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  • Systems Constellations: Healing Trauma Through Restoring Strengths And Creativity

    Teacher: Vasintha Pather
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 24 May 2022 - Thursday 26 May 2022

    vasintha patherSystems Constellations, including Family Constellations and Organisational Constellations, is a powerful therapeutic process that seeks to reveal hidden familial or collective dynamics impacting current experiences and relationships. Often a system may be out of balance due to exclusions, historical trauma or energetic entanglements that cause disorder or dysfunction. When these hidden dynamics - which may be trans-generational - are revealed, it may offer pathways to acceptance, healing and healthier functioning. The effects of trauma can become powerful forces that weaken a system’s health. As balance is restored those patterns that bring new creative life and energy must therefore be strengthened. On this retreat we will look to reveal and include these life-giving, creative forces in the constellating process. Expect a combination of systems constellating - learning about healing from trauma-related symptoms, creative art-making and reflection with time to restore and nourish ourselves.

    A typical constellation takes place in a workshop setting made up of a group of unrelated participants. Participants represent members or aspects of the system being constellated and through this representation, dynamics can be revealed and released, and healthier patterns can be included.

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    Vasintha Pather works as a registered Drama Therapist and certified Systems Constellations Facilitator, dealing with people across a range of areas including GBV, stress, anxiety, trauma integration, leadership and life transitions. Specialist areas include developmental trauma, attachment-based trauma, trauma relating to race and gender discrimination and organisational trauma. She also has an organisational psychology underpinning and works internationally in organisational and leadership development. Her work is primarily focused on supporting leaders and teams to cultivate healthy, innovative cultures.

  • The Heart And Art Of Awakening - Part 1: Shift your life through presence and art

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 27 May 2022 - Sunday 29 May 2022

    john homewood nov2019michelle mcclunanWould you like to connect more deeply with Life?
    Reunite with the simple joy of being?
    Open to the flow of creative abundance?
    Shift your life to a new level?

    Join two of South Africa’s top transformational facilitators, John Homewood and Michelle McClunan on a powerful, transformational experience that will awaken, shift and nourish you. This retreat will integrate powerful spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Flow with different creative art processes, to help you to clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, joy-filled, peaceful and abundant life. The creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. Through wisdom teachings, guided visualisations, meditations, time spent in nature, heart-opening music and a variety of experientially creative processes, you will be led gently into your inner landscape, where you will rediscover your own deep wisdom and reason for being here, on this planet, right now. You will also be provided with valuable tools to help you navigate our quickly changing world.

    PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is further extended to include Monday and Tuesday 30 and 31 May

    The Heart And Art Of Awakening Part 2 - GOING DEEPER

    This is a follow-on from the weekend’s retreat for those wishing to deepen the process of Awakening and aligning with Presence and Flow.

    Please book this extension separately.

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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 is able to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

    Michelle McClunan is an Astrologer/Coach, Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people understand and accept themselves, navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. She has written a fortnightly newsletter for the last twelve years, where she provides practical tools to assist people in navigating and optimising the current planetary energies. She has a gift for meeting clients exactly where they are, gently guiding them through what they are going through, without judgement. She has been working as a counselling astrologer/coach for the past seventeen years and has run hundreds of workshops, where she assists people to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that block them from living rich and fulfilling lives.

  • The Heart And Art Of Awakening - Part 2: Going deeper

    Teacher: John Homewood and Michelle McClunan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 29 May 2022 - Tuesday 31 May 2022

    john homewood nov2019michelle mcclunanThis is a follow-on from the weekend’s retreat for those wishing to deepen the process of Awakening and aligning with Presence and Flow.
    It will be structured in a way to allow newcomers to attend - so all welcome!

    Would you like to connect more deeply with Life?
    Reunite with the simple joy of being?
    Open to the flow of creative abundance?
    Shift your life to a new level?

    Join two of South Africa’s top transformational facilitators, John Homewood and Michelle McClunan on a powerful, transformational experience that will awaken, shift and nourish you. This retreat will integrate powerful spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Flow with different creative art processes, to help you to clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, joy-filled, peaceful and abundant life. The creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. Through wisdom teachings, guided visualisations, meditations, time spent in nature, heart-opening music and a variety of experientially creative processes, you will be led gently into your inner landscape, where you will rediscover your own deep wisdom and reason for being here, on this planet, right now. You will also be provided with valuable tools to help you navigate our quickly changing world.

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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 is able to impart deep truths in an easy and understandable way.

    Michelle McClunan is an Astrologer/Coach, Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people understand and accept themselves, navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. She has written a fortnightly newsletter for the last 12 years, where she provides practical tools to assist people in navigating and optimising the current planetary energies. She has a gift for meeting clients exactly where they are, gently guiding them through what they are going through, without judgement. She has been working as a counselling astrologer/coach for the past seventeen years and has run hundreds of workshops, where she assists people to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that block them from living rich and fulfilling lives.

  • The Sacred Feminine : Empowering the feminine with yoga, meditation and your astrological moon

    Teacher: Margarita Celeste and Michelle Strybis
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 03 June 2022 - Sunday 05 June 2022

    margarita celestemichelle strybisIn this empowering weekend for women, gentle Yin-style yoga will be offered as an invitation to expand, open and release tightly-held emotions and stress, focusing on the hips and heart. Evening "Moon" themed meditations will help participants to get in touch with this powerful Lunar Body to connect with your inner Feminine. Included will be talks on the Astrological Moon which will help women to navigate their emotional styles, and that of others. Body and Mind will be nourished over a weekend that promises to be nurturing for women - mothers and daughters, sisters and best friends - in a moment by moment openness to each other and to the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the BRC.

     

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    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.{/Toggle}

    {Toggle}Michelle Strybis danced from a very early age and has always been aware of the way movement affects our moods and mental states. Her journey with yoga started on a visit to an ashram in India where she completed her Yoga Teacher's Training. She has since visited India annually to further her yoga studies. In 2017 she completed a pre-and-post natal Yoga Teacher's Training and in 2018 she qualified as a Meditation teacher in Dharmsala. She is passionate about sharing how yoga and meditation can help to keep us centered in our everyday lives.

  • An Introduction To Mindfulness Based Living: "Knowing the present"

    Teacher: Kerri Martinaglia and Chrissi Preuss
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 10 June 2022 - Sunday 12 June 2022

    kerri martinagliachrissi preuss2Mindfulness 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 is the manager of The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre. She is a student of the late Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and has trained within the Karma Kagyu Lineage and participated in several meditation retreats over the past 19 years, including a 6 month closed retreat at the Tara Rokpa Centre Retreat Valley in Groot Marico. In 2009 she was invited to join the Mindfulness Africa Organisation. She is the Mindfulness Africa Coordinator for KwaZulu Natal and has certification in hatha yoga and  qigong disciplines. Her special interests are how the combined practices of gentle movement, mindfulness and compassion can potentially help to restore our balance.

    Chrissi Preuss has an Honours degree in Psychology from Rhodes University,  specialising in trauma and neuropsychology. After completing a Mindfulness Association 8-week course through The Waterfall Retreat  And  Environmental Centre, she set her heart on teaching yoga and has since completed an intensive 2-year yoga teacher training program. She approaches every class she teaches with kindness acommodating students of all ablility levels.

  • The Poetry In Mindfulness

    Teacher: Linda Kaoma
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 12 June 2022 - Wednesday 15 June 2022

    linda kaomaLinda Kaoma’s poetry workshops are spaces for mindfulness, reflection, and self-care. She fuses poetry writing with meditation, yoga, breathwork, and meditative movement. Poetry’s emotive quality lends us the space to explore our feelings and experience deep moments of reflection. It also allows us to take ordinary realities or stories and adorn them with figures of speech and other jewels, thus allowing us to rethink, relook and refeel our current lived stories and narratives. This poetry workshop will include time for play to indulge our inner children, and will include more than just literary exercises - it will also include drawing and visualisations. We need to play in order to learn, thus playing during a poetry workshop will help us learn more about ourselves.

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    Linda Kaoma is a poet and literary curator who has performed and curated events in numerous countries in Africa and Europe. She is passionate about exploring new places to house literature and new ways of exploring literature. This passion led her to explore the importance of poetry in African cultures especially as a facilitator for health in her dissertation for her Health Humanities Master’s degree at the University College of London in 2020. Her current interest is fusing her poetry with other healing modalities such as meditation, yoga, and African spiritual cosmology. For the past three years, she has been a part of and a facilitator for the Life Righting Collective which believes in the healing power of writing. As a facilitator for poetic life writing, she is interested in discovering the metaphors and the rhyme of one’s life.

  • Cultivating Mind-Heart Resonance Through Emotional Intelligence And Mindfulness

    Teacher: Shanil Haricharan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 June 2022 - Sunday 19 June 2022

    shanil haricharan2021The past two years have highlighted the volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous and unequal world we live in. To understand this world and resolve its problems, we must understand ourselves and our relationships; after all, the world is a projection of ourselves. The Buddha, Aristotle, Krishnamurti, among other great thinkers, have claimed that understanding ourselves is the beginning of wisdom. Over this weekend, you are invited on a journey of really getting to know thyself, starting with confronting your conditioning which has created who you are today. As Jungian psychologist  and author, James Hollis, observes: “What we have become is frequently the chief obstacle to our journey - an assemblage of defense mechanisms and anxiety management systems” or as Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, wisely counselled: “You are the unconditioned Spirit trapped in conditions. You fill it with yourself, or it dies”. In this journey we will probe the state of our mind, heart, body and spirit (as indigenous cultures have done for thousands of years) towards finding balance and harmony, particularly, in understanding the dominance of the mind over the other three domains of the Self. Our interactive exploration will be supported by a range of Eastern and Western theory and practice in cultivating mind-heart resonance, specifically through understanding emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and applying these in our personal development journey in navigating our rapidly evolving world. May this weekend deepen ways of living in full consciousness of self, others, nature, and society through supporting wholeness, oneness, integration, resonance, and renewal.

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     Shanil Haricharan is an academic, activist, advisor, writer, and coach. He has a diverse professional and academic career in the public and NGO sector, having served as a senior advisor on public management, leadership and organisational culture at the National Treasury for 13 years. Currently, he is the academic director UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, where he teaches and researches emotional intelligence, leadership, mindfulness, and organisational culture. He received a BSc (Medical/Life Sciences, Wits), an Advanced University Diploma in Adult Education (Natal), a MBA (UCT), and a PhD (Stellenbosch). His doctoral research focused on emotional intelligence, public leadership and organisational culture. He also completed the Gestalt International Organisation and Human Systems Development Programme at the Gestalt International Study Centre, Cleaveland, USA.

  • Radical Acceptance - Exploring the first fetter in the Buddha's teaching: Personality or Identity View

    Teacher: Chandasara
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 17 June 2022 - Sunday 19 June 2022

    The less personality you carry, the more presence you have. All practice is towards this – to dissolve the personality and enhance the presence of life in you - Sadhguru

    chandasara2In this meditation retreat, we will explore some of the ways that we identify with various facets of our experience. We can take our body, our feelings, our perceptions, our thoughts to be who we are. The Buddha called this “I-making, mine-making”. So what happens when we drop this identification and let go of these constructions of our self? How do we relax into a radical acceptance of the sufficiency of pure presence? We will explore these questions in the light of the Buddha’s teaching on untying this first fetter that keeps us bound in a state of agitation. In this deeply uncertain time, through these teachings, we can find a refuge – an island in the midst of the storm.

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    Chandasara (Louise Stack) spent her early adult life in political exile and later worked as a political analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg for 14 years. She trained as a Buddhist nun in the Forest School for 9 years in the UK, at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries. She holds degrees in Politics, Linguistics and Psychology. She taught meditation at Dharmagiri retreat centre and mindfulness at Riverview Manor clinic in Underberg for four years. She currently resides at Emoyeni retreat centre in the Magaliesberg.

  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging the body into shape and health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 June 2022 - Sunday 26 June 2022

    judy farah2019The upsurge of interest in the ancient practice of yoga attests to its proven physiological and psychological benefits. 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 yoga 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. It is an introduction to the Iyengar method. For those who wish to consolidate their practice to a deeper level, the additional 5-day retreat is strongly recommended (26 June to 1 July).

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    Judy Farah began her yoga practice at the age of 18 and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for the past 18 years. She has travelled to Pune many times to study and practise under the guidance of Gurus, BKS, Geetaji and Prashantji. She has attended many seminars of visiting Senior Iyengar teachers and travelled extensively to study under various other Iyengar teachers. This included doing a 6-year Medical/Remedial Course with Stephanie Quirk. It is her ongoing devotion to yoga practice that is her driving force in life.

  • Iyengar Yoga: Deepening your practice

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 26 June 2022 - Friday 01 July 2022

    judy farah2019For those who wish to consolidate and deepen their yoga practice, this 5-day intensive retreat is highly recommended. Apart from increased levels of fitness and vitality, you will reap the benefits of being in the tranquil, natural environment of Ixopo. You will leave feeling stretched, relaxed and fit for life.

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    Judy Farah began her yoga practice at the age of 18 and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for the past 18 years. She has travelled to Pune many times to study and practise under the guidance of Gurus, BKS, Geetaji and Prashantji. She has attended many seminars of visiting Senior Iyengar teachers and travelled extensively to study under various other Iyengar teachers. This included doing a 6-year Medical/Remedial Course with Stephanie Quirk. It is her ongoing devotion to yoga practice that is her driving force in life.