Detailed Retreats List

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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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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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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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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