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January 2023
  • Three Wise Medicines For Living Your Life In The New Year

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 29 December 2022 - Monday 02 January 2023

    tsunma tsondruThe spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived - Thomas Merton

    New Year is a good time of the year to take stock and contemplate our moment-to-moment, here-and-now reality in all its fullness. It’s a traditional time for clarifying our motivations, and for starting afresh with new intentions. A time, in other words, to reboot the system. Give yourself the gift of time over this New Year period to collect the Three Wise Medicines of gratitude, ahimsa and contentment, to reflect on the past year, and uncover how you can best live your life in the coming year. During this time together we will let our body, speech and mind fall silent through the practice of meditation and silence. In working with the Three Wise Medicines, there will also be time for writing and contemplation, walking and ceremony especially outside in nature. We will welcome the New Year with a lantern-lit ceremony in the Zendo, chanting, ringing out the old year with an ancient Chinese temple gong. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of silence and introspection.

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    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She came across Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three-and-a-half-year retreat, followed by a second retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and is now its Executive Director. She spent a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with Macy’s “Work That Connects”, which she has offered in Cape Town. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.

  • Time To Focus And Tune Into 2023: Gently kickstart the new year with an ashram-style retreat offering qigong, hatha yoga, meditation and healing therapies

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru, Kugan Naidoo, Brett Vallis and Deborah Don
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 06 January 2023 - Sunday 08 January 2023

    tsunma tsondrukugan naidoo lotusbrett vallisdeborah donIt is difficult to make decisions about important issues in your life when you are immersed in them. You need some distance from them, physically and psychologically to see them clearly for what they are. Only then, can you gain a fresh perspective on them. So, if you feel you need a gentle, uncluttered space to tune into what lies ahead for you in 2023, this largely unstructured weekend will prove useful. Experience sunrise qigong, gentle hatha yoga sessions and meditation. The Centre is yours to enjoy, walking or bird-watching in three hundred acres of rolling hills and indigenous forests. Circumambulate the labyrinth and stupa, meditate in the Zen garden or in the Buddha Boma, and spend solitary time in the deer park and at the dam or  immerse yourself in the "Circle of Sound" in the Bamboo Grove. Deborah Don, a qualified Self-Esteem Coach and massage therapist, will be offering healing therapies by appointment. The BRC provides an ideal opportunity to be in a sympathetic space to reflect on the things that crowd one’s life and to experience what it is like to "just be".

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    Deborah Don, a qualified Self-Esteem Coach, and massage therapist, has been involved in the Health, the Easter and New Year retreats offered at the BRC over the last six years. She offers aromatherapy, energy balance and sound therapy, self-esteem coaching and foot, back and neck healing therapies.

    Kugan Naidoo has studied Yoga and more especially Hatha yoga (asana) informally since 1988. He has taught in Ashrams and temples on a very basic level, free of charge. His formal training began in 2014 and culminated in his 300 hr Yoga Teacher Training qualification. He holds a diploma in Yoga and certification from Yoga Alliance and co-organizes the International Day Of Yoga in Durban. He presents Yoga For The Wellness Series on a National Television channel and has been featured on radio programmes to share his knowledge.

    Brett Vallis is a qualified tai chi, shaolin and chi kung instructor who has been teaching for 30 years. His interest in Eastern philosophy started at the age of 14 when he attended his first retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre. He studied Chinese Martial Arts at the age of 20 under the tutelage of Jacques Bois, To Dei. Thereafter he opened his own school and the late Leslie James Reed, Sifu, became his teacher. After emigrating to the UK, he studied under Derek Frearson, Sigong. On returning to South Africa, he opened a school in Cape Town where he received his traditional Sifu title. He now resides and teaches in Margate in KwaZulu Natal.

    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She came across Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a molecular biologist, lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three-and-a-half-year retreat, followed by a second retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and as its Executive Director. In order to learn the Work That Reconnects, she travelled to San Francisco for a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with Macy’s Work That Connects. Tsondru offers this work, blending it with teachings on Engaged Buddhism, and traditional meditation practice. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.

  • Ten Day Vipassana Retreat

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 10 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 09 January 2023 - Thursday 19 January 2023

    jonathan preboyanna scharfenberg 2020Why must we undertake Vipassana meditation retreats? Because we search for happiness and want to liberate our mind from suffering. We go on a retreat to cleanse and disentangle our troubled lives and minds. This experience frees our mind - Ajahn Tong

    The retreat starts with an introduction on Monday evening and follows the original Stages of Insight for ten full days of meditation. The aim of insight meditation is to understand reality, to see things as they really are. The main tool of insight meditation is mindfulness: mindfulness of body, feelings and mind. Ajahn Tong states that “attending a meditation retreat is training in the power of mindfulness. With intensive practice the wandering, struggling and chaotic mind can become composed, peaceful, refreshed and purified of negative hindrances.” Retreatants are required to practise approximately ten hours per day (between 5 am and 10 pm), follow the Buddhist precepts and maintain respectful silence throughout the retreat. The BRC staff and teachers will provide their whole-hearted support, including daily reporting, loving-kindness meditation (Metta) and Dhamma talks. Maximum 12 students. This retreat will overlap with the weekend retreat (13-15) and the week retreat (15-19). 

    Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains - Ramana Maharshi

    The retreat will be limited to 12 participants.

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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.

  • Vipassana Meditation: How to realise ever-present mindfulness

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 13 January 2023 - Sunday 15 January 2023

    jonathan preboyanna scharfenberg 2020Thoughts 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 Vipassana Retreat: The search for truth

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 15 January 2023 - Thursday 19 January 2023

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    You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the processes of your own mind and feelings ... it gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying - Nelson Mandela - Mandela The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

    Vipassana (Insight) meditation uses mindfulness to search for the mental and emotional patterns that cause suffering. The aim is not merely to overcome suffering but to learn how to wake up and be fully alive in the present moment. This four-day retreat is an opportunity to deepen meditation practice using the traditional Buddhist method of Ajahn Tong. Meditators are encouraged to stay for the entire course but may also stay for a shorter time and beginners are welcome to learn how to start Vipassana meditation. Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting practice (both in the meditation hall and outside in the forest), by maintaining awareness during normal activities such as eating, showering, dressing and supported by daily interviews with a teacher. The retreat will be held in silence.

    What is looking is what you are looking for - St. Francis of Assisi

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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.

  • Gardening For Happiness: The Basics Of Gardening

    Teacher: Chris Dalzell
    Cost: 2 days accommodation plus R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 20 January 2023 - Sunday 22 January 2023

    chris dalzellThey say that 'your life begins the day you start a garden'. If you are looking for some green thumb inspiration and motivation, join Christopher Dalzell for a fun-filled weekend of basic gardening tips where you will learn the practice and art of gardening. The weekend will entail plant identification and plant selection of trees, shrubs, ground covers and bulbs. He will show you how to prepare a flower bed and how to lay out your plants, and how to plant trees and other plants and their maintenance. Chris will advise on plant propagation showing the different forms of cuttings, seed sowing and dividing large plants and the pruning of shrubs and trees. He will also highlight the importance of soil and how to rejuvenate a nutrient-depleted soil and deal with pest and diseases. Growing and maintaining indoor plants will also be covered. Experience all this - and more - and celebrate the BRC's gardens and its green spaces.

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    Chris Dalzell was Curator of the Durban Botanical Gardens where he was in charge of special collections. He has studied, lectured and travelled internationally, collecting plant specimens from USA, Canada, Brazil, S.E. Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For many years he guided the South African exhibition at the international Chelsea Flower Show where his stall was consistently awarded Gold and Silver-Gilt Medals. He was appointed Assistant Director for the development of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. He currently runs his own landscaping business Chris Dalzell Landscapes.

  • The Way Of Ubuntu: Exploring traditional South African healing

    Teacher: John Lockley and Nomusa Mthembu
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 27 January 2023 - Monday 30 January 2023

    john lockleynomsa mthembuParticipants will experience a traditional South African healing ceremony over three days during which they will learn to connect to their Ancestors (bones), Dreams, 'Umoya' (spirit) and one another. 'Ubuntu' means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. It is a circle of interlinking relationships connecting the seen and unseen worlds. The ceremony will involve a plant cleanse, using medicinal plants to cleanse the spirit and open the heart. Included will be an in-depth discussion on 'African cosmology' and the understanding of ancestors, plant medicine and dreaming. Retreatants will learn one of the most ancient and misunderstood cultures in South Africa today - the Sangoma medicine people, the monks and nuns of Southern Africa. The retreat will focus on educating people about South African traditional spirituality and also lead participants on a spiritual journey to rediscover their own ‘soul’ or what is termed ‘umoya’ in Xhosa/ Zulu culture. This is a unique opportunity as there are very few places in South Africa today where people can learn from this mystical tradition. 'Ubuntu' in essence represents harmony and is similar to the Zen circle. Linking the past and present, it is an evolving state of co-operation and compassion whereby every human being is linked to their own families and communities as well as the unseen world of ancestors. John will be assisted by his colleague Makhosi Nomusa who is the resident Zulu Sangoma. Please bring a plastic basin which will be used for medicinal foot healing, a dream journal, pen and paper to take notes, a meditation blanket and an open mind. This retreat is suitable for all therapists, healers and those with a desire to heal South Africa.

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    John Lockley is a traditionally trained sangoma from the Xhosa culture, with over 21 years' experience. He was taught the essence of 'Ubuntu' by his Xhosa elders in the Eastern Cape and has lectured and run retreats all over the world stressing the importance of 'Ubuntu' ('Humanness') and our need to unite as a human race and reconnect to our "blood and bones". The name he was given by his Xhosa teacher MaMngwevu in 1996 was 'Ucingolweendaba' which means "The messenger or bridge between people and cultures". This is an auspicious name and reflects his calling and mission to help bridge African spirituality and western psychology. John also has a background in Zen Buddhism and was a Zen student under the late Zen Master Su Bong from South Korea. His book Leopard's Warrior is an account of his pioneering journey in crossing the 'rubicon' or divide between white and black people in South Africa. This will be John's 6th retreat at the BRC and every year there are amazing stories of healing and transformation.

    Nomusa Mthembu has been a traditional healer and Sangoma since 2001. She lives in the Chibini community where she meets monthly with other traditional healers for traditional ceremonies. She has been a valued BRC staff member for twenty-one years.

February 2023
  • Happy Healthy Yoga For Healing And Harmony

    Teacher: Margot McMaster
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 February 2023 - Sunday 05 February 2023

    margot mcmasterJoin Margot for a yoga retreat where we explore our innate strength and vitality in order to deepen and develop serenity in our minds. We will connect them with the flow of breath and mindful awareness. Enjoy a progressive sequence of extended yoga classes, comprising dynamic vinyāsa, 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 cultivating calmness of mind. We will work in Krama (progressive stages). The retreat is suitable for 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 Vinyāsa 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, where she taught in its studios, as well as 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.

  • Getting To Know The Birds At The BRC: 160 Birds of a feather

    Teacher: Steve Davis
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 February 2023 - Sunday 12 February 2023

    steve davisJoin Steve for an enjoyable weekend of identifying some of the BRC’s 160 species of birds  - including the summer residents, the rare Blue Swallow, Knysna Turaco and Emerald Cuckoo. Wake up to birdsong and walk the verdant hills and meadows close to where the Blue Swallows nest. The BRC has been awarded “Private Nature Reserve” status by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for its conservation of the Blue Swallow and its pristine mistbelt grasslands. Included will be talks, slide shows, qigong, meditation and some quiet time communing with nature. Bring your binoculars and a sunhat.

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    Steve Davis has been watcing birds since moving to South Africa in 1975, and has travelled in most parts of southern Africa and many countries around the world. He has presented numerous talks and courses on birds, served on the BirdLife Port Natal Committee and is a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Rare Birds Committee. He has written two books with his late friend, Roy Cowgill - one on the birds of Durban reserves and one on shorebirds identification. He is a keen wildlife enthusiast, having expanded his interests to butterflies, dragonflies, trees and flowers. He is a Chemical Engineer by profession, having gained a M.Sc.Eng (Chem) at the University of Natal, Durban, and is currently Research and Development Manager at the Sugar Milling Research Institute in Durban.

  • Creative Intuition Retreat

    Teacher: Theresa Hardman
    Cost: 2 days + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 February 2023 - Sunday 19 February 2023

    theresa hardmanThe great [artist]…. moves effortlessly… from some unknown centre
    which is certainly not the brain centre but which is definitely a centre,
    a centre connected with the rhythm of the whole universe, and consequently
    as sound, unshakable, as defiant, anarchic, purposeless, as the universe itself - Henry Miller

    Theresa will re-introduce you to the world of intuition, which was your primal and most natural way of knowing the world as a child. We will withdraw from the world of busyness and hustle and slow down. The intuitive way of being has been the focus of Theresa’s attention over the last fifteen years during which she has tried to understand the fleeting and fragile experience of intuition during the creative process which occurs when we surrender and let go of the thinking mind. The experience of creative intuition is characterised by moments of mysterious potentiality and open-ended suggestiveness which generate new and original thoughts, sounds, images and actions. It is to these original and highly personal points of potential that you, a creative person, will constantly return for inspiration as you attempt to express in the medium of your choice (words, paint, music) your original contribution to the world. We will begin with a discussion about what exactly intuition is, and more specifically how it functions during the creative process. Ways of nurturing creative intuition will be suggested, and it is these ways of being which we will be nurturing during the retreat. We will start every day with some gentle qigong to bring ourselves into our bodies, and then - 
    we will talk
    we will walk
    we will observe
    we will write
    we will draw
    we will paint
    and we will move…

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    Theresa Hardman is an artist, designer, dancer and architect who is curious, complex and playful. She runs a small art and design studio with her husband, Mark (also an architect) in Port Elizabeth. Having taught design and drawing at university for twenty-six years, she is passionate about nurturing creativity in all forms and facilitates art classes and retreats for adults, as well as creativity workshops. Her work and her teaching methods have mostly been influenced by Zen and Taoism and their interface with Western philosophy, psychology and creativity. She has immersed herself for decades in research on intuition and creativity, culminating in a PhD entitled “Creative Intuition: Perspectives from Eastern and Western Philosophy”. She is passionate about sharing her findings with others and works in various visual art mediums, preferring the fluidity and spontaneity of ink and other water-based mediums. She loves to dance on paper and through space.

  • Shine your Light : An Integrative Astrology Retreat Combining Astrology, SoulCollage® And Yoga

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas and Duncan Rice
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 February 2023 - Sunday 26 February 2023

    corinna botoulas2020duncanrice fullDuring this retreat, Cor and Duncan will connect you to your inner light and wisdom, discovering the archetype of your Sun - the masculine, yang, extroverted outward-radiating nature of your being, and the Moon - the feminine yin, receptive, internalized, reflective nature. Cor translates the language of Astrology, working with your natal birth chart's Sun and Moon to guide your journey of self-discovery. We awaken to our life's potential by empowering the soul's inner knowing, including self-tolerance, acceptance, compassion, love, joy. SoulCollage© imageboards creation and intuitive, experiential astrological exercises connect us to the cosmic divine soul. Duncan will balance these two subtle energies to create equilibrium and reflection in body, mind and soul. For example, Ha=Sun yoga develops power and confidence while Tha=Moon yoga develops a calm mind.

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    Corinna Botoulas was fascinated with Astrology early in life and began formalizing her passion through studies culminating in a distinction in her Astrology Diploma with the Rod Suskin School of Astrology. She realized Astrology is an insightful tool to recognize unique personalized individuality. She believes that a deeper self-understanding, self-compassion and self-tolerance of one's capabilities and weaknesses minimize suffering while accentuating life's benefits. She is also a qualified SoulCollage© facilitator.

    Duncan Rice offers community-based yoga at "Yogam Yoga" in Durban. He has studied and lived in India for many years and has  followed the teachings of Patanjali (Ashtanga Yoga), Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga which are laid down in some of the oldest texts of yoga. His yoga is rooted in ancient tradition passed down by the teachers over thousands of years teaching that we are a multi-layered being from our physical body to your subtle body. Yoga is about creating health and equilibrium in our body, calming the mind and allowing us to be in touch and at peace with our true self.

  • Qigong From The Daoist Mountain Wudang: Energy - Vastness - Stillness

    Teacher: Max Weier
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 28 February 2023 - Thursday 02 March 2023

    max weierThese practices are designed to cleanse, strengthen and expand the energy body with its subtle channels and centres. From a state of heaviness and contraction we will move to a state of pure vibration, lightness, spaciousness and stillness. Eventually we will get a glimpse of our true nature.

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    Max Weier resides in Switzerland and has been studying and practising various Buddhist traditions - Taoist disciplines and Vedanta - for the past forty years. He has been teaching worldwide for the last twenty years. He is an author on the subjects of ch’i kung and Taoism.

     
March 2023
  • Healing Qigong For Health And Vitality

    Teacher: Dr Hu Jin-Yun
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 March 2023 - Sunday 05 March 2023

    dr hu jinyun smlExplore this ancient Chinese practice that boosts one’s health and vitality. Participants will learn the key techniques of how to master qigong and incorporate it into their daily lives, effortlessly. These techniques are easy to learn, are useful and powerful. The healing power of qigong works on both the physical and spiritual level - if it is done correctly. These techniques include breathing, timing, warm ups, postures, movement and mind projection. Dr Hu will also introduce some Chinese medicine for detoxing, lowering cholesterol, decreasing body fat and relieving water retention. This retreat is designed to suit beginners, as well as those who have practised qigong previously.

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    Dr Hu Jin-Yun is a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in China. He is a registered Acupuncture Practitioner at the AHSPCA, as well as the BHF in South Africa. He received his PhD Degree in medicine from the Heilongjiang Chinese Medicine University in China. Apart from his medical and academic studies, Dr Hu has been practising Tai-Chi Quan, and Qigong in Taiwan since 1995. He currently lives in Somerset West in the Cape. He has his own private TCM clinic, the Helderberg Acupuncture And Healing Centre, where he practises this ancient art form of Traditional Chinese healing. He regularly presents seminars to the SAACMA (South African Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture) and has been lecturing at the Juniata College in America since 2013.

  • Yin And Yang: A Yoga Retreat: Release, Relax And Restore

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 March 2023 - Sunday 12 March 2023

    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.

     
  • Pranayama Yoga

    Teacher: Cheryl Lancellas
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 12 March 2023 - Friday 17 March 2023

    cheryl lancellasWe like to think of Devahiti Yoga as an all-encompassing yogic system founded on the traditional disciplines, while simultaneously embracing the exciting, and ever expanding, new developments in yoga. Continued education and a passion for Pranayama, has led to many “aha” moments around breathwork and healthy breathing. Join Cheryl for 5 days of yoga and meditational breathwork to enhance your health. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of silence.

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    Cheryl Lancellas, co-founder of Devahiti, has trained in dance, yoga, personal training, meditation, physical therapy, fascial release, massage, polarity, reiki and pranic healing.This unique combination of modalities has been a most effective way to work with clients experiencing pain and to assist them along their path of self-healing - and has culminated in Devahiti, a combination of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, body work and sound therapy. Devahiti, or “Divine Order”, was born out of a desire to amalgamate a lifetime of traditional yoga practice and teachings, with a body-alignment practice, which has its roots primarily in yoga, polarity therapy and ayurveda. Yoga has been in Cheryl’s life for decades and it is what she depends on for guidance towards divine order (Devahiti).

  • From Fear To Fundamental Well-Being: Healing Relaxation, Yoga and Meditation

    Teacher: Albert Osel (Buhr)
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 March 2023 - Tuesday 21 March 2023

    albert st mammes oselAlbert Osel (Buhr) will offer a relaxation retreat with methods to soothe and balance the nervous system, and heal the mind from excessive negative thought patterns. Counteracting the contractions of chronic stress will help participants access states of bliss, clarity, peace and kindness.

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    Albert St Mammes Osel travelled the world to learn the best methods for subduing the stress response, after he recovered from debilitating anxiety himself.  A former novice monk, he now runs workshops for people struggling with severe anxiety, and facilitates mindfulness programs in the corporate environment. As a member of Harvard's Langer Mindfulness Institute he has taken his workshops to an international audience. His book, Angel of Fear, was published in 2016.

     
  • Pathways To Dao: Qigong – Meditation – Wisdom

    Teacher: Max Weier
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 21 March 2023 - Thursday 23 March 2023

    max weierQigong exercises alternate with meditation practices from Daoism and Zen. Movement, stillness and the teachings and contemplation of the ancient wisdom traditions of the East flow seamlessly into one another. We taste the boundlessness of our true nature - the Dao.
    Noble silence will be observed from the last session in the evening until mid-morning the next day.

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    Max Weier resides in Switzerland and has been studying and practising various Buddhist traditions - Taoist disciplines and Vedanta - for the past forty years. He has been teaching worldwide for the last twenty years. He is an author on the subjects of ch’i kung and Taoism.

     
  • Yin And Restorative Yoga

    Teacher: Phumla Shongwe
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 March 2023 - Sunday 26 March 2023

    phumla shongwe2021If you feel worn out, stressed and depleted in these challenging times, then a nurturing Yin Yoga retreat is just what you need. This restorative retreat will replenish and heal you physically, mentally and emotionally. Yin yoga is a more meditative type of yoga where the postures are held while your body is supported with props, allowing you to relax, to breathe into the stretching and gravity to do its work. The slower, meditative pace gives you the opportunity to turn inwards, to breathe mindfully and to be at ease within your yourself.

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    Phumla Shongwe is a qualified yoga teacher and healer. She began her yoga journey in 2007 as a student and completed her first teacher training in 2011 qualifying as an Ashtanga yoga teacher. She also teaches Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and Children’s yoga. She is currently completing her Kundalini yoga teacher training level 2, while also embarking on a two year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with the Sounds True Foundation in the USA. She encourages her students to reach beyond their perceived limitations to achieve their full potential.

  • Meditation In Daily Life: How To Develop Wisdom, Happiness And Freedom In Our Life With Meditation

    Teacher: Bhante Sukhacitto and Beth Faria
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R600 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 March 2023 - Wednesday 05 April 2023

    bhante sukhacittoelizabeth fariaIn this retreat we develop mindfulness in silent sitting meditation, walking, but also using the practice of Insight Dialogue to develop insight. In dialogue meditation we explore and contemplate in the presence of relevant Dhamma topics in order to understand how things really are. The aim is to use all our life's experiences to develop wholesome qualities such as kindness and compassion and to cultivate spiritual friendship. We try to put the Noble Eightfold Path into practice. The retreat will be mostly held in noble silence and is suitable for beginners. More information: www.insightdialogue.org

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    Bhante Sukhacitto is an Insight Dialogue teacher. He was born in Germany in 1963 and first came into contact with Buddhism in 1986 in Thailand when he attended a meditation retreat in Wat Suan Mokkh. He ordained there as a novice in 1989 and as a monk in 1990. He moved to the West in 1993 where he has lived at various monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in Switzerland and UK. His first Insight Dialogue retreat was in 2005; he was amazed by the powerful experience of meditating together with other people. Since 2010 he has been teaching Insight Dialogue worldwide and was trained by Gregory Kramer and other teachers. In his experience, interpersonal meditation is an extremely helpful aid for the development of wisdom. It bridges the gap between traditional silent meditation and our everyday lives and relations with other people. For three years he ran a small Dhamma Centre, House of Noble Friendship, in his hometown.  

    Elizabeth Faria is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She has taught online programs, as well as workshops and retreats in Australia and Brazil. Practising meditation
    since 1996, she has trained with a Burmese meditation master and in the Thai Forest tradition. She is a graduate of the Australian Association of Buddhist
    Counsellors and Psychotherapists Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist for the last thirty years working with intergenerational trauma. She has long been interested in the integration of The Noble Eightfold Path with the whole life experience, and in the practice of the liberating teachings on satipatthana and of the brahmaviharas. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.

April 2023
  • Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Embracing grief and gratitude with compassion

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 7 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 April 2023 - Friday 14 April 2023

    sue cooper 2021The silent Easter long-weekend Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion Retreat is now being offered either as a 4 night Easter Weekend retreat or as an extended 7 nights for those who want a longer and deeper retreat experience and will provide an opportunity to integrate the experiences of grief and gratitude that we all have been confronted with during this time of uncertainty.

    Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of Compassion, who "Listens to the cries of the world at ease" we will strengthen our capacity to be with things as they are unfolding. After establishing a calm and grounded body, heart and mind, we will focus on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) meditation and the deepening of compassionate wisdom. These practices connect us with our authentic presence, strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust. In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence, we will learn how to transform the viciousness of the inner critic, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment and fear. As we discover how to internalise the archetypal good-enough mother, represented by Kuan Yin, we will develop the courage and trust which allow us to honour our vulnerability without fear or shame. When we can embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we can live more authentically and more courageously, so that healing and awakening can occur.

    This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of qigong (chi kung) movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will be time for silent, mindful walks in nature when you can explore the beauty of the Centre. Additional optional yoga and possibly massages will be offered - details to be confirmed nearer the time.

    A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is requested and highly recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R975 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.

    Please contact Sue on to arrange a time and see her fee details here: https://stillmindretreats.com/event/retreat-embracing-grief-and-gratitude-with-compassion/

    CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: to be confirmed in 2022.

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    Sue Cooper is a Cape Town-based Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice since the early 1990's. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between psychological and spiritual approaches to self-discovery and inner healing, and has attended Buddhist meditation retreats, mainly in the Theravada tradition, for over 30 years, both in South Africa and at Gaia House in the UK. She has been inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition, and is deeply grateful to her primary teachers: the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor. She has a particular interest in exploring how our practice enables us to embrace our humanness, integrating love and loss in our lives, so that we can live and die with compassionate awareness. She offers weekend and longer retreats throughout South Africa at Temenos, Mont Fleur, Blue Butterfly and Somerset Gift in the Western Cape; Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre and the Buddhist Retreat Centre in KwaZulu Natal; and Emoyeni Retreat Centre in the North West Province, as well as 6-8 week "Open the Heart and Still the Mind" courses, on-going weekly groups and monthly half-day/day retreats in Cape Town See: https://stillmindretreats.com and please contact .

  • Follow The Rainbow To Wholesome Health

    Teacher: Debbie Rich and Sascha Türk
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 April 2023 - Sunday 16 April 2023

    debbie rich2022sascha turkFollowing on the success of their 'vegan ventures' at the BRC, Debbie and Sascha are offering a fresh and updated version of their "Wholesome, plant-based eating and holistic mind, body and breath workshop." We are all in need of paying close attention to our body through healthy eating, breathing and exercise. This retreat is ideal for those who want to make the change-over and need guidance, and motivation. Learn how to make nutritious superfood treats and vegan ice creams that are bursting with flavour and one hundred percent healthy, and guilt-free vegan chocolate. There will be an assortment of ideas to inspire you from nutritious soups, unique dips to mouth-watering mains - a rainbow on your plate. Debbbie will show you how to make life-changing meals and Sascha how to make your body strong and how to breath correctly. Included in this retreat will be sunrise yoga, meditation, breathwork and pilates, the yin-yang of health, where "belly strengthening is a perfect balance to belly-nourishing".

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    Debbie Rich who founded Out To Lunch And Wholesome Cafe is not your average vegan. The energetic proponent for healthy living is passionate about plant-based food and living a wholesome life. Her purpose is to help those who want to make the change-over to a vegan lifestyle to do so wisely. She creates art on a plate with every meal and loves to share her recipes and ideas.

    Sascha Türk is a Pilates and Yoga teacher. She is a third generation classically trained Pilates teacher in the New York Method and has been teaching Pilates since 2005 from her studio in Durban North. She attained her Introductory Level certificate for Iyengar yoga in 2019. Her love for movement, health, and keen interest in the human body has taken her on a journey towards health and harmony.

  • The Healing Art Of Reiki (Level 1), Yoga And Meditation: Heal the body, relax the mind

    Teacher: Katherine Fillmore and Jade Morey
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 April 2023 - Sunday 23 April 2023

    katherine fillmore2020jade moreyIn the beautiful surroundings of Ixopo, enjoy a revitalizing, relaxing weekend of gentle yoga, breath work, meditation and reiki. Reiki is the ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and uses the "life force energy" that flows through us. The word 'reiki' comprises of 'rei' which means 'God's higher power' and 'ki' which is 'life force energy'. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and has great beneficial effects. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery. This practice reduces stress, awakens deep relaxation, peace and self-awareness, improves sleep, eliminates depression, enhances your immune system, prompting contentedness and balance in your life. Reiki healing can be extended to all areas of your life, including your children and animals.

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    Katherine Fillmore is a qualified Hatha yoga teacher and reiki healer. She has been teaching yoga for over ten years and has a yoga studio in Kalk Bay. Before working as a yoga teacher, she was a professional photographer and writer. Currently, she channels her creative energy into painting. In her free time you can find her at Muizenberg surfing. She married her high school sweetheart and has two children (almost adults) and a cat named Luna.

    Jade Morey is a yoga teacher, reiki healer and dancer whose passion is assisting those who seek healing. She qualified as a Reiki Master in 2017 under Katherine’s mentorship and is currently co-facilitating workshops with her. Her goal is to share the gift of reiki and yoga with others.

  • Deepening The Healing Art Of Reiki: Reiki (Levels 2 and 3), yoga and meditation

    Teacher: Katherine Fillmore and Jade Morey
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 23 April 2023 - Thursday 27 April 2023

    katherine fillmore2020jade moreyReiki Level 2
    At this level of reiki practice, you will learn to apply the healing effects of reiki on others. Two more sacred symbols will be passed onto you: the Distance Healing Symbol and the Emotional Healing Symbol. You will learn how to use reiki as a means of empowering others.

    Reiki Level 3
    At this level you will make a commitment to reiki in your life and progress to become a Reiki Master. You will receive the Master Symbol and the Tibetan Fire Serpent Symbol which are used during the Master attunement process. You will learn how to pass this attunement to others, and to take on students of your own. Some Reiki Masters never teach reiki, but they are able to use the Master energy on others and apply it in their own lives.

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    Katherine Fillmore is a qualified Hatha yoga teacher and reiki healer. She has been teaching yoga for over ten years and has a yoga studio in Kalk Bay. Before working as a yoga teacher, she was a professional photographer and writer. Currently, she channels her creative energy into painting. In her free time you can find her at Muizenberg surfing. She married her high school sweetheart and has two children (almost adults) and a cat named Luna.

    Jade Morey is a yoga teacher, reiki healer and dancer whose passion is assisting those who seek healing. She qualified as a Reiki Master in 2017 under Katherine’s mentorship and is currently co-facilitating workshops with her. Her goal is to share the gift of reiki and yoga with others.

  • Reclaim Your Power: A journey to inner balance

    Teacher: Heike Sym
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 April 2023 - Monday 01 May 2023

    heike sym2020We all have inner guidance and knowledge, but we don't always know how to access it and use it as the incredible gift it is. We are constantly trying to keep up with the ever-increasing pace and demands of our lives which leaves us with high stress levels and exhausted. On this retreat we will fortify our spirit, embrace our personal power, and allow our light to shine brightly again, the way the universe intended. Through talks, meditation, group work, transformational exercises, relaxation and conversation, we will journey back to our centre - to our most natural and balanced state of being. Deepening our connection with our inner self allows us to stand strong in our own personal power in the here and now. We will learn to listen less to the limiting, fear-based voices of our mind, and start aligning with our intuition, to our core that already knows that we are born as an unstoppable and magnificent force.

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    Heike Sym was born in Bavaria, Germany, and fell in love with South Africa when she arrived in 1993 to volunteer as a Child Care Worker. She specialised in behaviour and learning difficulties and as a Montessori therapist, trainer and counsellor. She taught at St Philomena's Children's home in Durban for over 16 years and was involved in social outreach projects associated with it. She has also taught and counselled at primary schools and has continued to develop her spiritual interests over the years. She is now embracing her calling as a medium, energy healer, numerologist, metaphysical profiler and teacher. She gives regular talks, courses and interviews on radio, and offers individual sessions.