• Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 April 2019 - Sunday 28 April 2019

    howard_lipschitzchristine_withieleYoga asanas (postures) massage the internal organs, nerves and glands, improving their performance. They enhance energy levels and stamina, flexibility and agility of the body and mind, enabling you to lead a more active and creative life. Sleep and digestion are improved.  Yoga’s focus on the body and correct breathing improves energy levels and the immune system.  As you let go of resistance and allow the muscles and tendons to release into the postures, you also learn to let go of resistance in other areas of life, accepting what is and what cannot be changed, helping you to make better choices. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.

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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.

    Howard Lipschitz avoided spinal surgery after he was introduced to Iyengar yoga in Israel 35 years ago.  He works as a massage therapist and teaches yoga and chi kung at The Jivananda Centre for Well-being in Durban. He competed internationally in archery and practised karate and fencing for many years.  He brings aspects of these disciplines as well as chi kung to his yoga teaching which is based on his personal experiences, reinforced by regular trips to ashrams in India.

  • Freedom In Awakening: Realise your magnificence!

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 May 2019 - Sunday 05 May 2019

    john homewoodDissolve your old imprisoned self … and set yourself free now…
    Freedom from grief, depression and anxiety
    Freedom from need, fear and wanting
    Freedom from jealousy and regret
    Freedom from lack of self-worth
    Freedom from non-forgiveness
    Freedom from past pain
    Freedom for Life

    Sometimes getting away from it all for a short while and being gently guided through a process of soul re-integration and healing, is all that is needed to shift your life to higher levels of love and fulfilment. Until you discover your true life purpose, your life may appear rudderless and uncertain. This retreat includes finding your inner purpose: the power of forgiveness, acceptance, surrender and presence. Participants will be guided to answer three vital questions: Who are you? What do you really want? What is your life's purpose? During this workshop participants will discover how to still the mind and access the power of presence, opening them up to greater levels of happiness and creativity. By stripping away the layers of the unconscious mind and discovering a deeper innate sense of being, participants will gain a clearer sense of purpose and direction. The Awakening Shift Experience is based on John Homewood’s own insights and takes retreatants through a shift from head to heart. He draws not only from his own experience and understanding, but also on enlightened teachings from Eckhart Tolle’s A Course in Miracles. The retreat combines wisdom teachings with practical exercises, guided meditations, simple yogic breathing and stretching, quiet stillness interludes and question and answer sessions. Participants can extend this experience by continuing with a follow up retreat: Going Deeper Into The Awakening.

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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, 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 The Awakening - An extension of the awakening shift experience

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 05 May 2019 - Tuesday 07 May 2019

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    Going even deeper into the process of awakening, this extended retreat takes participants further into the powerful creative space beyond mind and will include wisdom teachings, intimate question and answer discussions as well as counselling sessions with John. He will also deal with individual life challenges and questions and provide tools and techniques to break through various blockages in life, allowing  joy and abundance to flow again, often in miraculous ways. Dissolve your old imprisoned self - and set yourself free. Experience freedom from grief, depression and anxiety; freedom from fear, jealousy and regret; freedom from lack of self-worth and non-forgiveness; freedom from past pain. The retreat includes both guided and silent meditation and chi kung sessions.

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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, 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.

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

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 May 2019 - Sunday 12 May 2019 08:00am - 05:00pm

    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.

  • Under The Full Moon Of May: Wesak - Celebrating 25 centuries of Buddhism

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 May 2019 - Sunday 19 May 2019

    louis van loon smlstephen coanThe full moon of May - Wesak - is the most important day on the Buddhist calendar, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2,500 years ago. Wesak is traditionally held on the full moon of the lunar month of Vesakha (coincidental with May) which in 2019 falls over this weekend. We will mark this festival with a programme of sitting and walking meditation with talks and reflections on aspects of the Buddha’s life and teachings and, in union with Buddhists around the world, we will hold a Wesak ceremony including pertinent readings, a candle-lit circumambulation and traditional chanting. Please note: Apart from the talk 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 in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.

    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 Stephen 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).

  • Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 May 2019 - Sunday 26 May 2019

    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. The  universe is a flux of pulsating rhythms. Drumming connects us to these rhythms, facilitating a change in consciousness that leads to a sense of beonging and well-being, which promotes deep relaxation and healing. In this retreat we will be learning basic drumming techniques and exploring rhythmic creativity which will be combined with meditation practice and contemplation.

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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 and ‘Ndangered Species 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”. Marc has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyāsa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Tantra and Astanga. He has a Hatha yoga teaching qualification from the Yoga Alliance and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.

  • An Introduction To Mindfulness Based Living: “Knowing the present”

    Teacher: Kerri Martinaglia and Carey Would
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 May 2019 - Sunday 02 June 2019

    kerri martinagliacarey wouldMindfulness 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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    Kerri Martinaglia runs The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre. In 2009 she began facilitating Mindfulness Africa courses in KwaZulu Natal. 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.

    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.

  • Your Precious Life: Discovering avenues to meaning and purpose - Logotherapy

    Teacher: Klasie Wessels and Samantha Sparkes
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 June 2019 - Sunday 09 June 2019

    klasie wesselssamantha sparkles sOur search for meaning is the most prominent quest of our time. More and more people today are on a personal quest for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose, in the hope of enjoying a happier life. Logotherapy, as an existentialist analysis, was developed by Dr Viktor Frankl - more famous for his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was practising as a neurologist and psychiatrist in Vienna when, as a Jew, he was sent to the concentration camps. There he refined his therapy on how to discover meaning in life despite suffering. This secular approach offers many parallels with that of Buddhist philosophy. The weekend workshop will include activities and worksheets to assist participants to discover their own unique path to meaning. It will also be infused with case studies from Tibetans who escaped from the Chinese occupation of their country, as living examples of how it is possible to live life powerfully despite severe challenges.

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    Klasie Wessels is a leadership coach and his company Streetschool specializes in personal development with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. He works with groups and individuals on themes such as leadership, personal growth, and finding a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life. The most exciting part of Streetschool’s offering are the experiential workshops to India and expeditions to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Since 2011, he has taken more than 300 people on 26 such personal development journeys. Klasie spent 25 years with the Advertising Group FCB - the last 10 years as Managing Director and Chairman of the Johannesburg office. He lectures Logotherapy at Unisa’s Centre of Applied Psychology and is Chairman of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy SA.

    Samantha Sparkes has an M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Wits University. She is a qualified life coach and Logotherapy Educator. Most of her 20 year career in the corporate world has been in organizational and team development, change management and training. Currently she is the head of Supply Chain Training and Stakeholder Engagement at Sasol. She and Klasie Wessels are co-authoring a book on finding meaning in the workplace.

  • Get On The Write Track.Memoir and mindfulness. Breathe, listen, write your path to freedom, enlightenment and perhaps $$

    Teacher: Wanda Hennig
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + course fee: Contact Wanda: wanda@wandahennig.com / 072-664-3170
    Dates: Monday 10 June 2019 - Thursday 13 June 2019

    wanda hennig lsWe 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 focussed 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 the cost of the course: Contact Wanda: wanda@wandahennig.com / 072-664-3170.

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    Wanda Hennig is an award-winning food and travel writer who has freelanced extensively for print and online publications both internationally and locally. She worked in South Africa in the newsrooms of the Daily News and Sunday Tribune and as bureau chief at Cosmopolitan magazine before going to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she worked on magazines and newspapers, in corporate communications, and in multimedia and social media. She has a post-graduate degree in psychology and a Higher Diploma in Education (both from UKZN) and is a certified Co-Active Life Coach (Coaches Training Institute, California). She lived and practised at the San Francisco Zen Centre for three-and-a-half years in the 1990’s, has been meditating for 30 years, and has run mindfulness, writing and coaching workshops in California and South Africa - including at the BRC. 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). See www.wandahennig.com

  • Ayurveda, Yoga And Meditation Retreat: A return to wholeness

    Teacher: Helen Altman
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 June 2019 - Sunday 16 June 2019

    helen altman smlAyurveda - the knowledge of life - is a 5000 year old healing/health system that offers integrated, balanced living and preventative medicine. This ancient wisdom helps us to maintain health from deep within our systems, of which yoga and meditation are a part. In this retreat we will look at the fundamental guiding principles of Ayurveda. The daily rhythm includes a talk, followed by a class combining chi kung and simple, gentle, dynamic yoga for all levels of fitness, walking meditation, guided visualization, yoga nidra and breathing practices (pranayama). No previous experience is needed.

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    Helen Altman has explored the somatic experience from an early age, weaving the threads of dance, movement analysis, Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, yoga therapy, healing and meditative practice together. She has established two Yoga Dharma Centres over the last 35 years and now lives in McGregor in the Cape, where she offers private and small group retreats at her Stillness Sanctuary.