• Dharma Circle - Mid-Week Meditation: How to remain calm and clear in everything we say and do: The practice of Sati

    Teacher: June Atkinson
    Cost: 2 days accommodation
    Dates: Monday 06 July 2020 - Wednesday 08 July 2020

    Visitors to the BRC often like to experience the practice of Mindfulness Meditation (Sati), which is the kernel of the entire spectrum of the teachings of the Buddha. Sati equips us with the capacity to deal calmly and effectively with the many challenging circumstances that inevitably come our way in life. As we all know - often to our cost - when the mind is unsettled and distraught, we tend to make decisions and say and do things we often regret later, when the mind has calmed down and when we are able to reflect on them. Sati, therefore, corrects this tendency for the mind to become overwhelmed by negative emotions and enables us to find a space of mental stillness and clarity. Meditation and qigong (chi kung) will be offered, and a chance to simply be present from one moment to the next in the tranquil surroundings of the BRC.

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    June Atkinson has been a resident member of staff for thirty-eight years at the BRC.  An ardent meditator, she has offered meditation instruction and Vipassana support at the Centre for many years.


  • Healing And Restorative Hatha Yoga (online)

    Teacher: Katherine Fillmore
    Cost: Donation to support BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Wednesday 08 July 2020 05:00pm - 06:00pm

    katherine fillmore Join Katherine for a deep healing and restorative hatha yoga class, embracing asana, pranayama and yoga nidra

    Time: 5:00-6:00 pm


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    Katherine Fillmore is a director of  NPO  Hennops Blue Horizon which works towards healing the Hennops River. She is a qualified Hatha yoga teacher and trains students to become yoga teachers. She has been teaching yoga for ten years and has a yoga studio in Pretoria. She conducts Reiki and meditation courses and works as a Reiki healer from home and in hospitals. Before working as a yoga teacher, she was a professional photographer. Currently, she channels her creative energy into painting.

  • Yin Yoga (online)

    Teacher: Chrisitine Withiel
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Thursday 09 July 2020 05:30pm - 07:00pm

    christine withieleYin yoga is a practice for quietening the mind, the body and the breath. A time to sense what is held in the body, and to let go. Stress creates patterns in the body which become habits which set into posture. Yin yoga is a gentle way of easing the tissues back to their original patterns. In a yin yoga class, we move into a posture as far as your body goes comfortably, we call this the edge, we hold the posture for a few minutes in stillness. You will need a yoga mat, a block and a folded blanket.

    2; 9 July | 5:30-7:00pm


    Meeting ID: 873 0822 7449
    Password: breathe

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    Christine Withiel is passionate about yoga and sharing the teachings. She runs 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses at the Jivananda Centre in Durban North. She is a member of the 500-hour teacher training team at Anand Prakash ashram in Rishikesh, India. She is a member of the Township Yogi project which trains yoga teachers in the townships and supports the teachers in the community.

  • Chi Whizz: Finding Your Feet Again - Qigong (online)

    Teacher: Colin Kemery
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Saturday 11 July 2020 09:00am - 09:40am

    colin kemerySo many of you have loved Colin’s sunrise qigong at the BRC. For an energising session join him for some gentle movements to move the chi.
    Chi kung is an art that combines aerobic conditioning, meditation and relaxation without the extremes of physical exertion, making it the ideal practice for people of every age and of all levels of fitness. Learn the gentle rhythmic dance of the shamans, increase your healing life force by dissolving blockages in your body and restoring the natural flow of Chi. Chi kung movements, practised on a regular basis, will prove to be invigorating and life-changing.

    Time: 9:00-9:40am | 4;11;18 July

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    Colin Kemery has conducted his popular sunrise chi kung sessions at the BRC for 8 years. He is a resident member of the BRC and the Estate Manager, and has been a Buddhist and yoga practitioner for 41 years. He lived and worked in the UK, France, Denmark and the USA, and is a musician and song-writer, with a passion for cooking and nutrition. He and Shadow, the BRC kitty, are inseparable.

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

    Teacher: Lucy Draper-Clarke and Felicity Hart
    Cost: R450
    Dates: Saturday 11 July 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.

  • Nia Technique: Explore The Movement Art That Conditions The Body, Focuses The Mind, Fine Tunes The Emotions And Allows Our Unique Spirit To Shine Through

    Teacher: Susan Sloan
    Cost: R250 donation to the BRC
    Dates: Sunday 12 July 2020 09:00am - 10:30am

    susan sloane colorWhen we drop into the sensation of being present in our body, we are naturally aligned to the state of Joy! We become body-centered by moving the 13 main Joints of the body - we engage all parts of our body in The Body’s Way and every cell begins to vibrate in Joy. When we are in a state of Joy, we become aligned to our Inner Being and feel connected to everything that is around us - we are part of nature - our own true NATURE.
    Join an interactive online session with Susan Sloan, Nia Somatic Educator and Trainer, Nia Black Belt Instructor & Founder of Studio Kairos, Johannesburg. www.niagp.co.za

    Time: 9:00-10:30am

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    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.

  • Healing, Transformation, Inner-Peace And Self-Love (online)

    Teacher: Dominique Garnett
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Wednesday 15 July 2020 08:00am - 09:00am

    dominique garnettHo'oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian prayer used for healing, transformation, inner-peace and self-love.

    It's a simple yet powerful way to bring healing and forgiveness into your life stream. The intention is not about saying, "I forgive you because what you did was okay." Rather, it's saying, "I forgive you because by holding onto these feelings, I'm holding onto something that's already over. I love myself enough to stop reliving what was hurtful enough the first time."

    Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.



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    Dominique Garnett is a Counselling Psychologist, Narrative Therapist, writer, artist and foodie enthusiast. She has a practice on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal where she connects with people in therapeutic conversations as they explore meaning-making in a holistic way. She offers workshops and weekend retreats exploring health and wellness.

  • Yin And Yang: A Yoga Retreat: Release, relax and restore

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 July 2020 - Sunday 19 July 2020

    georgie carterYin yoga provides the balance to our hectic Yang lifestyle. In today’s busy world we are inundated with the pressure to do more, take on yet more and push ourselves even further. This retreat provides a balance to our often frenetic, stressful lives and will restore harmony, health and calmness. In relaxing our muscles and surrendering into our yoga postures, we are able to work deeply into the joints, ligaments, fascia and bones of the body - releasing tension and detoxifying normally inaccessible parts of our bodies. The weekend is centred around releasing, relaxing and restoring our bodies, our minds and our energy and is suitable for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mats.

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    Georgie Carter has been practising Hatha Yoga for 8 years. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with The Jivananda Centre for Well-Being in 2010 followed by an intensive Iyengar yoga course in Rishikesh, India with Usha Devi in 2015. Her passion is to apply yoga to everyday life in order to find a balanced and better way to manage daily challenges, to enable us to live  a more loving, compassionate and purposeful life. She has travelled to India many times to deepen her practice. She currently lives in the Natal midlands, where she teaches yoga.

  • Iyengar Yoga: Get Moving Again

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Monday 20 July 2020 09:00am - 10:30am

    judy farah2019The upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. Weeks of lockdown have stiffened our limbs. Join Judy for a session of stretching and invigoration.

    Time: 9:00-10:30am


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    Judy Farah began her yoga practice at the age of 18 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for the past 18 years. She has travelled to Puna many times to study and practise under the guidance of Gurus, Geetaji and Prashantji. She has attended many seminars of visiting Senior Iyengar teachers and travelled extensively to study under various other Iyengar teachers. This included doing a 6-year Medical/Remedial Course with Stephanie Quirk. It is her ongoing devotion to yoga practice that is her driving force in life. Everyone is welcome - from beginners to advanced.

  • Vinyāsa Yoga: Stilling the mind

    Teacher: Hannelize Robinson
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 July 2020 - Sunday 26 July 2020

    hannelize robinsonYoga is the settling of the mind into silence because only when the mind is silent can we realize our true nature. The practice of Vinyāsa yoga unites our mind and body and through conscious movement aligned to the breath constituting a dynamic flow. It stills the mind and allows us to become more internally focused and mindful in everything we do. It supports a healthy lifestyle and results in long-term health and well-being. Yoga is accessible to everyone and it is not about how flexible or strong you are or about mastering a 'difficult' pose - though even that will follow with regular practice. It is rather about how mindful and present you are - on and off the mat. It is a practical discipline; a way of looking at the world from a new perspective, allowing one to release old and limiting beliefs and habits in order to experience the truth of who we really are. Some previous yoga practice is recommended; however, beginners are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat.

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    Hannelize Robinson is a Vinyāsa yoga teacher and Event Producer based in Johannesburg and is a dedicated student of Yoga Philosophy and Buddhism and founder of Conscious-Collab. Her personal journey of discovery has led her towards conscious and mindful living with yoga and meditation which have become an integral part of her life. Her intention is to inspire and assist her students on their own journey of growth and transformation by teaching a mindful asana practice which integrates the other seven limbs of Pantanjali’s eight-limb path.