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19 - 21 April 2024 | Embracing the Joys and the Sorrows Retreat with Sue Cooper

Updated: May 2

This Autumn 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 courageous and compassionate presence, necessary for embracing the joys and sorrows of life.

In addition to sitting, standing and reclining meditations, our embodied awareness will be enhanced by daily sessions of the ancient movement meditation qigong, optional yoga/mindful movement and aromatherapy massages, as well as silent walking meditations through the beautiful 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 savored in silence as part of our integrated practice. This retreat ends with lunch on Sunday 21 April and includes free accommodation on Sunday night.

Embrace the season of transition in the magical gardens of Temenos with compassionate awareness.

A 30-40 minute pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/WhatsApp is recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. This provides greater containment and enhances and deepens the silent retreat experience for yourself and for the group. The fee for this will be the 30-40 minute medical aid rate and will be reduced if you are not on medical aid. Please contact Sue at to arrange a time.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: To be confirmed with an admin fee attached.

Pricing & Accommodation


Single En-suite Accommodation & Food: R4200 Teacher's Fee: R3550Total: R7750

Shared en-suite Accommodation & Food (available to couples/friends only): R4100 per personTeacher's Fee: R3550 per person total: R7650 per person

As always, further reductions on Sue's fee and payment plans are available on request.

A deposit of R2000 to R3000 (R2000 of which is non-refundable) confirms your place. You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due by 12 April unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

Optional Extras:Massage: R680 for 60 minutes Yoga/Mindful Movement to be confirmed

Accommodation Options: (please visit Temenos to view the gallery)

Library Suites: Avila - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patioJamil - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patioIona - Georgian cottage, double bed, bath, fireplace, private braai patioLisieux - Georgian cottage, twin beds, bath, fireplace, private patio

Garden Cottages: Assisi - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patioSubiaco - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patioCarmel - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, private patio, braai areaChiara - 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.



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