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18 - 20 Oct 2019 | Finding Courage for New Beginnings Retreat with Sue Cooper

This late Spring silent weekend retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners and is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative silence. We will focus on the cultivation of life-affirming qualities of mind and heart which support the development of courage and self-confidence, necessary for growth and transformation. We will draw on the Spring theme of new beginnings to inspire and encourage fearlessness in the face of change and uncertainty. This will enable us to move beyond our habitual, fear-based patterns so that we can create the conditions for new possibilities and discoveries.

In addition to sitting, standing and reclining meditations, our embodied awareness will be enhanced by daily sessions of the ancient movement meditation qigong (Chi Kung), optional yoga and aromatherapy massages, as well as silent walking meditations through the beautiful Spring gardens of Temenos. There will also be time for restorative rest and short, individual sessions with Sue during the retreat. Delicious vegetarian/vegan food will be savoured in silence as part of our integrated practice. This retreat ends with lunch on Sunday 20th Oct and includes free accommodation on Sunday night.

Embrace the season of Spring in the magical gardens of Temenos with awareness and silent celebration!

A pre-retreat individual session is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R850 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 14 General CEUs have been granted. Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s) this year, there is an annual admin fee of R175 - thank you.

Cost and Accommodation:

Single en-suite: R5200 (Accommodation & Food: R3300 and Teacher's Fee: R1900) Shared en-suite: R4800 per person (Accommodation & Food: R2900 and Teacher's Fee: R1900)

A deposit of R2500 confirms your place, R1500 of which is non-refundable. You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due two weeks before the start of the retreat, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue. Payment plans are available on request.

Optional Extras: Massage: R550 for 60 minutes Yoga: Suggested dana (donation) of R120 - R150 per session attended

Accommodation Options: (please visit Temenos to view gallery)

Library Suites: Avila - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Jamil - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Iona - Georgian cottage, double bed, bath, fireplace, private braai patio Lisieux - Georgian cottage, twin beds, bath, fireplace, private patio

Garden Cottages: Assisi - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Subiaco - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Carmel - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, private patio, braai area Chiara - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, verandah

Spiral Cottages: Athena - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities Beulah - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities

The House: Veritas - The House with 2 rooms: 1 double bed, bath & shower & 1 twin beds, separate shower & a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining room and a large secluded patio with braai.

The Hermitage: Beni Abbes - A private & contemplative cottage with a double bed, separate lounge, shower, fireplace, thatch roof

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