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Detailed List of Retreats

"Doing Your Own Thing" Self Retreats are available throughout the year between the Conducted Retreats (and occasionally on weekends).

These retreats are in Noble Silence.

22 June 2018
  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging the body into shape and health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2, 4 or 6 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 June 2018 - Sunday 24 June 2018

    judy_farahThe upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. However, our sedentary, western lifestyle has stiffened our limbs and spine to such an extent that many people find the yoga asanas (poses) difficult to perform. Iyengar yoga evolved to deal with this problem - safely, without forcing the body into harmful contortions. Iyengar uses simple, but carefully calibrated props and other supports to achieve postures that would otherwise be unattainable except after years of practice. This retreat is suitable for beginners and for those who may have practised other forms of yoga. The weekend retreat is an introduction to the Iyengar method. For those who wish to consolidate their practice to a deeper level, the additional 4 day retreat is strongly recommended (24-28 June).

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    Judy Farah has taught the Iyengar method of yoga for 13 years. She attended a number of intensive teaching workshops at the Ramamani Institute in Puna, India, under the direct tutelage of the living exponent of this method, Guru Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geetaji.

24 June 2018
  • Iyengar Yoga: Deepening your practice

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 24 June 2018 - Thursday 28 June 2018

    judy_farahThe upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. But our sedentary, western lifestyle has stiffened our limbs and spine to such an extent that many people find the yoga asanas (poses) difficult to perform. Iyengar yoga evolved to deal with this problem - safely, without forcing the body into harmful contortions. Iyengar uses simple, but carefully calibrated props and other supports to achieve postures that would otherwise be unattainable except after years of practice. This retreat is suitable for beginners, for those who may have practised other forms of yoga and for  for those who wish to consolidate their practice and take it to a deeper level.

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    Judy Farah has taught the Iyengar method of yoga for 13 years. She attended a number of intensive teaching workshops at the Ramamani Institute in Puna, India, under the direct tutelage of the living exponent of this method, Guru Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geetaji.

29 June 2018
  • Negative Emotions Keep Tripping Us Up: Is there a way to liberate ourselves from them?

    Teacher: Melanie Polatinsky
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 June 2018 - Sunday 01 July 2018

    dr melanie polatinsky smlWe tend to view ourselves as our negative emotions and to react to external circumstances and other people in terms of what they make us feel, rather than with pure perception. This means that we often feel victimised and helpless in responding differently. This retreat will focus on the five main negative emotions, anger, pride, delusion, attachment and jealousy and how depression, anxiety, insecurity, self-pity, and a host of other feelings emerge from these five. Buddhism takes these, and teaches us to examine them in their true light as impermanent and without solidity, not as we have been conditioned to view them in western psychological models. Using meditation techniques, and beginning to understand the vast potential of our true nature of mind, we learn to stop responding as victims, and to go along a path of healing, transforming and later even liberating ourselves from these poisons completely.

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    Melanie Polatinsky is a psychotherapist, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been empowered to teach by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery, in Scotland. She has worked,  taught and conducted retreats in a variety of fields for the past 45 years. These include meditation, dream work, death and dying, bereavement, inner child work, relationships, karma and reincarnation, inner peace, the five Wisdoms, discovering your true potential, and many other Buddhist topics including a Dzogchen View of life. She has done several self-retreats in India at Palpung Sherabling Monastery. She runs a Tibetan Samye Dzong Centre in Johannesburg and is involved in ongoing teaching in the above fields as well as many aspects of Vajrayana practice. She also teaches a Bardo group to train people in the death and dying teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as extensive direct work with the dying and their families. She has a private practice in psychotherapy with a Buddhist approach.

06 July 2018
  • Rejuvenating The BRC: A family retreat with children in mind

    Teacher: Sheila Berry, Lihle Mbokazi and Sipho Msiya
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    children (up to the age of independence): 50% discount
    Dates: Friday 06 July 2018 - Tuesday 10 July 2018

    sheila-berrylihle-zulusipho-msiyaCome and join us for some serious fun and adventure this winter!  Spend 4 days filled with games and stories, nature walks, making art and toasting marshmallows under the stars in the beautiful environment of the BRC. This is a family retreat aimed at children of school-going age (10 and up) and offers a basic introduction to Buddhist thought and practice as well as guidance for parents and children to explore spirituality through connecting with nature and creative expression. Children must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent.

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    Sheila Berryis an ecotherapist and wilderness psychologist who reconnects people to the Earth as the source of physical, mental, psychological and spiritual well-being and health. For the past two years, she has headed the Save Our iMfolozi Wilderness campaign and worked closely with the Fuleni communities to prevent Ibutho Coal’s proposed open cast mine on the boundary of the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, a rhino sanctuary. Her work with indigenous people in Africa, particularly hunter-gatherer communities and rural Zulu Communities, has been a vital source of inspiration for her.

    Lihle Mbokazi’s passion and compassion for the Earth, all creatures and for people who are suffering, pushed her from her humble beginnings to becoming the first Zulu woman wilderness trail guide with the Wilderness Leadership School. Her enthusiasm for Wilderness has taken her to the UK and the World Wilderness Congress in Spain. She is currently working for EarthLore in KZN as a community animator, engaging with the elders and gleaning wisdom from them. She co-founded FezaFunda, an environmental education centre at the beautiful Kei mouth in the Eastern Cape and is part of the Zulu Trail Team that exposes young students to the culture and traditions of rural Zulu families. She is currently studying psychology.

    Sipho Msiya’s love for nature and plants started when he was at school. In the afternoons, over the weekends and holidays, he worked at the local nursery in Howick. When he left school, he was employed by the Dusi-uMngeni Conservation Trust in their alien clearing programme along the banks of streams and rivers. When Beacon Hill, a 40 ha gem of mist-belt grassland in Howick that supports many critically endangered plants, needed to be cleared of invasive aliens, Sipho was the obvious choice to direct this project. More recently, he  become a trail guide with the Zulu Trails.

10 July 2018
  • Awakening The Writer In You: The art of writing from the heart

    Teacher: Elana Bregin
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + cost of workshop
    Dates: Tuesday 10 July 2018 - Friday 13 July 2018
    elana breginThe words Listen and Silent have the same letters - Michelle McClunan, Creative Therapist, Astrologer and NLP Practitioner

    The creative act of writing involves much more than plotting a good storyline and putting the right words together. It is a process of reflection, mindful observation - an engagement with yourself and the world around you at the deepest and most satisfying levels of awareness. It is also a potent healing tool that can give you the objective distance to detach yourself from your over-familiar internal script and see your life in different and wider perspective. This writing workshop will suit anyone with a creative itch to scratch, even if you don't have an actual story in mind. Whether your intention is to write a personal memoir, fictionalised novel or simply to renew your creative fire, the retreat is designed to offer creative support and give you the tools and insights to accomplish your writing goal. It will explore both the practical strategies of getting your story written and the inspirational aspects that fuel it. In the beautiful setting of BRC hills, sky, birds, trees, wind chimes and stars, overseen by the untroubled serenity of the Buddha statue, we will open our senses – and heart chakras - and start the conversation with our deeper selves that silent attention enables. We will begin the process of finding, clarifying and shaping the story we really want to tell. And learn how to use the different stages of the writing process to our advantage. There will be periods of silent reflection, group sharing and active writing, as well as individual consultation slots for those who are feeling stuck. We will undertake meditative walks, sensory sitting, and other activities that feed the creative spirit in us. For more information and cost contact Elana Bregin: 0714930791 or elana.bregin@gmail.com

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    Elana Bregin is a seasoned author, editor and creative-workshop facilitator whose creative output includes both fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, radio drama and more. She has been dancing with words since she first learnt how to write them and had her first piece, a poem, published at the age of 8. In her 11 years of working as a publishing-house editor she accompanied many authors – both novice and experienced – on the journey to published success and gained valuable coaching expertise. Her own writing journey through the years has given her insight into the intimate processes of story-writing and its ability to reconnect us with both personal meaning and the wider currents of life in which we are embedded. She has been a BRC attendee for many years and has been privileged to be part of a number of enlightening and enriching retreats.

     
13 July 2018
  • How To Draw What You See: A pen and ink sketching retreat

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 13 July 2018 - Sunday 15 July 2018

    louis van loonYou don’t have to be, or become, an artist to be able to sketch what is in front of you.  Everybody can see that some things are shorter than others or to the left or right of something else. So you simply draw it like that.  All you need is one eye and two fingers. Participants in this workshop  will be taken through a series of simple practice sessions in this type of “Seeing-Drawing”, after which they will draw a variety of subjects - from still life  to landscape scenes and portraits - all in the space of a weekend. Sketching is one of the loveliest of skills anybody can acquire. You can take your pen and sketchbook anywhere and experience what it is like to be truly present in where you are.  All materials will be provided.

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

20 July 2018
  • Strong In Body, Peace In Mind: Rejuvenate and restore with yoga for optimal health

    Teacher: Margot McMaster
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 20 July 2018 - Sunday 22 July 2018

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    Join 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 calmness of mind. We will work in Krama (or stages) so 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 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.

27 July 2018
  • Shape The Clay And Mould The Mind

    Teacher: Natasha Hawley and Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 27 July 2018 - Sunday 29 July 2018

    louis van loonnatasha hawleThis is a two-day hands-on workshop in which we explore the meditative qualities of repeat-action and pattern-making through clay.You will learn the technique of “wedging” which engages the body by rolling and folding the clay into itself. This is an exercise in preparation - setting out our intentions and making sure our raw material is ready to be moulded into a medium for our creativity. We will  make small pinch pots, which will be fired and ready to take home at the end of your stay. When clay is deftly handled, magic happens!  The evenings will end with calming down the mind in meditation and mindfulness with Louis.

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

    Natasha Hawley was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. She attained Honours in fine art from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she is currently working towards her Masters degree. During her Honours year, she experimented using glazes to grow crystalline formations on hand built vessels. She is using her Masters as an opportunity to explore vessel-making using discarded materials with the intention to create more sustainable ways of working within a ceramic’s studio. She has a special interest in alternative firing and one of her favourite methods is Raku because of the instant gratification and unique decoration produced from the interaction of fire, smoke and water. She exhibited work in theJack Heath Gallery in 2013 and 2015 and  participated in the Tatham Gallery’s annual event The Fabulous Picture Show. Her work has appeared in the Ceramics South Africa magazine and in the arts and crafts section of The Natal Witness.

31 July 2018
  • More Room For Miracles

    Teacher: Patti Good
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 31 July 2018 - Thursday 02 August 2018

    patti goodEveryday life throws new situations, experiences and challenges at all of us. Without a solid "Centre" to return to, this can leave us feeling stressed, disconnected and at the mercy of our past. More Room For Miracles is a gentle, powerful retreat to help us clear out the old, integrate the wisdom of these experiences and then make space for what we truly love; for what serves us deeply and makes our heart sing! We will use transformative emotional release and clearing exercises to let go of our baggage and to return to the infinite wisdom of the body. We will navigate to the stillness at the very core of our Being so we can tune into the whisperings of our Soul and consistently find our way back into love. We will start gently by setting clear intentions for what we want from the two days. On the first day, there will be the intense part of the inner work to help clear out old baggage, emotions, beliefs and trauma, followed by a day of integration and working out practical applications for using these tools in your everyday life.

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    Patti Good is an empowerment expert for powerful women. She was born and raised in South Africa before moving to New York and London. She spent 14 years as part of the Inner Journey Clinic on Harley Street in London where she ran transformational healing programs to help her clients heal their wounds and find their deepest wholeness using The Journey, BodyTalk, Reiki and EFT. She is now running both one-on-one and group healing programs online and retreats. Helping women take their power back is her focus.

03 August 2018
  • The Zen Of Recovery: Twelve steps to wholeness and well-being

    Teacher: Warren Shaw and Graeme Buchart
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 August 2018 - Monday 06 August 2018

    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  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. This retreat will be helpful to people in need of  recovery,  which includes, typically,  substance addictions, but also to people who are experiencing strong negative impacts that have resulted in their living with the experience long after the event. Recovery speaks to any aspect of ourselves that needs to heal. However, not everyone knows how to go about that in a way that will lead to a positive shift. Using the tools of the twelve step programme, any injury of self can be addressed. A progression to recovery then follows spontaneously.

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    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.

    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.

09 August 2018
  • Stoep Zen: Living a Zen life in South Africa

    Teacher: Antony and Margie Osler
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 09 August 2018 - Monday 13 August 2018

    anthony-and-margie-oslerStoep Zen means to apply traditional Zen Buddhism to contemporary life in South Africa - to be able to meditate in a chair on a stoep as well as on a cushion in the meditation hall.  This is a Zen retreat that makes a bridge between formal Zen practice and daily life. It includes meditation, talks, exercise, interviews and fireside chats and is held in silence.

     

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    Antony Osler was the first meditation teacher at the BRC in the early 1980’s. He spent some years as a Zen monk with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and later received inka from Zen master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain. A legal arbitrator in his professional life, he has published three popular books on living a Zen life in South Africa: Stoep Zen, Zen Dust and Mzansi Zen (Jacana Media). In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Free State for exceptional services to the country.  He lives with his family on a farm in the Karoo where he sits on the stoep, meditates in an old shearing shed and holds Zen retreats with his wife, Margie.

    Margie Osler is a senior student of Zen Master Dae Gak. She leads Zen retreats jointly with her husband, Antony, and runs regular workshops for abused and traumatized children.

14 August 2018
  • “Soul Origami” – Unfolding Me: Listening with your whole being: Speaking from your deepest authenticity

    Teacher: Nicholas Burnand and Sarah Dekker
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 14 August 2018 - Thursday 16 August 2018

    nicholas burnandsarah dekkerWe are inviting you on a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being, witnessing the mystery of existence reveal itself. The Dyad is a powerful meditation technique which rapidly takes us to a heightened level of mindfulness and self-awareness. In contrast to silent meditation methods practised alone, this is practised face-to-face. Through the Dyad enquiry we watch our hearts unfold, learning to trust ourselves, to listen with our whole being and to speak from a place of inner awareness. Just as in Origami, each fold presents a new facet of ourselves; another aspect of life. Individual and group processes will be alternated with periods of individual reflection and quiet contemplation in the beautiful natural surroundings of the BRC.  Click here to view a clip of a previous retreat.

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    Nicholas Burnand has always reflected on the question “Is there more to life than struggle and suffering?” This question led him on a quest to discover how he could live life more fully present, alive and with joy. His journey has taken him to remote places, and spending hundreds of hours in retreats, ceremonies, workshops, as well as in personal daily practice. He discovered the Dyad enquiry practice four years ago, and since then has been practising and sharing it in workshops, retreats, and one-on-one sessions that he offers as a CNVC certified trainer. Along with Nonviolent Communication, he has found the Dyad practice to be the most deeply transformative practice that he has encountered so far. Through this he has discovered that empathy is the path to freedom from suffering.

    Sarah Dekker grew up in Ghana, Botswana, the Netherlands, Mozambique and South Africa where she engaged with people from many different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. She found herself looking for connection and building bridges to overcome our stories of separation towards a common humanity. She studied gender and conflict studies, longing to better understand identity constructs and social hierarchies and to figure out how divides between people might be deconstructed. After university her focus shifted from the academic to the more experiential and spiritual, becoming more aware of her inner world and our interconnectedness with the broader web of life. She spent much time attending workshops and training in various modalities. Nonviolent Communication and Dyad practice have become essential components of daily life and the most transformative tools she has encountered towards healing and connection.

17 August 2018
  • Finding And Keeping Your Centre

    Teacher: Tessa Pretorius
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 August 2018 - Sunday 19 August 2018

    tessa_pretoriusThe Buddha’s teachings emphasise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others.  Most of us, whether we are professional caregivers or people caring for family, colleagues or friends, miss this vital step.  When we are told to take better care of ourselves we either feel we don’t have the time or don’t know how to do that or where to begin.  The secret lies in finding your Centre – because when we are centred in our own wholeness we are able to deal with what life throws at us.  This retreat will teach you practical tools to help you find, regain and retain your balance and centre so that you can ride life’s merry-go-round with equanimity.  This retreat is ideal for care workers and anyone wanting to be more effective in caring for themselves.

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    Tessa Pretorious is an ex-trauma counsellor, activist, philosopher and writer, and has been facilitating workshops on self-care and mindfulness for over fifteen years. She was trained by Patricia Cane (founder and creator of Capacitar International) whose work she has incorporated into training programmes for NGO's, hospitals, members of the justice system, the SAPS, as well as in her own course "Softening Anger Mindfully". She believes self-care is essential for personal well-being and, as in Buddhist practice, essential to the service of others.

24 August 2018
  • A Neurosurgeon Probes Wellness And Performance

    Teacher: Ian Weinberg
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 August 2018 - Sunday 26 August 2018

    ian weinbergIn a series of talks and Mindfulness meditation sessions, we will explore the chemistry which mediates the effects of mind states on the body: psychoneuroimmunology or PNI. The talks and demonstrations will show that we can attain optimal wellness and performance by getting to know our temperament and personality traits; by being more present-minded; and through sensible, informed ways of living and behaving.

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    Ian Weinberg is a consultant neurosurgeon by profession and a pioneer in the science of applied psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). His Triangles Model© became the cornerstone for PNI instruction and intervention. A significant proportion of these interventions reflect traditional Buddhist principles. He is consulted widely both by private and corporate individuals in the implementation of wellness and performance-enhancing strategies

     
31 August 2018
  • Being Our Own Best Friend In This Crazy World

    Teacher: Chandasara
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 August 2018 - Sunday 02 September 2018

    chandasara smlThis will be a silent meditation retreat focusing 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.

07 September 2018
  • Opening the Heart : The healing power of the 4 immeasurable practices and tonglen meditation

    Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 September 2018 - Sunday 09 September 2018

    chamtrul rinpocheThe happiness of one depends on the happiness of all. Among the methods that Buddha taught to experience happiness of mind and wholesome attitudes to all sentient beings are the 4 immeasurable practices and Tonglen or 'giving and taking' meditation.

    The 4 immeasurables are equanimity, sympathetic joy, loving kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. These boundless states can replace the more narrow states of mind like fear, miserliness, jealousy, anger and so forth.

    Tonglen or "giving and taking" meditation reverses our habitual habit of self-cherishing as we mentally take on the suffering of others and mentally give to them all of our happiness and merit. As the heart opens, there is the opportunity to experience more peace, love and joy and lay the foundations for insight. Chamtrul Rinpoche will give detailed instruction on these methods with guided meditation.

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    Chamtrul Rinpoche has taught for over 20 years to thousands of Tibetan monks and foreign students (monks, nuns and lay people), in Tibet, India and other countries. In the words of Rinpoche himself: “Teaching is what I do in this life. Wherever someone asks me to teach, I am there.”
    More details on Chamtrul Rinpoche’s life can be found on Rinpoche’s offical site in the page “autobiography”.

    For more information and for updates on Rinpoche’s teachings please visit https://safricachamtrulrinpoche.wordpress.com

14 September 2018
  • Transforming Fear: How to turn stress and anxiety into well-being

    Teacher: Albert Buhr
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 September 2018 - Sunday 16 September 2018

    albert buhr smlTo reduce the suffering in the world, we need the skills to reduce our own. This workshop will teach you the practical, effective tools to do exactly that. Unless it is released, stress gets locked into our bodies, accumulating until it  erupts in panic, aggression or illness. Only a bold and brave reorientation can heal the roots of the growing epidemic of anxiety and depression that psychiatry has failed to quell with its quick-fix suppression of symptoms. Deep relaxation is an art, and the doorway to profound bliss.

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    Albert Buhr traveled the world to learn the best methods for subduing the stress response, after he recovered from debilitating anxiety.  A former novice monk, he 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.

20 September 2018
  • Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Finding joy within stillness

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 20 September 2018 - Monday 24 September 2018

    sue cooper 2014This 4 day, long-weekend retreat, which integrates meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence. Through the teachings and practices of compassionate wisdom, we will cultivate a calm, spacious awareness which inspires courage and trust in the face of change, uncertainty and loss. Drawing on the Spring theme of new beginnings, we will open our hearts to our vulnerability with kindness and compassion, so that we can embrace our lives with greater freedom and joy. In addition to offering short, individual sessions, Sue will offer daily sessions of chi kung movement meditation, to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will also be time for restorative rest, as well as for silent walks in the beautiful gardens of the BRC. Beginners as well as experienced practitioners are very welcome. See: sue.stillmind@gmail.com

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    Sue Cooper is a clinical psychologist with almost 25 years of experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice in Cape Town 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.  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.

28 September 2018
  • A Taste Of Mindfulness: On being here - now

    Teacher: Lisa Firer and Craig Henen
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 September 2018 - Sunday 30 September 2018

    lisa firercraig henenOpen to newcomers and seasoned meditators alike, this retreat gives participants a taste of the practice of Mindfulness: developing moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. This powerful practice enables one to relate with equanimity to whatever is unfolding before us and makes it possible to work more creatively with the stresses and demands of daily living. Based on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat combines traditional eastern wisdom with modern science and psychology and aims to generate a greater sense of present-mindedness, less reactivity, and more relaxation, body awareness and self-compassion through mindful exercises, yoga, group discussion and reflection. This unique format enables one to integrate this practice into one’s daily life.

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    Lisa Firer is an artist and facilitator with a background in education and psychology. She offers, in a variety of contexts, both mindfulness and Biodanza, a dance-movement system of human development. For the past five years, she has been developing Stillness-Dancing, an integration of movement and meditation practices. She studied the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, USA, Centre for Mindfulness in 2005. She is an internationally accredited Biodanza facilitator and is currently enrolled in the Certification of Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University.

    Craig Henen is an executive coach and facilitator, offering several mindfulness-based interventions to individuals and groups. He works with an integral framework of experiential learning, systems theory,  emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices, providing a stimulating and safe environment for executives and their teams to examine, evaluate and improve their leadership styles, skills, and processes. He co-facilitates with Lisa Firer in a range of mindfulness applications. 

05 October 2018
  • Biodanza: The still point of the dance

    Teacher: Lisa Firer
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 October 2018 - Sunday 07 October 2018

    lisa firerBiodanza.is an invitation to dance with life.  It uses music and movement to create a space in which to taste the joy of living; to experience yourself deeply and to open up more fully to others and the world around you.  It fosters a capacity for creativity and play and confident, heart-centred living.  Although the facilitator will give guidance, the movements are spontaneous and entirely your own. There is nothing to get “right”, so experience in dance is not a requirement.  The retreat uses Mindfulness practice to support participants being present to their experience, and will include periods of silence and meditation.  We all have, inherently,  in our own way, what is needed to live a life that is rich and full, vital and present-centred.

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    Lisa Firer is an artist and facilitator with a background in education and psychology. She offers, in a variety of contexts, both mindfulness and Biodanza, a dance-movement system of human development. For the past five years, she has been developing Stillness-Dancing, an integration of movement and meditation practices. She studied the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, USA, Centre for Mindfulness in 2005. She is an internationally accredited Biodanza facilitator and is currently enrolled in the Certification of Mindfulness-Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University.

12 October 2018
  • The Genius Programme: How to move from habit thinking to genius living to innovate yourself and live with a younger mind

    Teacher: Graeme Butchart
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 October 2018 - Monday 15 October 2018

    graeme butchartWe are all born genius. That is to say we all begin with the full spectrum of intelligence - analytical, operational, emotional and creative. Yet, as our journey through life unfolds, we begin to adjust and conform to societal structures and norms, one of which is the manner in which we acquire the abundant knowledge, that is there for the taking. These standards and conformities ultimately produce a different thinking and behavioural mind from the one we started with, often to our detriment. Much of what we learn is beneficial. Equally, a great deal of our gained knowledge actually ends up getting in our way, limiting our thinking and reducing our experience of life; stunting our growth, defeating self-development and self-awareness. The Genius Programme helps identify those voices of judgement that have captured our thinking and created unproductive habits. It introduces new liberating tools that rebirth the intuitive and creative aspects of ourselves, and provides everyday practical exercises that connect us to the genius within.

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    Graeme Butchart 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 to guide the individual into an innovation of self and the discovery of purpose. 

19 October 2018
  • Zen Pen: A writing - being and meditation retreat

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 October 2018 - Sunday 21 October 2018

    dorian_haaroff.jpgLooking at your image in a clear stream,
    you answer the question by your very presence

    In this workshop we explore the connection between writing and meditation. We write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives.  We consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely.

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    Dorian Haarhoff  is a writer,  story-teller and mentor.  Passionate about developing our innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness, to grow the moment and bring healing. Dorian’s workshops are based on his text, The Writer’s Voice.  He draws his inspiration from mythology, whole-brain theory, narrative therapy, Zen, creation spirituality, the new physics and eco-and Jungian psychology.  He is a former professor of English (Namibia) and facilitates story/writing workshops. His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake The Buddha Ate

21 October 2018
  • Mirror, Lens And Window: The art of journalling

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 21 October 2018 - Wednesday 24 October 2018

    dorian_haaroff.jpgSome record only what has happened to them; but others record how they happened to the universe. Henry David Thoreau

    The word ‘journal’ comes from Old French ‘day’. So it is our daily encounter with ourselves through the mirror, lens and window of words and silence. ‘Journal’ echoes the word journey, as we travel through inner and outer landscapes. In this retreat we write with the ear, eye and heart.

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    Dorian Haarhoff  is a writer story-teller and mentor.  Passionate about developing our innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness, to grow the moment and bring healing. Dorian’s workshops are based on his text, The Writer’s Voice.  He draws his inspiration from mythology, whole-brain theory, narrative therapy, Zen, creation spirituality, the new physics and eco - and Jungian psychology.  He is a former professor of English (Namibia) and facilitates story/writing workshops. His poems appear in Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate.

     
26 October 2018
  • Nia Technique: Generating the sensation of loving and appreciating your body through music, movement, dance and martial arts

    Teacher: Susan Sloan and Karyn Cardoso
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 October 2018 - Sunday 28 October 2018

    susan sloane b wkaryn cordoso2017Learn why Nia is a lifestyle practice that has a vitalising impact on your nervous system and strengthens your ability to sustain body-centred awareness. Feel how every cell in your body can vibrate in joy and how you are connected to everything that surrounds you. It is more than a cardio dance fitness class.  

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    Karyn Cardoso has danced since she could walk. Her interests lie in philosophy, science and spirituality. A Waldorf Kindergarten teacher by profession, her passion is to share Nia, the dance of life, with others as it connects us to our essence, bringing joy, fitness and healing on all levels.

    Susan Sloan is a Nia Black Belt Instructor, and is the resident White Belt Trainer for Africa. She has been involved in health and healing modalities for more than 13 years. She runs a Nia community-based centre in Johannesburg which offers classes, workshops and intensive training in Nia and yoga for people with a variety of fitness levels. 

     
02 November 2018
  • You Can't Fill The Hole In Your Heart With Food: Developing a mindful approach to eating

    Teacher: Richard-John Chippindall and Xenia Ayiotis
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 November 2018 - Sunday 04 November 2018

    rj chippindallxenia ayiotisAs a practice, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our habits and thoughts around food and our bodies. This workshop is based on a combination of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness and Intuitive Eating Principles. The focus is on creating a healthy relationship with food, using a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us when, what and how much we eat. The workshop covers how to deal with cravings and urges through the development of mindfulness skills. It also draws on techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy that enables us to become aware of, and manage, our sometimes destructive patterns and habits around food, eating and our bodies. We will also look at emotional triggers that can lead to overeating and binge eating, and how these may be effectively understood and dealt with.

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    Xenia Ayiotis has transformed her relationship with food through many years of mindfulness and yoga practice. She holds a Masters degree in languages from Wits University and has a background in organising tours to southern Africa. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Practitioner and Intuitive Eating Counsellor. She is in private practice and facilitates workshops on how to achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food.

    Richard-John Chippindall had an academic career in Microbiology until attending Louis van Loon’s retreat Hell is Other People in the 1990’s where this introduction to Buddhist philosophy inspired him to study clinical psychology. After qualifying, he spent eleven years working at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London where he gained extensive experience in providing mindfulness-based interventions to patients with emotional and psychological difficulties, as well as chronic health problems. He is now in private practice in Johannesburg.

09 November 2018
  • An Introduction To Chi Kung

    Teacher: Paul Dorrian
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 November 2018 - Sunday 11 November 2018

    paul dorrianChi kung is an ancient Chinese practice that boosts one’s health and longevity. Through gentle, slow and flowing movements, it integrates and harmonises one’s bodily functions and states of mind by eliminating static and toxic energy patterns. Chi kung strengthens the internal organs and skeletal structure and encourages good posture. In this retreat, Paul will teach the Healing Sounds Short Form - a set of gentle exercises that also uses sounds to cleanse and heal our major organs, and which is fun to practise. He will also teach the ancient Taoist Brain Cleansing healing meditation.

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    Paul Dorrian is an international management consultant, author and speaker.  His interest in improving employee wellness in the work place led him to teach chi kung and tai chi chuan. He has studied these disciplines under various teachers in the UK and Spain, and with the late Master Dr. Nico Snyman, his current teacher Master Marleen Bilas and with his Grandmaster Dr. Lin Feng-Chao.  He teaches tai chi in the Yang style and chi kung in the Pa Tuan Chin, Healing Sounds and Zhan Zhuang styles at his school, the Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan, in Pietermaritzburg.

16 November 2018
  • Astrology: Mapping Out Your Inner Blueprint

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas and Margarita Celeste
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 16 November 2018 - Monday 19 November 2018

    corrinamargarita-celesteDiscover the power of your intrinsic Nature and Nurture through the planets and stars in this informative workshop. Learn how the cycles of the celestial world affect you personally, and how your unique blueprint - your birth chart - can help you live to your fullest potential. Find your strengths, challenges and which areas of life to maximise on and live with greater equanimity and awareness. Astrology is a powerful, ancient, well-tested and insightful tool for emotional and mental growth and transformation. The retreat will focus on the role of fate and free will, the planets in their signs and houses, the aspects they make to each other, the elements and modalities they represent and the importance of the position of the sun and moon in conjunction with the cycles of life. There will be stargazing sessions and sunrise yoga. Beginners are encouraged!

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    Corinna Botoulas trained as a horticulturist and has always worked closely with nature and the environmemt. So it was a natural progression for her to study astrology, to understand the effects the cosmos has on our lives and nature around us. She studied modern astrology with the Cynthia Thorburn School of Astrology, and after completing her certification with the Rod Suskin School of Astrology, she opened her astrological practice.

    Margarita Celeste was intuitively drawn to the starry skies from a young age. In 2013, she enrolled for Rod Suskin's three year Diploma course, receiving a scholarship for her final year, after which she studied formally with the School of Intuition and Healing. Her passion is to help and guide others towards a more conscious state of being. She has a deep interest in alternative healing such as reiki, crystal therapy, kinesiology, chakra balance, tachyon healing and life alignment.

23 November 2018
  • Eyes Horizontal, Nose Vertical: A Weekend Of Meditation Practice

    Teacher: Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 November 2018 - Sunday 25 November 2018

    stephen coanOn returning from an extended pilgrimage to China, the 14th century Japanese Zen master, Dogen, greeted his followers with these words: "I have returned home with empty hands... I say only this: my eyes are horizontal, my nose vertical" - their position in meditation. Thereafter Dogen spent the rest of his life teaching the merits of zazen (sitting meditation), the practice which lies at the very heart of the Buddhist experience. Simply being attentive, moment to moment, can have profound consequences: reconnecting us with our deepest selves, to others and the natural world around us. Experience this intimate connection supported by a programme of sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Centre. Please note that apart from an introductory talk and a discussion period, the retreat will be held in Noble Silence. 

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    Stephen Coan is a writer. He has been involved with Buddhism for three  decades and in his retreats explores the interface between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously.

25 November 2018
  • Playing A Lute With No String: A Practice Retreat

    Teacher: Stephen Coan
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 25 November 2018 - Thursday 29 November 2018

    stephen coanOn a quiet evening in my thatch-roofed hut, I play a lute with no string. Its melody enters the wind and cloud, mingles deeply with a flowing stream, fills out the dark valley, blows through the vast forest, then disappears. Other than those who hear emptiness, who will capture this rare sound? - Ryokan (tr. Kazuaki Tanahashi) 

    This will be a simple no-frills, "bare-bones" Zen-style retreat consisting of sitting and walking meditation, including a morning and evening dharma reading, as well as time to experience the beautiful surroundings of the Buddhist Retreat Centre while capturing the rare sound of a lute played with no string. Held in the supportive space of Noble Silence, this retreat presents an ideal opportunity to extend and deepen your meditation practice.

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    Stephen Coan is a writer. He has been involved with Buddhism for three decades and in his retreats explores the interface between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously.

30 November 2018
  • Grounded In Space - A Tai Chi - Chi Kung Retreat: Hands wave like clouds

    Teacher: Alex & Jeremy Lister - James
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 November 2018 - Sunday 02 December 2018

    alex lister jamesjeremy lister jamesThis workshop introduces participants to the ancient tradition of tai chi and chi kung practices, which generate a profound sense of composure and balance through slow, gentle body movements. These are designed to release our Life Force - Chi - which is visualised as a current of energy that can be made to circulate, without obstruction, through our bodies and minds, bringing with it a deep sense of well-being, vigour and health. These movements have been fine-tuned over many centuries. They are performed in a relaxed, meditative manner and are elegant and exact, simple and flowing. They can be learnt by anybody, with any level of fitness. 

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    Alex Lister - James initially studied the Yang Form of tai chi as a form of “moving meditation” before incorporating chi kung in her practice, together with sitting and walking meditation. She has attended retreats at the Buddhist Retreat Centre for 30 years. In her professional life, Alex is a Health Professional in private practice, focusing on the health of women and children.

    Jeremy Lister - James is a horticulturist who has been involved for many years in social, ethical and environmental standards in the agricultural sector, part of which is the provision of carbon footprint assessments. His broader philosophy includes Deep Ecology and teaching tai chi and chi kung.

07 December 2018
  • Going With The Flow: Integrating yoga into daily life as a mindfulness practice

    Teacher: Bruce van Dongen
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 December 2018 - Sunday 09 December 2018

    bruce-van-dongenThe aim of this workshop is to develop the tools that make it possible to become aware of the ebb and flow of our moods and emotions and to learn to be mindful instead of reactive in our interactions. Using the techniques presented, we learn to train our minds to be centred on the present so that we can flow with the river of life. We will explore Kundalini yoga which is a combination of stationary and dynamic poses that include chanting and breath work and chi kung techniques. These practices develop the ability to be fully present and integrated in our bodies and minds. The workshop will be varied to allow retreatants of all ages and levels of experience to derive much benefit from a very old tradition. Bring comfortable clothing and a sun hat.

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    Bruce van Dongen is a mechanical engineer. He has been practising yoga for many years and has his teacher’s qualifications in the Hatha and Kundalini disciplines. He is a Director of The Waterfall Retreat & Environmental Centre and uses both nature and yoga as his soothing systems to balance the pressures of the corporate world.

14 December 2018
  • The Heart Sutra: Loosening the grip of ego-grasping and discovering our true nature

    Teacher: Ven. Robina Courtin
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 December 2018 - Sunday 16 December 2018

    ven robinaAccording to Lord Buddha, we all possess the potential for clarity, contentment, love, and the other human qualities - in fact, he says, they are our natural state, and that the development of them is the job of a spiritual practitioner. Our main stumbling blocks are the deeply held assumptions that, first, attachment, anger, depression and fear and the rest are innate and therefore impossible to eliminate; and, second, that suffering and happiness come from the outside. As long as we believe this, we will always remain victims. By understanding dependent arising and emptiness as expressed in the Buddha’s Heart Sutra, as well as understanding the logic of the law of karma that says that we ourselves create our own suffering and happiness, we can slowly loosen the grip of ego-grasping and begin to experience our marvellous potential, for our own sake and the sake of others.

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    Robina Courtin took her first vows as a Buddhist nun from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in early 1978. Since then she has worked full-time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), the organization of her teachers, serving at different times as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and, since 1987, as a teacher of Buddhist philosophy and practice. She now teaches throughout the year at FPMT centres worldwide and continues to edit the books of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Her life, as well as her work with prisoners, have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.

18 December 2018
  • Shibuie: When Beauty Happens Accidentally - Sumie and Raku: Japanese brush painting and pottery: Seeing with deep-seeing eyes

    Teacher: Louis van Loon, Ingrid Adams and Fay Morris
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 18 December 2018 - Saturday 22 December 2018

    louis van loon smlingrid adamsfay morrisShibuie is the ancient Japanese concept of Accidental Beauty in which the artist is just one ingredient in a number of dynamic interacting natural processes, the outcome of which is delightfully unpredictable, but strangely beautiful - beauty that is not ego-driven or deliberate. Louis will teach participants the classical Japanese brush painting techniques (Sumie) as these are applied to traditional subjects, such as landscape, bamboo and flower studies, while Ingrid will introduce contemporary subjects. We will use the genuine materials: solid pine-soot ink, a hollowed-out slate to liquefy it, a deer-hair bamboo-stemmed brush and absorbent mulberry paper. Tools will be provided, but sets can be purchased (R800) from the BRC. Each retreatant will receive a bisque tea bowl to sumie-decorate and glaze. Fay will then fire up the kiln after which we will watch the magic as the pots emerge from their ordeal of having been subjected to 1000ºC heat, smothered in sawdust and immersed in cold water. We will admire the pots as they emerge triumphantly from the scorching heat, and are used in a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on the final evening.

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    Ingrid Adams has worked as a clothing and home-wear designer for the last 25 years, and has travelled extensively to India and China sourcing home textiles. A yoga teacher, and an artist, she teaches drawing and art appreciation, and offers weekly Sumie lessons in Durban. She is currently completing her Master’s degree on Sumie and the influence on two contemporary painters.

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

    Fay Morris  is a ceramist living in Howick. After finishing her Honours in Ceramics, she taught primary school in Madagascar, and then back in South Africa for 6 years. Wanting to pursue her dream to run a ceramics studio, she returned to university and completed her MA in ceramics earlier this year at UKZN. She currently has her own studio, running workshops and selling her work. She makes utilitarian ware as well as sculptural porcelain pieces.

24 December 2018
  • Stalking The Moment: Christmas at the BRC: Being at Home 24/7

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 24 December 2018 - Wednesday 26 December 2018

    tsunma tsondruBe here now. Rest in the moment. Catch the  ungraspable moment. How do we do that, when life keeps tumbling us along like a sand grain in a river? When all is in dizzying motion, where is 'the moment’, where is ‘here’? Take time out at the BRC over Christmas to slow down into the moment.  You can find your true home right here, in the moment.  With sitting and walking meditation, we will stalk the elusive moment. We will discover how to recognise our ‘home’, and we will see that we are in fact at home always. The retreat will be in noble silence, with time for journaling, reflection, and fireside talks.

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    Tsunma Tsondru  is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met 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 years closed retreat, followed by a second closed 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 the “Work That Connects”, and has offered the first “Work That Connects” workshops 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.

29 December 2018
  • Catching The Ungraspable Moment - New Year at the BRC: Where to from now?

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Saturday 29 December 2018 - Tuesday 01 January 2019

    louis van loon smltsunma tsondruLife consists of things coming and going, births and deaths, decay and renewal, stops and starts.  We try to juggle these as well as we can, liking some of it, avoiding the ones we don’t. But there is a deeper wisdom behind all this - one that asks us not to be so choosy and opinionated about what should and should not be happening to us.  This requires us to live on the edge of the only thing that is truly real: the ever-fleeting, ungraspable moment. In these two retreats we will discover how we forget to live in the here and now when we focus too much on what is past and fret about what may or may not happen in the future. This is a good time of the year to take stock and contemplate our moment to moment, here-now reality in all its fullness; bid farewell to 2018 and welcome the New Year with a renewed willingness to take life on the chin and make whatever comes along workable.  We will welcome in the New Year with a lantern-lit perambulation around the Buddha and chanting, and gong the old year out with an ancient Chinese temple gong. Apart from the discussion periods and ceremonies, there will be periods of meditative Noble silence.

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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 FoodThe 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 brush painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.

    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met 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 years closed retreat, followed by a second closed 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 the “Work That Connects”, and has offered the first “Work That Connects” workshops 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.

07 January 2019
  • Finding the writer in you: the Art of writing from the heart - A hands-on inspirational retreat for those who have a story to tell but need help finding the light switch

    Teacher: Elana Bregin
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + cost of workshop
    Dates: Monday 07 January 2019 - Thursday 10 January 2019
    elana breginThe words Listen and Silent have the same letters - Michelle McClunan, Creative Therapist, Astrologer and NLP Practitioner
     

    The creative act of writing involves much more than plotting a good storyline and putting the right words together. It is a process of reflection, mindful observation - an engagement with yourself and the world around you at the deepest and most satisfying levels of awareness. It is also a potent healing tool that can give you the objective distance to detach yourself from your over-familiar internal script and see your life in different and wider perspective.
    This writing workshop will suit anyone with a creative itch to scratch, even if you don't have an actual story in mind. Whether your intention is to write a personal memoir, fictionalised novel or simply to renew your creative fire, the retreat is designed to offer creative support and give you the tools and insights to accomplish your writing goal. It will explore both the practical strategies of getting your story written and the inspirational aspects that fuel it. In the beautiful setting of BRC hills, sky, birds, trees, wind chimes and stars, overseen by the untroubled serenity of the Buddha statue, we will open our senses – and heart chakras - and start the conversation with our deeper selves that silent attention enables. We will begin the process of finding, clarifying and shaping the story we really want to tell. And learn how to use the different stages of the writing process to our advantage. There will be periods of silent reflection, group sharing and active writing, as well as individual consultation slots for those who are feeling stuck. We will undertake meditative walks, sensory sitting, and other activities that feed the creative spirit in us. For more information and cost contact Elana Bregin: 0714930791 or elana.bregin@gmail.com

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    Elana Bregin is a seasoned author, editor and creative-workshop facilitator whose creative output includes both fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, radio drama and more. She has been dancing with words since she first learnt how to write them and had her first piece, a poem, published at the age of 8. In her 11 years of working as a publishing-house editor she accompanied many authors – both novice and experienced – on the journey to published success and gained valuable coaching expertise. Her own writing journey through the years has given her insight into the intimate processes of story-writing and its ability to reconnect us with both personal meaning and the wider currents of life in which we are embedded. She has been a BRC attendee for many years and has been privileged to be part of a number of enlightening and enriching retreats.

11 January 2019
  • Vinyāsa Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Stilling The Mind

    Teacher: Hannelize Robinson
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 11 January 2019 - Sunday 13 January 2019

    hannelize robinsonYoga is the settling of the mind into silence, and only when the mind is silent can we realize our true nature, which is unbounded consciousness. The practice of Vinyāsa yoga unites mind, body and spirit through conscious movement aligned to the breath - a dynamic flow. It stills the mind and allows us to become more internally focused and mindful in everything we do. It supports a healthy lifestyle and results in long-term health and well-being for mind and body. The practice reminds us that everything is impermanent and in flux except for that which is our true Self. Yoga is accessible to everyone and it is not about how flexible or strong you are or about mastering a “difficult” pose - even though that will follow with regular practice. It is rather about how mindful and present you are on and off the mat. It is a practical discipline, a way of looking at the world from a new perspective, allowing one to release old and limiting beliefs and habits in order to experience the truth of who we really are. Some previous yoga practice is recommended; however, beginners are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat.

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    Hannelize Robinson, a Vinyāsa yoga teacher and Event Producer based in Johannesburg,  is a dedicated student of Yoga Philosophy and Buddhism. Her personal journey of discovery has led her towards conscious and mindful living with yoga and meditation becoming an integral part of her life. Her intention is to inspire and assist her students on their own journey of growth and transformation by teaching a mindful asana practice while integrating the other seven limbs of Pantanjali’s eight-limb path.

18 January 2019
  • New Year Intentions And Yoga Retreat

    Teacher: Lucy Draper - Clarke
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 18 January 2019 - Sunday 20 January 2019

    lucy draperLucy has been running New Year Intentions retreats for many years, in which participants take the opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, and set intentions for the future. Intention-setting does not need to be difficult. We can simply connect with what brings us joy, makes us feel energetic and alive, and commit to focusing on these activities over the year. The retreat is inspired by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s book The Book of Joy. We will explore what it means to lead a life of joy, where anything is possible, and contemplate the Buddhist ‘Four Thoughts’ of precious human birth, impermanence, karma and samsara, and find out how to create a meaningful life within whatever shifting circumstances we find ourselves. We will integrate our body, heart and mind in a gentle, unfolding process of yoga and mindfulness, providing the opportunity to reflect on what inspires and energises us. By trusting our ability to tap into our own talents, we can lead our lives in a  way that also brings benefit to others. Yoga and mindfulness  practices will tune us into both our supportive and sabotaging patterns, while compassion practices will provide us with skilful ways to accept ourselves just as we are, in order to create the conditions for transformation to take place. Please bring a yoga mat, a journal and pen or pencil, as well as stretchy, comfortable clothes for both yin and yang yoga practices.

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    Lucy Draper-Clarke has a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education. She has practised yoga for 20 years and taught yoga and mindfulness in Botswana and South Africa since 2006. She has been lucky enough to study with inspiring Buddhist mindfulness and Vinyasa yoga teachers, and offers a combined practice known as Mindfulness Yoga. Her light-hearted approach to teaching allows yoga students to learn through a joyful, yet transformative practice.

25 January 2019
  • Mindfulness - Always Available, Everywhere: A Vipassana retreat

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 25 January 2019 - Sunday 27 January 2019

    anna scharfenbergjonathan preboyThoughts are about what is not happening.  Paul Hedderman

    Vipassana (insight) meditation is based on mindfulness, which is always available, everywhere, without limits or cost. The question is how to realise it. The answer was provided by the Buddha more than 2600 years ago. He taught the method of Vipassana meditation as a way to cultivate mindfulness. This retreat is an invitation for beginner and experienced meditators to practise Vipassana using the traditional Buddhist method of Mahasi Sayadaw and Achan Tong. For beginners it is a good technique to start with and for experienced meditators, it is a way to deepen their Insight. Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting practice, and by maintaining awareness during normal activities, such as eating, showering, dressing etc, and by daily interviews with a teacher.

    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

    The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of Noble silence.

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    Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg trained in Vipassana meditation under the great Vipassana master, Achan Tong. Jonathan was formerly a clinical psychologist in private practice in Durban. Anna was involved in  managing and organising Vipassana meditation retreats in Belgium and at Dhammacari Vipassana Meditation Centre in Germany. They taught together at Wat Chom Tong Meditation Centre in Thailand, and in Mexico, Italy, Spain and at the BRC and Dharmagiri. They are based at the Tisarana Vipassananurson Meditation Centre in Prague.

27 January 2019
  • A Vipassana Retreat: The search for truth

    Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 27 January 2019 - Thursday 31 January 2019

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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 all humans to suffer. The aim is to learn how to overcome suffering and to be fully alive. This four-day retreat is an opportunity to deepen meditation practice using the traditional Buddhist method of Mahasi Sayadaw and Achan Tong. Meditators are encouraged to stay for the entire course but you 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 etc. and supported by daily interviews with the teachers. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of Noble silence.

     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 worked as clinical psychologist in Durban before starting Vipassana meditation in 2002.  He practiced and trained as a teacher with Ajahn Tong. Ajahn Tong is Abbot of Wat Chom Tong and is widely regarded as the greatest living teacher in Thailand. Since 2012, he has taught with his wife in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and South Africa. For the last 2 years they have been teaching and managing the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Center, Prague (www.tisarana.cz).

    Anna Scharfenberg began practicing Vipassana in 2005 and worked at meditation centers in Europe. She practiced and trained as a teacher with Ajahn Tong. Ajahn Tong is Abbot of Wat Chom Tong and is widely regarded as the greatest living teacher in Thailand. Since 2012, she has taught with her husband in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and South Africa. In 2013 they started teaching meditation together in the Czech Republic and are currently teaching and managing the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Center Prague (www.tisarana.cz).

01 February 2019
  • Getting To Know The Birds, Trees And Wild Flowers At The BRC: 160 birds of a feather

    Teacher: Chris Dalzell and Steve Davis
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 February 2019 - Sunday 03 February 2019

    chris dalzell psteve davisJoin Chris and 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) and getting to know the indigenous trees and many of the wild flowers that grow there. You will also have a chance to be part of the indigenous forest by planting your own tree. The weekend includes learning how to identify the most common trees in KwaZulu Natal, how to dig and plant a tree, how to maintain it, and what butterflies and birds are attracted to these trees for nectar or fruit. Walk the verdant hills and meadows among the wild flowers, close to where the Blue Swallows nest, and enjoy the rare orchids, tree ferns and yellowwoods, pink watsonias in their summer flurry and the orange Christmas Bells. Included will be talks, chi kung, meditation and some quiet time communing and celebrating with nature. Bring your binoculars and a sunhat.

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    Chris Dalzell was Curator of 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.

    Steve Davis has been birding 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,  has previously 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. Steve 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.

04 February 2019
  • The Way Of Ubuntu: Exploring Traditional South African Healing

    Teacher: John Lockley
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 04 February 2019 - Friday 08 February 2019

    john lockleyJohn will lead participants in 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. John will lead an in-depth discussion on 'African cosmology' and the understanding of ancestors, plant medicine and dreaming to create 'Ubuntu'. Retreatants will learn one of the most ancient and misunderstood cultures in South Africa today - traditional healing from a sangoma perspective. '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. 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 is a traditionally trained sangoma from the Xhosa culture, with over 20 years' experience. He was taught the essence of 'Ubuntu' by his Xhosa elders in the Eastern Cape. He has lectured and run retreats all over the world stressing the importance of 'Ubuntu' (humanity) and our need to unite as a human race and reconnect to our bones and blood. 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 recently published book Leopard Warrior is a bestseller and is an account of his pioneering journey in crossing the 'rubicon' or divide between white and black in South Africa. This will be John's 5th time at the BRC and every year there are amazing stories of healing and transformation. 

08 February 2019
  • Reclaim Your Power - A Journey To Inner Balance

    Teacher: Heike Sym
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 February 2019 - Sunday 10 February 2019

    heike symWe all have inner guidance and knowledge, but we don't always know how to fully 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 utterly 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 the 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, 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 gifts over the years. She is now fully embracing her calling as a psychic, medium, energy healer, numerologist, metaphysical profiler and teacher. She gives regular talks, courses and interviews on radio, and offers individual sessions.

15 February 2019
  • The Healing Art Of Reiki, Yoga And Meditation

    Teacher: Katherine Fillmore
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 February 2019 - Sunday 17 February 2019

    katherine fillmore In 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 huge 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 happiness 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, meditation and reiki teacher. She has been teaching yoga for ten years and has a yoga studio in Pretoria. She conducts reiki and meditation courses regularly and works as a reiki healer from home and in hospitals. Before working as a yoga teacher, she was a professional photographer. Currently, she channels her creative energy into painting in water colour and oil.

22 February 2019
  • The Wilderness Within: The Subtle Activism Of Engaged Buddhists

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 February 2019 - Sunday 24 February 2019

    tsunma tsondruAs we travel deeper into the 21st century we experience more and more acutely, if we are awake and aware, the unravelling of the interconnected cycles and systems which make up this miracle of life on this Earth which is our only home. More and more, we humans don't seem to really care for anything other than ourselves. The chasm that is separating human beings from the natural world and from one another is widening faster and faster, with society encouraging ever more alienation. Even the very words for wild and natural things - flowers and creatures and landscapes - are being erased from the great dictionaries, to be replaced by technology-speak. And yet the words we choose become the world we live in - so we are diligently engaged in making an un-natural and hyper-me world. It is our connection, our relationship, with something that moves us to take care of it. So the key to our future lies in re-connecting ourselves to the Earth, to one another, to our true nature. We cannot survive independent of the Earth and her natural cycles and systems. No matter which strand we try to isolate, we will always find it hitched to a myriad others. Indeed, we are made of the elements. We are made of the same stuff as the stars. We and they have come from the same singularity. Yet a long time ago, before physicists had ever even theorized about the Big Bang, Dogen already knew. I came to realize that the mind is nothing but the sun and the moon and countless stars. Can we also come to this knowing, like Dogen? How can we come to know that the sun and moon and stars are within, that the wilderness is within, that we are the whole of it? The Buddha showed us how when he awoke to the Truth while sitting under the Bodhi tree. He had found through his practice of meditation that we are the sun and the moon and the stars, that the wilderness is within, and is home. He had seen the great interdependence of all things. Taking advantage of the wilderness around the BRC, we will explore the meeting place of the outer and inner worlds to uncover our connection with ourselves, all beings, the sun and moon and the stars. The retreat will combine meditation practice with silent contemplative walking in the wilderness, as well as some of the spiral practices from Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects.

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    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met Buddhism in the 1990's 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 years closed retreat, followed by a second closed retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and as its Executive Director. In 2015, Tsondru spent a 10-day intensive with Joanna Macy in California, engaging with the Work that Reconnects, and since then has begun to teach the Work that Reconnects in Cape Town and Ixopo, weaving it into the practice and teaching of Buddhism and meditation. She dedicates her time to being of service to SAFCEI, helping people reconnect with inner wilderness through leading contemplative Wilderness Within trails in the iMfolozi-Hluhlue wilderness area. The journey now is to bring spiritual practice into the world. Her particular interest is eco-philosophy and activism and the role that spirituality and ethics must play if we are to transform our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.

01 March 2019
  • Radiant Grace: A Yogic Journey To Self-Acceptance. Take Kundalini Yoga Off The Mat And Into Your Life

    Teacher: Denise (Sohandev Kaur)
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 March 2019 - Sunday 03 March 2019
    deniseThere is nothing outside of us, it is all within us - Yogi Bhajan
     
    Do you constantly have the feeling that you are not good enough and that you need to be more, accomplish more, see more, own more? Do you find yourself looking 'outside' for solutions? You are not alone. Many of us spend our lives feeling that we are not good enough and are in a constant cycle of self-doubt, guilt and often, loathing. Through the practice of kundalini yoga, meditation and other processes, we can take the first steps on this journey towards self-acceptance. Join us on this journey with kundalini yoga, the yoga of awareness, guiding you towards the path of your inner healing: the key to your happiness and well-being. 
     
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    Denise teaches people who face the challenges of life and love, to better understand their limiting beliefs and to embrace their full potential. In 2006, she explored more deeply the tools, habits and mindfulness rituals she had used in her own healing, by training as a yoga teacher in Kerala, India. Having studied extensively over the past decade, she is now a qualified kundalini and sivananda yoga teacher, and has completed the Kundalini Beyond Action Addiction programme. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats to a diverse range of students from corporate executives to artists and homemakers. Her passion is sharing the powerful tools of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and guiding her students to discover their radiance.
08 March 2019
  • A Neurosurgeon Probes Wellness And Performance

    Teacher: Ian Weinberg
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 March 2019 - Sunday 10 March 2019

    ian weinbergIn a series of talks and Mindfulness meditation sessions, we will explore the chemistry which mediates the effects of mind states on the body: psychoneuroimmunology or PNI. The talks and demonstrations will show that we can attain optimal wellness and performance by getting to know our temperament and personality traits; by being more present-minded; and through sensible, informed ways of living and behaving.

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    Ian Weinberg is a consultant neurosurgeon by profession and a pioneer in the science of applied psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). His Triangles Model© became the cornerstone for PNI instruction and intervention. A significant proportion of these interventions reflect traditional Buddhist principles. He is consulted widely both by private and corporate individuals in the implementation of wellness and performance-enhancing strategies. His new book Leading with Conscious Awareness: A narrative of personal insights published by Conscious Companies/South Africa was launched in March.

     
15 March 2019
  • Healing Chi Kung, For Health And Vitality: Radiating The Chi

    Teacher: Dr Hu Jin-Yun
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 March 2019 - Sunday 17 March 2019

    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 chi kung and incorporate it into their daily lives, effortlessly. These techniques are easy to learn, are useful and powerful. The healing power of chi kung 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 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 chi kung 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 Master’s Degree in medicine from the Heilongjiang Chinese Medicine University in China. Currently, he is finalizing his research for his PhD. Apart from his medical and academic studies, Dr Hu has been practising Tai-Chi Quan, and Qi Kung in Taiwan since 1995. He now 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.

20 March 2019
  • Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Embracing Change And Loss

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Wednesday 20 March 2019 - Sunday 24 March 2019

    sue cooper 2014This 4-day 'Open the heart and still the mind' retreat facilitated by clinical psychologist, Sue Cooper, offers an integration of body, heart and mind and is held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence. Inspired by the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, with its profound understanding of the truth of Impermanence, we will explore ways to integrate change and loss in our lives, so that we can learn to bear the unbearable. Through sitting and walking meditations, compassion practices, chi kung and short individual sessions, we will strengthen our capacity for courageous presence. This allows us to embrace life and death with an open and compassionate heart, one which can rediscover joy and lightness of being, in the midst of life's challenges. There will be time for restorative rest, as well as for silent walks in the beautiful gardens of the BRC. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are very welcome.

    CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professional: 32 General and 2 Ethics CEU's are applicable. See: sue.stillmind@gmail.com and www.suecooper.co.za

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    Sue Cooper is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice in Cape Town 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 Gaia House in the UK. She has been inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition as well as the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor. In 2010, she created and launched her own "Open the heart and still the mind" courses and retreats, which integrate Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy. 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, 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: sue.stillmind@gmail.com

29 March 2019
  • Yes, You Can Sing! A Joyous Celebration Of Singing And Chanting

    Teacher: Sally Bosch and François Möller
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 March 2019 - Sunday 31 March 2019

    sally boschfrancois mollerJoin us for a joyous celebration of chanting and enjoy the wonder of your singing voice. François and Sally will help you uncover your natural voice and lift it to new heights of expression and beauty. By combining correct breathing techniques with chanting and deep stillness, and discovering the true origin of speech, your 'body-mind' and voice will be refined. We will focus on sacred chanting, incantations and mantras which form an integral part of most religions, including Buddhism. The healing power and expressive nature of singing appeals to and affects every aspect of our being, including our intellect and emotions. Such harmonious sound opens the heart to joy and can be transformational. By Sunday, the Ixopo hills will truly be alive with the sound of chanting. Daily sessions of chi kung and meditation will take your experience even deeper.

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    Sally Bosch's practical studies in comparative religion brought her to a point where she put her past behind her and joined the BRC as a volunteer, and immersed herself fully in the Buddhist experience for half a year. The Centre is a place which has provided her with much of her inspiration to write her poetry and short stories.

    François Möller obtained a B.Mus. degree from Wits University in 1995, majoring in voice and composition. During his student years he sang leading roles in many productions and after graduating was a soloist for PACT Opera. In 1998 he left for Germany to take up a position as soloist at the Lüneburg State Theatre. On his return to South Africa, he was a finalist in the Opera Queensland YA Singing Competition, and changed focus from opera to light music, focussing on jazz. He is currently teaching voice at Wits University and other institutions. He recorded a CD in 2007 which includes some jazz standards as well as his own compositions. 

05 April 2019
  • Meditation For Beginners

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 April 2019 - Sunday 07 April 2019

    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 in the visits of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan teachers to SA 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 8 years and has completed training in Transformative Mindfulness Methods, which has accreditation from the University of Toronto, Canada.

12 April 2019
  • "Seeing The Light" : A Photography Workshop: Explore your inner light through your camera...

    Teacher: Marlene Neumann
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 April 2019 - Sunday 14 April 2019

    marlene neumannTune in and allow Nature to flow through your heart and lens. The lens of your camera is an extension of your eye, your eyes are an extension of your heart. This weekend workshop is guided by Master Fine Art photographer, Marlene Neumann. She will take you on a journey deep into the forest where you can explore the light through your camera lens as you listen to the ancient wisdom whispered by the trees. This is not a technical workshop on how to use your camera, but rather an opportunity to learn to follow the light and allow the spirits of Nature to shine through you. Marlene’s contemplative approach will teach you new insights and a new way of seeing. www.marleneneumann.com

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    Marlene Neumann  is an award-winning Master Fine Art Photographer who has excelled as a leader in her field. She broke the boundaries of Fine Art Photography in South Africa with her intuitive approach and her unique black and white darkroom process. She was head of the Art Department of the Port Elizabeth Technikon for twenty years and achieved her Master’s degree in photography. Her images and her life journey have been featured in many publications including Getaway Magazine, Sawubona, SA Home Owner, Countrylife, Flysafair, Indwe and many more; she regularly conducts radio, television and newspaper interviews. Her Centre For Photography And Light is set in a tranquil art garden, creating a sacred space for her galleries as well as a creative hub for her workshops. Students from across Southern Africa attend her sought-after Creativity Through Photography workshops. Her visual journey is shared in her book: Sky Meets Land where over 100 photographs are showcased. She describes her book as a metaphor for "mind meets heart". As an “intuitive photographer” she also engages us with her inspiring DVD series called Capturing what people don’t talk about. This 4-part series introduces the turning point in her life at which she began her own journey. She zooms in on what it means to be human, to be in flow and to be authentic. Marlene celebrates life through the lens. www.marleneneumann.com

19 April 2019
  • Easter In The Hills Of Ixopo: Settle The Mind, Radiate The Chi, Heal The Body

    Teacher: Louis van Loon, Lien Duvenage and Deborah Donal
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 April 2019 - Monday 22 April 2019

    cflores 5306A largely unstructured self-retreat with meditation, chi kung, walks and healing therapies

    Join us for Easter in the hills of Ixopo on a largely unstructured retreat where you will be left alone to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Centre, with the opportunity to meditate in the Buddha Boma, to experience chi kung in the dell and relax with healing therapies. Wake up to the sound of the gong, followed by meditation and generating the chi, your inner life force; enjoy the Noble Silence in the morning and experience what it is like to eat your breakfast silently and really be present in that moment. Tune into the sound of the windchimes and birdsong, and the beat of one’s heart in this tranquil environment. This retreat will allow you to rest, relax and recover in the Easter tradition. Meals will be their usual delicious “Plentiful” best. We will also offer a “meditation on tea”: the ancient, meditative Tea Ceremony.

     
26 April 2019
  • Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 April 2019 - Sunday 28 April 2019

    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 improves 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 and bring a yoga mat.

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    Christine Withiel is passionate about yoga and sharing the teachings. She runs 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses at the Jivananda Centre in Durban North. She is a member of the 500-hour teacher training team at Anand Prakash ashram in Rishikesh, India. She is a member of the Township Yogi project which trains yoga teachers in the townships and supports the teachers in the community.

    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.

03 May 2019
  • The Awakening Shift Experience: Realise your magnificence!

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 May 2019 - Sunday 05 May 2019

    john homewoodSometimes getting away from it all for a short while, and being gently guided through process of soul reintegration and healing, is all that's needed to shift your life to higher levels of love and fulfillment.
    Until you clearly see your true life purpose, your life may appear rudderless and uncertain.

    This retreat includes :
    Finding your true inner Purpose
    The Power of Forgiveness
    The Power of Acceptance
    The Power of Surrender
    and above all
    The Power of Presence

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    You can extend this experience by continuing with "Going Deeper Into the Awakening".

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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 their potential and has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

05 May 2019
  • Going Deeper Into The Awakening (an extension of the Awakening Shift Experience)

    Teacher: John Homewood
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R150 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 05 May 2019 - Tuesday 07 May 2019

    john homewoodThis retreat is only open for participants of this or previous Awakening Shift retreats.

    Going even deeper into the process of awakening, this extension takes participants even further into the powerful creative space beyond mind. This retreat includes wisdom teachings, intimate question and answer discussions as well as counselling sessions with John. He will also deal with individual life challenges and questions and provide tools and techniques to break through various blockages in life, allowing the joy and abundance to flow once again, often in miraculous ways. The retreat also includes both guided plus silent meditation and Qi-Gong.

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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 their potential and has the ability to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

10 May 2019
  • Yin And Yang: A Yoga Retreat: Release, relax and restore

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 May 2019 - Sunday 12 May 2019

    georgie carterYin Yoga is the balance to our Yang lifestyle. In today’s busy world we are inundated with the pressure to do more, take on yet more and push ourselves even more. 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. This retreat 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 and an intensive Iyengar yoga course in Rishikesh with Usha Devi in 2015. Her passion is to apply yoga to everyday life to help find a balanced and a better way to manage daily challenges, so as  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.

     
17 May 2019
  • Under The Full Moon Of May: Wesak - Celebrating 25 centuries of Buddhism

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 May 2019 - Sunday 19 May 2019

    louis van loon smlstephen coanThe full moon of May - Wesak - is the most important day on the Buddhist calendar, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha nearly 2,500 years ago. Wesak is traditionally held on the full moon of the lunar month of Vesakha (coincidental with May) which in 2019 falls over this weekend. We will mark this festival with a programme of sitting and walking meditation plus talks and reflections on aspects of the Buddha’s life and teachings and, in union with Buddhists around the world, hold a Wesak ceremony including pertinent readings, a candle-lit circumambulation and traditional chanting. Please note: Apart from the talk and discussion periods this retreat will be held in Noble Silence.

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

    Stephen Coan has been involved with Buddhism for three decades. Inspired and informed by the Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions his retreats place an emphasis on the centrality of practice in living a skilful and enlightened life while also exploring the interface between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously. In addition Stephen draws on his own life experience of moving between being and doing as a film and theatre director, writer, journalist, and poet. His collection of poems Chant of the Doves (2008), inspired by time spent at the Buddhist Retreat Centre over the years, is featured in A Literary Guide to Kwazulu-Natal (2017).

24 May 2019
  • Sacred Drumming: Exploring Natural Rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 May 2019 - Sunday 26 May 2019

    richard ellismarc kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending our 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 and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling through India in 2003: “I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. Marc has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Tantra and Astanga. He has a Hatha Yoga teaching qualification from the Yoga Alliance and is also a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

31 May 2019
  • Mindfulness Based Living “To Know the Present”

    Teacher: Kerri Martinaglia and Carey Would
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 May 2019 - Sunday 02 June 2019

    kerri martinagliacarey wouldMindfulness is defined as knowing what is happening, while it is happening, with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. In the beginning, we notice how our attention is like a butterfly flitting from one thought to the next. So we start by slowing down and settling our mind. We then introduce practices that ground us allowing our attention to drop out of our heads and into the sensory awareness of the body. We learn to rest in the present moment getting used to disengaging from our habits of compulsive doing. During the retreat we will be coming home to our body, heart and mind; applying curiosity, and compassion to whatever we notice. This attitude of openness, kindness and acceptance to whatever is there helps us to live with greater clarity and resilience. The weekend will be experiential and is designed as a helpful first step in developing your own personal Mindfulness practice or as a way of refreshing your existing practice.

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    Kerri Martinaglia runs The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre. In 2009 she began facilitating Mindfulness Africa courses in KwaZulu Natal. Her special interests are how the practices of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion can help restore our balance and enable us to live more meaningful lives.

    Carey Would is a qualified Mindfulness Africa and Yoga facilitator. She believes strongly in the importance of being grounded in the body as an anchor to the present. It is only by becoming aware of each moment that we are able to connect with an authentic truth.

07 June 2019
  • Integrating Yoga And Zen Meditation: Wake up with energy and clarity of purpose

    Teacher: Jane and Kevin Treffry-Goatley
    Cost: Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 June 2019 - Sunday 09 June 2019

    jane and kevin treffry goatleyIn this retreat, we will practise Yoga and Zen meditation in alternating sessions with the intention of highlighting their similarities and using the differences to enhance both practices. The parallel paths of the Eight limbs of Yoga and the Eight-Fold Path of Buddhism show that both practices lead to the same end: to know ourselves fully to enable us to help others more effectively. The compassion and teachings of the Buddha and Patanjali (an ancient teacher of yoga), and the physical and mental energy we gain from the postures, will help us to become more alive and aware. We will do sitting and walking meditation and introduce Zen chanting, together with sessions of both active and restorative yoga in order to help our bodies release tension and to deepen our practice.

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    Jane and Kevin Treffry-Goatley practise and teach yoga and Zen meditation in Knysna at the Lotus Studio. Jane is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been teaching since 2007. Kevin is a Zen Dharma Teacher under the guidance of Heila Downey SSN of the Dharma Centre in Robertson. They have both been attending Zen retreats and Yoga workshops since early 2000 and have facilitated Yoga and Zen retreats in Robertson.

10 June 2019
  • Get On The Write Track: Memoir and Mindfulness. Breathe, listen, write: Your path to freedom, enlightenment and perhaps $$

    Teacher: Wanda Hennig
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + course fee: Contact Wanda: wanda@wandahennig.com / 072-664-3170
    Dates: Monday 10 June 2019 - Thursday 13 June 2019

    wanda hennig lsWe all have stories to tell, but many of us don’t know where to start. In this workshop we will stop - listen - connect - write. The focus will be two interconnected, transformative practices: mindfulness (awareness, presence, “listening” ) and memoir writing (story). You will get to meet, name and kick-start a relationship with your personal muse; mine the richness of your life for “story”; explore focussed journaling practice (self-expression, self-coaching, self-growth, liberation); start a memoir. You will get to take away tools, strategies, and a “how-to” plan to move forward. And lots more. 
    For course fee: Contact Wanda: wanda@wandahennig.com / 072-664-3170

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    Wanda Hennig is an award-winning food and travel writer who has freelanced extensively for print and online publications both internationally and locally. She worked in South Africa in the newsrooms of the Daily News and Sunday Tribune and as bureau chief at Cosmopolitan magazine before going to live in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. There, she worked on magazines and newspapers, in corporate communications, and in multimedia and social media. She has a post-graduate degree in psychology and a Higher Diploma in Education (both from UKZN) and is a certified Co-Active Life Coach (Coaches Training Institute, California). She lived and practised at the San Francisco Zen Centre for three-and-a-half years in the 1990’s, has been meditating for 30 years, and has run mindfulness, writing and coaching workshops in California and South Africa (including at the BRC). She is the author of Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press, 2017). www.wandahennig.com

14 June 2019
  • Ayurveda, Yoga And Meditation Retreat: A return to wholeness

    Teacher: Helen Altman
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 June 2019 - Sunday 16 June 2019

    helen altman smlAyurveda - the knowledge of life - is a 5000 year old healing/health system that offers integrated, balanced living and preventative medicine. This ancient wisdom helps us to maintain health from deep within our systems, of which yoga and meditation are a part. In this retreat we will look at the fundamental guiding principles of Ayurveda. The daily rhythm includes a talk, followed by a class combining chi kung and simple, gentle, dynamic yoga for all levels of fitness, walking meditation, guided visualization, yoga nidra and breathing practices (pranayama). No previous experience is needed.

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    Helen Altman has explored the somatic experience from an early age, weaving the threads of dance, movement analysis, Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, yoga therapy, healing and meditative practice together. She has established two Yoga Dharma Centres over the last 35 years and now lives in McGregor in the Cape, where she offers private and small group retreats at her Stillness Sanctuary.

21 June 2019
  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging the body into shape and health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2, 4 or 6 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 June 2019 - Sunday 23 June 2019

    judy farah2019The upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. However, our sedentary, western lifestyle has stiffened our limbs and spine to such an extent that many people find the yoga asanas (poses) difficult to perform. Iyengar yoga evolved to deal with this problem - safely, without forcing the body into harmful contortions. Iyengar uses simple, but carefully calibrated props and other supports to achieve postures that would otherwise be unattainable except after years of practice. This retreat is suitable for beginners and for those who may have practised other forms of yoga. The weekend retreat is an introduction to the Iyengar method. For those who wish to consolidate their practice to a deeper level, the additional 4 day retreat is strongly recommended (23-27 June).

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    Judy Farah: Since beginning her yoga practice at the age of 18, Judy has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for the past 18 years. She has travelled to Pune many times, to study and practice directly under the guidance of the Guru, Geetaji and Prashantji. She has attended many seminars of the visiting Senior Iyengar teachers, and travelled extensively to study under various other Iyengar teachers. This includes doing a 6 year Medical/Remedial Course with Stephanie Quirk. It is the ongoing devotion to yoga and practice that is her driving force in life. All levels welcome from beginners to advanced. Please bring your own yoga mats

23 June 2019
  • Iyengar Yoga: Deepening your practice

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 23 June 2019 - Thursday 27 June 2019

    judy farah2019For those who wish to consolidate and deepen their yoga practice, this 4-day intensive retreat is highly recommended. You will definitely feel stretched, relaxed and fit for life.

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    Judy Farah: Since beginning her yoga practice at the age of 18, Judy has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for the past 18 years. She has travelled to Pune many times, to study and practice directly under the guidance of the Guru, Geetaji and Prashantji. She has attended many seminars of the visiting Senior Iyengar teachers, and travelled extensively to study under various other Iyengar teachers. This includes doing a 6 year Medical/Remedial Course with Stephanie Quirk. It is the ongoing devotion to yoga and practice that is her driving force in life. All levels welcome from beginners to advanced. Please bring your own yoga mats