Detailed Retreat List
SACRED SPIRAL YOGA
Finding our own Inner Sacred Sound
Presenter: Paul Carlos
Date: August 25 – 27 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
Our world is filled with sound. From the incessant daily wash of city traffic, the seemingly ubiquitous din of music, ambient sound, also the calm and beautiful sound of birds and the natural world to even the sound of our own heartbeat, heard at times when we are very quiet and still.
Over this Sacred Spiral Yoga retreat we will be exploring sound and silence as a powerful tool to deepen our personal meditation and spiritual journey. We will include gently refreshing body and breath work, the use and mechanism of Tibetan Overtone Chanting and Singing Bowl’s, Mantra and much more. As always on our retreat’s I will present a full Sacred Spiral Sound Journey with deep relaxation to finish.
This sacred time at Emoyeni will revitalize and empower our soul, body and spirit giving us a fresh perspective and energy to move forwards.
NOURISHING BODY, NOURISHING MIND: SPRING
Improving your wellbeing by living in harmony with the seasons
Presenter: Daniel Jardim
Date: September 8 – 10 Weekend ~ R1570 – R1830
Spring is the season that sees us preparing the body for the warmer months ahead. It is time to clean out the old and start afresh with lighter and visually striking meals. The spring diet sees us introducing an assortment of green, young and sprouted foods to the kitchen to create meals that support the needs of the body as we move into Summer. Expect a celebration of enticing Asian and Mediterranean flavours with helpful tips on sourcing the best local produce.
In addition to two cookery demonstrations serving up spectacular Spring meals, Daniel will be offering sensible advice on the topic of detoxification and debunking some of the inflated claims. The home will be a focus in discussion as we look at ways in which we can effectively detox and ‘Spring Clean’ the home to mirror the sense of renewal that is on display in nature, and in doing so create a more wholesome physical environment. Chi Kung (Qigong) and Meditation also form part of the weekend to create a comprehensive guide to staying healthy with the season that incorporates body, mind, and soul.
NIA: LETTING MINDFULNESS FLOW INTO MOVEMENT
Meditation through the power of sound, silence, movement and stillness
Presenter: Anthea Hardwick
Date: September 15 – 17 Weekend ~ R1390 – R1650
Music and movement are powerful gateways to awareness through sensation and connection. Nia has a unique way of marrying the two to create pure magic. Alive with sensation, Nia is movement medicine for the mind, body and especially for the heart. It is conscious movement which incorporates the mindfulness and meditative techniques of the martial arts, the grace and fluidity of dance techniques and the awareness and alignment of integrative body therapies. No previous dance experience is necessary as the movements are simple and natural.
MEDITATION IN NATURE
Birds, Rocks, Stars, Yoga & Meditation in the Magaliesberg
Date: September 22 – 25 3 days ~ R2050 – R2440
Like the little stream
Flowing through the mossy crevices,
May I, too,
Turn clear and transparent. Ryokan
Come and spend this long weekend exploring the beauty of the Magaliesberg. We will be combining meditation practice (Mervyn) and Yoga classes (Mari-Louise) with journeys into the natural world. Going on birding walks (Graham & Mari-Louise) to observe the many species of birds that live at Emoyeni. To look into the night sky with a telescope (Dave) and have a glimpse of infinity. We will also be taking walks up the mountain to study the ancient secrets of the Magaliesberg (Dave) – the rocks that were formed over 2 billion years ago. There will also be space to rest, relax and absorb the aliveness of spring in this abundant bushveld environment.
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.
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