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  • The Heart Sutra

    Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 25 August 2017 - Sunday 27 August 2017

    chamtrul rinpocheThe Heart Sutra can be said to be the most essential point of the 84,000 sets of teachings that the Buddha gave. It is said that only an incredibly fortunate being can receive teachings on this Sutra. Taught during the second turning of the wheel at Rajgir, Vulture’s Peak, the conversation which became the Heart Sutra occurred between Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra whilst the Buddha was engaged in absorption meditation. The conversation addresses the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates of a person and is thus a summary of all Buddha's wisdom teachings.Understanding and experiencing emptiness is necessary to alleviate gross and subtle misconceptions of mind. This leads us to the state beyond suffering, Nirvana.Chamtrul Rinpoche will explain the key points of the sutra, which are obscure to the ordinary mind, to help us deepen our insight into the true nature of existence. “Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Soha” (the essence meaning of the heart sutra condensed into mantra).

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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 offical site in the page “autobiography”.

    For more information and for updates on Rinpoche’s teachings please visit https://safricachamtrulrinpoche.wordpress.com 

  • The Genius Programme: How to move from habit thinking to genius living to innovate yourself and live with a younger mind

    Teacher: Graeme Butchart
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 September 2017 - Sunday 03 September 2017

    graeme butchartWe are all born genius. That is to say we all begin with the full spectrum of intelligence - analytical, operational, emotional and creative. Yet, as our journey through life unfolds, we begin to adjust and conform to societal structures and norms, one of which is the manner in which we acquire the abundant knowledge, that is there for the taking. These standards and conformities ultimately produce a different thinking and behavioural mind from the one we started with, often to our detriment. Much of what we learn is beneficial. Equally, a great deal of our gained knowledge actually ends up getting in our way, limiting our thinking and reducing our experience of life; stunting our growth, defeating self-development and self-awareness. The Genius Programme helps identify those voices of judgement that have captured our thinking and created unproductive habits. It introduces new liberating tools that rebirth the intuitive and creative aspects of ourselves, and provides everyday practical exercises that connect us to the genius within.

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    Graeme Butchart journeyed into education, following thirty years in the “rabbit hole” of advertising. He lectures in creativity, innovation and communication at numerous institutions and business schools. His passion for the development of the willing mind was the motivation to study consciousness-coaching in 2005. Working with such diverse groups and individuals helped him to recognise that everyone has vast creative potential, left mostly untapped, causing many to remain “stuck” in their habits of living. Wishing to contribute, he wrote The Genius Programme, a practical workbook that helps to guide the individual into an innovation of self and the discovery of purpose. 

  • Health Retreat: Discover your best self

    Teacher: Dr Kaz Kiepiel
    Cost: 3 or 6 day's accommodation
    Dates: Sunday 03 September 2017 - Friday 08 September 2017
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    Participants have the choice of spending 3 or 6 days with Dr Kaz in the healing, tranquil environment of the BRC, exploring and discovering their best possible self. Your daily package includes:

    • Two consultations with Dr Kaz
    • Daily massages and complementary therapies
    • Interactions relating to physical, mental and emotional health
    • Mindfulness and movement classes
    • Nature walks
    • Wholesome and healthy meals and drinks

    For more information, and cost see: www.doctorkaz.com

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    Dr Kazalette Kiepiel is a leading specialist in integrative medicine. Qualified as a medical practitioner, registered in both England and South Africa, she is also a specialist kinesiologist and Health and Life coach who practises integrated holistic and functional medicine by combining orthodox medicine with an array of complementary health tools and skills. Her extensive experience and knowledge of allopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, kinesiology, colour therapy, use of the SCIO and SCENAR bio-feedback machines, together with her empathy and coaching skills, make her unique in her field. She also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management and holistic health care. Dr Kaz also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management and holistic health care. For more information and cost, see: www.doctorkaz.com

  • Meditation For Beginners

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 September 2017 - Sunday 10 September 2017

    elizabeth gaywoodThis is an interactive retreat designed to help the “beginner” to understand and experience the basics of meditation practice. Meditation is a tool to transform the mind so that one’s life and experiences become more meaningful. This is achieved through simple, yet effective, Mindfulness techniques as well as analytical meditation practices. Different techniques will be experienced so that retreatants can take with them tools to assist the transformative process in daily-life. No prior knowledge of meditation is necessary. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of silence and contemplation.

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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 with the visits of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan teachers. 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 7 years and has completed training in Transformative Mindfulness Methods, which has accreditation from the University of Toronto, Canada.

  • A Taste Of Mindfulness: On being here - now

    Teacher: Lisa Firer and Craig Henen
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 September 2017 - Sunday 17 September 2017

    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 before us 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, and 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. Since 2010, she has been developing Stillness-Dancing, an integration of movement and meditation practices 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 has recently completed a certification in offering Mindfulness-based Interventions with 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.

  • Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Embracing life with courage and trust

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 September 2017 - Tuesday 26 September 2017

    sue-cooper-2014This 4-day retreat integrates meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence. We will focus on the cultivation of life-affirming qualities of heart and mind to support the development of courage and trust, necessary for growth and discovery. The Spring theme of new beginnings will help to inspire and encourage fearlessness in the face of change and uncertainty, so that we can embrace our lives with greater freedom, compassion and joy. In addition to offering short, individual sessions, Sue will offer daily sessions of chi kung movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will also be time for restorative rest and silent walks in the beautiful gardens of the BRC. See: www.suecooper.co.za

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    Sue Cooper is a clinical psychologist with almost 25 years of experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice in Cape Town since the early 1990’s. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between psychological and spiritual approaches to self-discovery and inner healing, and has attended Buddhist meditation retreats, mainly in the Theravada tradition, for over 30 years.  She has been  inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition and is deeply grateful to her primary teachers: the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor. She has a particular interest in exploring how our practice enables us to embrace our humanness, integrating love and loss in our lives, so that we can live and die with compassionate awareness.  

  • Body Sensing: Feed Me Green! The art of harmony, balance and flow

    Teacher: Yasmin Lambat and Nicholas McLean
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 September 2017 - Sunday 01 October 2017

    yasmin-lambetnicolas-mcleanEnlightened healing methodologies tend to revert to ancient and traditional insights. These held that traumas - be they emotional and psychological or physical and organic - involve both the body and the mind. They avoid the drug regimes advocated in modern allopathic medicine which tend to divorce the mind from the body. Body Sensing is a Somatic (mind-body) healing therapy that uses the body’s innate wisdom to release tension and negative feelings and helps to rewire negative moods through centering and re-aligning our sense of being through movement and mindfulness. Mindfully integrating breath, mood and movement promotes a sense of harmony, balance and flow, which has proved to be particularly effective for people suffering from stress and anxiety and the resulting physical symptoms such as chronic back pain, migraine fibromyalgia and other autoimmune conditions. If moods and emotions influence body physiology, how do they influence the food choices we make and how can we learn to choose more wisely? Embodying mindfulness by eating with more awareness is a powerful way of developing both physical and emotional well-being.

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    Yasmin Lambat is a Mindfulness Coach and Somatic Movement Therapist, registered with the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA) in the USA. She believes that physical health is an embodiment of how we feel, and influences our overall well-being. She was always curious about the mind, but never considered that the body/mind could be one she experienced it in her own body. That turning point led her to study and research the scientific literature on the body/mind connection and how moods and emotions influence body physiology. She established her own Somatic Mindfulness practice called "Body Sensing", which helps to restore energy, vitality and integrity (a state of being whole) using mindfulness and movement inspired by yoga, tai chi and other Somatic practices like Feldenkrais.

    Nicholas McLean finds purpose in helping people to experience healthy living through mindfulness, eating for vitality and growing energising food. His discovery of the healing benefits of eating simple whole food has led to creating smoothie, juice and salad cleansing programmes that can be easily created in any kitchen. As a wellness coach, his relationship with food wasn't always a healthy one until an enlightening journey through India led him to becoming a vegetarian Yogi. Being receptive to life's lessons, he has adopted a moderate and holistic approach to wellness.

  • A Mindfulness And Wellness Retreat: How to release tension and toxins, restore well-being, and re-align our body-mind

    Teacher: Yasmin Lambat and Nicholas McClean
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation
    Dates: Sunday 01 October 2017 - Thursday 05 October 2017

    yasmin-lambetnicolas-mcleanIf you often feel that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, need to calm down, want to start eating healthily but… This retreat will explore a new way of living through simple, yet profound practices of mindfulness. It will help you to relieve stress and pain, restore energy and vitality, reshape your body and mind, teach you to make wiser choices and live life with more purpose. We will explore body-centred mindfulness to shift habits through mood and food. You will learn an integrated approach to wellness, which will not only enliven your body and mind during your stay, but you will be left with tools to live life better.For more information and course fee, contact Nicholas:contact Nicholas: retreat@ifeelcalm.com / 0824379776.

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    Yasmin Lambat is a Mindfulness Coach and Somatic Movement Therapist, registered with the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA) in the USA. She believes that physical health is an embodiment of how we feel, and influences our overall well-being. She never considered that the body-mind could be one until the moment she experienced it in her own body. That turning point led her to study and research the scientific literature on the body-mind connection and how moods and emotions influence body physiology. She established her own Somatic Mindfulness practice called Body Sensing, which helps to restore energy, vitality and integrity (a state of being whole) using mindfulness and movement inspired by yoga, tai chi and other Somatic practices such as Feldenkrais.

    Nicholas Mclean finds purpose in helping people to experience healthy living through mindfulness, eating for vitality and growing energising food. His discovery of the healing benefits of eating simple whole food has led him to create smoothie, juice and salad cleansing programmes that can be easily made in any kitchen. As a wellness coach, his relationship with food was not always a healthy one until a journey through India led him to becoming a vegetarian Yogi. Being receptive to life’s lessons, he has adopted a moderate and holistic approach to wellness.

  • Zen Pen: A writing - being and meditation retreat

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 06 October 2017 - Sunday 08 October 2017

    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 08 October 2017 - Wednesday 11 October 2017

    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.