• Awakening To Flow: Re-aligning and shifting your life

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 30 April 2020 - Sunday 03 May 2020

    john homewood nov2019Those who Flow as life flows
    Know they need no other force - Lao Tzu

    Dissolve your old imprisoned self and set yourself free now. Awakening To Flow is your opportunity to live a life without struggle, where the joy of being pervades all your actions and experiences. Learn how to align - and live from - your natural and inspired Flow State, clearing away any blockages such as fear, anxiety, grief and anger and allowing the light of abundance, love, peace, fulfillment and joy to flow into your life. Our greatest relief can be found in the flow of Presence. Awakening To Flow offers practical tools and teachings which help us transcend the compulsive thinking and worrying mind which prevents us from creating a better world for ourselves and others. This retreat is based on John’s own wisdom and insights from over 20 years of teaching, and also draws on enlightened teachings such as Eckhart Tolle and A Course in Miracles.

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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 he 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. He has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

  • Going Deeper Into Flow: Applied knowledge creates wisdom and flow

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 03 May 2020 - Tuesday 05 May 2020

    john homewood nov2019If you want sanity, then the focus of your life must be the present moment
    Looking for your identity in the past or for fulfillment in the future is madness - Eckhart Tolle

    John Homewood’s insightful wisdom teaching will help clear your mind of its emotional and mental attachment to, and ‘stuckness’ in the past and future, enabling you to move into Flow. This two-day extension of Awakening To Flow will deepen participants’ understanding and practical application of Flow. This retreat will be a deeper, intimate, transformative exploration; a clearing away of old mental cobwebs and inviting the potential of Awakened Flow into your life. Clear the blockages you carry in life, set yourself free and unleash the flow of abundance, love and the joy of living.

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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 he 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. He has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

  • Under The Full Moon Of May: Wesak: The BRC - Forty years on

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020

    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). This year Wesak has special significance for us at the Buddhist Retreat Centre as 2020 marks the fortieth year since the Centre opened its doors. 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 circumnambulation 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).

  • Transforming Fear: How to turn stress and anxiety into well-being

    Teacher: Albert Buhr
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 11 May 2020 - Wednesday 13 May 2020

    Talbert buhr smlo reduce the suffering in the world, we need the skills to reduce our own. This workshop will teach you the practical, effective tools to do exactly that. Unless it is released, stress gets locked into our bodies, accumulating until it erupts in panic, aggression or illness. Only a bold and brave reorientation can heal the roots of the growing epidemic of anxiety and depression that psychiatry has failed to quell with its quick-fix suppression of symptoms. Deep relaxation is an art, and the doorway to profound bliss.

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    Albert Buhr travelled the world to learn the best methods for subduing the stress response, after he recovered from debilitating anxiety himself.  A former novice monk, he now runs workshops for people struggling with severe anxiety, and facilitates mindfulness programs in the corporate environment. As a member of Harvard's Langer Mindfulness Institute he has taken his workshops to an international audience. His book, Angel of Fear, was published in 2016.

  • Meditation For Beginners: Learning the basics of meditation practice

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 May 2020 - Sunday 17 May 2020

    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 their 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 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.

  • Stress: The Disease Of Our Age - The Buddhist Way Out: Finding an effective way of dealing with stress

    Teacher: Melanie Polatinsky
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 May 2020 - Sunday 24 May 2020

    melanie polatinskyStress, tension, fatigue, nervous disorders, pressure, mental strain, sleeplessness, unrealistic expectations - and so many other symptoms - cause us intense suffering and a life without peace of mind. The tense situations that we experience are not the primary cause of our stress, but the realization that our state of mind is the primary creator of this gives us the way to a different, Buddhist view. Join us for a weekend of meditation and exploration to find a different pathway to dealing with stress effectively.

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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.

  • Beginner's Mind, Quiet Mind: Meditation instruction and practice for meaningful daily living

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 24 May 2020 - Friday 29 May 2020

    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.

  • Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Christine Withiel and Howard Lipschitz
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 May 2020 - Sunday 31 May 2020

    christine withielehoward lipschitzHatha yoga is the balancing of the physical body, energetic body and the mind. Ha means sun and tha means moon. We all have solar and lunar energy within us. The solar energy is associated with the left side of the brain and is linked to dynamic energy, clear thinking, strength and positivity. The lunar energy is associated with cooling energy, creativity, rest and negativity. Bringing balance to these energies brings balance to all aspects of our life: physical, mental, energetic and emotional. In hatha yoga we use asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting to purify and balance these aspects as well as philosophy to give us understanding, direction and inspiration. When we are in balance, we navigate our way through the challenges of life with more ease and grace.

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    Christine Withiel is passionate about yoga and sharing its teachings. She and her husband, Howard, created the Jivananda Yoga Centre in Durban North in 2003. It is a beautiful space offering a refuge of peace and tranquility. Her yoga journey began over 30 years ago with meditation and philosophy, followed by asana (physical) practice in 1995 with Monica Fairall. She has been training teachers since 2005 and runs 200-hour Basic and 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at the Jivananda Centre. She is a member of the 200 and 300-hour teacher training teams at Anand Prakash ashram in Rishikesh, India. As a director of the Township Yogi project, she trains and supports yoga teachers in the community. Christine and Howard travel to India every year to renew, to teach and to learn.

    Howard Lipschitz was introduced to Iyengar yoga in Israel 40 years ago where he trained in therapeutic yoga and sport for the disabled. He competed internationally in archery and practised karate and fencing until he found qigong (chi kung) which became his first love. He has practised and taught qigong (chi kung) for many years and leads a blend of qigong (chi kung) and yoga classes at the Jivananda Centre in Durban North.

  • An Introduction To Mindfulness Based Living: "Knowing the present"

    Teacher: Carey Would and Kerri Martinaglia
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 June 2020 - Sunday 07 June 2020

    carey wouldkerri martinagliaMindfulness is defined as knowing what is happening, while it is happening, with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. In the beginning, we notice how our attention is like a butterfly flitting from one thought to the next. So we start by slowing down and settling our mind. We then introduce practices that ground us, allowing our attention to drop out of our heads and into the sensory awareness of the body. We learn to rest in the present moment getting used to disengaging from our habits of compulsive doing. During the retreat we will be “coming home” to our body, heart and mind; applying curiosity and compassion to whatever we notice. This attitude of openness, kindness and acceptance to whatever is there helps us to live with greater clarity and resilience. The weekend will be experiential and is designed as a helpful first step in developing your own personal Mindfulness practice or as a way of refreshing your existing practice.

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    Carey Would is a qualified Mindfulness Africa and yoga facilitator. She advocates the importance of being grounded in the body as an anchor in the present. Only by becoming aware of each moment are we able to connect with an authentic truth.

    Kerri Martinaglia directs The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre in KwaZulu Natal where she facilitates Mindfulness Africa courses. Her special interests are how the practices of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion can help restore our balance and enable us to live more meaningful lives.

  • Get On The Write Track: Memoir and mindfulness: Your path to freedom, enlightenment and perhaps $$

    Teacher: Wanda Hennig
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + Course Fee
    Contact Wanda: wanda@wandahennig.com or +27-726643170
    Dates: Monday 08 June 2020 - Thursday 11 June 2020


    wanda hennig smWe all have stories to tell, but many of us don't know where to start. In this workshop we will Stop. Listen. Connect. Write. The focus will be two interconnected, transformative practices: mindfulness (awareness, presence, “listening”) and memoir writing (story). You will get to meet, name and kick-start a relationship with your personal muse; mine the richness of your life for "story"; explore focused journaling practice (self-expression, self-coaching, self-growth, liberation); start a memoir. You will get to take away tools, strategies, and a "how-to" plan to move forward. And lots more. For course fee: Contact Wanda.

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    Wanda Hennig is an award-winning food and travel writer, a long-time journalist, a life coach (Co-active Training Institute, California) with a post-grad psychology degree (UKZN), a memoirist - and a Zen student going back for more than 30 years. She lived and practiced at the San Francisco Zen Centre for three-and-a-half years in the 1990's; and has run her popular writing workshops in California, South Africa (including the BRC) and Europe. She is the author of Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press, 2017). Mindful eating, mindful sex, no-diet weight loss and death and dying are some of the themes explored in her book. Visit: www.wandahennig.com.