Awakening the qualities of Friendliness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity
Date: October 6 – 8 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness
And who knows the path of peace
Karaniya metta sutta
To help cultivate insight and liberate the heart, the Buddha taught the practices known as the Brahma Viharas or divine abodes. They allow us to awaken to the qualities of friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity. During this weekend we will have the chance to explore these mental and emotional states that bring peace and enrich our relationships.
The retreat will create a gentle and relaxing space where we can meet our immediate experience with kindness and friendliness. There we will learn ways of cultivating and nurturing the helpful and skilful mental states that are the gateways to ease, peace and energy.
The programme will include meditation practice, personal talks, rest and reflection time, delicious vegetarian food, walks and the peaceful silence of Emoyeni.
A RED WHEELBARROW IN THE RAIN
A Creative Writing Workshop
Presenters: Maren Bodenstein
Date: October 20 – 22 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
Writing is a wonderful way to connect and be intimate with life. In this retreat we will play with the short form of flash fiction and haiku. The emphasis will be on developing clarity and vividness. We will write, walk, draw, eat, meditate and listen. So if you feel like (re)connecting with your creativity, honing your writing skills or just playing around with words, this retreat is for you.
STILLNESS IN MOVEMENT
The way of Tai Chi
Presenters: Phyllis Jardine
Date: November 3 – 5 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
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.
SEARCHING FOR MEANING
An introduction to Logotherapy
Presenters: Klasie Wessels & Samantha Sparkes
Date: November 24 – 26 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
Our search for meaning is the most prominent quest of our time. More and more people today are on a personal quest for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose in the hope of enjoying a happier life. Logotherapy as an existentialist analysis, was developed by Dr Viktor Frankl more famous for his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” (Logo is the Greek word for “meaning”). Frankl was practicing as a neurologist and psychiatrist in Vienna when as a Jew, he was sent to the concentration camps. There he refined his therapy on how to discover meaning in life despite suffering. This secular approach offers many parallels with that of Buddhist philosophy and the retreat will include activities and worksheets to assist participants in discovering their own unique paths to meaning. It will also be infused with case studies from Tibetans who have escaped from China as living examples of how to life powerfully despite severe challenges.
(The retreat is registered with the SA Board of People Practices and qualifies participants for CPD points).
AN INTRODUCTION TO INSIGHT DIALOGUE
Spiritual Friendship on the Noble Eightfold Path
Presenters: Bhikkhu Sukacitto & Janet Surrey
Date: December 1 – 4 3 days ~ R2250 – R2640
The Buddha described spiritual friendship as the “whole of the holy life.”
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. It brings the mindfulness and tranquillity of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people. As humans, we are relational beings; as we begin to wake up, clarity and freedom can illuminate our relationships with others and we can touch the release of suffering together. Insight Dialogue rests on the foundation of silent practice, and includes speaking and listening as part of our meditation practice.
This retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion. We will investigate Speaking and Listening as meditative practices held and nourished by the deep foundation of silent practice. There will be periods of silent practice, alternating with meditation together in dyads, triads and small groups.
Three days of self-compassion practice
Presenters: RJ Chippendall
Date: December 15 – 18 Weekend~ R2040 – R2430
Our inner critic is often the loudest voice in our mind, making it difficult to acknowledge our successes and inherent goodness. We seem to find it a lot easier to dwell on our self-doubt and shortcomings, denying ourselves the kindness and forgiveness that we so readily extend to others. Being at war with ourselves comes so naturally that we hardly notice we’re caught up in the battle. It’s an insidious behaviour that wears us down and eventually tears apart the fabric of the self. But rather than greeting the pain and difficulties we encounter in our lives by fighting them, we can choose to bear witness to them and respond with understanding and kindness.
This retreat is an opportunity to bring our full and patient attention to the present moment, whatever it is, to learn to gently meet and befriend the confused parts of us that stumble in the dark waging war with each other. We will move through a variety of practices that help us deepen into the qualities of self-acceptance and self-compassion. These are essential aspects of happiness and success and form a core component of the resilience we require to face our rapidly changing and stressful world. Our practice will be enhanced by the noble silence that will be kept from Friday evening to Monday morning.
NEW YEAR RETREAT
Taking time to reflect
Presenters: Mervyn Croft
Date: December 29 – January 3 5 days ~ R3250 – R3900
The New Year is a powerful symbol of impermanence, of the cycles in nature and in our own lives. It is a time to reflect on the past, to open to the present and to question what it is that we are doing with our lives? This 5-day meditation retreat will mostly be in silence, giving us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of impermanence and explore how it is inherent in every aspect of our lives – our health, our work, our relationships….. Each day will include walks in the veld and the mountain, opportunity to reflect on these questions and in the evenings, time to explore these questions with others.
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.
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.
Emonyeni Retreat Centre, A65 Buffelshoek Farm,
Mooinooi, North-West, 0325
Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533