QUIET YET ALERT
What is the Alexander Technique?
Presenter: Jana Cilliers , Leán de Wet , Lucia Walker 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.
NEED LIFE BE SO CHALLENGING?
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.
NEW YEAR RETREAT
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.
MINDFULNESS – ALWAYS AVAILABLE, EVERYWHERE: A VIPASSANA RETREAT
“Thoughts are about what is not happening” (Paul Hedderman)
Presenter: Jonathan Preboy & Anna Sharfenberg
Date: January 18 – 20 Weekend ~ R1 770 – R2 050
Vipassana (Insight) meditation is based on Mindfulness, which is always available, everywhere, without limits or cost. The challenge is how to realise it. The answer was provided by the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. He taught the method of Vipassana meditation as a way to cultivate Mindfulness. This retreat is an invitation for beginner and experienced meditators to practise Vipassana using the traditional Buddhist method of Mahasi Sayadaw and Achan Tong. For beginners it is a good technique to start with and for experienced meditators, it is a way to deepen their Insight. In this retreat, Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting, and by maintaining awareness during normal activities, such as eating, showering, dressing etc, and by daily interviews with a teacher. The weekend will be held in an atmosphere of Noble Silence.
Sustain awareness at every moment in every posture, whether standing, walking, sitting or lying down. This is the way to establish mindfulness in the heart. – Ajahn Chah
“YOU CAN’T FILL THE HOLE IN YOUR HEART WITH FOOD” (Jan Chozen Bays)
Finding peace with food through mindful eating
Presenter: Xenia Ayiotis & RJ Chippendall
Date: February 1 – 3 Weekend ~ R1 540 – R1 820
As a practice, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our actions, habits and thoughts around food, eating and our bodies. This retreat is based on a combination of Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness and Intuitive Eating Principles. The focus is on creating a healthy relationship with food using a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us when, what and how much we eat. The workshop covers how to deal with cravings and urges through the development of mindfulness skills. We will also look at emotional triggers that can lead to overeating and binge eating, and how these may be effectively understood. It also draws on techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy that enables us to become aware of and manage our sometimes-destructive patterns and habits around food, eating and our bodies. We look at our relationship with food and how disordered eating patterns serve us in our lives and how to find a middle way between dieting, restriction and overeating.
A deeper calm than safety
Presenter: Dhammamegha & Mokshagandhi
Date: February 14 – 17 3 Days ~ R2 330 – R2 750
The Buddha talked about human life as being exposed to worldly winds – forces that easily blow us about. Whether from other people’s opinions or our own experience, we’re subject to praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and pain, and fame and disgrace. How can we live well and with perspective on what life throws at us? How can we find stillness and ease and be fully alive and responsive at the same time? 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 skillful mental states that are the gateways to ease, peace and energy.
PATHWAYS TO DAO
Qigong – Meditation – Insight
Presenter: Max Weier
Date: March 8 – 11 3 Days ~ R2 625 – R3 075
This retreat combines inner Eastern energy-work and meditation as well as the insights and poetry of Zen and Daoism. Ultimately, this integral approach helps the mind open up to its inherent spaciousness – the Dao. There will also be time for discussion and include a session of dynamic Qigong in the early mornings.
A journaling, writing, being and meditation retreat
Presenter: Dorian Haarhoff
Date: March 20 – 24 4 Days ~ R3 400 – R4 000
A journal entry – like a song, or sketch, or photograph – breaks up the habitual and lifts away the film that forms over the eye, the finger, the tongue, the heart.
A journal entry ought to be a love letter to the world.
(Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See)
In this retreat we explore the connection between journaling, creative writing and meditation. We celebrate our daily (journal’ comes from Old French, ‘day’) encounter with ourselves through words and silence. As we journey along the river of our lives, we write with the ear, eye, tongue and heart.
YOGA and MINDFULNESS in NATURE
An Autumn retreat
Presenter: Mari-Louise van der Walt & Candice Janks
Date: April 5 – 7 Weekend ~ R1650 – R1950
Nature offers us a space to encounter the rich layers of reality. In the way of the labyrinth or spiral, Nature’s cycles keep bringing us back for a renewed encounter, a deeper exploration of ourselves and our connection with the web of life. Our body and senses are thresholds through which we experience the joy of this gift.
Autumn is a time for reflection and gratitude, but also for contemplating the balance between light and dark, letting go, and the impermanence of things. Physically, this season is often associated with a period of anxiety, depression, insomnia, brittle skin and feeling off-balance. Within traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic and other integrated, holistic systems of thinking, deepening our connection with the Earth supports us through the transitional period of late Summer and Autumn.
On this retreat we will work with movement (yoga asanas) and breathing (pranayama), presence or mindfulness (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). We will practice both hatha vinyasa and yin forms of movement.
No prior experience is needed; Please bring a yoga mat, a light blanket or shawl and a journal.
RELAXING INTO STILLNESS
Meditation, Yoga, Reflexology treatments & walking in nature
Presenter: Mervyn Croft, Lauren Richer and Pete Richer
Date: April 19 – 22 4 Days ( Easter weekend) ~ R3 250 – R3850
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.
VIPASSANA MEDITATION RETREAT
Meditation with calmness, mindfulness and insight
Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date: April 30 – 5 May 5 Days ~ R3 920 – R4 670
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.
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.
Emoyeni Retreat Centre, A65 Buffelshoek Farm,
Mooinooi, North-West, 0325
Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533
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