OPEN THE HEART AND STILL THE MIND
Listening with a Kind and Compassionate Heart
Presenter: Sue Cooper
Date: August 8 – 11 3 Days ~ R2500 – R2950
This long-weekend silent retreat will draw on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, who “Listens to the cries of the world at ease.” After establishing a calm and grounded body, heart and mind, we will focus on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) meditation and the deepening of compassionate wisdom. These practices strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence, we will learn how to transform the self-critical and judgmental inner voices, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment. As we discover how to internalise the archetypal good-enough mother, represented by Kuan Yin, we will develop the courage and trust which allow us to honour our vulnerability without fear or shame. When we can embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we can live more authentically, so that healing and awakening can occur.
This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of qigong (chi kung) movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind.
20 General CEUs are applicable for anyone registered with the HPCSA.
(If anyone would like to book a 50 minute pre-retreat session with Sue via Skype or Whatsapp please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org ( www. Suecooper.co.za)
ENCOUNTERING IMPORTANT TRANSITIONS & LOSS THROUGH IMAGE MAKING
Creating spaces of memory and meaning
Presenter: Dr Hayley Berman
Date: August 16 – 18 Weekend ~ R1800 – R2100
“Life is but a day;
A fragile dew-drop on its perilous way
From a tree’s summit.”
In this retreat, we will journey to a place of coming closer to making loss matter through image making, in the studio and in nature. You may choose to explore losses of loved ones, disappointments, loss of identity, home, relationship. This may include the loss of a meaningful alive connection with yourself and others. We will engage between the threshold of saying goodbye and new beginnings.
With an expanded vocabulary of art materials, found objects, words and silence, we will gently allow the materials, the group, the landscape and the unconscious to lead the process.
Meditation, nature and creativity will be woven together attuning to an inner stillness and abundance of being.
Please bring a significant object that holds a meaning for you.
It would be useful to also bring any other found objects or scraps : copies of photographs, different textures / fabric / shells / coloured paper / bottle tops / old jewellery or similar
NIA: LETTING MINDFULNESS FLOW INTO MOVEMENT
Meditation through the power of sound, silence, movement and stillness
Presenter: Anthea Hardwick
Date: August 30 – 1 September Weekend ~ R1650 – R1950
“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?
Join us 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.
‘SACRED AWARENESS’ IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES
A Sacred Spiral Yoga retreat
Presenter: Paul Carlos
Date: September 6 – 8 Weekend ~ R1650 – R1950
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.
Paul’s retreat incorporates a rich tapestry meditation, sacred music and chant and Yoga bodywork to suit all levels.
RIDING THE OX HOME
A 4-day insight meditation retreat based on the 10 Ox-herding picture
Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date: September 20 – 24 4-day ~ R3100 – R3700
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.
THINKING AND THE ART OF BEING: The Alexander Technique
When you stop doing you don’t cease to exist, you merely commence…
Presenter: Jana Cilliers and Leάn de Wet
Date: October 4 – 6 Weekend ~ R1650 – R1950
The Australian actor, F.M Alexander (1869-1955), developed an educational process around consciously recognizing our fixed, habitual patterns in relation to movement and cognition. From an ‘Alexandrian’ perspective the thinking brain and the nervous system are deeply intertwined and relate to each other in very much the same way as a servant does to a master. But who would be the master? The Alexander principle is a technique that helps introduce, establish and maintain a beneficial relationship between these two partners, where the thinking brain is nurtured and taught how to take the reins and not be overcome by the very powerful nervous system.
We hope to introduce you to the wonders of the Alexander principle. That it is a set of ideas that describe the psychophysical workings of the human organism as an integrated whole and that it is indeed a method that teaches the means whereby this integration can be refined using what FM Alexander called inhibition and direction.
STILLNESS IN MOVEMENT
The way of Tai Chi
Presenter: Phyllis Jardine
Date: October 18 – 20 Weekend ~ R1650 – R1950
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.
MEANING, PURPOSE AND HAPPINESS
A weekend in the Tibetan tradition
Presenter: Geshe Lobsang Dhondup
Date: November 1 – 3 Weekend ~ R1700 – R2000
Buddhism is a philosophy that can be used in our modern times. It resonates with scientific theories and accepts knowledge through investigation and analysis. It also teaches us that in order to find happiness and meaning in our lives it is necessary to assess our present situation with honesty and with kindness to ourselves. Doing so will show us the path to transform our current state of dissatisfaction in order to find peace and true happiness.
We have the ability to simplify our lives and to find more meaning and purpose and to develop a deep sense of kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. Geshe Lobsang Dhondup will lead us through this transformative process, which will include periods of reflection with guided meditation.
FINDING AND KEEPING YOUR CENTRE
Caring for ourselves – the vital step to a peaceful heart
Presenter: Tessa Pretorius
Date: November 15 – 17 Weekend ~ R1600 – R1900
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 caregivers 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 centred 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.
A SENSE OF INNER HOME
A Silent Meditation Weekend
Presenter: Tineke Osterloh and Mervyn Croft
Date: November 29 – December 1 Weekend ~ R1700 – R2 000
How do we nourish a courageous heart and a positive inner climate? What kind of insights and perspectives help to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness? During this silent meditation-retreat we will practice calm and mindfulness meditation with a special focus on self-compassion, love and being at peace with ourselves.
This retreat is a precious opportunity for those new to meditation and ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to enjoy an inspiring meditation-weekend with us. There will be evening discussions and time to walk and reflect in nature.
Three days of self-compassion practice
Presenter: RJ Chippendall
Date: December 13 – 16 3-days ~ R2400 – R2850
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
Presenter: Mervyn Croft
Date: December 29 – 3 January 2020 5-days ~ R3850 – R4600
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.
FIRM CENTRE, OPEN HEART
Cultivating inner strength and warm-heartedness
Presenter: Ajahn Succito
Date: 21 – 26 February 2020 5-days ~ R4100 – R4850
One of the principle aims of meditation is to experience greater warm-heartedness – towards others and oneself. The absence of this is a major source of suffering, linked to anxiety, depression and mistrust. On this retreat, we will be cultivating the inner strength that supports and protects the heart so that its natural kindness and compassion can illuminate our lives. The retreat will include guided meditation, teachings, chanting and devotional practice, qi gong, sharing presence with fellow retreatants, questions and answers. As this is a semi-monastic retreat, all Internet connections should be disabled and phones switched off. Out of respect for the environment, please do not bring or use plastic bottles of water; your portable flask can be filled frequently from the pure local water supply. This retreat will be held in an atmosphere of contemplative silence.
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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