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10-12 Nov 2017 | Open the Heart and Still the Mind: From Courageous Presence to Wise Action | Retrea

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

This “Open the Heart and Still the Mind” weekend retreat, held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative silence, will focus on strengthening our courageous presence, so that we can move beyond our habitual patterns of fear, judgement and self-doubt. This will release the energy, commitment and trust which are necessary for wise action and new beginnings. This silent retreat is suitable for beginners, as well as experienced practitioners.

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 gardens of Temenos. There will also be time for restorative rest and short, individual sessions with Sue during the weekend. Delicious vegetarian/vegan food will be savoured in silence as part of our integrated practice. This retreat ends with lunch on Sunday 12th and includes free accommodation on Sunday night for those who would like to extend their stay on a self-retreat.

CPD accreditation: 15 General and 2 Ethics CEUs have been granted.

Cost includes accommodation (please see descriptions below), vegetarian/vegan meals, tea and snacks, and the teacher’s fee. Free accommodation is offered on Sunday night as an optional extra for those wanting to extend their stay on a self-retreat.

Single en-suite: R4300 (Fri pm - Sunday lunch) Shared en-suite: R3900 per person (Fri pm - Sunday lunch)

Accommodation is allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please indicate your preference (see further down for options) when booking.

A deposit of R1000 confirms your place, R500 of which is a non-refundable booking fee. Half of the balance is due by the end of October (or sooner if possible) and the remainder by the start of the retreat or by the end of November if necessary. Longer payment plans and subsidised places are available on request.

Optional Extras for Retreat:

Aromatherapy massage: R475 for 60 mins and as there are limited slots, please request this along with your initial booking.

Yoga: Suggested dana (donation) of R85-120 per session attended

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