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24-26 March 2023 | Embracing Life with Courage & Compassion Retreat with Sue Cooper

Updated: Sep 13, 2023


This early 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 savoured in silence as part of our integrated practice. This retreat ends with lunch on Sunday 26 March and includes free accommodation on Sunday night.

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

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this will be the 50-55 minute medical aid rate and will be reduced if necessary. Please contact Sue on sue.stillmind@gmail.com to arrange a time.


Pricing & Accommodation

Costing: Single En-suite Accommodation & Food: R4000 Teacher's Fee: R3500 Total: R7500

Shared en-suite Accommodation & Food (available to couples/friends only): R3750 per person Teacher's Fee: R3500 per person Total: R7250 per person

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

A deposit of R1500 to R2000 (R1500 of which is non-refundable) confirms your place. You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due by the 31 October unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

Optional Extras: Massage: R650 for 60 minutes Yoga/Mindful Movement to be confirmed

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


Bank Details

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats Cheque Account: 62506345637 First National Bank, Rondebosch Branch Code: 201509 Reference: Your name & 24 Mar

Please email proof of payment as well as confirmation of your booking including your contact number to admin@stillmindretreats.com.


Cancellation Policy

Although individual circumstances will be taken into account the following applies to all bookings. Please note that the refunded amount/percentage is calculated on the full retreat fee.

4 – 6 weeks prior to retreat: If your place is filled, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit, but in the event, your place is not filled there will be a refund less 50%.

2 - 4 weeks prior to retreat: If your place is filled, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit, but in the event, your place is not filled, a refund less 75%.

2 weeks or less prior to the retreat: If your place is filled, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit. If your place is not filled, then no refund is possible, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.


More details: stillmindretreats.com

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