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Open the Heart And Still the Mind Compassion Retreat

Teacher: Sue Cooper
Cost: 4/7 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
Dates: Friday 05 August 2022 - Friday 12 August 2022

sue cooper 2021The silent Women's Day long-weekend Open the Heart And Still the Mind Compassion Retreat is being offered either as a 4 night (5 - 9 August) or as an extended 7 night (5 - 12 August) retreat for those who want a longer and deeper retreat experience and will provide an opportunity to integrate the joys and the sorrows that we all have been confronted with during this time of uncertainty. Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of Compassion, who "Listens to the cries of the world at ease" we will strengthen our capacity to be with things as they are unfolding. After establishing a calm and grounded body, heart and mind, we will focus on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) meditation and the deepening of compassionate wisdom and appreciative joy. These practices connect us with our authentic presence, strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust. In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence, we will learn how to transform the viciousness of the inner critic, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment and fear. As we discover how to internalise the archetypal good-enough mother, represented by Kuan Yin, we will develop the courage and trust which allow us to honour our vulnerability without fear or shame. When we can embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we can live more authentically and more courageously, and joyfully, so that healing and awakening can occur.

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is requested and highly recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R975 for 50 mins or R800 for 30 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary. Please contact Sue on to arrange a time.

Please Note:

This is a fee-based retreat. Please contact Sue on  for the cost of her course.

An in-person retreat attendance requires a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the retreat.