How to book

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 8 R950 R1700 -
B: Lodge – 1 bedded room with shared bathrooms 9 R950 - -
C: Quarters - single bedded room with en-suite 4 R1300 - -
D: Cottage - with lounge and a double bed with a single bed in alcove 1 R1700 R2400 R3300
E: Kuti - double-bedded en-suite unit with valley views 1 R1700 R2400 -
F: Thatched Chalet - 2 double bedded en-suite room with valley view 3 R1800 R2600 R3600
G: Lodge - 2 bedded en-suite unit 2 R1700 R2400
G: Cottage - 2 bedded cottage with separate lounge 1 R1700 R2400
H: House with lounge and a double bed en-suite with views 1 R1800 R2600 -

Explanation: 2 persons rate is the total for the room per night i.e. each person pays half.

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. 

Dana (Generosity)

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.

Office Hours during the week are 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00. 

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.

Payment methods

Bank deposit:

Account: Buddhist Institute of S.A.
Bank: FNB
Branch: Ixopo (No: 220223)
Account No: 52555029829

For international payments:

Please use your NAME and RETREAT DATE
as reference on your payments e.g. NAME3-5FEB

Card payments:

The BRC has credit card facilities and you can pay for retreats using any credit card or debit card.

Step 6: Prepare for the retreat

Read our general information for retreatants
Obtain directions to the BRC

Deposits And Cancellation Policy

Please call or email to establish if your preferred type of accommodation is available.

  1. Provisional bookings are held for 3 days and are secured upon receipt of a 50% deposit.
  2. If a booking is cancelled within 2 weeks of the start of the retreat, a refund will be granted less a R150 administration charge, otherwise deposits will be forfeited.
  3. In the case of exceptional circumstances, such a deposit may be “rolled over” for future retreats, provided it is used within 6 months of the cancellation.
  4. Last minute cancellations will not be refunded.
  5. Deposits can be paid by credit card or into our bank account.   
  6. Once a retreatant is on retreat and wishes to leave early, no refunds will be made.
  7. If retreats are fully booked at the time of your enquiry, please request to be placed on a waiting list.
  8. Wait-listed people can often obtain a room at the last moment because of cancellations.