• Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 March 2017 - Sunday 26 March 2017

    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 improve 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. Bring a yoga mat.

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    Howard Lipschitz avoided spinal surgery for 35 years after he was introduced to Iyengar yoga in Israel. 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 and chi kung to his yoga teaching which is based on his personal experiences and which have been reinforced by regular trips to ashrams in India.

    Christine Withiel travels to India regularly to further her knowledge of Hatha Yoga and the philosophy of yoga. Christine and Howard Lipschitz often invite others to join them on their trips to India so that they can also deepen their experience.  She runs a teacher training programme each year at The Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing which is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about sharing the philosophy and physical benefits of yoga to help people to deal with the stresses of life. She is also qualified in Ayurvedic Primary Health Care, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Reiki and Body Alignment.

  • Health Retreat: Discover Your Best Self

    Teacher: Dr Kaz Kiepiel
    Cost: 5 days' accommodation + see below
    Dates: Sunday 26 March 2017 - Friday 31 March 2017
    kazalette Participants spend 5 days with Dr Kaz in the healing, pampering environment of the BRC, exploring and discovering their best possible self. Your daily package includes:

    Two consultations with Dr Kaz
    Daily massages and complementary therapies
    Interactions relating to physical, mental and emotional health
    Mindfulness and movement classes
    Nature walks
    Wholesome and healthy meals and drinks

    For more information, contact: kaz@doctorkaz.com

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    Kazalette Kiepiel (Dr) (aka Dr Kaz)

    is a leading specialist in integrative medicine. Qualified as a medical practitioner, registered in both England and South Africa, she is also a specialist kinesiologist, Health and Life coach who practises integrated holistic and functional medicine by combining orthodox medicine with an array of complementary health tools and skills. Her extensive experience and knowledge of allopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, kinesiology, colour therapy, use of the SCIO and SCENAR bio-feedback machines, together with her coaching skills and volumes of empathy, make her unique in her field. Dr Kaz also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management, holistic health care, responsibility medicine and a host of other health care subjects. Based in Durban, South Africa, she travels extensively and is sought after internationally. Dr Kaz’ health retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo will offer retreatants 5 days of quality time with Dr Kaz, offering long-term sustainable health, detoxing and vitality, stress-relief, optimal nutrition and supplementation, cleansing, weight-control and holistic healing at all levels – body, mind and soul.

  • Meditation For Beginners

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 March 2017 - Sunday 02 April 2017

    elizabeth-gaywoodThis is an interactive retreat designed to help the “beginner” to understand and experience the basics of meditation practice. Meditation is a tool to transform the mind so that one’s life and experiences become more meaningful. This is achieved through simple, yet effective, Mindfulness techniques, as well as analytical meditation practices. Different techniques will be experienced so that retreatants can take with them tools to assist the transformative process in daily-life. No prior knowledge of meditation is necessary. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of silence and contemplation.

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    Elizabeth Gaywood has been involved in Buddhism since the 1970’s, and co-founded the Tibet Society of South Africa in 1995. She is the current chairperson and co-ordinator of the TSSA and over the years has been involved with the visits of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan teachers. She has travelled to India many times, mainly to receive Teachings and visit monasteries, and to attend Tibet Support Group meetings. She has conducted courses on "meditation for beginners" in Durban for the past 7 years and has completed training in Transformative Mindfulness Methods, which has accreditation from the University of Toronto, Canada.

  • The Awakening Shift Experience: Realise your magnificence!

    Teacher: John Homewood and Liz Kitching
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 April 2017 - Sunday 09 April 2017

    john_homewoodliz-kitchingDissolve your old paradigm…and heal now.
    Shift now and live your potential.

    This transformational workshop addresses three of life’s most fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I really want? and What is my life’s purpose? The uncovering of these answers is a liberating and powerful experience which changes not only the way we see ourselves, but also the way we see others and the world as a whole. The Shift Experience is based on John’s own deep wisdom and insights, taking retreatants through a shift from head to heart. John also draws on enlightened teachings such as Eckhart Tolle’s and A Course in Miracles. The retreat includes Wisdom teachings with practical exercises, guided meditations, simple yogic breathing and stretching exercises, quiet stillness interludes and question and answer 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 of their potential and has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

    Liz Kitching has a passion for yoga and nutrition and is a natural health consultant specialising in shifting emotions through movement and breathing. She co-facilitates the Awakening Shift Experience spiritual retreats with John Homewood.

  • Ancient " I AM" Teachings For The New Golden Age

    Teacher: Anthea Torr
    Cost: Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Wednesday 12 April 2017 - Friday 14 April 2017

    anthea torrWe have decreed for ourselves, lifetime after lifetime, using the ALL POWERFUL NAME OF GOD “I AM,” limitation and distress (‘I Am’ sick, tired, afraid, poor, angry etc.) It is now time to reverse this disastrous process, and learn the right use of this creative words “I AM,” to assist with bringing earth back to her original beauty, and to create the lives of Peace, Harmony, Health, Abundance and Love we were always intended to live!
    For information from the Pure Ascended Master Teachings on our individualized “I AM” Presence, the Laws of Life and the use of The Sacred Fire. http://iamfree.co.za/

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    Anthea Torr has been running workshops on the Ascended Master Teachings since 2009, locally and internationally. She now lives permanently in a motorhome, enabling her to travel and share these Ascended Master Teachings, both in SA and other countries.


  • Sitting Quietly - Doing Nothing: A taste of sustained meditation

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 April 2017 - Monday 17 April 2017

    louis-van-loon-smlWe tend to associate a fulfilling and engaged life with a busy mind.  If we are not actively fretting or thinking about something or other, we will seek diversion through entertainment to occupy our minds.  Even at night we will helplessly enter yet another world of fantasy, memory and mental projection: we dream. Buddhist meditation puts us in touch with a deeper sense of awareness from where this frantic mental activity can be seen for what it is: a bubble bath of sensations and emotions. Except for some instructions and fire-side chats in the evening, we will cultivate a state of sustained calmness and clarity in an atmosphere of Noble Silence. This retreat is a foretaste of what traditional, longer, silent retreats are like. The retreat includes mindful walking, periods of rest and reflection, and a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

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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 brushwork painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo. 

  • Strong In Body, Peace In Mind: Rejuvenate and restore with yoga for optimal health

    Teacher: Margot McMaster
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 April 2017 - Sunday 23 April 2017

    margot-mcmasterJoin Margot for a yoga retreat where we explore and delve into our strength and vitality in order to deepen and develop peace and serenity in our minds. We will connect the two with the power of breath and mindful awareness. Enjoy a progressive sequence of extended yoga classes comprising dynamic vinyasa flow, yin yoga, yoga nidra, mantra and more. Working in sequence to unlock and expand, we will explore arm balances, hip openers, backbends and twists to challenge your body to release, and then restore vitality, riding the wave of your breath as a way to surrender into postures and ultimately cultivating peace in mind. We work in Krama (or stages) so the retreat is open to all levels of fitness, but be prepared to be challenged. Please bring a mat, water bottle blanket and a strap.

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    Margot McMaster holds both Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga teacher certificates. She was guided by Mercedes Sieff, Shiva Rea, Guru Dharam and Darryl O’Kieffe, among others. She worked as the in-house yoga instructor at BBC Worldwide in London for four years, and taught in studios there, and in Costa Rica, India and Sri Lanka. She currently lives and teaches in Nottingham Road, KZN, where she integrates meditation, pranayama, mantra and heart yoga into her practice.

  • The Zen Of Recovery: Twelve Steps to wholeness and well-being

    Teacher: Warren Shaw and Graeme Buchart
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 April 2017 - Monday 01 May 2017

    warren-shawgraeme-butchartThe lessons that Zen and Recovery teach are no different from what we have suspected all along. When we respond to the call of the Steps of Zen, we are really answering our own cry for help. We don’t need to believe in the Steps, but we do need to have faith in our basic goodness and wisdom. This interpretation of The Twelve Steps conforms to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of making the rescue vehicle large enough for everyone to define their own “Higher Power”. Just like Recovery, Zen does not seek to convert anyone, only to help in alleviating suffering. People of other philosophies, or none at all, will benefit from this look at Recovery and the Steps through the eyes of Zen - presenting a fresh understanding of what it takes to be rehabilitated from addictions - using Zen as a tool.

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    Warren Shaw has enjoyed a successful twenty five year career in information technology. He has had some rich life experiences, such as buying the richest man in the world a coke because he had no money. As an educator he works with many people and cultures. His work in over 60 countries has taken him on a journey of spiritual self-discovery, a journey that first began at the BRC. He now has a deep curiosity about recovery, from personal to business, which has become his main passion.

    Graeme Buchart  journeyed into education, following thirty years in the “rabbit hole” of advertising. He lectures in creativity, innovation and communication at numerous institutions and business schools. His passion for the development of the willing mind was the motivation to study consciousness coaching in 2005. Working with such diverse groups and individuals helped him to recognise that everyone has vast creative potential, left mostly untapped, causing many to remain “stuck” in their habits of living. Wishing to contribute, he wrote "The Genius Programme", a practical workbook that helps guide the individual into an innovation of self and the discovery of purpose.

  • Being Our Own Best Friend In This Crazy World

    Teacher: Chandasara
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 May 2017 - Sunday 07 May 2017

    chandasara-smlThis will be a silent meditation retreat focussing on the   relationship we have with ourselves: what does “being our own best friend” really mean?  Can we be steady and at ease simply being who we are without needing to be particularly special or better or worse than anyone else?  Can we similarly be at peace with others who are different to us without being critical and judgmental? We will explore these questions, using insights from both psychology and the Buddha’s teachings on what keeps us trapped in cycles of negativity and suggest ways of how we can restore ourselves into a more natural state of ease and well-being. During the retreat, there will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, morning and evening talks, and opportunities for dialogue and discussion.

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    Chandasara spent her early adult life in political exile and later worked as a political analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg. She trained as a Buddhist nun in the Forest School from 2003 to 2011, and, on leaving, completed an Honours degree in psychology while residing at Emoyeni Retreat Centre. Since childhood, she has been deeply interested in all life and nature, intuitive sensitivity, spontaneity, play, creativity and freedom. She currently resides at Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre where she teaches meditation and mindfulness, and enjoys exploring and sharing with others in the process of freeing themselves.

  • Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 May 2017 - Sunday 14 May 2017

    richard-ellismarc-kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending one’s routine lifestyle, opening ourselves to spiritual realms of healing and creativity, which is experienced as liberating and rejuvenating. The whole universe is a continuous flux of pulsating rhythms. Drumming connects us to these rhythms, facilitating a change in consciousness that leads to a sense of unity 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 for all ages and levels of expertise on drums and percussion. 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 in Durban. He has been playing drums and percussion for more than twenty years and has been extensively involved in corporate team building and drum circle events. He has played in various bands such as "Interitmo" and "Mlilo" and collaborated with Richard Ellis in various percussion projects, sound-journey workshops and "The Durban Drumbeat Festival". Much like in the practice of meditation and yoga, drumming can lead to higher states of awareness, stilling the mind and transforming consciousness - leading to a never-ending journey of self- discovery.