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  • A Weekend Of Ishta Yoga And African Sound

    Teacher: Buhle Mabanga
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 April 2024 - Sunday 21 April 2024

    buhle mabanga2023zawaditinashe oicJoin Buhle for a weekend of Ishta Yoga which is a blend of different styles of yoga practices. Ishta is an acronym for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda, but also has deeper meaning in its Sanskrit roots that translates as “that which resonates with the individual”. As students, we each have our own path, and it is this very personal journey that Ishta Yoga seeks to encourage. In this full-rounded practice, you will also experience tapping, pranayama (breathwork) and inner child healing meditation. This retreat will also incorporate African indigenous music with Zawadi and Tinashe.

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    Buhle Mabanga is an accredited yoga and mindfulness teacher and founder of Nomvula Well-Being Movement. She began practising mindfulness, yoga and meditation four years ago with teachers Nandiva from Ishta Yoga and Mark Joseph from Mindful Revolution. In addition to her mindfulness and yoga work, Buhle is an artist, a children’s book author, a spoken word writer and a fashion designer.

    Zawadi Yamungu is a South African indigenous musician born in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She started her career with a local church group and was later exposed to acting, dance and composing music which enhanced her career as a professional artist. Umakhweyana, Ugubhu string bow and penny whistle are some of the instruments she plays. Working with Mbuso Khoza's African Heritage Ensemble, she has also collaborated with Gcina Mhlophe, Madala Kunene, Themba Mkhize, Nduduza Makhathini and other legends. 

    Tinashe is an indigenous instrument artist, hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe. His music - influenced by his late teacher - sparked the heart of his talent from a tender age. He plays the instruments mbira, flute, djembe drum and marimba. He has been with the Nomvula Well-Being as a sound healer and is uniquely talented.

  • Journey To Self – Explore Your Connection With Your True Self

    Teacher: Sadhna Hamchander and Ravika Ramnath
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024

    sadhna hamchandarravika ramnath"Journey To Self" is a structured and interactive retreat designed to help you explore and develop your connection with your true self, to enhance self-awareness and cultivate personal growth and well-being. It focuses on various aspects of personal development, self-discovery and inner-child healing. Join Sadhna assisted by Ravika for a weekend in the nurturing atmosphere of the BRC and tap into joy. They will offer guided meditation and self-discovery exercises and help you to transform limiting beliefs. This retreat is your chance to break free from limitations and embrace a life of purpose and fulfilment. Because you are worth it!

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    Sadhna Hamchander is a certified Heal Your Life facilitator, life coach, and Holistic Counsellor dedicated to catalysing positive transformations in people's lives. Her transformative journey began in 2017 when she attended a Heal Your Life workshop, deeply influenced by the wisdom of Louise Hay. Inspired, she joined the Heal Your Life organization to share her passion for healing and empowerment. Her approach involves customized workshops, coaching and consulting designed to meet each individual's unique needs and aspirations. She firmly believes that everyone is deserving of a life filled with happiness, health, and fulfilment. Through the principles she has embraced, she guides others toward unlocking their potential, fostering resilience, and cultivating a renewed sense of purpose by journeying within. Her self discovery Journey began in 2005 at Manav Dharam Meditation Centre.

    Ravika Ramnath is a Facilitator, Counseller and Heal your Life Study Course teacher. She is passionate about teaching the art of self-care by empowering individuals with the skills to learn to love and respect themselves and their emotions. Much of her work is based on the teachings of Lousie Hay and incorporates a Holistic approach to self-care, allowing people a safe space to heal and grow in both corporate and private sessions. She has been living and loving this work since 2017 and believes that sometimes it is  just the listening ear or honest feedback given by a Coach, mentor or Counsellor that could transform the tapestry of your life.

  • Yoga For Well-Being

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 May 2024 - Sunday 05 May 2024

    georgie carter2023Scientists maintain that the leading cause of disease is not hypertension, diabetes or cancer, but stress. Stress is the underlying cause of disease. We can endure short periods of enormous stress, but not extended amounts of prolonged stress. In this retreat we use the tools of yoga, pranayama, qigong, meditation and yoga nidra or guided meditation to calm the nervous system, to soften and open up the body and allow it to re-calibrate after the stress of daily life. Most often we find we are not able to sustain regular practice of yoga or meditation due to the “flood” of stress in our daily lives. Sometimes we simply haven’t been shown the tools to learn to cope with these pressures. However, the body has an amazing ability to re-balance and, in doing so, to heal itself. Just two nights away can give your mind a rest, calm the sympathetic nervous system, regulate blood pressure and re-balance your body to restore health and well-being. The retreat is suitable for everyone and lays the foundation for deeper practice, cleansing and energizing.

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    Georgie Carter has been practising Yoga for many 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.

  • Picture your Soul with SoulCollage®️

    Teacher: Keryn Rowley
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R500 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 06 May 2024 - Wednesday 08 May 2024

    keryn rowleySoulCollage® is a creative, intuitive process that grants you the gift of insight into yourself. Using images, imagination and intuition, you will create individual collage cards that represent pieces of your soul. By using these cards, you will connect with the many aspects of yourself and learn to access the wisdom that is held within you. Be ready to unleash your inner creativity and to delve into the labyrinth of your being.

    The SoulCollage® workshop opened a new path for self-discovery and reflection for me. It was an enlightening experience, with Keryn as a knowledgeable and compassionate guide – K.S. Workshop participant

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    Keryn Rowley is an experienced teacher, photographer, committed wife, mother and grandmother, and passionate SoulCollage® facilitator. She lives in KZN, between a town house in Underberg and a farm house in Swartberg, with her patient husband and two small dogs. She is very eager to share her discoveries regarding SoulCollage® and how it enhances everyday life. When she is relaxing you will find her either with her camera, reading a book, making SoulCollage® cards or working on one of the children’s books she is hoping to publish.

  • THE SHIFT EXPERIENCE: The Art of Being - Part 1

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 May 2024 - Sunday 12 May 2024

    john homewood nov2019michelle mcclunanAre you ready for a life shift? John Homewood and Michelle McClunan bring their combined forty years of facilitating experience to this two-part retreat, providing you with a gentle, yet powerful process that will shift, awaken and nourish your whole being. You will leave this retreat greatly refreshed with a new and awakened perspective in life, taking with you practical tools to apply in shifting all areas of your life.

    The retreat will integrate transformational, yet practical spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Creative Art Processes. This integration will help you clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, peaceful and abundant life. All creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. You will leave with a deeper sense of peace; a more focused sense of life purpose and rekindled joy and with greater emotional and spiritual intelligence to navigate life’s challenges.
    Should you only be able to attend the weekend, Part 1, you will still gain much. However, investing in the whole 4 days will provide you the space to integrate and apply this Shift even deeper and more fully into your awareness.

    For more info on their work see www.journesyofawakening.com

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    John Homewood is an inspirational speaker, teacher and Life Coach, with a passion for sharing the wisdom he has learnt through years of self-reflection, study and life-lessons. He has a gift in conveying complex subjects in a way that is easily understood, integrated and assimilated. His greatest joy is to help others to see their own lives from a higher and broader perspective, and to feel the joy of the present moment. His insightful wisdom teachings will help to clear your mind of its emotional and mental ‘stuckness’ to move into flow. For more than twenty years, John has inspired many with his radio and TV talks, as well as interactive seminars, workshops and retreats in the private and corporate sector.

    Michelle McClunan is an astrologer, Life Coach and Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people to understand themselves, and to navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. Using her own non-outcome based creatively experiential methods, she will guide you into a receptive state, where you are able to receive signals and messages from the intuitive intelligence that resides within you. As you engage in this work, you start to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that may be blocking you from living the rich and fulfilling life you deserve. Michelle counsels and coaches one-on-one and has facilitated workshops and retreats for eighteen years.

  • THE SHIFT EXPERIENCE: Living In Joy - Part 2

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 12 May 2024 - Tuesday 14 May 2024

    john homewood nov2019michelle mcclunanAre you ready for a life shift? John Homewood and Michelle McClunan bring their combined forty years of facilitating experience to this two-part retreat, providing you with a gentle, yet powerful process that will shift, awaken and nourish your whole being. You will leave this retreat greatly refreshed with a new and awakened perspective in life, taking with you practical tools to apply in shifting all areas of your life.
    The retreat will integrate transformational, yet practical spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Creative Art Processes. This integration will help you clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, peaceful and abundant life. All creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required.

    Part 2  will provide you the space to integrate and apply this Shift more deeply and more fully into your awareness. You will leave with a deeper sense of peace; a more focused sense of life purpose and rekindled joy and with greater emotional and spiritual intelligence to navigate life’s challenges.

    For more info on their work see www.journesyofawakening.com

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    John Homewood is an inspirational speaker, teacher and Life Coach, with a passion for sharing the wisdom he has learnt through years of self-reflection, study and life-lessons. He has a gift in conveying complex subjects in a way that is easily understood, integrated and assimilated. His greatest joy is to help others to see their own lives from a higher and broader perspective, and to feel the joy of the present moment. His insightful wisdom teachings will help to clear your mind of its emotional and mental ‘stuckness’ to move into flow. For more than twenty years, John has inspired many with his radio and TV talks, as well as interactive seminars, workshops and retreats in the private and corporate sector.

    Michelle McClunan is an astrologer, Life Coach and Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people to understand themselves, and to navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. Using her own non-outcome based creatively experiential methods, she will guide you into a receptive state, where you are able to receive signals and messages from the intuitive intelligence that resides within you. As you engage in this work, you start to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that may be blocking you from living the rich and fulfilling life you deserve. Michelle counsels and coaches one-on-one and has facilitated workshops and retreats for eighteen years.

  • From Seeking To Seeing - Mindfulness Meditation

    Teacher: David Gardner
    Cost: 2 days accommodation +R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 May 2024 - Sunday 19 May 2024

    Heavy is the root of light,
    Stillness is the master of movement.
    Who can by stillness, little by little
    make what is troubled grow clear?
    Who can by movement, little by little
    make what is still grow quick?
    To follow the Way
    is not to need fulfilment.
    Unfulfilled, one may live on
    needing no renewal - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (interpretation by Ursula K. Le Guin)

    dave gardner 2022In this retreat, participants can expect to be guided gently through the process of becoming mindful through meditation and movement. Dave will lead sitting meditation in the Zendo, as well as walking and moving meditation in the inspiring and nourishing sanctuary of space that the BRC offers. He will also facilitate intentional open discussions around the fire to stoke the wholesome sparks of enquiry and deep listening. Whether you are a beginner or committed practitioner, this process will empower you to cultivate presence, clarity, adaptability, creativity and patience. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of noble silence and introspection.

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    David Gardner has been teaching for eleven years and studied meditation, yoga, martial arts, movement, acrobatics and dance with some remarkable teachers across the world. He formed 'Original Condition' - a meditation, mindful and creative movement practice that helps people to get started with theirs. He facilitates a learning environment where people can clearly see what obstacles are in their way, and provides transformative tools in the form of meditation and movement that empower people to turn perceived problems into solutions.

  • Just Sitting Zen Retreat

    Teacher: Roux Malan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 May 2024 - Sunday 26 May 2024

    roux malanDuring this silent retreat you will be introduced to a style of Zen that combines Just Sitting (zazen), High-Energy Chanting (okyo), Vocalized Movements (Mu-I-Tai) to cultivate strong Ki’ai (energy) and quiet awareness (Mindfulness) that will enable you to face your fears until they disappear. The retreat will commence and close with a short tea ceremony. The sessions will alternate between zazen, walking meditation, chanting and movement.

    On the Saturday night in union with Buddhists around the world, we will hold a traditional Wesak ceremony - a lantern-lit circumambulation around the Buddha Rupa. Wesak is the most important day on the Buddhist calendar, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha nearly 2500 years ago and is traditionally held on the full moon of May.

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    Roux Malan lives in Somerset West where he leads a small community of Zen practitioners. He is an ordained Unitarian minister on the overseas role of ministers
    of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the UK and currently serves the Cape Town Unitarians as a Community minister. He developed a deep and enduring interest in Zen Buddhism after attending the Parliament of World Religions in 1999. After moving to Rondebosch, he attended a weekly lay-led Zen group facilitated by Ron Schiff and participated in a Zazenkai retreat at the Dharma Centre in Robertson with Heila and Rodney Downey. In 2023 Roux started practising with a USA-based Zen community and completed Jiki (Just Sitting facilitator) Training. He also participated in a 49-day Training Session and two Zazenkai’s. He has a deep interest in eco-spirituality and interfaith work.

  • Nikki Brighton is Wild About Weeds: A Weekend on Edible Weeds with Walks And Talks On Rewilding

    Teacher: Nikki Brighton
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 May 2024 - Sunday 02 June 2024

    nikki brightonNikki's immersive retreat will focus on finding and tasting weeds found in the garden. You will learn to identify various tasty edibles and surprise your palate while you forage for free food. Her books Mnandi – A Taste Of Mpophomeni  celebrates the cooks and gardeners of Mpophomeni township in KZN Midlands and Wild About Weeds is an introduction to uncultivated food and a guide to the most common edible weeds and uncultivated foods found in South Africa. Her retreat is intended to stimulate curiosity and encourage foodies to explore and make the most of the delicious abundance in your area and to lighten your load on our planet.

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    Nikki Brighton is a writer and activist, well known in the Midlands for her passion for the environment and community. She is an enthusiastic locavore who has been instrumental in the establishment and support of Mpophomeni Conservation Group, the Slow Food Community of KZN Midlands, the REKO farmers markets and the Midlands Barter Markets. She loves nothing better than running bean seeds through her fingers, foraging for wild greens on walks along the river with her dog and delighting friends with entirely local meals, using unusual ingredients. She is a prolific blogger and uses every opportunity to raise awareness about the causes she cares about - local food, simple, creative living, animal rights, conservation and community. Nikki is listed as an influential woman in the Mail & Guardian 2021 Power of Women

  • Qigong - Gently Nurturing Life

    Teacher: Dianne Franklin
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 02 June 2024 - Tuesday 04 June 2024

    di franklinThe gentle movements that you will learn to do on this relaxed course will help to build your immune system and improve your general well-being. The mindful way in which you move will work on your internal organs as you generate energy 'qi'. You will also have time to roam the beautiful grounds of the BRC as you take time out to relax and recharge.

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    Dianne Franklin is an Advocate in private practice. She has been studying Buddhism and qigong for more than twenty years. She is a student of Max Weier, the Qigong Master from Switzerland. Her teachers include Rob Nairn, Geshe Pende and Ken Holmes.