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June 2022
  • 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.

     
     
July 2022
  • Saying Yes To Life – Finding The Divinity Within Ourselves: How having ‘faith’ can help us live wholeheartedly in the midst of a challenging and uncertain world

    Teacher: Richard-John Chippindall
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 01 July 2022 - Sunday 03 July 2022

    rj chippindallWe have a choice in the way in which we meet the many difficulties with which life inevitably presents us: we can be defensive and erect barriers to pain, or we can choose to approach discomfort and uncertainty with an attitude of friendliness and curiosity. Being open to what is challenging requires courage and practice as it is not in the nature of the human brain to remain calm in the face of difficulty. In relaxing into what is painful, we are making friends with ourselves and with our world, and we develop maitri – the unconditional self-acceptance that is the basis of compassion and well-being. Having faith in God, the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu, and the great prophets of other spiritual paths can give us courage and provide us with great support in navigating this human life that can be so difficult at times. Faith can do a lot of things in our life if we let it. It will grow us and allow us to do things we never thought ourselves capable of. It will turn us into a dreamer who really believes that with faith, all things are possible. In the Gospel of Matthew, it is written Jesus looked at them said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    In this interfaith weekend retreat, we will have the opportunity to say yes to life in all its forms, delightful and painful. We will embark on a journey into the minds and hearts of the great prophets of our world, a journey that presents the building blocks of world spirituality and helps us find the divinity within ourselves. Drawing on the writings of, among others, the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hahn that provide a Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, we will begin to discover the affirmation of the sacred in all religions and spiritual paths, and the infinite merits and common humanity they share. We will also draw on the writings of Pema Chodron, Ajahn Brahm, and other wise teachers to inspire us to live fearlessly by giving up control and waking up to everything we experience in and around us. Loving kindness meditations will support us in our journey, as will the exquisitely tranquil and containing environment of the Buddhist Retreat Centre. The weekend will include sessions of sitting and moving mindfulness practice, as well as walking the labyrinth and group discussions.

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    Richard-John Chippindall had an academic career in Microbiology until attending Louis van Loon’s retreat in the 1990’s. This introduction to Buddhist philosophy inspired him to study clinical psychology. After qualifying, he spent eleven years working at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London where he gained extensive experience in providing mindfulness-based interventions to patients with emotional and psychological difficulties, as well as chronic health problems. He is now in private practice in Johannesburg.

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

    Teacher: Anisha Maharaj and Eshara Ramphal
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Children's rate at 50% of the cost
    Dates: Monday 04 July 2022 - Thursday 07 July 2022

    anisha maharajeshara ramphalParents 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.

    Eshara will be offering yoga and mindfulness sessions over the 3 days. 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.

    Eshara Ramphal is a trained children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher. She has taught yoga and mindfulness to children between the ages 3 -12 years for the past two years at preschools and offers Sweet Kidz Yoga And Mindfulness classes at the Durban Botanical Gardens twice a month. While offering a service to children and creating a balance in their lives with exercises of the body and awareness of the mind, she is equipping them with tools for life. As the children become more mindful about their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, they are sure to develop higher self-esteem and greater respect for themselves and others.

  • Gardening For Happiness: The Basics Of Gardening

    Teacher: Chris Dalzell
    Cost: 2 days accommodation plus R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 08 July 2022 - Sunday 10 July 2022

    chris dalzellThey say that 'your life begins the day you start a garden'. If you are looking for some green thumb inspiration and motivation, join Christopher Dalzell for a fun-filled weekend of basic gardening tips where you will learn the practice and art of gardening. The weekend will entail plant identification and plant selection of trees, shrubs, ground covers and bulbs. He will show you how to prepare a flower bed and how to lay out your plants, and how to plant trees and other plants and their maintenance. Chris will advise on plant propagation showing the different forms of cuttings, seed sowing and dividing large plants and the pruning of shrubs and trees. He will also highlight the importance of soil and how to rejuvenate a nutrient-depleted soil and deal with pest and diseases. Growing and maintaining indoor plants will also be covered. Experience all this - and more - and celebrate the BRC's gardens and its green spaces.

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    Chris Dalzell was Curator of the Durban Botanical Gardens where he was in charge of special collections. He has studied, lectured and travelled internationally, collecting plant specimens from USA, Canada, Brazil, S.E. Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For many years he guided the South African exhibition at the international Chelsea Flower Show where his stall was consistently awarded Gold and Silver-Gilt Medals. He was appointed Assistant Director for the development of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. He currently runs his own landscaping business Chris Dalzell Landscapes.

  • Traditional Hatha And Raja Yoga

    Teacher: Duncan Rice
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 15 July 2022 - Sunday 17 July 2022

    duncanrice fullJoin Duncan for a weekend of reflection, rejuvenation, relaxation and restoration. The retreat is based on the ancient practices of hatha and raja yoga and is open to all levels of ability, including beginners, who wish to understand the fundamentals of yoga and develop, or deepen, their own practice. In the tranquil environment of the Buddhist Retreat Centre, we will discover how shatkarmas (cleansing techniques), asanas (postures), pranayama (control of the breath), mudra (gestures to manipulate and stimulate the energies in the body), bandhas (energy locks with the body) bring us into equilibrium. These traditional practices will help us to develop awareness of body, mind and breath. As the body gently opens like a lotus flower, and we start to release our past impressions, so the mind becomes relaxed preparing us for meditation. We will follow traditional guided meditation techniques in the meditation hall and in the labyrinth to quieten the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life and enhance creativity, insight and self-reflection.

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    Duncan Rice offers community-based yoga at "Yogam Yoga" in Durban. He has studied and lived in India for many years and has  followed the teachings of Patanjali (Ashtanga Yoga), Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga which are laid down in some of the oldest texts of yoga. His yoga is rooted in ancient tradition passed down by the teachers over thousands of years teaching that we are a multi-layered being from our physical body to your subtle body. Yoga is about creating health and equilibrium in our body, calming the mind and allowing us to be in touch and at peace with our true self.

     
  • A Winter Yoga And Mindfulness Retreat - Preparing The Soil

    Teacher: Magdarie van Staden
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 22 July 2022 - Sunday 24 July 2022

    magdarie van staden Winter time is a time for going inward, to consciously slow down and take stock. In nature, winter is the time we focus on preparing the soil before planting in spring. During this retreat, we create and hold space for you to go inward, take rest and reflect. We focus on preparing our soil for the seeds we wish to sow once we step out of hibernation - clearing out remnants of last season's crops and taking time to nurture and nourish - body, mind and soul. We will explore our inner landscape through pranayama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, contemplation and journaling.

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    Magdarie is a 500 hour trained yoga teacher who has been practising yoga since 2010 and teaching since 2014. She completed her final training with Christine Withiel from Jivananda Centre for Well Being in 2020. She is trained in styles of Vinyasa, Hatha, Satyananda (Bihar) and Yin yoga. During a class with Mags you will experience a full-rounded, traditionally taught yoga practice that incorporates yogic philosophy and lifestyle practices along with pranayama, mantra, movement, meditation and Yoga Nidra.

  • Finding And Keeping Your Centre: Taking Care Of Ourselves In Order To Be Of Service To Others

    Teacher: Tessa Pretorius
    Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 29 July 2022 - Sunday 31 July 2022

    tessa pretoriusWhy is it so difficult for us to be kind or gentle or good to with ourselves? Perhaps it is because we have grown up within the paradigm that ‘good people put the needs of others first’. In other words, we believe that we need to sacrifice ourselves in order to show we care. Or, it could just be that finding time for self-care just means one more thing on the already unobtainable to-do-list. But what if caring for ourselves wasn’t that difficult? What if, by a few simple adjustments or re-tuning of your emotions, thoughts or attitude patterns, we could find that calm place on the merry-go-round where we were at our best and could deal with and handle what life throws at us with style. The Buddha’s teachings emphasise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others. The wisdom of this teaching tells us that when we are kind and good to ourselves, we are automatically much more so to others.

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    Tessa Pretorius is an ex-trauma counsellor, activist, philosopher and writer, and has been facilitating workshops on self-care and mindfulness for over sixteen 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, the corporate sector and at various retreat centres. She believes self-care is essential for personal well-being and, as in Buddhist practice, essential to be of service to others. Tessa and her dog, Maggie, live at Emoyeni Retreat in the Magaliesberg.

August 2022
  • Open the Heart And Still the Mind Compassion Retreat

    Teacher: Sue Cooper
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 05 August 2022 - Tuesday 09 August 2022

    sue cooper 2021This 4 night, silent retreat Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion Retreat will provide an opportunity to develop and explore meditation practices and teachings which strengthen our embodied, heartfelt presence, whilst integrating the joys and the sorrows that we have all been confronted with during these years of so much 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 for the 4 day course fee.

    Please Note: At present, in-person retreat attendance requires a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the retreat.

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    Sue Cooper is a Cape Town-based Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice 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, both in South Africa and at Gaia House in the UK. 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 at Temenos, Mont Fleur, Blue Butterfly and Somerset Gift in the Western Cape; Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre and the Buddhist Retreat Centre in KwaZulu Natal; and Emoyeni Retreat Centre in the North West Province, as well as 6-8 week "Open the Heart and Still the Mind" courses, on-going weekly groups and monthly half-day/day retreats in Cape Town See: https://stillmindretreats.com and please contact .

  • 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.

     
September 2022
  • 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 certified Level 1 facilitator of somatic movement exercises through the Somatic Movement Centre.

  • 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 of 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.

October 2022
  • Yinsight: The Practice Of Yin And Mindfulness With A Twist

    Teacher: Despina Forbes
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 07 October 2022 - Sunday 09 October 2022

    despina forbes2022Yoga and meditation can be experienced as a practice of cultivating well-being. The practice of yoga improves overall emotional and spiritual well-being, joint mobility, immunity and organ health - to mention just a few of its benefits. We will be exploring Yin, Hatha and Restorative yoga, breathwork, soundwork and mindfulness practices through the lense of the vagus nerve and soothing the nervous system. Yin yoga is a quiet, slow, nourishing, releasing and grounded yoga practice. Hatha yoga is practised at a slow, steady pace, supporting the strengthening and flexibility of the body, heart and mind. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxing and softening, rather than stretching and strengthening. Mindfulness is paying particular attention to the present moment with curiosity and friendship with whatever is arising from moment to moment - it is knowing what we are doing when we are doing it; it is being awake and open to this life just as it unfolds. Combining these practices of movement and stillness creates powerful possibilities for insight, transformation and healing for the body, mind, and heart.

    Please note that the retreat will be trauma sensitive/informed'.

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    Despina Forbes’ intention is to hold the space for facilitating well-being - drawing from nature, mindfulness/heartfulness, psychology, yoga, neuroscience, soundwork and sound healing as modalities for cultivating healthy change. She is a psychologist, mindfulness and yoga practitioner in Zululand, South Africa and online and  is interested in facilitating cultivation of sustainable well-being. A trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programme practitioner, she has trained and practised internationally, attended mindfulness trainings and programmes with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the Centre For Mindfulness and Research in Bangor and The Mindfulness In Schools’ Project, UK. She studied her undergraduate and Masters degree abroad and returned to South Africa in 2004 where she continues to practise. She undertook the 200-hour Yoga teacher training under the guidance of Christine Withiel at Jivananda Centre For Well-Being in 2016, completed the Level 1 (100-hour) Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers in 2017 and furthered her 300-hour training with Yogrishi Vishvekthu, Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh, India, in 2019. You can find out more about Despina on her website: www.thewholesomspace.com

  • Stand Like A Tree To Power Up Your Chi

    Teacher: Paul Dorrian
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 11 October 2022 - Thursday 13 October 2022

    paul dorrianZhan Zhuang (‘Standing like a Tree’) Qigong is unlike most other Qigong styles, in that with the exception of changing from one static posture to the next, the practitioner remains absolutely still. Regarded by many contemporary Masters as the most powerful of all Qigong practices, it opens all of the nine energy portals in the body, and encourages one’s chi (life force) to flow powerfully throughout one’s entire being. In this retreat Paul will teach the Four Posture Zhan Zhuang Form, which assists in developing a strong physical structure as well as creating a greater supply of healing chi to promote health and vitality. He will also teach the ancient Taoist Qigong meditation for inner tranquillity.

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    Paul Dorrian is a former international management consultant, author and speaker. His interest in improving employee wellness in the work place led him to teach Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan. Paul has studied these disciplines under various teachers in South Africa, the UK and Spain, and with the late Master Dr Nico Snyman, his current teacher Master Marleen Bilas and with his Grandmaster Dr Lin Feng-Chao. He currently teaches Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang style and Qigong in the Pa Tuan Chin, Healing Sounds and Zhan Zhuang styles at his school, the Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan, and with private students in Pietermaritzburg.

  • Life Tides And Word Links: A Course In Poetry

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 13 October 2022 - Sunday 16 October 2022

    dawn garischI want to share an approach to poetry
    that’s taught me how to play
    with rhythm and meaning, following words
    and traces of feeling to make new tracks.
    Acts of poetry link the tides of my body
    and the world with new ways of thinking, moving
    across from life to the page, and back

    This course will help you to connect with themes and images that need expression and exploration. Learning to condense or distil your inquiry can help with insight and clarity. Working with rhythm and rhyme, off-and-half-rhymes, and with antonyms and synonyms, can break open meaning in new and unexpected ways. Please bring a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary if you have one. I will bring mine to share.

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    Dawn Garisch has had seven novels, two collections of poetry, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had a short play and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. In 2007 her poem Blood Delta was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize for fiction in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. In 2013 her short story What To Do About Ricky won the NAF-funded Short.Sharp.Story competition. Her novel Accident was published by Modjaji in 2017 and her adaptations of her novels Accident and Trespass were staged. She published her latest book Breaking Milk in 2020. She is interested in trans-disciplinary work in science and art, and between different art forms and teaches life writing and creative method courses. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

  • Root Memoir Course: Exploring Nature And Nurture

    Teacher: Dawn Garisch
    Cost: 5 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 18 October 2022 - Sunday 23 October 2022

    dawn garischIn this experimental and experiential writing course, we will explore our relationship with the natural world. We have done damage to ourselves and the environment by constructing the idea that human beings are separate from nature. Even our language betrays this attitude - we speak of nature and the environment as though it is ‘out there’. Through experiential exercises and writing, we will explore how the built environment, consumerism, ideas about time, and our fears, anxieties, disgust and distrust keep us disconnected from resources that nourish and support us.

    The creative mind is a natural space where we can remake connections with the source of life as inclusive and sensory. Writing into our relationship with the elements, our habitat, natural cycles and with life in all forms can help us live in a responsive and responsible way, taking better care of the two homes we inhabit until we die – our bodies and the earth.

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    Dawn Garisch has had seven novels, two collections of poetry, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines. She has had a short play and short film produced, and has written for television and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. In 2007 her poem Blood Delta was awarded the DALRO prize. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize for fiction in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. In 2013 her short story What To Do About Ricky won the NAF-funded Short.Sharp.Story competition. Her novel Accident was published by Modjaji in 2017 and her adaptations of her novels Accident and Trespass were staged. She published her latest book Breaking Milk in 2020. She is interested in trans-disciplinary work in science and art, and between different art forms and teaches life writing and creative method courses. She is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

  • Yin And Yang: A Yoga Retreat: Release, Relax And Restore

    Teacher: Georgie Carter
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Tuesday 25 October 2022 - Friday 28 October 2022

    georgie carterYin yoga provides the balance to our hectic Yang lifestyle. In today’s busy world we are inundated with the pressure to do more, take on yet more and push ourselves even further. This 3-day mid-week retreat provides a balance to our often frenetic, stressful lives and will restore harmony, health and calmness. In relaxing our muscles and surrendering into our yoga postures, we are able to work deeply into the joints, ligaments, fascia and bones of the body - releasing tension and detoxifying normally inaccessible parts of our bodies. The retreat is centred around releasing, relaxing and restoring our bodies, our minds and our energy and is suitable for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mats.

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    Georgie Carter has been practising Hatha Yoga for 8 years. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with The Jivananda Centre for Well-Being in 2010 followed by an intensive Iyengar yoga course in Rishikesh, India with Usha Devi in 2015. Her passion is to apply yoga to everyday life in order to find a balanced and better way to manage daily challenges, to enable us to live a more loving, compassionate and purposeful life. She has travelled to India many times to deepen her practice. She currently lives in the Natal midlands, where she teaches yoga.

     
  • “You Can’t Fill The Hole In Your Heart With Food”…And Other Things - Jan Chozen Bays Mindful Eating: The hidden gifts of our compulsions

    Teacher: Xenia Ayiotis
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 28 October 2022 - Sunday 30 October 2022

    xenia ayiotisFood and eating can be a source of great joy, but it can also be a source of great suffering and struggle. This retreat is based on a combination of the principles of Mindful Eating And Intuitive Eating. The intention of this retreat is to examine our relationship with food and to start the process to create a healthy relationship with food. Using a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us when, what and how much we eat, also examining our rules around food. We will look at how to deal with cravings and urges through the development of mindfulness skills. Through a process of enquiry, we will explore the emotional triggers that often lead us to overeating and binge eating, and how these may be understood and effectively dealt with. Using mindfulness and examining our conditioning around food, we will gain an awareness of our habitual behaviour and begin a process towards a joyful and peaceful relationship with food and our body. 

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    Xenia Ayiotis is a Certified Mindful Eating Coach, Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Life Coach. Xenia has a Masters degree in languages from Wits University. She is currently training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach as a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher. She helps people let go of the struggle around eating and find peace in their relationship with food and their bodies. She is in private practice and offers workshops and retreats. www.theartofmindfuleating.com

November 2022
  • Begin Birding - And Reap Lifelong Rewards

    Teacher: Aldo Berruti
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 November 2022 - Sunday 06 November 2022

    aldo berrutiBirding is entrancing and fulfilling, but it is challenging. Enhance your everyday life with this birding course which demonstrates protocols, processes and empowerment, rather than trying to cram in the key characters of a plethora of species. Experience how to use your binoculars, field guides and apps, how to see and remember birds, using interactive presentations and field outings. The ambience is supportive and encouraging as we begin birding with multiple rewards. Bring binoculars, a bird guide or app, walking shoes and sun gear. The weekend includes periods of meditation and personal time.

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    Aldo Berruti began birding as a young boy, an interest which evolved into a career in ornithology, attaining a MSc and PhD in ornithology. After twenty years as a publishing scientist, including work on albatrosses at sub-Antarctic Marion Island, waterbirds at sub-tropical Lake St Lucia and the coastal seabirds of the Western Cape, Aldo became the first Director of BirdLife South Africa in 1996. He currently lives in Underberg with his wife Sharron, where his guiding business focussed on the iconic Sani Pass. He turned to running on-line birding courses (Birding with Aldo) as COVID shut down tourism. He retains his amateur enthusiasm for birds fifty five years after beginning, and loves sharing birds with people.

  • Begin Birding - And Reap Lifelong Rewards

    Teacher: Aldo Berruti
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 04 November 2022 - Sunday 06 November 2022 08:00am - 05:00pm

    Birding is entrancing and fulfilling, but it is challenging. Enhance your everyday life with this birding course which demonstrates protocols, processes and empowerment, rather than trying to cram in the key characters of a plethora of species. Experience how to use your binoculars, field guides and apps, how to see and remember birds, using interactive presentations and field outings. The ambience is supportive and encouraging as we begin birding with multiple rewards. Bring binoculars, a bird guide or app, walking shoes and sun gear. The weekend includes periods of meditation and personal time.

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  • At Ease in Mind and Body: An Introduction To Qigong

    Teacher: Paul Dorrian
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 11 November 2022 - Sunday 13 November 2022

    paul dorrianQigong is an ancient Chinese practice that boosts one’s health and longevity. Through gentle, slow and flowing movements, it integrates and harmonises one’s bodily functions and states of mind by eliminating static and toxic energy patterns. Qigong strengthens the internal organs and skeletal structure and encourages good posture. In this retreat Paul will teach the Healing Sounds Short Form - a set of gentle exercises that also uses sounds to cleanse and heal our major organs.

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    Paul Dorrian is a former international management consultant, author and speaker. His interest in improving employee wellness in the work place led him to teach qigong and tai chi Chuan. Paul has studied these disciplines under various teachers in the UK and Spain, and with the late Master Dr Nico Snyman, his current teacher Master Marleen Bilas and with his Grandmaster Dr Lin Feng-Chao. He currently teaches tai chi Chuan in the Yang style and qigong in the Pa Tuan Chin, Healing Sounds and Zhan Zhuang styles at his school, the Lin Li School of tai chi chuan, and with private students in Pietermaritzburg.

     

  • Quiet Mountain, Clear Sky: Meditating With Calmness And Clarity

    Teacher: Mervyn Croft
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 18 November 2022 - Sunday 20 November 2022

    mervyn croftThis retreat will provide an opportunity to explore two aspects of Buddhist meditation practice - the gradual development of calmness and peacefulness in our mind; and the practise of awareness, in order to live with more clarity and more centredness in the present moment. This foundation of calmness helps us to meet our confused thoughts and emotions with more acceptance and kindness and leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of our minds. The retreat will create a gentle and relaxed space in which to explore the benefits of spending time quietly with ourselves, to allow the qualities of calmness and clarity to develop in a natural way and to enjoy the nurturing effect of being silent in a beautiful environment.

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    Mervyn Croft has been engaged in Buddhism for over forty years, including a period of thirteen years as a member of the resident community at the Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo. He has participated in retreats in the Theravada, Zen and Tibetan traditions, and for many years was a student of Godwin Samararatne from Sri Lanka. In 2000 he co-founded the Emoyeni Retreat Centre where he teaches and lives in a house of stone.

  • The Roots Of Sacred Drumming: Exploring Natural Rhythms

    Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 25 November 2022 - Sunday 27 November 2022

    richard ellismarc kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending our routine lifestyle, opening ourselves to spiritual realms of healing and creativity, which is experienced as liberating and rejuvenating. This is because the universe is a flux of pulsating rhythms and drumming connects us to these rhythms, thus facilitating a change in consciousness and a sense of belonging and well-being, which, in turn, promotes deep relaxation and healing. In this retreat we will learn basic drumming techniques and explore rhythmic creativity which will be combined with meditation practice and contemplation. A Sound Journey meditation using exotic instruments will also be included. The objective of this retreat is to find a balance between the hands-on experience of drumming and its more profound spiritual effects on the human psyche.

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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 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 on drums and percussion for all ages and levels of expertise. 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 and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling through India in 2003: “I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. He has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyāsa, Astanga, Iyengar and Sivananda.

December 2022
  • Yoga Mind, Body And Breath: A Journey Of Self-Discovery

    Teacher: Marc Kress
    Cost: 2 days + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 02 December 2022 - Sunday 04 December 2022

    marc kressThe practice of yoga brings the mind and body together, grounding us in the present, connecting us with where we are and what our body tells us about ourselves. Yoga is a process of re-connecting to our body and breath, coming back into the present moment. The ancient yogis realized that in order to be able to meditate effectively requires a healthy, strong body, so they developed yoga postures (asanas), cleansing techniques and breathing exercises (pranayama). Through regular practise of asanas, pranayama and meditation, yoga unlocks the deeper levels of our being. It is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who we are. This retreat is open to beginners and experienced students. Please bring a yoga mat.

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    Marc Kress is a yoga teacher and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling through India in 2003: “I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. Marc has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyāsa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Tantra and Astanga. He has a Hatha yoga teaching qualification from the Yoga Alliance and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.

  • A Neurosurgeon Probes Wellness And Performance: Psychoneuroimmunology

    Teacher: Ian Weinberg
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 09 December 2022 - Sunday 11 December 2022

    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 or 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. His book Leading with Conscious Awareness: A narrative of personal insights published by Conscious Companies/South Africa was launched in 2018. See: www.neuronostic.com.

     
  • Shibuie - When Beauty Happens Accidentally: Sumie and Raku – Japanese brush painting and pottery

    Teacher: Ingrid Adams and Anthony Shapiro
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R400 surcharge
    Dates: Monday 12 December 2022 - Friday 16 December 2022

    ingrid adamsanthony shapiro 2022Shibuie - When Beauty Happens Accidentally: Sumie and Raku - Japanese brush painting and pottery

    Shibuie is the ancient Japanese concept of Accidental Beauty in which the artist is just one ingredient in a number of dynamic interacting natural processes, the outcome of which is delightfully unpredictable, but strangely beautiful - not ego-driven or deliberate. Ingrid will teach the classical Japanese brush painting techniques (Sumie) as these are applied to traditional subjects, such as landscape, bamboo and flower studies - as well as contemporary subjects. We will use the genuine, traditional materials: solid pine-soot ink, a hollowed-out slate to liquefy it, a deer-hair bamboo-stemmed brush and absorbent mulberry paper. Tools will be provided, but sets can be purchased (R850) from the BRC. Each retreatant will receive a bisque-fired tea bowl to sumie-decorate and glaze. Jess will then fire up the kiln after which we will watch the magic as the pots emerge from their ordeal of having been subjected to 1000ºC heat, smothered in sawdust and immersed in cold water. The pots will emerge triumphantly from the scorching heat!

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    Ingrid Adams qualified as a fashion designer, an art teacher and completed a B.A. Fine Arts with Unisa. She travelled extensively whilst running a successful business in fashion and home textiles. Viewing Sumie and ink painting in China, Japan and Korea, she embarked on a Sumie course with Louis and was instantly smitten. Retiring from business, Ingrid completed a B.A. Fine Arts Honours, and recently a Masters, with UKZN Pietermaritzburg. Both the research and practical were focused on Sumie. She currently paints and teaches Sumie part-time.

    Antony Shapiro made his first ceramic at thirteen. Forty- three years later, he is a multiple award- winning potter recognised as one of the leading potters in South Africa. Over his four-decade-long career, he has become well known as a prolific creator and maker, retailer and gallerist, curator and  teacher. His firm belief that ‘makers must make’ is essential to his love of pottery. In 1988 Anthony started as an apprentice with the pottery doyenne, Kim Sacks, while simultaneously learning the art of hand-building with Charmaine Renzon. During his apprenticeship, Kim asked Anthony to teach her classes when she travelled. Immediately he fell in love with the process of teaching others to make, and his passion evolved into a love of the space teaching created, the community it formed and the joy he experienced with his students. In 1989, he took up a position as the pottery teacher at Earnest Ullman Recreation Centre in Johannesburg. Within months he had transformed the Studio into a hive of activity, home to over seventy students. Throughout this time, he maintained his dedication to his own making. For Anthony, making is a way of being in the world and a calling and a vocation. His work has been sold in some of the most exclusive retailers locally and internationally.

     

  • Grounded In Space: A Weekend Of Tai Chi And Qigong

    Teacher: Alex and Jeremy Lister-James
    Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 16 December 2022 - Sunday 18 December 2022

    alex lister jamesjeremy lister jamesBased on the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, tai chi is rooted in balance and flow, stillness within movement, and reflection during action. Just like the shape of the Taijitu - the symbol of yin and yang - every movement is based on circles. Al Huang, in Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, suggests: “Stop the words and start the doing.” With gentle movements and focused mind, we will teach a short sequence of yang-style tai chi, complemented with simple qigong  exercises and movement-within-stillness meditation. Tai chi has been described as “learning to move with the wind and water in the course of everyday life”.

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    Alex Lister-James initially studied the Yang Form of tai chi as a form of “moving meditation” before incorporating qigong (chi kung) in her practice, together with sitting and walking meditation. She has attended retreats at the Buddhist Retreat Centre for 40 years. In her professional life, Alex is a Health Professional in private practice, focusing on the health of women and children.

    Jeremy Lister-James has been involved in the sustainability field for the last 15 years. His vision is the possibility of a world in which humans and other life will flourish on earth forever. He strives to do no harm, rather than less harm, starting with a range of reflective practices aimed at flourishing. These foster an individual awareness of connectedness and the need for caring - for self, others and the world. One such practice is tai chi-qigong (chi kung).

  • Stalking The Moment: Being Home 24/7 - Christmas At The BRC

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 3 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Friday 23 December 2022 - Monday 26 December 2022

    tsunma tsondruBe here now. Rest in the moment. Catch the ungraspable moment. How do we do that when life keeps tumbling us along like a sand grain in a river? When all is in dizzying motion, where is 'the moment’, where is ‘here’? Take time out at the BRC over Christmas to slow down into the moment. You can find your true home in the here-now. With sitting and walking meditation, we will stalk the elusive moment. We will discover how to recognise our 'home', and we will see that we are in fact at home always. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of introspection and silence with time for journaling, reflection, and fireside talks.

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    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She came across Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a molecular biologist, lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three-and-a-half-year retreat, followed by a second retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and as its Executive Director. In order to learn the Work That Reconnects, she travelled to San Francisco for a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with Macy’s Work That Connects. Tsondru offers this work, blending it with teachings on Engaged Buddhism, and traditional meditation practice. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth. Click here to see the blog interview in 2 parts by Penny Urquhart.

  • Three Wise Medicines For Living Your Life In The New Year

    Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
    Cost: 4 days accommodation + R450 surcharge
    Dates: Thursday 29 December 2022 - Monday 02 January 2023

    tsunma tsondruThe spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived - Thomas Merton

    New Year is a good time of the year to take stock and contemplate our moment-to-moment, here-and-now reality in all its fullness. It’s a traditional time for clarifying our motivations, and for starting afresh with new intentions. A time, in other words, to reboot the system. Give yourself the gift of time over this New Year period to collect the Three Wise Medicines of gratitude, ahimsa and contentment, to reflect on the past year, and uncover how you can best live your life in the coming year. During this time together we will let our body, speech and mind fall silent through the practice of meditation and silence. In working with the Three Wise Medicines, there will also be time for writing and contemplation, walking and ceremony especially outside in nature. We will welcome the New Year with a lantern-lit ceremony in the Zendo, chanting, ringing out the old year with an ancient Chinese temple gong. The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of silence and introspection.

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    Tsunma Tsondru is a nun ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She came across Buddhism through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist, she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three-and-a-half-year retreat, followed by a second retreat of four years. Since returning to Cape Town, she has served on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, a multi-faith NGO, and is now its Executive Director. She spent a 10-day intensive retreat with Joanna Macy, engaging with Macy’s “Work That Connects”, which she has offered in Cape Town. Her particular interest is eco philosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics play in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of the Earth.