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  • An Introduction to Zen – Just Sitting Over The Full Moon Of May

    Teacher: Roux Malan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 24 May 2024 - Sunday 26 May 2024

    roux malanDuring this silent retreat you will be introduced to Just Sitting (zazen), Chanting (okyo), Vocalized Movements (Mu-I-Tai-Chi) which will enable you to cultivate

    strong energy (Ki’ai) and quiet awareness (mindfulness). The ultimate aim of Zen practice is to meet our fears with love - “for where there is love (union) there is no fear” and to cultivate deep calm and strength over time. The sessions will alternate between zazen, walking meditation, chanting and the ten movements.

    On the Saturday night in union with Buddhists around the world, we will hold a traditional Wesak ceremony - a lantern-lit circumambulation around the Buddha Rupa - to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha nearly 2500 years ago.

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    Roux Malan lives in Somerset West where he leads a small community of Zen practitioners. He is an ordained Unitarian minister on the overseas role of ministers
    of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the UK and currently serves the Cape Town Unitarians as a Community minister. He developed a deep and enduring interest in Zen Buddhism after attending the Parliament of World Religions in 1999. After moving to Rondebosch, he attended a weekly lay-led Zen group facilitated by Ron Schiff and participated in a Zazenkai retreat at the Dharma Centre in Robertson with Heila and Rodney Downey. In 2023 Roux started practising with a USA-based Zen community and completed Jiki (Just Sitting facilitator) Training. He also participated in a 49-day Training Session and two Zazenkai’s. He has a deep interest in eco-spirituality and interfaith work.

  • Autumn Abundance: A Weekend on Edible Weeds with Walks And Talks On Rewilding

    Teacher: Nikki Brighton
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 31 May 2024 - Sunday 02 June 2024

    nikki brightonNikki's immersive retreat will focus on finding and tasting weeds found in the garden. You will learn to identify various tasty edibles and surprise your palate while you forage for free food. Her books Mnandi – A Taste Of Mpophomeni  celebrates the cooks and gardeners of Mpophomeni township in KZN Midlands and Wild About Weeds is an introduction to uncultivated food and a guide to the most common edible weeds and uncultivated foods found in South Africa. Her retreat is intended to stimulate curiosity and encourage foodies to explore and make the most of the delicious abundance in your area and to lighten your load on our planet.

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    Nikki Brighton is a writer and activist, well known in the Midlands for her passion for the environment and community. She is an enthusiastic locavore who has been instrumental in the establishment and support of Mpophomeni Conservation Group, the Slow Food Community of KZN Midlands, the REKO farmers markets and the Midlands Barter Markets. She loves nothing better than running bean seeds through her fingers, foraging for wild greens on walks along the river with her dog and delighting friends with entirely local meals, using unusual ingredients. She is a prolific blogger and uses every opportunity to raise awareness about the causes she cares about - local food, simple, creative living, animal rights, conservation and community. Nikki is listed as an influential woman in the Mail & Guardian 2021 Power of Women

  • Qigong - Gently Nurturing Life

    Teacher: Dianne Franklin
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 02 June 2024 - Tuesday 04 June 2024

    di franklinThe gentle movements that you will learn to do on this relaxed course will help to build your immune system and improve your general well-being. The mindful way in which you move will work on your internal organs as you generate energy 'qi'. You will also have time to roam the beautiful grounds of the BRC as you take time out to relax and recharge.

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    Dianne Franklin is an Advocate in private practice. She has been studying Buddhism and qigong for more than twenty years. She is a student of Max Weier, the Qigong Master from Switzerland. Her teachers include Rob Nairn, Geshe Pende and Ken Holmes.

     
  • Qigong - The Mindful Way To Serenity

    Teacher: Dianne Franklin
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 04 June 2024 - Friday 07 June 2024

    di franklinThis course will flow from the first qigong course should you wish to stay and enjoy the full 5 days at the BRC. Although qigong predates Traditional Chinese Medicine, the movements we do in qigong today are also related to the energy 'qi' systems of meridians and acupuncture points, and work with the Five Elements and the related body organs. While mindfully practising these movements, you can strengthen your inner reserves and find serenity. Reward yourself by taking some time out to enjoy the BRC during the free time available during this retreat.

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    Dianne Franklin is an Advocate in private practice. She has been studying Buddhism and qigong for more than twenty years. She is a student of Max Weier, the Qigong Master from Switzerland. Her teachers include Rob Nairn, Geshe Pende and Ken Holmes.

     

  • Cultivating Mind-Heart Resonance Through Emotional Intelligence And Mindfulness

    Teacher: Shanil Haricharan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 June 2024 - Sunday 09 June 2024

    shanil haricharan2021"What we have become is frequently the chief obstacle to our journey - an assemblage of defense mechanisms and anxiety management systems" -James Hollis, Jungian psychologist and author

    "Knowing thyself" is the first step towards enlightenment, according to traditional wisdom. This interactive weekend retreat will take you on an exciting journey of self-discovery, supporting you in peeling back the layers of conditioning that have constructed your current identity. Explore the timeless teachings of Rumi, Buddha, Krishnamurti, Jung, and others to learn more about the limitless potential of your unconditioned spirit. During this retreat, we will look into the present state of our mind, heart, body, and spirit, as well as learn about emotional intelligence and mindfulness to help you navigate this ever-changing and complex world in balance and harmony.

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    Dr Shanil Haricharan is an academic, activist, adviser, author, and coach. He has a varied professional and academic background in the public and non-profit sectors, having spent 13 years as a senior advisor on leadership and organisational development at the National Treasury. At the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT, he teaches and researches on emotional intelligence, public leadership, governance, organisational culture, and well-being. His doctoral study focused on the relationship between emotional intelligence and public leadership performance. At the Gestalt International Study Centre, he also completed the Gestalt International Organisation and Human Systems Development Programme.

  • Reclaim Your Power: A journey to inner balance

    Teacher: Heike Sym
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 14 June 2024 - Monday 17 June 2024

    heike sym2020We all have inner guidance and knowledge, but we don't always know how to 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 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 our 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 and 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 interests over the years. She is now embracing her calling as a medium, energy healer, numerologist, metaphysical profiler and teacher. She gives regular talks, courses and interviews on radio, and offers individual sessions.

  • Going With The Flow: Integrating Meditation And Mindfulness Into Our Daily Life

    Teacher: Bruce van Dongen
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 21 June 2024 - Sunday 23 June 2024

    bruce van dongenThe aim of this workshop is to develop the tools that enable us to arrive gently and lucidly in the present moment, being aware of the ebb and flow of our moods and emotions and learning to be mindful instead of reactive in our interactions with others. Using the techniques presented, we will learn to train our minds to be centered on the present so that we can flow with the river of life instead of fighting against the current of our conditioning. There is great joy in being present, no matter what is happening. We will explore Kundalini yoga, which is a combination of stationary and dynamic poses, qigong (chi kung), breathwork and experience gong washing and  a sound journey with crystal bowls. These practices increase our energy level and give us the capacity to be fully present and integrated in our bodies and minds. This is a meditation-centered practice - not a physical yoga practice. The workshop will be varied to allow retreatants of all ages and levels of experience to derive great benefit from this 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 is a qualified teacher in the Hatha and Kundalini disciplines. He is a Director of The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre and uses both nature and yoga as his soothing systems to balance the pressures of the corporate world.

  • Rejuvenating The BRC: A Family Retreat With Children In Mind

    Teacher: Anisha Maharaj
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Children's rate at 50% of the cost
    Dates: Monday 24 June 2024 - Thursday 27 June 2024

    anisha maharajParents and children are invited to join a three-day retreat in the rolling hills of the BRC. Anisha will instill an appreciation of simple pleasures, joy and gratitude. The days will be filled with drumming, making art, mandalas and wind-chimes, nature walks, ubuntu story-telling and toasting marshmellows under the stars. Children of school-going age (8 years and up) must be accompanied by an adult.

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    Anisha Maharaj worked for several years in corporate and global business roles tapping creativity and inspiring entrepreneurship. It is her playful, sociable nature and an unwavering belief in ethics, morality and kindness that have shaped her Hygge (contented) lifestyle. She is artistic, a yoga lover, a tree-hugger, a dance enthusiast, and widely travelled - with a knack for unleashing the inner child and finding beauty in simple pleasures.

     

  • Iyengar Yoga: Nudging The Body Into Shape And Health

    Teacher: Judy Farah
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 June 2024 - Sunday 30 June 2024

    judy farah2019Get moving again. The 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 (30 June to 5 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 20 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 + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 30 June 2024 - Friday 05 July 2024

    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.