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25 - 27 Oct 2024 | From Courageous & Joyful Presence to Wise Action. Retreat with Sue Cooper

This silent weekend retreat will explore ways in which we can discover the courage within ourselves to live wholeheartedly and authentically. Through the emotional containment of silence and meditation, we will ground ourselves more fully and open-heartedly in the present moment, discovering the joy that comes through connecting to ourselves and to life with compassionate simplicity and discerning wisdom.

Through meditation practices which cultivate calm and tranquility, we will establish an inner refuge, a safe home within, which rests on a foundation of kindness and compassion towards ourselves. This creates the conditions to heal the fragmentation that comes from living with fear, perfectionism and shame. This process will be supported externally by the beauty of nature in the gardens of Temenos, and internally by embodied awareness practices which integrate body, heart and mind.

This retreat includes teachings from the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, guided meditations in all postures and time for silent walking meditations through the beautiful gardens of Temenos. The ancient practice of qigong movement meditation, as well as optional embodied movement classes and relaxing 60 min aromatherapy massages, will enhance our embodied experience. 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 27 October and includes free accommodation on that Sunday night.

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary. Please contact Sue on to arrange a time.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA (or equivalent) registered professionals is confirmed, with an annual admin fee of R375 for 2024.

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 personTotal: 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, but please email your booking to too, otherwise we cannot allocate this payment! You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due by the 15 October unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

Optional Extras:Massage: R680 for 60 minutesYoga/Mindful Movement: R200 for 1 class; R375 for 2 classes, R500 for 3 classes

Accommodation Options: (please visit Temenos to view 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 facilitiesBeulah - 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



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