Sunday 24 January 2021
  • Vipassana Meditation: How to realise ever-present mindfulness

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge

    jonathan preboyanna scharfenbergThoughts are about what is not happening - Paul Hedderman

    Vipassana (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. This retreat is an invitation for beginners and experienced meditators to practise Vipassana using the traditional Buddhist method of Ajahn Tong. For beginners it is a simple and direct technique to start meditating and for experienced meditators, it is a skilful method to deepen their insight. Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting practice, by maintaining awareness during normal activities, such as eating, showering, dressing and supported by talks and daily interviews with a teacher. The weekend will be held in silence. Retreatants are welcome to join the subsequent 4-day meditation retreat.

    Sustain awareness at every moment in every posture, whether standing, walking, sitting or lying down. This is the way to establish mindfulness in the heart - Ajahn Chah

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    Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg trained in Vipassana meditation under the 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 and currently manage and teach at the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Centre in Prague.


  • A Morning Of Mindful Eating (online)

    Teacher: Xenia Ayiotis
    Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Dates: 09:00am - 11:30am 

    xenia ayiotis 2019Food and eating can be a source of great joy, but it can also be a source of suffering. The pandemic has brought up challenges and many people have been turning to food for comfort. Mindful Eating increases our awareness around why, what, when and how we eat in a curious and non-judgemental way. The intention is to use a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us to why we eat and how we eat.

    In "A Morning of Mindful Eating”, we will look at:

    What exactly is Mindful Eating?
    How could you benefit from it?
    Introducing some Mindful Eating tools and practices.

    09:00 - 9:30 Arrival, Introduction and meditation
    9:30 - 11:00 An Introduction to Mindful Eating, Tools and Practices
    11:00 -11:30 Questions and closing meditation

    Join us on Zoom for a mini introduction to Mindful Eating and gently explore your relationship with food and eating.

    Please bring raisins and a piece of bread to be used as part of the practices.

    Sunday 24 January| 2.5 hours | 9:00-11:30am Register

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    Xenia Ayiotis is a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Life Coach and Mindful Eating Coach. She holds a Masters degree in languages from Wits University. Her passion lies in helping people to let go of the struggle around eating and to find peace in their relationship with food and their bodies. She is in private practice and offers workshops and 8-week programmes on Mindful And Intuitive Eating and Body Acceptance. See www.theartofmindfuleating.com