Emoyeni – Cultivating Wisdom & Compassion

Welcome to Emoyeni retreat centre
Meditation retreats in the beautiful Magaliesberg
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 18 guests and four resident; however, due to the current pandemic and the need for social distancing we have reduced our numbers to 10 retreatants per retreat only.  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.

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