 September 5.30-7.30pm - 12 Houses and their astrological meanings
    5) Monday 21 September 5.30-7.30pm - Polarity, Elements, Modalities, Hemispheres
    6) Tuesday 29 September 5.30pm-7.30pm - Aspects

    Participants will be working with their own charts. To receive a copy of your own birth chart, along with a copy of the workshop workbook, please send me your birth details (date, time, place) no later than the 22nd of August 2020. Please do not leave this to the last minute, as we will start working with your own charts right from the get-go. Should you not know your exact birth-time, a rectification is required before your correct chart can be emailed to you. Please What’s app me on 0827757423 after you have mailed your details to cor@corastology.co.za. I will confirm receipt by sending you the above-mentioned chart and workbook. 

    24;31 August; 7;14;21;29 September | 5:30-7:30pm

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    Corinna Botoulas is a Horticulture graduate and has her own landscaping business. Parallel to this, she runs a healing practice. A graduate of 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.

  • Life Tides And Word Links: A weekend course in poetry

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 August 2020 - Sunday 30 August 2020

    dawn garischI want to share an approach to poetry
    that’s taught me how to play
    with rhythm and meaning, following words
    and traces of feeling to make new tracks.
    Acts of poetry link the tides of my body
    and the world with new ways of thinking, moving
    across from life to the page, and back

    This course will help you to connect with themes and images that need expression and exploration. Learning to condense or distil your inquiry can help with insight and clarity. Working with rhythm and rhyme, off-and-half-rhymes, and with antonyms and synonyms, can break open meaning in new and unexpected ways. Please bring a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary if you have one. I will bring mine to share.

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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 published her latest book Breaking Milk in 2020. 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.

     

  • From Mindfulness To Insight (online)

    Teacher: Rob Nairn
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Friday 04 September 2020 - Sunday 06 September 2020

    rob nairnMindfulness is the fundamental component of all forms of mind-training, and can be mastered by anyone who is prepared to put in a little effort. The main aspect is learning to bring the mind knowingly into the moment, allowing thoughts to appear and pass without interference, and becoming the impartial witness of the tendency to engage, without compulsively following through on it.

    We learn to be present, respond with compassion and see deeply into our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Because the training is quite demanding, beginners find it helpful to have guided sessions until they establish enough confidence to continue by themselves.

     

    4 Sept: 30 minutes | 6:00-6:30pm - Introduction Register
    5 and 6 Sept: 1 hour | 11:00-12:00pm Register

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    Rob Nairn is one of the pioneers in presenting meditation training in a way that is accessible to the Western mind. The Dalai Lama asked him to teach meditation over fifty years ago. Rob has developed a unique experiential and evidence-based training in mindfulness, and established masterclasses (MSc) at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in association with the Mindfulness Association, UK, founded on his work. He is author of several books on meditation and Buddhism, the latest by Shambhala Publications USA titled From Mindfulness to Insight.

  • Release, Relax And Restore - With Yoga

    Teacher: Margot McMaster
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 September 2020 - Sunday 06 September 2020

    margot mcmasterGiven the current stresses and strains, we will turn to the ancient practice of yoga and use this as a base to journey through our subtle chakra system in the search for release, reassurance and vitality.

    Using yin yoga, kundalini yoga, trauma release and vinyasa flow, we will slowly unlock, unblock, re-energise and re-connect to each one of these energy centres in our body. The retreat will begin with a Chakra CheckTM so you can discover where you are currently blocked, locked or limited and you will learn techniques to help you shift back to strength, vitality and serenity.

    We will work in sequence to unlock and expand and we will explore postures with a focus on the vegus nerve and the parasympathetic nervous system to assist and support us from the inside-out in these trying times.

    This retreat is centred around releasing, relaxing and restoring our bodies, our minds and our energy, and is suitable for everyone.

    Please bring a mat, water bottle, long socks and two blankets (not duvets.) Also - if you have - please bring two blocks, bolsters, straps and two tennis balls

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    Margot McMaster holds both Vinyāsa Flow and Kundalini Yoga teacher certificates. She was guided by Mercedes Sieff, Shiva Rea, Guru Dharam and Darryl O’Kieffe, among others. She worked as the in-house yoga instructor at  BBC Worldwide in London for four years, where she taught in its studios, as well as in Costa Rica, India and Sri Lanka. She currently lives and teaches in Nottingham Road, KZN, where she integrates meditation, pranayama, mantra and Heart yoga into her practice.