Frequently Asked Questions
Is there someone who can teach me how to meditate?
On formal retreats there is generally an introduction to meditation. When you come on a self retreat you can ask our staff to give you meditation instruction.
What is there to do at Emoyeni?
Emoyeni has been created to provide a space to retreat and connect with your spirituality and with the simplicity of the moment. We have a meditation hall, a library and a beautiful natural environment where you can walk and find yourself. There is also a labyrinth where you can walk your questions and enjoy a spacious 360 view. While we generally encourage much non-doing, you are welcome to sweat your karma in the kitchen or garden or by clearing alien vegetation in the veld.
What happens when I come on a self-retreat?
Our daily pattern is as follows. Lunch at 12h30. Light supper at 18h00 in winter and at 18h30 in summer. Meditation at 19h30 to 20h30. After the meditation we keep Noble Silence till after breakfast the next morning. The morning meditation starts at 6h30 and breakfast is served in silence at 7h30. After breakfast you are encouraged to do an hours work, either in the garden or kitchen. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. We have an excellent library and the Magaliesberg in our back yard where you may wander about freely. There is also a labyrinth to walk your questions and a little streat to sit by. The meditation hall is open all day and night.
Should you wish to, we can help to set up a formal retreat programme for you. We also provide, on request, instructions on how to meditate or Buddhism.
What happens on a formal retreat?
Generally a formal retreat begins with a light supper at 18h30. To avoid the traffic and settle into your room, you are welcome to arrive early in the afternoon. After supper there is an introduction and a short meditation. Retreat days begin at 6 in the morning with a wake up bell. This is followed by exercises and / or a meditation. Breakfast is served at 7h30. From 8h30 to 9h30 we have an hour’s work period during which we help with chopping vegetables, work in the garden or do any other general chore. Talks or workshops begin at 9h30. Lunch is served at 12h30 and supper at 18h00.
Our retreats generally end with a Meditation on Loving Kindness and lunch.
Are all retreats held in silence?
Generally our programme says whether a retreat is in silence. However, we do keep Noble Silence every day from after the evening meditation till the beginning of the work period after breakfast. This is to support the practice of mindfulness and to give ourselves space from the complexity of personal interactions.
What food is provided?
All meals are vegetarian and may include eggs and dairy products. Breakfast generally consists of porridge, cereals, fruit and toast. Lunch is the main meal and is substantial. Our evening meals are light, consisting of soup and bread. Should you have wheat, dairy or any other intolerances do let us know.
What is the accommodation like?
Our accommodation is simple but comfortable. Altogether we have 14 beds available. In the main house there are two large double rooms and a small single room with a shared bathroom. The Teacher’s Cottage – generally reserved for visiting teachers – has a double and a single room with bathroom en suite. Then there is the Lodge which has an indoor and an outdoor shower and two toilets. There are four single and a double room in the Lodge. We also have a camping site.
Does Emoyeni provide transport to and from Johannesburg or Lanseria airports?
If you are flying in to Johannesburg we will generally put you in touch with any other retreatant who might be coming in. If there is no one available, and if we are able we could fetch you at a fee. Johannesburg airport is two hours away from Emoyeni and Lanseria is one hour away.
What happens if I have to cancel my booking?
If a booking is cancelled 2 weeks (or earlier) before that retreat starts, then the deposit will be refunded less a cancellation fee of R70. If the cancellation is received less than two weeks before the start of a retreat, the deposit will be forfeited.
How do I make a booking?
When making a booking it is advisable to email the Retreat Centre to make sure that there is space available on the retreat. The next step is to send a deposit equivalent to 50% of the cost of your stay within 10 days of making the initial booking. This should be done into the Centre’s bank account (see below) with clear indications who and what the deposit is for. Upon receipt of your deposit we will confirm your booking.
BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS
Account Name: Emoyeni Retreat Centre
Account Number: 033-215-103
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch Number: 052646
What does the retreat cost include?
The cost of a retreat covers accommodation, three meals and during formal retreats, the cost of the course. However, at Emoyeni we follow the Buddhist tradition of not charging for the teachings, and rather encourage the practice of Dana or Generosity, whereby each person is invited to contribute an amount over and above the basic accommodation rate, as a way of recognizing the benefits of their stay at Emoyeni and to express their appreciation to the teachers.
How much does it costs to stay at Emoyeni?
Retreats: The costs of Formal retreats is given with the retreat description.
Self Retreats cost per day:
Lodge, House and Zinya Eco-House: Weekends – R650, Weekdays – R550
The Cottage (bathroom en-suite): Weekends – R780, Weekdays – R680
Caravan : Weekends – R600, Weekdays – R500
Should you stay for 15 to 30 days the cost is reduced to R460 per day
A retreat of one month or more will cost R360 per day (R10 800 for a month)
These costs include accommodation, three vegetarian meals per day and guidance during your retreat.
En-suite accommodation (single or double) – R 680/ person/ night
Bathroom to share accommodation (single or double) – R 550/ person / night
Open weekend cost
En-suite accommodation (single and double) – R 780/ person/ night
Bathroom to share accommodation (double and single) – R 650/ person / night
Ask about our pensioner and student discounts.
What is a work retreat?
Emoyeni offers you the opportunity to offer your services and skills helping out with gardening, maintenance or cooking in exchange accommodation and meals. Five hours of work a day earns you free accommodation and meals. Should you wish to work for two and a half hours we will only ask you to pay half of the daily rate. Generally we prefer to take people who have attended a retreat at Emoyeni before and we reserve the right to select what skills are needed for these exchanges. The length of work retreats depends on the availability of staff and on what is needed at the time.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to visit Emoyeni?
We welcome anyone with a sincere interest in cultivating wisdom and compassion as a way of life. Our aim is to provide an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity which is conducive to the practice of meditation, a safe space where the weary can find a moment of rest and peace.Our approach includes the practice of mindfulness and an attitude of non-harming towards all living beings.
How do I get to Emoyeni?
What do I have to bring on a retreat?
Hat and sunblock
Our water is excellent borehole water so there is no need to bring any.
If you have a very limited and specialised diet it might be useful to bring foods-stuffs that could be obscure to a countryside SPAR – for example gluten free oats, etc.
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