Detailed Retreats List

OPEN THE HEART AND STILL THE MIND   

Embracing change and loss

Presenter:  Sue Cooper
Date: March 17 – 21                                      4 – days (Starts Saturday) ~ R3050 – R3610

Inspired by the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, with its profound understanding of the truth of Impermanence, we will explore ways to integrate change and loss in our lives, so that we can learn to bear the unbearable. Through sitting and walking meditations, compassion practices, qigong and short individual sessions we will strengthen our capacity for courageous presence. This allows us to embrace life and death with an open and compassionate heart, one which can rediscover joy and lightness in the midst of life’s challenges.

This retreat, starts with lunch on Saturday 17th March. Facilitated by clinical psychologist Sue Cooper, the retreat offers an integration of body, heart and mind and is held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence.

(CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals will be offered).

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RELAXING INTO STILLNESS   

A time for meditation, yoga, reflexology treatments and walking in nature

Presenters:   Mervyn Croft, Lauren Richer and Peter Richer
Date: March 29 – April 2                                      4 – days ~ R2900 – R3460

Take time during the Easter long-weekend to enjoy some contemplative space and give yourself the opportunity to relax and deepen your practice. Alongside some solid meditation practice, each day will include yoga sessions with Pete Richer and an opportunity for reflexology treatments from Lauren Richer.  We will also include nature walks in the Magaliesberg – one of these walks will be a long one when we will go up into the high ground and explore the kloofs and rock pools. This is a semi-silent retreat and there will be plenty of opportunity to relax.

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RESTING IN AWARENESS    

Explore the hidden realms that lie within

Presenter:  Wendy Young
Date: April 13 – 15                                   Weekend ~ R1500 – R1780

What does it mean to rest in Awareness? We often feel disconnected: from what’s actually going on in our body-mind, disconnected from our authentic feelings and disconnected from Life.

When our still centre is overwhelmed by the noise and busyness of life, we need to reconnect to the silent space within. In silence is freedom and joy; peace and aliveness. In silence we discover our Greater identity.

The practices of yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation) are an invitation for you to access something beyond mind-chatter and rest in Awareness.  This retreat is an opportunity to explore these practices, the way the ancient mystics did, as a way of returning to your True self. Wendy uses mindful movement, stillness, breathing, and focused awareness to point to the Truth of who you are.  Join her in exploring the hidden realms that lie within.

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VIPASSANA MEDITATION RETREAT     

Meditation with calmness, mindfulness and insight

Presenter:  Mervyn Croft
Date: April 26 – May 1                                5 – days~ R3500 – R4200

A five-day Vipassana or Insight Meditation retreat gives us the opportunity to develop and deepen our practice.  Within the framework of silence, we will be able to explore the three central practices of Buddhist meditation: calming the mind, training in mindfulness and developing insight through inquiry.  We will investigate the question “Who am I” and see how this inquiry provides the key to freeing ourselves from a narrow, self-centered way of living in the world.

There will be an emphasis on Practising within an atmosphere of friendliness, kindness and acceptance.  By bringing a quiet sense of humour and curiosity into all aspects of our meditation we can learn to practice in a relaxed and natural way.  There will be evening discussions and time to walk and reflect in nature.

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THE PEN AND THE SWORD     

A Tai Chi retreat with calligraphy and sword

Presenter:  Eddie Jardine
Date: May 13 -15                                     Weekend~ R1500 – R1780

Tai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese system of exercise that helps to bring the mind and body into harmony. Its slow and graceful movements can show us how to live a healthier and more tranquil life.  This workshop combines the short, delicate strokes of the calligraphy brush with the expansive movement of the sword to help us explore the principles of yin and yang.

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BEING PEACE     

A creative workshop based on Thich Nhat Hahn’s poetry and teachings

Presenter:  Sharon Benatar
Date: May 25 -27                                     Weekend~ R1500 – R1780            

 Nobel Peace Prize winner and author, the great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is renowned for his work on peace, compassion and meditation.  His sensitive teachings focus on simplicity and common sense and he often uses poetry to convey his deep wisdom.

“Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is a wonderful moment”

We invite you to explore these themes, as they relate to your life, through several means:  playful self- expression and experimenting with art materials (paints, clay, charcoal etc.) and materials found in nature.  We will reflect on some of his poetry, teaching and meditations. We will also walk, connect, relax, breathe, meditate and smile.

You only have to be able to hold a paint brush to participate.   Please bring comfortable clothing you can paint, relax, walk and meditate in.  Bring a favourite poem or picture.
The workshop is open to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.

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ZEN PEN     

A writing, being & meditation retreat

Presenter:  Dorian Haarhoff
Date: June 8 – 10                                       Weekend~ R1680 – R1960            

Looking at your image in a clear stream,
you answer the question by your very presence

In this workshop we explore the connection between writing and meditation. We write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives. We consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely.

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OUTER AND INNER JOURNEYS     

A creative journal workshop

Presenter:  Dorian Haarhoff
Date: June 10 – 12                                       Sunday to Tuesday ~ R1680 – R1960            

You could travel into the inner man, or the inner woman.
On a   journey of that sort you find gold. (Rumi)

Journals involve both outward (observation) and inward (reflective) journeys. Since journaling is about listening to inner voices, it has the power to unblock and release potential in all spheres of our lives. The journal also cultivates the practice of regular writing which then feeds into other genres – fiction, life stories and poetry. This mini workshop will encourage all who participate to access their creativity and imagination, engage the discipline and learn writing skills.

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HANG THE MOON ON THE PINE     

How to haiku

Presenter:  Stephen Coan
Date: June 29 – 1 July                                                           Weekend~ R1540 – R1820            

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”
                                                            – Gustave Flaubert

The three-line seventeen-syllable haiku is the shortest of poetic forms and in some respects one of the most profound. The best haiku connect a fleeting moment to the timeless and it’s no coincidence that many of the finest practitioners of the form have close connections to the Zen Buddhist tradition. This weekend we will learn about the history of the haiku and its masters, Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki, as well their heirs from around the world, including South Africa. We will also look at approaches to writing haiku, the various rules, as well as exploring the crucial link between meditation and haiku that finds us on the borders of language and silence.

Please bring a pencil and small notebook that will fit into your pocket.

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CREATIVITY, STILLNESS, AND THE SPACES BETWEEN      

A journey inwards through art making and story

Presenter: Hayley Berman
Date: August 3 – 5                                                                                        Weekend~ R1580 – R1880            

In this retreat, we will journey to a place of coming closer to the infinite ways in which we can elaborate the self.  With an expanded vocabulary of art materials, found objects, words and silence, we will gently allow the materials and the unconscious to lead the process.

Meditation, nature and creativity will be woven together attuning to an inner stillness and abundance of being.

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RIDING THE OX HOME       

An insight meditation retreat based on the 10 Ox-herding pictures

Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date: August 8 – 12                                                                                                  4- days  ~ R2880 – R3440            

On this silent retreat we will explore the path to awakening as described in the classic Chinese ‘10 Ox-Herding Pictures’. In meditation we turn our awareness inwards and make contact with the turbulence and struggle that is so often present in our minds and bodies – represented by the unruly ox in these pictures. As our mind begins to relax and soften we learn to be friendly with ourselves, with our fears and insecurities. By gradually quieting the ox we allow calmness and peacefulness to take root, opening our heart to the aliveness and interconnectedness of all things. Once we feel grounded in this warm connection with ourselves, we can begin to open our hearts to others. There will be evening discussions and time to walk and reflect in nature

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NIA: LETTING MINDFULNESS FLOW INTO MOVEMENT       

Meditation through the power of sound, silence, movement and stillness

Presenter: Anthea Hardwick
Date: August 31 – September 2                                                                                                  Weekend  ~ R1540 – R1820            

In many shamanic societies if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? 

                                                                                                                                         —Gabrielle Roth.

Join Anthea for a celebration of Nia dance. Nia, a fusion-movement practice, combines the expressiveness of the dance arts, the wisdom of the healing arts, and the precision of the martial arts, in a fun and playful way. Nia is a celebration of the body and a practice which can facilitate healing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels.
No dance experience is necessary – simply an openness and curiosity to explore movement and the body as a gateway to awareness, joy, relaxation, connection, peace and healing.

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‘SACRED AWARENESS’ IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES       

A Sacred Spiral Yoga retreat

Presenter: Paul Carlos
Date:  September 7 – 9                                                                                                                  Weekend  ~ R1540 – R1820            

Paul will present a retreat using the ancient techniques of yoga meditation and mindfulness in a new distillation this year. His focus will be looking at how, when used during the times and sections of our average day, we can pivot the outcomes of our lives into a healthier, more joyful and harmonious outcome experience. During the retreat we will take the seed elements of our common day to day time segments and look at how to grow them into a full flowering, transformative spiritual method.

This retreat incorporates a rich tapestry of meditation, sacred music and chant and Yoga bodywork to suit all levels.

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STOEP ZEN       

To find the heart in each moment

Presenter: Antony Osler
Date:  September 20 – 24                                                                                                                 4 – days  ~ R3140 – R3700       

This is a retreat of gentle Zen practice, with talks, walks and meditation as well as time to watch the clouds scudding across the sky.  Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome.

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QUIET MOUNTAIN, CLEAR SKY       

Meditating with calmness and clarity

Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date:  October 5 – 7                                                                                                                 Weekend  ~ R1440 – R1720       

This retreat will provide an opportunity to explore two aspects of Buddhist meditation practice – the gradual development of calmness and peacefulness in our mind; and the practice of awareness, to live with more clarity and more centredness in the present moment.  This foundation of calmness helps us to meet our confused thoughts and emotions with more acceptance and kindness, and leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of our minds.  The retreat will create a gentle and relaxed space in which to explore the benefits of spending time quietly with ourselves, to allow the qualities of calmness and clarity to develop in a natural way and to enjoy the nurturing effect of being silent in a beautiful mountain environment.

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STILLNESS IN MOVEMENT       

The way of Tai Chi

Presenter: Phyllis Jardine
Date:  October 19 – 21                                                                                                               Weekend  ~ R1540 – R1820       

This is a beginners’ Tai Chi workshop intertwined with chi kung exercises. Tai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese system of exercise that helps to bring the mind and body into harmony. We will discover how the five essential qualities of Tai Chi – slowness, lightness, clarity, balance and calmness – are combined in the movements. Tai Chi can be practiced as a way of life, its slow and graceful movements showing us how to live a healthier and more tranquil life.

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Find Us

Google Earth: 25 deg 47′ 41.90″ S; 27 deg 33′ 22.21″ E
GPS decimal
: lat -25.794800 long: 27.556224.

Emoyeni is reached by a dirt road, please drive slowly over the last 2 km.

Open Hours

Office hours for bookings: Weekdays 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Please email, rather than call, us over the weekends.
We run retreats over weekends (sometimes in silence) so phone calls are problematic.

Contact Details

Emoyeni Retreat Centre, A65 Buffelshoek Farm,
Mooinooi, North-West, 0325
Email: retreat@emoyeni.org.za
Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533

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