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  • A Weekend Of Hatha Yoga: Rekindle Your Life Energy

    Teacher: Kugan Naidoo
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R200 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 12 August 2022 - Sunday 14 August 2022

    kugan naidoo lotusJoin Kugan for a weekend of gentle yoga to restore and rejuvenate the body and mind and for holistic health and well-being. There will be time for walking in the tranquil grounds of the Centre, for rest and meditation.

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    Kugan Naidoo has studied Yoga and more especially Hatha yoga (asana) informally since 1988. He has taught in Ashrams and temples on a very basic level, free of charge. His formal training began in 2014 and culminated in his 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training qualification. He holds a diploma in Yoga and certification from Yoga Alliance and co-organizes the International Day Of Yoga in Durban. He presents yoga for the Wellness Series on a National Television channel and has been featured on radio programmes to share his knowledge.

     
  • Relaxation: Opening And Relaxing The Heart And Mind

    Teacher: Pippa Cope
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 19 August 2022 - Sunday 21 August 2022

    pippa copeEverybody experiences tranquility from time to time, because this open quality of mind is natural to us all. Yet, often our bodies and minds tighten and freeze to life’s challenges and stresses, even though creative solutions and expansive ideas are most likely to arise from a relaxed state. Healing Relaxation - designed by the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a wise Tibetan Buddhist healer, and a team of western healing professionals - is a simple, highly practical, yet profound programme which helps people repair the strains and tensions resulting from the conditions of modern life, and prevents them from developing in the first place. Relaxation and awareness practices can enhance our ability to access calm, expansive states of mind intentionally throughout our day. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits of developing such calmer states of mind, and learn effective relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques.

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    Pippa Cope has been involved with the Tara Rokpa Therapy Process, Healing Relaxation, a creative fusion of Tibetan and western Wisdom, since 1997, and was authorised to practise as a senior helper in South Africa. Having worked in the caring, therapeutic and development fields in the UK, Zimbabwe and Sri lanka, she is currently the resident manager of the Tara Rokpa Centre, Groot Marico.

  • Working With The Elements: Enquiry Into Ourselves And The World Around Us Through A Deeper Understanding Of Our Environment

    Teacher: Pippa Cope
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 21 August 2022 - Wednesday 24 August 2022

    pippa copeThe five elements provide a very dynamic system of understanding life. They make up the world around us and are in all living organisms, only the proportions differ.When the elements are in balance there is balance and harmony, when they are out of balance there is disharmony and dis-ease.The balance is constantly changing within and around us. To help us learn how to work with this ever-changing balance of the elements in a positive way, we have to first get to know them. In this retreat we will use the Tibetan schemata of the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and space. We will explore and get to know them in a practical way. We will examine and become familiar with the characteristics and qualities of each, and observe their interaction. At the same time we learn to observe our mind/body states in relation to the elements. The retreat will include guided relations, gentle stretching and creative work around each element, including painting and working with clay. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

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    Pippa Cope has been involved with the Tara Rokpa Therapy Process, Healing Relaxation, a creative fusion of Tibetan and western Wisdom, since 1997, and was authorised to practise as a senior helper in South Africa. Having worked in the caring, therapeutic and development fields in the UK, Zimbabwe and Sri lanka, she is currently the resident manager of the Tara Rokpa Centre, Groot Marico.

  • A Yin Yoga Retreat: Restorative Yoga

    Teacher: Jennifer Chapman
    Cost: 2 days accommodation +R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 26 August 2022 - Sunday 28 August 2022

    jen chapmanJoin Jennifer in taking it slowly, and aligning your body with your mind and emotions. During this restorative Yin Yoga retreat, we will rest and stretch, and flow calmly from one posture into another.

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    Jennifer Chapman is the founder of the Astanga Studio, in Kloof, Natal. From the age of twelve, she was encouraged by her ballet teacher to take up yoga. Dance has always been her heart song and yoga became intertwined in the dance of her heart. She has taught yoga in Mauritius, the Caribbean, Cozumel, New York and in South Africa and trained in Mysore, India. She has done various teacher trainings in Astanga in South Africa and Mexico, and in Children’s Yoga, AcroVinyasa Bali and Budokon. Her passion is to share the yoga path with others to find their joy and strength.

     
  • The Body Has Something To Say: Exploring Our Thinking Bodies Through Yoga, Meditation And Therapeutic Reflection

    Teacher: Fiona Brittion and Jason Ross
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 September 2022 - Sunday 04 September 2022

    fiona brittionjason ross oct2019When we allow ourselves to move in creative and healing ways, paying careful attention to the joy, the discomfort, the desire or the agitation that arises, we may learn how trauma of everyday life can break parts of us and how we might have put ourselves back together again in less helpful ways. By finding a flow in our bodies, stretching, balancing, and strengthening our bodies - we build a relationship between the parts of our being, allowing us to reshape ourselves. Fiona will guide both gentle and flowing yoga; Jason will help us understand the language of our bodies through meditation and therapeutic reflection. Simply bring your body -  just as it is -  and a mat.

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    Fiona Brittion has had a passion for Yoga for most of her life and commenced her yoga teacher training in 2021. As life’s traumas took their toll, she was able to find refuge through yoga. She has journeyed through various careers, ranging from a Camera Assistant in film to an Airline Pilot, travelling extensively. She first visited the BRC thirteen years ago, developing a deep love and appreciation for Buddhist practice and has been a regular retreatant ever since. She currently manages the Centre For Purposeful Living in La Mercy KZN, facilitating retreats and sanghas, and has established an NPO in support of nearby communities. 

    Jason Ross is a psychologist practising in KwaZulu Natal. He specialises in relationships, sexual health and addiction. His interest in Buddhism, however, preceded his career in psychology when Rob Nairn first introduced him to the relationship between Buddhism and psychology in 1997. He fondly recalls his first retreat with Louis van Loon 20 years ago. He was trained in Discursive Psychology and, therefore, has an interest in how we construct our realities through language. He is particularly interested in a language-based approach to mindfulness. He does not believe in reducing people's experiences to diagnostic labels and is very interested in finding more empowering ways for us to describe and understand our problems. He believes that we cannot live effectively without a sense of purpose and, along with his life partner, Fiona Brittion, he has founded the secular Buddhist retreat centre, The Centre For Purposeful Living in La Mercy KZN.

  • Nia - Retreat Through Dance: Curating Life As Art.

    Teacher: Susan Sloan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 September 2022 - Sunday 11 September 2022

    susan sloane oct2021Nia is a powerful collaboration of dance, martial arts and mindfulness practices that repatterns your nervous system for body, mind and holistic well-being and joy. By dancing barefoot, we use The Body’s Way to sense the wisdom of the body - and dance in a way that feels energising and balancing. Join Susan on this transformational retreat as we weave the tapestry of joy and embrace the beauty in life. After all, life is art.

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    Susan Sloan is a holistic wellness practitioner who harnesses connection and empathy through movement. She trained as a Hatha Yoga Instructor in 2000 (ISHTA Yoga Teachers-YTF, IYF) and has been teaching yoga and Nia Technique at her studio since 2003. She is a teacher trainer who believes Nia has the potential to help heal trauma in our brains and in our bodies. Nia curates a life of stillness, purpose in reaching our potential. Susan is a hands-on healing Reiki Master (Usui)/Trainer and Level 7 Kahuna Massage Therapist and has explored workshops with Gabor Mate on The Wisdom of Trauma.

     
  • A Taste of Somatics: Feeling And Healing The Body From Within

    Teacher: Lisa Firer
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 16 September 2022 - Sunday 18 September 2022

    lisa firer oct2021Join Lisa for a weekend of mindfulness-based-somatic movement in the tradition of Clinical Somatics. Learn gentle and mindful body-based practices to help release chronic tensions that underlie pain and stress. The retreat will offer some theory of somatic movement in general and Clinical Somatics specifically. Exploring the communication between the brain, nervous system and muscular system, we will learn about pandiculation, nature's way of releasing tension from the body. We will weave Basic Mindfulness practices and meditations throughout the retreat, develop your inner awareness and bring comfort and ease to the body through this slow and mindful approach. You will leave the retreat with some tools and practices to become your own body worker. This weekend is suitable for everyone and will meet you where you are. Begin an inner dialogue with your body, reminding it of its intelligence!

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    Lisa Firer is an artist and facilitator. Focused on embodied learning, her approach is strongly rooted in mindfulness and movement. She trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme in 2005 at the University of Massachusetts, USA, Centre for Mindfulness and has a certification in teaching Mindfulness-based Interventions from Stellenbosch University. Lisa is also an internationally accredited Biodanza facilitator, a system of human development using music and movement. She is Level 3 facilitator of somatic movement exercises through the Somatic Movement Centre and has a certification in Pain Reprocessing Therapy.

  • Healing The Family Tree: An Ancestor And Us Writing Retreat

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 2022

    dorian haarhof 2019The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children. Our stories are gifts we give each other and gifts we leave behind us. For, one day we too will be ancestors. In this retreat we write our stories and place them next to those of our family, immediate, extended and chosen. The idea of family can include not only blood, but our spiritual tradition, culture and the line of those who share our passions. The retreat also touches on healing the family tree and looks at questions such as how we can change the script and create new patterns.

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    Dorian Haarhoff - writer, story-teller, mentor. For twenty-five years the BRC has enriched his life and practice. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness. To bring healing. To guide us into the here and now. To build our belonging. A former Professor of English (Namibia) Dorian’s retreats are based on his workbook, The Writer’s Voice. His poetry appears in Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate. When he grows up he’d like to be Poet Dorieate of his spiritual home - the BRC.

  • Between First In-Breath And Last Out-Breath: The Art Of Story-telling

    Teacher: Dorian Haarhoff
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Sunday 25 September 2022 - Tuesday 27 September 2022

    dorian haarhof 2019Ever since I heard my first love story I have been looking for you  - Rumi

    Who is the who that Rumi alludes to? There is something deeply fictional about us human beings. We are the stories we tell about ourselves. Rediscover the lost art of story-telling. Experience the joy, presence, mindfulness and transformation that arrive when we engage with a tale, learn how to craft it and inhabit it. We begin to see our lives as a story, keeping pace with the rhythm of our hearts, balanced between the in and the out of our breathing. Be enchanted by Zen and other tales from many paths.

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    Dorian Haarhoff - writer, story-teller, mentor. For twenty-five years the BRC has enriched his life and practice. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness. To bring healing. To guide us into the here and now. To build our belonging. A former Professor of English (Namibia) Dorian’s retreats are based on his workbook, The Writer’s Voice. His poetry appears in Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate. When he grows up he’d like to be Poet Dorieate of his spiritual home - the BRC.

  • The Moon At The Window - A Silent Retreat With Ryokan

    Teacher: Stephen Coan
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 30 September 2022 - Sunday 02 October 2022

    stephen coan oct2019The Zen hermit-monk Ryokan (1758-1831) remains one of Japan’s favourite poets. An eccentric original (he is also known as the “Great Fool”) his antics have endeared him to successive generations. After his initial Zen training Ryokan spent several years wandering before settling in a mountain hermitage. However, Ryokan was no world-hating recluse and was frequently to be seen playing with village children or sharing a drink with farmers. According to one authority Ryokan's life “was a living sermon”. In an atmosphere of contemplative silence this retreat will use Ryokan's life and his luminous poetry to reflect on our relationship with ourselves, the world and all the beings who inhabit it. There will also be free time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the centre. Please note: apart from an introductory talk and a discussion period this retreat will be held in Noble Silence.

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    Stephen Coan has been involved with Buddhism for three decades. Inspired and informed by the Theravada and Zen Buddhist traditions his retreats place an emphasis on the centrality of practice in living a skillful and enlightened life while also exploring the interface between poetry and silence and the profound benefits of doing nothing, seriously.