If this is your first retreat, read "How to retreat" first.
Step 1: Select a retreat
Note whether the retreat is in Noble Silence and/or an intensive meditation retreat.
Not all retreats are suitable for children (please check with the administrator).
Note the duration and surcharge (e.g. 2 days' accommodation plus R200)
Step 2: Choose your accommodation
Rates are per night and include all meals.
|A: Lodge 2 bedded room with shared bathrooms||7||R950||R1700||-|
|B: Lodge 1 bedded room with shared bathrooms||10||R950||-||-|
|C: Quarters single bedded room with en-suite||4||R1500||-||-|
|D: Cottage with lounge and a double bed with a single bed in alcove||1||R1800||R2700||R3900|
|E: Kuti en-suite room with double bed and valley view||1||R1800||R2600||-|
|F: Thatched Chalet 2 double bedded en-suite room with valley view||3||R1800||R2800||R3900|
|G-A: Lodge 2 bedded en-suite unit with a deck and view||1||R1800||R2600||-|
|G-B: Unit 2 bedded en-suite with small lounge area||2||R1800||R2600||-|
|H: House with lounge and a double bed en-suite with valley view||1||R1800||R2800||-|
|I: Garden Cottage with lounge, kitchenette, verandah and 2 x 1 bedded rooms||2||R1100||-||-|
|J: Garden Thatched Bungalow en-suite with double-bed and views||1||R1800||R2600||R3900|
Please view the accommodation page for more details and photos.
Step 3: Calculate your cost
The cost of your retreat will be the cost of your selected accommodation plus the surcharge*.
Daily rates include accommodation, lectures, all meals & teas, and VAT
- For stays 10 days or longer: 10%
- For stays 20 days to 6 weeks: 20%
Stays longer than 6 weeks are not available
The surcharges cover teachers’ travel expenses and the cost of materials used in some retreats.
In keeping with ancient Buddhist tradition, the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) are offered at the BRC at no charge. The teachers also receive no remuneration. The surcharges quoted only cover their travel expenses, and the cost of retreat materials. Some teachers rely solely on Dana for their livelihood. We always emphasise that without our Teachers, the Centre would be unthinkable. As enshrined in the Buddhist tradition, we therefore encourage you to offer Teacher’s Dana (Generosity) from your heart at the end of your retreat. Being a non-profit organization, the daily rates only cover running costs such as food, electricity and wages. The BRC Dana enables the Centre to maintain itself and finance further projects.
Step 4: Contact the centre
Please contact the centre on or call 082 579 3037 to establish if there are places on the retreat and what type of accommodation is available. We will then provide you with all details required to make the booking. The email will be used as your booking form.
If there is no space on the retreat you may be placed on a wait list. Wait-listed people often get a room at the last moment through cancellations.
Weekdays: 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00
Saturdays: 08:00 to 09:00 and 13:00 to 14:00
Sundays: 08:00 to 14:00
Step 5: Pay the deposit or full amount
No online booking system is available.
Please call or email to establish if your preferred type of accommodation is available. Provisional bookings are held for 3 days and are secured upon receipt of a 50% deposit.
Should you wish to attend a retreat that is fully booked at the time of your enquiry, you can request to be placed on a Waiting List. Wait-listed people can often get a room at the last moment as a result of cancellations.
Account: Buddhist Institute of S.A.
Branch: Ixopo (No: 220223)
Account No: 52555029829
For international payments:
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ or FIRNZAJJ824
Please use your NAME and RETREAT DATE
as reference on your payments e.g. NAME3-5FEB
The BRC has credit card facilities and you can pay for retreats using any credit card or debit card.
Please call the office on 066 395 4682 or 082 579 3037 should you wish to process a card payment telephonically.
Step 6: Prepare for the retreat
Deposits And Cancellation Policy
Please call or email to establish if your preferred type of accommodation is available.
- Deposits can be paid by credit card or EFT.
- Provisional bookings are held for 3 days and are secured upon receipt of a 50% deposit.
- If a booking is cancelled within 14 days or longer before the start of the retreat, a refund will be granted less a R250 administration charge.
- Cancellation less than 14 days before arrival: No Refund
- Cancellation less than 14 days before arrival for a double supplement: Full costs are liable
- In the case of exceptional circumstances, a deposit may be “rolled over” once for future retreats, provided it is used within 12 months of the cancellation.
- Departure whilst attending a self or conducted retreat: No Refund.
- If retreats are fully booked at the time of your enquiry, please request to be placed on a waiting list.
- Wait-listed people can often obtain a room at the last moment because of cancellations.