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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.

24 March 2017
  • Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 March 2017 - Sunday 26 March 2017

    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 improve 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. Bring a yoga mat.

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    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.

    Christine Withiel travels to India regularly to further her knowledge of Hatha Yoga and the philosophy of yoga. Christine and Howard Lipschitz often invite others to join them on their trips to India so that they can also deepen their experience.  She runs a teacher training programme each year at The Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing which is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about sharing the philosophy and physical benefits of yoga to help people to deal with the stresses of life. She is also qualified in Ayurvedic Primary Health Care, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Reiki and Body Alignment.

     
26 March 2017
  • Health Retreat: Discover Your Best Self

    Teacher: Dr Kaz Kiepiel
    Cost: 5 days' accommodation + see below
    Dates: Sunday 26 March 2017 - Friday 31 March 2017
    kazalette Participants spend 5 days with Dr Kaz in the healing, pampering environment of the BRC, exploring and discovering their best possible self. Your daily package includes:

    Two consultations with Dr Kaz
    Daily massages and complementary therapies
    Interactions relating to physical, mental and emotional health
    Mindfulness and movement classes
    Nature walks
    Wholesome and healthy meals and drinks

    For more information, contact: kaz@doctorkaz.com

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    Kazalette Kiepiel (Dr) (aka Dr Kaz)

    is a leading specialist in integrative medicine. Qualified as a medical practitioner, registered in both England and South Africa, she is also a specialist kinesiologist, Health and Life coach who practises integrated holistic and functional medicine by combining orthodox medicine with an array of complementary health tools and skills. Her extensive experience and knowledge of allopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, kinesiology, colour therapy, use of the SCIO and SCENAR bio-feedback machines, together with her coaching skills and volumes of empathy, make her unique in her field. Dr Kaz also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management, holistic health care, responsibility medicine and a host of other health care subjects. Based in Durban, South Africa, she travels extensively and is sought after internationally. Dr Kaz’ health retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo will offer retreatants 5 days of quality time with Dr Kaz, offering long-term sustainable health, detoxing and vitality, stress-relief, optimal nutrition and supplementation, cleansing, weight-control and holistic healing at all levels – body, mind and soul.

31 March 2017
  • Meditation For Beginners

    Teacher: Elizabeth Gaywood
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 March 2017 - Sunday 02 April 2017

    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 with the visits of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan teachers. 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 7 years and has completed training in Transformative Mindfulness Methods, which has accreditation from the University of Toronto, Canada.

     
07 April 2017
  • The Awakening Shift Experience: Realise your magnificence!

    Teacher: John Homewood and Liz Kitching
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 April 2017 - Sunday 09 April 2017

    john_homewoodliz-kitchingDissolve your old paradigm…and heal now.
    Shift now and live your potential.

    This transformational workshop addresses three of life’s most fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I really want? and What is my life’s purpose? The uncovering of these answers is a liberating and powerful experience which changes not only the way we see ourselves, but also the way we see others and the world as a whole. The Shift Experience is based on John’s own deep wisdom and insights, taking retreatants through a shift from head to heart. John also draws on enlightened teachings such as Eckhart Tolle’s and A Course in Miracles. The retreat includes Wisdom teachings with practical exercises, guided meditations, simple yogic breathing and stretching exercises, quiet stillness interludes and question and answer sessions.

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

    Liz Kitching has a passion for yoga and nutrition and is a natural health consultant specialising in shifting emotions through movement and breathing. She co-facilitates the Awakening Shift Experience spiritual retreats with John Homewood.

12 April 2017
  • Ancient " I AM" Teachings For The New Golden Age

    Teacher: Anthea Torr
    Cost: Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Wednesday 12 April 2017 - Friday 14 April 2017

    anthea torrWe have decreed for ourselves, lifetime after lifetime, using the ALL POWERFUL NAME OF GOD “I AM,” limitation and distress (‘I Am’ sick, tired, afraid, poor, angry etc.) It is now time to reverse this disastrous process, and learn the right use of this creative words “I AM,” to assist with bringing earth back to her original beauty, and to create the lives of Peace, Harmony, Health, Abundance and Love we were always intended to live!
    For information from the Pure Ascended Master Teachings on our individualized “I AM” Presence, the Laws of Life and the use of The Sacred Fire. http://iamfree.co.za/

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    Anthea Torr has been running workshops on the Ascended Master Teachings since 2009, locally and internationally. She now lives permanently in a motorhome, enabling her to travel and share these Ascended Master Teachings, both in SA and other countries.

     

14 April 2017
  • Sitting Quietly - Doing Nothing: A taste of sustained meditation

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 April 2017 - Monday 17 April 2017

    louis-van-loon-smlWe tend to associate a fulfilling and engaged life with a busy mind.  If we are not actively fretting or thinking about something or other, we will seek diversion through entertainment to occupy our minds.  Even at night we will helplessly enter yet another world of fantasy, memory and mental projection: we dream. Buddhist meditation puts us in touch with a deeper sense of awareness from where this frantic mental activity can be seen for what it is: a bubble bath of sensations and emotions. Except for some instructions and fire-side chats in the evening, we will cultivate a state of sustained calmness and clarity in an atmosphere of Noble Silence. This retreat is a foretaste of what traditional, longer, silent retreats are like. The retreat includes mindful walking, periods of rest and reflection, and a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

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

21 April 2017
  • Strong In Body, Peace In Mind: Rejuvenate and restore with yoga for optimal health

    Teacher: Margot McMaster
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 April 2017 - Sunday 23 April 2017

    margot-mcmasterJoin 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 peace in mind. We work in Krama (or stages) so the retreat is open to 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.

     
28 April 2017
  • The Zen Of Recovery: Twelve Steps to wholeness and well-being

    Teacher: Warren Shaw and Graeme Buchart
    Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 April 2017 - Monday 01 May 2017

    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 really 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.

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    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.

    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.

     
05 May 2017
  • Being Our Own Best Friend In This Crazy World

    Teacher: Chandasara
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 May 2017 - Sunday 07 May 2017

    chandasara-smlThis will be a silent meditation retreat focussing 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.

12 May 2017
  • Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 May 2017 - Sunday 14 May 2017

    richard-ellismarc-kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending one’s 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 in Durban. He has been playing drums and percussion for more than twenty years and has been extensively involved in corporate team building and drum circle events. He has played in various bands such as "Interitmo" and "Mlilo" and collaborated with Richard Ellis in various percussion projects, sound-journey workshops and "The Durban Drumbeat Festival". Much like in the practice of meditation and yoga, drumming can lead to higher states of awareness, stilling the mind and transforming consciousness - leading to a never-ending journey of self- discovery.

19 May 2017
  • Make Life Your Guru: An introduction to Buddhism and meditation

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 May 2017 - Sunday 21 May 2017

    louis_van_loonIn a world where many traditional beliefs and superstitions have disappeared, we have become rudderless and cynical. Life is often not much more than a meaningless journey from birth to certain death.  Whilst it lasts, we try to acquire some happiness and to avoid suffering.  Is that all there is to it? Or does life happen “when we are busy making other plans”, as John Lennon so memorably said?  Buddhism maintains that we are not living realistically: we are missing some fundamental truths about ourselves and the world we live in that distort and obscure what is really going on in our lives. Shouldn’t we try and find out what life is about before we die?

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

26 May 2017
  • Why Does The Buddha Smile? Wesak: celebrating 25 centuries of Buddhism

    Teacher: Louis van Loon and Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

    louis_van_loonstephen_coan-smlWesak is celebrated by Buddhists worldwide during the full moon of May.  It  recalls the Enlightenment of the Buddha, as well as his birth and death. We will explore the trajectory of the way the Buddha’s philosophy adapted itself so readily to many different cultures as it travelled across the globe. We will do this in traditional teachings,  fireside chats, sitting and walking meditation.  As will be done in all Buddhist countries at this time, we will hold a  Wesak ceremony with traditional chanting and a candle-lit circumambulation. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of contemplative silence for the most part.

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

    Stephen Coan is currently a freelance writer, drawing on his experience as a film-maker, theatre director, poet, author, plus twenty five years as a feature writer journalist. He has been involved with the Buddhism  for three decades and in his retreats explores the interface  between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously. 

02 June 2017
  • Discovering The Power of Chanting: Five Tibetan rites and the purifying power of sound

    Teacher: Sally Bosch and François Möller
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 June 2017 - Sunday 04 June 2017

    sally-boschfrancois-mollerEnjoy the wonder of the human singing voice. The healing power and expressive nature of singing appeals to all aspects of our being, including our intellect and our emotions, and can spiritually elevate us to states of blissful ecstasy. By combining correct breathing techniques with chanting and deep stillness, and discovering the true origin of your voice, the sound will be refined. François and Sally combine forces to take chanting - and your voice - to a new level of expression and beauty.  We will focus on sacred chanting, incantations and repetition of mantras which form an integral part of most religions, including Buddhism. The harmonious sounds open the heart to joy and can be transformational. We will alternate breathing techniques and chanting with deep stillness, purifying sound in your body, mind and speech. By Sunday, the Ixopo hills will truly be alive with the sound of chanting. The Five Tibetan Rites, also known as the Fountain of Youth, will be a perfect complement to the retreat.

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    Sally Bosch Her 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 over many years 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.

04 June 2017
  • Health Retreat: Discover Your Best Self

    Teacher: Dr Kaz Kiepiel
    Cost: 3 or 6 days' accommodation + see below
    Dates: Sunday 04 June 2017 - Friday 09 June 2017
    kazalette Participants have the choice of spending 3 or 6 days with Dr Kaz in the healing, pampering environment of the BRC, exploring and discovering their best possible self. Your daily package includes:

    Two consultations with Dr Kaz
    Daily massages and complementary therapies
    Interactions relating to physical, mental and emotional health
    Mindfulness and movement classes
    Nature walks
    Wholesome and healthy meals and drinks

    For more information, contact: kaz@doctorkaz.com

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    Kazalette Kiepiel (Dr) (aka Dr Kaz)

    is a leading specialist in integrative medicine. Qualified as a medical practitioner, registered in both England and South Africa, she is also a specialist kinesiologist, Health and Life coach who practises integrated holistic and functional medicine by combining orthodox medicine with an array of complementary health tools and skills. Her extensive experience and knowledge of allopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, kinesiology, colour therapy, use of the SCIO and SCENAR bio-feedback machines, together with her coaching skills and volumes of empathy, make her unique in her field. She also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management and holistic health care. Dr Kaz also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management, holistic health care, responsibility medicine and a host of other health care subjects. Based in Durban, South Africa, she travels extensively and is sought after internationally. Dr Kaz’ health retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo will offer retreatants 3 to 6 days of quality time with Dr Kaz, offering long-term sustainable health, detoxing and vitality, stress-relief, optimal nutrition and supplementation, cleansing, weight-control and holistic healing at all levels – body, mind and soul.

09 June 2017
  • Astrology: Mapping Out Your Inner Blueprint

    Teacher: Corinna Botoulas and Margarita Celeste
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 June 2017 - Sunday 11 June 2017

    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.

15 June 2017
  • The Yoga of Food

    Teacher: Meryl Currie
    Cost: 3 days' accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 15 June 2017 - Sunday 18 June 2017

    meryl currie smlJoin Meryl founder of "It's All Good Organics" for a weekend of yoga and food, and explore the Yogic approach to diet. Learn the principles of how to prepare delicious, nutritious plant based food through practical demonstrations; How food affects consciousness; Explore the ethics of food production through the principle of Ahimsa. The weekend will incorporate all 5 principles of Yoga :
    Proper Exercise: Yoga Asanas
    Proper Breathing: Pranayama
    Proper Relaxation 
    Proper Diet

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    Meryl has been teaching yoga and mediation since April 2008.  She is a 500 hour accredited Sivananda Yoga teacher and has studied at their ashrams in Kerala, India; Paradise Island, The Bahamas and their Yoga centre in London.  She is also qualified as a Yoga Sports Coach Through Yoga Sports Science (UK) specialised in training athletes to enhance their athletic performance through sports-specific training. She is the founder of "It's All Good Organics" an organic, plant based cafe and ethical store and is passionate about helping people to live consciously in the modern world.

23 June 2017
  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging the body into shape and health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 June 2017 - Sunday 25 June 2017

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    The 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 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. ( 4 days: June 25 - 29)

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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.

     

25 June 2017
  • Iyengar Yoga: Deepening your practice

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 25 June 2017 - Thursday 29 June 2017

    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 and for those who may have practised other forms of yoga.

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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.

30 June 2017
  • Walking The Sacred Way: Poise, grace and presence in walking

    Teacher: Marguerite van der Merwe
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 June 2017 - Saturday 01 July 2017

    marguerite-van-der-merweThe essential art of walking - this most ordinary activity of daily life - has been degraded into mindless, extreme exercise. As we change this conditioned mindset, we can restore the poise and elegance of body-mind. In this retreat, we will learn the basics of good body management in daily life as we sit, stand, bend, walk and do what we do. These basic activities are hugely compromised by the stresses and challenges of our lives and times, including sedentariness and techno-speed, resulting in strain, injury (back pain being the norm), diminished attention-focus and performance. Current research reveals the all-round benefits in walking and walking well. We will re-learn walking as nature designed it - effortlessly, gracefully, consciously - in an atmosphere of quiet attentiveness, thereby restoring our inherent poise, grace and kindness. Natural conscious walking then becomes an art, a therapeutic life skill which leads to health and well-being. This is meditation-in-action: a mindful body and embodied mind.

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    Marguerite van der Merwe has been teaching The Alexander Technique for twenty eight years, as well as tai chi/chi kung. She is author of "The Art of Walking and Eve-olution" (under her birth-name Marguerite Osler), with more than thirty years' experience in the mind-body-spirit domain. Concerned with development and enrichment of the whole individual, she weaves together principles and practices of scientific, psychological and spiritual understanding into the realm of the body, and into the rich art of living consciously, and constructively.  In 2016, she was awarded the Chancellor's Medal of the University of Free State for exceptional service to the country. She is the sister of Antony Osler.

02 July 2017
  • Rejuvenating The BRC: A family retreat with children in mind

    Teacher: Sheila Berry, Lihle Mbokazi and Sipho Msiya
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge children: (up to the age of independence) 50% discount
    Dates: Sunday 02 July 2017 - Thursday 06 July 2017

    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 Berry is 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  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 His 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 has become a trail guide with the Zulu Trails.

07 July 2017
  • Karma Or Fate? Why things happen the way they do

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 100 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 July 2017 - Sunday 09 July 2017

    louis_van_loonEvolutionary Biology and Quantum Physics reveal a universe that is infinitely interconnected and where everything co-arises with a multitude of other things. It is a dimension of reality that is spaceless and timeless: an Implicate Order, or Singularity. Every single event that has ever happened or has the potential to happen is embedded in it. As living beings, we are woven into this unimaginably complex causal network where nothing escapes being recorded and is ready to act out whatever needs to be resolved. This is strikingly similar to the Buddha’s teachings on Dependent Origination (paticca samutpada}: karma.

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

14 July 2017
  • "Hell is other people" - The magic, misery and mystery of relationships

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R.150 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 July 2017 - Sunday 16 July 2017

    louis_van_loonHell is Other People: these words by the French existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, often seem to be too true for comfort. But we can neither choose our parents nor our siblings. And that is only the beginning of a life that is dominated by interpersonal relationships - some of which will prove to be harmonious, others deeply problematic.  Relationships expose our expectations and projections; the psychological games we play with ourselves and others. We tend to stagnate and become rigid, unavailable, because we fear that opening up to another person leaves us vulnerable to manipulation, abuse and hurt.  But that is good news: relationships can become dynamic opportunities to move beyond narrow self-interests and fixations - enabling us to grow beyond our inhibitions and boundaries.  This retreat suggests ways of doing this.

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

21 July 2017
  • How To Draw What You See: A pen and ink sketching retreat

    Teacher: Louis van Loon
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 July 2017 - Sunday 23 July 2017

    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.  You don’t have to be - or become - an artist to do that.  All you need is one eye and two fingers.  Participants will be taken through a series of practice sessions in this type of “Seeing-Drawing” after which they will draw a variety of subjects, from still life through 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 brushwork painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.

28 July 2017
  • Finding And Keeping Your Centre

    Teacher: Tessa Pretorius
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 July 2017 - Sunday 30 July 2017

    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.

04 August 2017
  • A Neurosurgeon Probes Wellness And Performance

    Teacher: Ian Weinberg
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R.250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 August 2017 - Sunday 06 August 2017

    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 - 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.  

     
09 August 2017
  • Stoep Zen

    Teacher: Antony and Margie Osler
    Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 450 surcharge
    Dates: Wednesday 09 August 2017 - Sunday 13 August 2017

    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 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 service 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.

     
18 August 2017
  • Yogis Live Longer: Hatha yoga for health and resilience

    Teacher: Howard Lipschitz and Christine Withiel
    Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 18 August 2017 - Sunday 20 August 2017

    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 improve energy levels and the immune system.  As you let go of resistance and allow the muscles and tendons to release into the postures, you 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. Bring a yoga mat.

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    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.

    Christine Withiel travels to India regularly to further her knowledge of Hatha Yoga and the philosophy of yoga. Christine and Howard Lipschitz often invite others to join them on their trips to India so that they can also deepen their experience.  She runs a teacher training programme each year at The Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing which is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about sharing the philosophy and physical benefits of yoga to help people to deal with the stresses of life. She is also qualified in Ayurvedic Primary Health Care, Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Reiki and Body Alignment.

25 August 2017
  • The Heart Sutra

    Teacher: Chamtrul Rinpoche
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 25 August 2017 - Sunday 27 August 2017

    chamtrul rinpocheThe Heart Sutra can be said to be the most essential point of the 84,000 sets of teachings that the Buddha gave. It is said that only an incredibly fortunate being can receive teachings on this Sutra. Taught during the second turning of the wheel at Rajgir, Vulture’s Peak, the conversation which became the Heart Sutra occurred between Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra whilst the Buddha was engaged in absorption meditation. The conversation addresses the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates of a person and is thus a summary of all Buddha's wisdom teachings.

    Understanding and experiencing emptiness is necessary to alleviate gross and subtle misconceptions of mind. This leads us to the state beyond suffering, Nirvana.

    Chamtrul Rinpoche will explain the key points of the sutra, which are obscure to the ordinary mind, to help us deepen our insight into the true nature of existence.

    “Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Soha” (the essence meaning of the heart sutra condensed into mantra)

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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 

01 September 2017
  • The Genius Programme: How to move from habit thinking to genius living

    Teacher: Graeme Butchart
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 September 2017 - Sunday 03 September 2017

    graeme-butchartWe are all born genius. That is to say  we all begin life 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, expectations and norms. These adjustments and conformities ultimately produce a "shaped" and different thinking to the one we started with, often with disdadvantages, which are not entirely clear or evident to us. Unfortunately, many of us transition out of our "environmental shaping" with a reduced range of intelligence, less access to creative thinking and a reduction of emotional growth. Frustratingly., we are often not conscious of the absence of these critical tools, and function accordingly. The Genius Programme helps to identify these voices of judgement that have captured our thinking, and introduces liberating tools that rebirth our intuitive and creative thinking and our emotional understanding. It provides everyday practical exercises that will help re-establish full connection to our whole intelligence, re-igniting the genius within.The Genius Programme speaks to all ages and gender, successes and setbacks. It is about re-finding and re-inventing you, and living with a younger mind.

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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.  

03 September 2017
  • Health Retreat: Discover Your Best Self

    Teacher: Dr Kaz Kiepiel
    Cost: 3 or 6 days' accommodation + see below
    Dates: Sunday 03 September 2017 - Friday 08 September 2017
    kazalette Participants have the choice of spending 3 or 6 days with Dr Kaz in the healing, pampering environment of the BRC, exploring and discovering their best possible self. Your daily package includes:

    Two consultations with Dr Kaz
    Daily massages and complementary therapies
    Interactions relating to physical, mental and emotional health
    Mindfulness and movement classes
    Nature walks
    Wholesome and healthy meals and drinks

    For more information, contact: kaz@doctorkaz.com

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    Kazalette Kiepiel (Dr) (aka Dr Kaz) is a leading specialist in integrative medicine. Qualified as a medical practitioner, registered in both England and South Africa, she is also a specialist kinesiologist, Health and Life coach who practises integrated holistic and functional medicine by combining orthodox medicine with an array of complementary health tools and skills. Her extensive experience and knowledge of allopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, kinesiology, colour therapy, use of the SCIO and SCENAR bio-feedback machines, together with her coaching skills and volumes of empathy, make her unique in her field. She also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management and holistic health care. Dr Kaz also gives lectures, speaks on the radio and runs health retreats and workshops on nutrition, stress management, holistic health care, responsibility medicine and a host of other health care subjects. Based in Durban, South Africa, she travels extensively and is sought after internationally. Dr Kaz' health retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo will offer retreatants 3 to 6 days of quality time with Dr Kaz, offering long-term sustainable health, detoxing and vitality, stress-relief, optimal nutrition and supplementation, cleansing, weight-control and holistic healing at all levels - body, mind and soul.

15 September 2017
  • A Taste Of Mindfulness: On being here - now

    Teacher: Lisa Firer and Craig Henen
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 September 2017 - Sunday 17 September 2017

    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. Since 2010, she has been developing Stillness-Dancing, an integration of movement and meditation practices 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 has recently completed a certification in offering Mindfulness-based Interventions with 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.

22 September 2017
  • Open The Heart And Still The Mind: Embracing life with courage and trust

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + R. 300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 September 2017 - Tuesday 26 September 2017

    sue-cooper-2014This4 day retreat, which integrates meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence. We will focus on the cultivation of life-affirming qualities of heart and mind to support the development of courage and trust, necessary for growth and discovery. The Spring theme of new beginnings will help to inspire and encourage fearlessness in the face of change and uncertainty, so that we can embrace our lives with a greater freedom, compassion 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.

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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.  She offers weekend and longer retreats throughout South Africa. Contac: sue.stillmind@gmail.com.  

29 September 2017
  • Body Sensing: Feed Me Green! The art of harmony, balance and flow

    Teacher: Yasmin Lambat and Nicholas McLean
    Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 September 2017 - Sunday 01 October 2017

    yasmin-lambetnicolas-mcleanEnlightened healing methodologies tend to revert to ancient and traditional insights. These held that traumas - be they emotional and psychological or physical and organic - involve both the body and the mind. They avoid the drug regimes advocated in modern allopathic medicine which tend to divorce the mind from the body. Body Sensing is a Somatic (mind-body) healing therapy that uses the body’s innate wisdom to release tension and negative feelings and helps to rewire negative moods through centering and realigning our sense of being through movement and mindfulness. Mindfully integrating breath, mood and movement promotes a sense of harmony, balance and flow which has proved to be particularly effective for people suffering from stress and anxiety and the resulting physical symptoms such as chronic back pain, migraine fibromyalgia and other autoimmune conditions. If moods and emotions influence body physiology, how do they influence the food choices we make and how can we learn to choose more wisely? Embodying mindfulness by eating with more awareness is a powerful way of developing both physical and emotional well- being.

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    Yasmin Lambat is a Mindfulness Coach and Somatic Movement Therapist, registered with the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA) in the USA. She believes that physical health is an embodiment of how we feel, and influences our overall well-being. She was always curious about the mind, but never considered that the body/mind could be one until the moment she experienced it in her own body. That turning point led her to study and research the scientific literature on the body/mind connection and how moods and emotions influence body physiology. She established her own Somatic Mindfulness practice called "Body Sensing", which helps to restore energy, vitality and integrity (a state of being whole) using mindfulness and movement inspired by yoga, tai chi and other Somatic practices like Feldenkrais.

    Nicholas McLean finds purpose in helping people to experience healthy living through mindfulness, eating for vitality and growing energising food. His discovery of the healing benefits of eating simple whole food has led to creating smoothie, juice and salad cleansing programmes that can be easily created in any kitchen. As a wellness coach, his relationship with food wasn't always a healthy one until an enlightening journey through India led him to becoming a vegetarian Yogi. Being receptive to life's lessons, he has adopted a moderate and holistic approach to wellness.

01 October 2017
  • A Mindfulness And Wellness Retreat: How to release, restore and re-align

    Teacher: Yasmin Lambat and Nicholas McClean
    Cost: 4 days' accommodation + see teacher contact details below
    Dates: Sunday 01 October 2017 - Thursday 05 October 2017

    yasmin-lambetnicolas-mcleanIf you often feel that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, need to calm down, want to start eating healthily but…This retreat will explore a new way of living through simple, yet profound practices of mindfulness. It will help you to relieve stress and pain, restore energy and vitality, reshape your body and mind, teach you to make wiser choices and live life with more purpose. We will explore body-centred mindfulness to shift habits through mood and food. You will learn an integrated approach to wellness, which will not only enliven your body and mind during your stay, but you will be left with tools to live life better.

    For more information, contact Nicholas: retreat@ifeelcalm.com / 0824379776.

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    Yasmin Lambat is a Mindfulness Coach and Somatic Movement Therapist, registered with the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA) in the USA. She believes that physical health is an embodiment of how we feel, and influences our overall well-being. She was always curious about the mind, but never considered that the body/mind could be one until the moment she experienced it in her own body. That turning point led her to study and research the scientific literature on the body/mind connection and how moods and emotions influence body physiology. She established her own Somatic Mindfulness practice called "Body Sensing", which helps to restore energy, vitality and integrity (a state of being whole) using mindfulness and movement inspired by yoga, tai chi and other Somatic practices like Feldenkrais.

    Nicholas McLean finds purpose in helping people to experience healthy living through mindfulness, eating for vitality and growing energising food. His discovery of the healing benefits of eating simple whole food has led to creating smoothie, juice and salad cleansing programmes that can be easily created in any kitchen. As a wellness coach, his relationship with food wasn't always a healthy one until an enlightening journey through India led him to becoming a vegetarian Yogi. Being receptive to life's lessons, he has adopted a moderate and holistic approach to wellness.