Emoyeni – Cultivating Wisdom & Compassion

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Welcome to Emoyeni retreat centre
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Meditation retreats in the beautiful Magaliesberg
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A place of tranquility and peace
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Welcome to Emoyeni retreat centre


Emoyeni is a Zulu name meaning ”Place of the Spirit”.  Our beautiful Retreat Centre  is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountains, bordering on the Cradle of Mankind, about 100 km northwest of Johannesburg.

We are a registered nonprofit organisation and the centre’s ethos and ‘culture’ is broadly based on Buddhist principles and meditation techniques. Emoyeni’s approach includes the practice of mindfulness and an attitude of non-harming towards all living beings. We welcome anyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, who has 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 away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Our accommodation and other facilities are simple and basic, with the emphasis on functionality rather than luxury. In order to encourage introspection and inquiry, no facilities in the form of swimming pools, games, television, wifi etc. are provided. We regularly offer conducted retreats, details of which can be found on the retreats page. Individual or self-retreats can be done according to personal needs. We also offer work retreats where work can be done in return for accommodation.

We accommodate up to 16 guests and four residents. Three lacto-vegetarian meals are provided daily, and linen is also supplied.

You are welcome to visit Emoyeni for a day visit, a weekend or for a longer stay. Day visitors – please do call first to let us know that you will be coming.



To the wonderful Emoyeni team

Thank you all for holding the space at Emoyeni with grace and generosity and making it such a precious jewel, sanctuary, place of practice and friendship for so many. I look forward to seeing you all again soon
With love, warmest wishes and gratitude,


Emoyeni is exactly what you need to refresh and reboot

It helped me rebalance and reassess my priorities.
Each time I go I’m greeted with great food and friendly and welcoming staff – it almost feels like a family.
Even if just for the amazing scenery and peaceful atmosphere (though there’s so much more), I’d highly recommend going to Emoyeni.
It’s never too late or too early to start fresh.


Emoyeni is a gem, a place of peace

I’m so grateful that this sanctuary exists. It’s important to have places like this to retreat, reflect, refine, remind. Thank you to all Emoyeni staff for doing what you’re doing.


Emoyeni is just such a special place, filled with special people. Who needs Duracell when there’s Emoyeni??


THANK YOU to the Emoyeni team

Every weekend at Emoyeni is a peak experience. I can’t think of anything that can be improved. What I appreciate most: the simplicity of it all, the warmth of everyone involved, the range of people that the retreat centre attracts. The only negatives: the immense sadness that I experience every time we have to leave, and a fear/realisation that the centre may not always be there to come back/home to.


A home away from home

Oh where would I be without a place like Emoyeni to recharge my batteries.
I just love visiting and always feel loved and rejuvenated when I leave
The metta glow lives on



An unforgettable experience

We just want to thank you for the amazing retreat that you welcomed us to.
It was an unforgettable experience and we enjoyed our stay and the whole program that was presented.


Emoyeni is now a place in my heart

Words are just words, so Emoyeni can’t really be described, nor can your generosity of being.
These are the kind of words that might give some idea of how I experienced what you have created.
Emoyeni is now a place in my heart that I can go to when my heart is unrestful.
Cannot thank you all enough, see you next time.
Warm regards and a high five,



The water tastes better here…

Friendly, welcome, environment,  great tasting food and variety. The water really does  taste better here 😊  Oh, and a lovely library.



Emoyeni is a haven

Emoyeni is a haven — a place of profound kindness from which emanates it’s great beauty and calm. A blessing to be here



A sacred space

Thank you for opening up your sacred space to me. Personally it has been a space that offered healing, restoration and growth through reflection. I have taken many lessons in the way you live life at Emoyeni;  the power of silence and meditation, working the ground to be grounded , simplicity of life including how we feed our bodies (wholesome vegetarian meals made and served with care and love).  Thank you, I will be back in the place that is so sacred



A haven in the bush

Emoyeni is like a haven in the middle of a superbly calm bush setting. It’s my place to escape from the world, unwind and refuel. It always feels like I have been away longer than a weekend. The food is divine and the people are awesome


Great place, great food, great conversations

I’ve been coming to Emoyeni for over four years now and you will always find a warm welcome, delicious food and interesting conversations with people from all walks of life.  Thanks Emoyeni team for a lovely stay as always. Looking forward to the next visit.


Would highly recommend

A beautiful, serene retreat space with welcoming hosts. Would highly recommend


Arrived exhausted and left rejuvenated

I am grateful I found Emoyeni. I wish I had found it earlier but, everything happens at the right time. This retreat has been a real game-changer for me. I drove into Emoyeni broken, bruised and exhausted but tomorrow I will leave rested, rejuvenated and with a lot of optimism. I can’t wait to be back.


Memorable experience

Many thanks to the amazing team for their care, welcoming spirit and making this such a memorable experience

Hoping to carry this feeling into my world

I walked in not knowing what to expect. I was a little anxious. Now I’m walking out calm and in control.  I hope to carry this feeling into my world


Every visit is wonderful

Every time I have visited I’ve had a wonderful time. The food is always amazing. Thank you!

Best place and energy to learn a lot

Emoyeni is such a beautiful place with beautiful people, great food and an environment you can’t describe. Best energy to learn a lot. Thank you!


A place of healing and feeling welcome

A wonderful meditation centre centred in the natural beauty of the Magaliesberg. A place of healing and feeling welcome


Thank you so much…

Beautiful venue, lovely staff and great catering. Thank you so much!

Heidi and Ana Lisa

What I needed and more

Thank you for an excellent time, it is what I needed and more. I fell re-energised and centred


Will certainly return

Food was amazing. Gentle and calm stay with kind hosts. Will certainly return


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.

Office 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

Email: retreat@emoyeni.org.za

Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533