Detailed Retreats List


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meditation, Yoga, Birds & Trees in the Magaliesberg

Presenter: Mervyn Croft and Marie Louise van der Walt
Date:  November  2 – 4                                                                                                               Weekend  ~ R1540 – R1820       

Flowing through the mossy crevices,
May I, too,
Turn clear and transparent.          Ryokan

Come and spend this weekend exploring the beauty of the Magaliesberg.  We will be combining meditation practice and Yoga classes with journeys into nature.  Emoyeni boasts a rich array of birding species so we will be going on early-morning birding walks to spot what we can spot as well as getting to know some of the trees that grace this landscape. There will also be space to rest, relax and absorb the aliveness of spring in this abundant bushveld environment.

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Caring for ourselves – the vital step to a peaceful heart  

Presenter: Tessa Pretorius 
Date:  November  16 – 18                                                                                                               Weekend  ~ R1480 – R1760    

The Buddha’s teachings emphasise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others. Most of us, whether we are professional care-givers or regular people caring for family and friends, miss this vital step.  Even though we are often told to take better care of ourselves but most of us either don’t have the time or, we don’t know where to begin!

The secret lies in finding your centre. When we are centered we are able to deal with and handle so much more of what life has to throw at us. This retreat will teach you practical tools to help you find, regain and retain your balance and centre so that you can ride life’s merry-go-round in style.
This course is ideal for care workers and anyone wanting to be more effective in caring for themselves.

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  What is the Alexander Technique?

Presenter: Jana Cilliers , Leán de Wet , Lucia Walder and Sharyn West 
Date:  November  30 – December 2                                                                                                             Weekend  ~ R1540 – R1820 

F.M Alexander (1869-1955), an Australian Actor, developed the educational process around consciously recognising our fixed, habitual patterns in relation to movement and cognition. With the Alexander Technique we learn how to pay attention and, what to pay attention to. It is a simple method for appreciating the practical implications of thought and its effect on our bodily expression in activity. This method supports finding ease and longer lasting energy in all aspects of life.

On this retreat we will move and rest and learn how to observe and re-organise habits that influence mood, movement and mental clarity. Our approach is playful and gentle, encouraging curiosity about habitual processes with group work to facilitate exploration as well as individual guidance using words and touch.

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Exploring this question and how we can respond to it

Presenter: RJ Chippindall
Date:  December 14 – 17                                                                                                                               3 Days  ~ R2230 – R2600

In this retreat we will have the opportunity to examine and become more familiar with our habitual way of being in the world.  The question we ask is whether our usual way of dealing with challenging people and situations is helpful or, does it tend to complicate things further and lead to increased suffering for ourselves and others? If it is not helpful, what is a more constructive and gentle way to live life and how might we achieve this?

This retreat, held in Noble Silence, will provide a space in which we can observe ourselves as we are moment to moment, noticing how distortions in our thinking and perceptions may be affecting what is present for us. This direct experience of reality can be difficult but we will be supported by the tranquil, containing environment of Emoyeni, as well as the practice of self-compassion together with sitting and moving meditation practices. There will be ample opportunity to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful bushveld landscape.

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 Taking time to reflect

Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date:  December 28 – January 3                                                                                                                           6 Days  ~ R4300 – R5150 

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 6-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.

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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
Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533


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