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  • Rejuvenating The BRC: A family retreat with children in mind

    Teacher: Sheila Berry, Lihle Mbokazi and Sipho Msiya
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    50% discount for children
    Dates: Monday 17 June 2019 - Thursday 20 June 2019

    sheila-berrylihle-zulusipho-msiyaCome and join us for some serious fun and adventure this winter!  Spend 3 days filled with games and stories, nature walks, making art and toasting marshmallows under the stars and lantern-lit trees in the beautiful environment of the BRC. This is a family retreat aimed at children of school-going age (10 and up) and offers a basic introduction to Buddhist thought and practice as well as guidance for parents and children to explore spirituality through connecting with nature and creative expression. Children must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent.

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    Sheila Berry is an ecotherapist and wilderness psychologist who reconnects people to the Earth as the source of physical, mental, psychological and spiritual well-being. For the past two years, she has headed the Save Our iMfolozi Wilderness campaign and worked closely with the Fuleni communities to prevent Ibutho Coal’s proposed open cast mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, a rhino sanctuary. Her work with indigenous people in Africa, particularly hunter-gatherer communities and rural Zulu Communities, has been a vital source of inspiration for her.

    Lihle Mbokazi’s passion and compassion for the Earth, for all creatures and people who are suffering, pushed her from her humble beginnings to becoming the first Zulu woman wilderness trail guide with the Wilderness Leadership School. Her enthusiasm for Wilderness has taken her to the UK and the World Wilderness Congress in Spain. She is currently working as a community animator for EarthLore in KZN, engaging with the elders and gleaning wisdom from them. She co-founded FezaFunda, an environmental education centre at the beautiful Kei mouth in the Eastern Cape and is part of the Zulu Trail Team that exposes young students to the culture and traditions of rural Zulu families. She is currently studying psychology.

    Sipho Msiya’s love for nature and plants started when he was at school. In the afternoons, over the weekends and holidays, he worked at the local nursery in Howick. When he left school, he was employed by the Dusi-uMngeni Conservation Trust in their alien clearing programme along the banks of streams and rivers. When Beacon Hill, a 40 ha gem of mist-belt grassland in Howick that supports many critically endangered plants, needed to be cleared of invasive aliens, Sipho was the obvious choice to direct this project. More recently, he  became a trail guide with Zulu Trails.

  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging the body into shape and health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 June 2019 - Sunday 23 June 2019

    judy farah2019The upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. Our sedentary, western lifestyle has stiffened our limbs and spine to such an extent that many people find the yoga asanas (poses) difficult to perform. Iyengar yoga evolved to deal with this problem - safely, without forcing the body into harmful contortions. Iyengar uses simple, but carefully calibrated props and other supports to achieve postures that would otherwise be unattainable except after years of practice. This retreat is suitable for beginners and for those who may have practised other forms of yoga. The weekend retreat is an introduction to the Iyengar method. For those who wish to consolidate their practice to a deeper level, the additional 4-day retreat is strongly recommended (23-27 June).

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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. Please bring your own yoga mats.

  • Iyengar Yoga: Deepening your practice

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 23 June 2019 - Thursday 27 June 2019

    judy farah2019For those who wish to consolidate and deepen their yoga practice, this 4-day intensive retreat is highly recommended. You will definitely feel stretched, relaxed and fit for life.

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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. Please bring your own yoga mats.

     
  • Life Writing: A workshop on memoir

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 5 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 June 2019 - Wednesday 03 July 2019

    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 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 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.

  • Change Your Relationship With Persistent Difficulties

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 July 2019 - Sunday 07 July 2019

    dawn garischYou are invited to explore the creative information that is bound up in your persistent difficulties - your chronic illness, relationship problems, habits and addictions, artistic blocks, or spiritual dilemmas. Neuroscience confirms that our behaviour, attitudes and choices are driven by images and narrative. This explains why logic and argument are often ineffective in changing old patterns. Locked into a chronic or recurrent complaint are stagnant and blocked images. Instead of trying to get rid of the difficulty out of fear and frustration, we will explore the associated images with curiosity. This workshop will help you to identify the images that underlie the disturbances in your life and give you tools to explore them. This can release valuable information and connections about them. Paying attention and using the tools of the artist - drawing, writing, movement, clay and  collage - encourages  unexpected resolutions to emerge. The approach is based on the work of  Arnold Mindell and Robert Bosnak.

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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 Rickywon 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 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.

  • A Retreat On Mindful Communication

    Teacher: Lucy Draper-Clarke and Felicity Hart
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 July 2019 - Sunday 14 July 2019

    lucy draper clarke phd 2019felicity hartWhen we are busy judging people, we have no time to love them  -  Marshall Rosenberg

    When interacting with others, we often find ourselves emotionally triggered and then we 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. The principles and practices we will explore on this retreat are drawn from Non-Violent Communication And Insight Dialogue, and held within a framework of yoga and mindfulness, in order to increase awareness, compassion and ease with ourselves and others. We will explore 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 increasingly being taught in retreat settings as 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 practise deep listening in this retreat setting, in order to learn skills that can increase feelings of closeness and strengthen relationships with our friends and partners. These practices will help us communicate with more presence of mind so that we learn to be aware of our feelings and needs and stay open to the feelings and needs of others.

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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 run a meditation, mindfulness and yoga practice 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.

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

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + surcharge R150
    Dates: Monday 15 July 2019 - Wednesday 17 July 2019

    louis van loon smlVisitors 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, upon reflection. 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 chi kung will be offered over this unstructured retreat, and a chance to simply be present from one moment to the next in a tranquil, natural environment.

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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 in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.

  • “Practising The Pause”: Functional yoga as an antidote for our busy lives

    Teacher: Nicci Annette
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + surcharge R250
    Dates: Friday 19 July 2019 - Sunday 21 July 2019

    nicci annette3The way we move, think, act and breathe contributes to the flow and vitality of prana - the universal energy that runs through us and everything around us. Daily stress and tension can create energetic and physical obstacles. However, when we work on freeing the breath through focused, meditative pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga asana practice (posture), we focus on letting life energy flow through the body, which has the effect of vitalising, relaxing and healing. By practising the pause - on and off the yoga mat - we learn to slow things down and to find balance in our daily lives. We will explore ways to energise or calm ourselves by changing our breathing patterns and by moving our bodies in a mindful way, using the ancient practice of yoga. The retreat is suitable for beginners and will include sunrise and sunset meditation.

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    Nicci Annette has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness and massage from her studio in Stellenbosch. Her first teacher training was in California, USA, in 2007. More recently, she did her advanced teacher training in Yin yoga in Goa, India. Her 200-hour teacher training was obtained from Ananda Sangha, South Africa, where she also gained her advanced pregnancy teacher training. She is a certified infant massage therapist and M-Technique touch therapist. She believes that the body possesses an ability to heal and restore itself, if given the opportunity. Nicci's teaching style is gentle, relaxed, accessible and welcoming.

  • Reincarnation. What Happens During Death And Dying Beyond? Can this be known?

    Teacher: Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 23 July 2019 - Thursday 25 July 2019

    khentrul lodro thaye rinpocheWhen we think about death, most of us feel sadness, anxiety, fear or even denial, since we are dealing with the great unknown. Facing the inevitability of death also generates many unanswered questions and by fearing death we miss the countless opportunities in our everyday life for working with loss and change as vehicles for opening our hearts and minds. With skilful and compassionate guidance, Khentrul Rinpoche will present a meaningful explanation of the Buddhist perspective of death, dying and beyond, in the hope that we will feel far more relaxed in facing this inevitable experience.

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    Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche was born in Tibet. He became a monk at  the age of seven and spent his life studying meditation and techniques for working with the mind to bring about positive change. During his training he received three Khenpo degrees - a Khenpo is equivalent to a PhD - from the most prominent Buddhist universities in the world. He is the abbot of a monastery in Eastern Tibet, and has been teaching in the West since 2002. He oversees more than twenty meditation groups across the United States and Canada and travels the world to lecture at universities, institutions, and private organizations. Rinpoche is an environmentalist and an advocate of vegetarianism. His teachings focus on changing oneself as a way to change the world. For more information, visit his website at www.katogcholing.com

  • Finding And Keeping Your Centre: Taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others

    Teacher: Tessa Pretorius
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 July 2019 - Sunday 28 July 2019

    tessa_pretoriusThe Buddha’s teachings emphasise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others. Most of us, whether we are professional caregivers or people caring for family, colleagues or friends, miss this vital step. When we are told to take better care of ourselves we either feel we don’t have the time or don’t know how to do that or where to begin. The secret lies in finding your Centre - because when we are centred in our own wholeness, we are able to deal with what life throws at us.  This retreat will teach you practical tools to help you find, regain and retain your balance so that you can ride life’s merry-go-round with equanimity. This retreat is ideal for care workers and anyone wanting to be more effective in caring for themselves.

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    Tessa Pretorious is an ex-trauma counsellor, activist, philosopher and writer, and has been facilitating workshops on self-care and mindfulness for over fifteen years. She was trained by Patricia Cane (founder and creator of Capacitar International) whose work she has incorporated into training programmes for NGO's, hospitals, members of the justice system, the SAPS, as well as in her own course Softening Anger Mindfully. She believes self-care is essential for personal well-being and, as in Buddhist practice, essential to be of service of others.