• Going With The Flow (online)

    Teacher: Bruce van Dongen
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Saturday 23 May 2020 - Saturday 13 June 2020 06:00pm - 07:30pm

    bruce van dongenJoin a 4 week (23 May; 30 May; 7 June; 13 June) beginner’s meditation course with Bruce with breathing practice to restore your balance, vitality and to develop mindful awareness.

    Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Register: Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4

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    Bruce van Dongen  is a mechanical engineer. He has been practising yoga for many years and is a qualified  teacher in the Hatha and Kundalini disciplines. He is a Director of The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre and uses both nature and yoga as his soothing systems to balance the pressures of the corporate world.

  • Vipassana Meditation: Introduction and Basic Instructions for Vipassana (online)

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Wednesday 27 May 2020 - Sunday 31 May 2020

    jonathan preboyanna scharfenberg 2020Vipassana (Insight) meditation is based on mindfulness, which is always available, everywhere, without limit or cost. The challenge is how to realise it. The answer was provided by the Buddha. He taught ways to cultivate mindfulness that lead to insight and awakening.

    Experienced students of Vipassana can contact us for meditation support (Whats App 00420722008067). We will offer Zoom talks on daily practice later.

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    Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg trained in Vipassana meditation under the great Thai Vipassana master Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo. Jonathan worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Durban and Anna holds a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies. They have taught meditation together at Wat Chom Tong Meditation Centre in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain and South Africa (the BRC, Dharmagiri and Emoyeni) and currently manage and teach at the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Centre in Prague.

    27 May | 90 mins | 7:00-8:30 p.m | Register


    31 May | 90 mins | 2:00-3:30 p.m | Register

  • Vinyasa Yoga: Stilling The Mind (online)

    Teacher: Hannelize Robinson
    Cost: Donation to support BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Saturday 30 May 2020 09:00am - 10:30am

    hannelize robinsonYour body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga they come together in the present ~ BKS Iyengar.

    A gentle 90 min Yoga class with the emphasis on creating stability and calmness in both body and mind. Standing poses and floor-work, coupled with a focus on conscious and extended exhalations will guide awareness inwards to that space of stillness that exists beyond the thinking mind. The class will include pranayama and will culminate in a seated meditation. Open to all levels.

    Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am

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    Hannelize Robinson iis 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.

  • Tapping Into Your Buddha Nature To Manifest Your Goals And Desires (online)

    Teacher: Tronél Hellberg
    Cost: R100
    Dates: Sunday 31 May 2020 09:00am - 09:40am

    tronel hellbergWe are powerful beings! We know this… and we don’t... We know it when life is calm and effortless, but when we are in the midst of a dark storm like the one right now, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the raising level of uncertainty – losing sight of possibilities and hope. It is in times like these that we need to remember who we are and access our unlimited Source of power, inspiration and creation – our Buddha nature!

    Time: 9:00 - 9:40am

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    Tronel Hellberg is a Master Transformation Life Coach, author and speaker. She specialises in empowering people through inner transformation with mindfulness as cornerstone. She is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves.

  • Meeting Adversity Head-On (online)

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Thursday 04 June 2020 07:00pm - 08:00pm

    john homewood nov2019Finding purpose in times of challenge and change.

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    John Homewood is an international inspirational speaker, corporate trainer, personal growth facilitator and spiritual life coach. 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.

    Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

  • 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.

  • Befriending Fear And Anxiety (online)

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Friday 05 June 2020 07:00pm - 08:00pm

    john homewood nov2019Taming fear and anxiety in times of challenge and change.

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    John Homewood is an international inspirational speaker, corporate trainer, personal growth facilitator and spiritual life coach. 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.

    Time: 7:00-8:00 pm


  • Retreating At Home: Stillness And Resilience

    Teacher: Katrin Auf Der Heyde
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: Saturday 06 June 2020 - Sunday 07 June 2020 07:00pm - 05:30pm

    katrin auf de heyde oct2019“In order to move the world, we must be able to stand still in it”. - Yongey Mingyur Rimpoche

    This retreat will explore the cultivation of stillness and resilience as integral aspects of an embodied practice and will include periods of sitting meditation and movement.

    June 6 - Introduction

    7 – 9pm: meet and greet, how to retreat at home, meditation

    Register: Session 1

    June 7 - Full day

    7.00–8.15 am: movement + meditation
    10:00–12:00 pm: instructions, meditation, practice, question and answer
    3.00–5.30 pm: movement, meditation plus sharing

    Register: Session 2

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    Katrin Auf der Heyde has participated in various long term dharma programs. Trained by Martine Batchelor, she was accepted at the beginning of 2019 by the Gaia House Teacher’s Council as a Dharma teacher. She currently lives and works in Switzerland.

  • 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.

  • The Roots Of Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 June 2020 - Sunday 14 June 2020

    richard ellismarc kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending our routine lifestyle, opening ourselves to spiritual realms of healing and creativity, which is experienced as liberating and rejuvenating. This is because the universe is a flux of pulsating rhythms and drumming connects us to these rhythms, thus facilitating a change in consciousness and a sense of belonging and well-being, which, in turn, promotes deep relaxation and healing. In this retreat we will learn basic drumming techniques and explore rhythmic creativity which will be combined with meditation practice and contemplation. A Sound Journey meditation using exotic instruments will also be included. The objective of this retreat is to find a balance between the hands-on experience of drumming and its more profound spiritual effects on the human psyche.

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    Richard Ellis has been a drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the past forty years. He was a founding member of The Usuals with Kenny Henson. He formed the first all-percussion group Interitmo with Mike Mazzoni in 1997, and in 1999 started the first Drum Circle in Durban at the Bat Centre. Over the past twenty years he has conducted corporate team building, sound relaxation therapy and healing workshops with Marc Kress. He facilitates sound journey meditation/rhythm workshops on drums and percussion for all ages and levels of expertise. His mission is to connect people with their inner rhythm and sound, thereby helping to create a stress-free community.

    Marc Kress is a yoga teacher and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling through India in 2003: “I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. He has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyāsa, Astanga, Iyengar and Sivananda.