Detailed Retreats List


                       ONLINE MEDITATION SESSIONS

 Join us for our online meditation sessions. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R200 for the month

Since the 28th of April, Emoyeni has been hosting 4 half-hour meditations each week using Zoom. To try and accommodate the differing lifestyles we offer a mix of morning and evening sessions:

Tuesday   morning           07.00 – 07.30

Wednesday  evening       19.30 – 20.00

 Thursday   morning       07.00 – 07.30

Friday    evening              19.30 – 20.30  (extra 30 mins for questions/discussion)

How it will work:  A payment of R200 at the beginning of a month will cover all your meditations for the month.  On receipt of payment, you will receive the Zoom link and password which is valid for the whole month.  You can decide  how often you would like to join in.

Discounts available: Like with the daylong online retreats we would like to make these meditation sessions available to everyone. We acknowledge that the costs might not be affordable for  everyone. Please don’t let that stop you from booking for these sessions, just let us know when you book – we’d love to have you with us.

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Being and living the best version of ourselves

Presenter:  Tessa Pretorius 
Date:  16-18 October                                                                                                Weekend ~ R1 800 – R2 100

Why is it so difficult for us to be kind, gentle or good to ourselves?

Perhaps it is because we were raised within the paradigm that ‘good people put the needs of others first’. In other words, we believe that we need to sacrifice ourselves in order to show we care. Or, it could be that finding time for self-care just means one more thing on the already unobtainable to-do-list.
But, what if caring for ourselves wasn’t that difficult? What if, by a few simple adjustments or re-tuning we could find that calm place where we are at our best and can deal with and handle what life throws at us with ease.

The Buddha’s teachings emphasise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be of service to others. The wisdom of this teaching tells us that when we are kind and good to ourselves, we are automatically kinder and of more service to others.

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 From inner harmony to self-defence

Presenter:  Nayashen Naidoo 
Date:  23-25 October                                                                                                                 Weekend ~ R1900 – R2200

On this retreat we combine the Yang Family Tai Chi style with Yin Style Baguazhang to focus on harmonising mind, body and spirit. We will also explore the Tai Chi Straight Sword form and some of the more combative techniques, that can be used in self-defence, of these two styles.
No prior Tai Chi or martial arts experience necessary.

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Join us on Zoom for a mini introduction to Mindful Eating and gently explore your relationship with food and eating.

Presenter:  Xenia Ayiotis 
Date: November 1 (Zoom meeting 9:00-11.30)    Suggested Dana R500

Food and eating can be a source of great joy, but it can also be a source of suffering. Lockdown has brought up challenges and many people have been turning to food for comfort. Mindful Eating increases our awareness around why, what, when and how we eat in a curious and non-judgemental way. The intention is to use a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to re-learning internal physical and emotional cues to guide us to why we eat and how we eat.

In “A Morning of Mindful Eating”, we will look at:

What exactly is Mindful Eating?

How could you benefit from it?

Mindful Eating tools and practices

Morning Schedule

9:00 – 9:30              Zoom-in, Introduction and meditation

9:30 –  11:00             An Introduction to Mindful Eating, Tools and Practices

11:00 -11:30             Questions and closing meditation

Please bring raisins, a piece of fruit and a piece of bread to be used as part of the practices.

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Exploring Attachment and Non-Attachment

Presenter:  Louise Stack (Chandasara) 
Date:  6-8 November                                                                                                Weekend ~ R1 800 – R2 100

The Buddha offered us two, seemingly contradictory teachings on friendship. In the first teaching, at the end of his life when asked for some direction about how the Sangha should proceed without him, this was the advice he gave:

           ”you should live as a light* unto yourselves, being your own refuge, with no one else as your     
            refuge, with the Dhamma as your light, with the Dhamma as your refuge, with no other 
            refuge”.  (Digha Nikaya 16: 2.26)

This seems to suggest living independently of others. In the second teaching, the Buddha responded to a statement that good friendship is half of the holy life, by saying:

          …no, not so!  It is the entire holy life: when one has a good friend, good companion, good 
           associate, it is to be expected that one will develop and cultivate the Path.  (Samyutta Nikaya V.IX: 45, 2(2))

This seems to suggest dependence on others.  So, how do we reconcile these two teachings? Sometimes this question is raised in the context of attachment and non-attachment.  How do we reconcile the Buddha’s encouragement of non-attachment with the human need for secure attachment for healthy psychological development and the forming of healthy relationships to take place?

What does it mean to be a light unto ourselves, whilst at the same time cultivating good friendship? These are the questions we will begin to explore together in this retreat.   What did the Buddha mean by ‘non-attachment’ and what do we mean by the human need for ‘attachment’ in relationship? Are these notions reconcilable?  How do we live with our need for both attachment or dependence on others and non-attachment or independence from others?

This will be a silent meditative weekend retreat with some talks, walks, body relaxation, and periods of reflection and contemplation both on our own and together in a group.

*The word ‘dipa’ in Sanskrit means ‘lamp’; ‘dvipa’ means ‘island’. It is not clear which word the Buddha actually used.

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A semi-silent retreat

Presenter: ** Tineke Osterloh and Mervyn Croft 
(**Pending re: International travel ban)
Date:  20-22 November                                                                                                Weekend ~ R2 100 – R2 400

How do we nourish trust and a courageous heart? What kind of practice helps ourselves, our Sangha and communities in times of uncertainty and difficult emotions? During this weekend-retreat we will practice calm and mindfulness meditation with a special focus on love and faith.

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 times in silence and times of sharing in small groups, evening discussions and time to walk and reflect in nature.

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Learn to cook some vegetarian dishes you can serve up this festive

Presenter: Wendy Poulton 
Date:  6-8 December                                                                                                Weekend ~ R1900 – R2 200

This is a great opportunity to give back to Emoyeni while learning how to cook some vegetarian dishes you can serve up this Festive Season.  Emoyeni is hosting its first combination gardening and cooking retreat where you will help revamp the herb garden at Emoyeni as a legacy project and take part in a hands-on cooking demonstration.  The retreat will consist of the following:

  • Lectures on tips for maximising flavour and nutrition in vegetarian and vegan cooking
  • How to plant and maintain herbs – bring along your favourite herb plant as a contribution and share how you use it in your cooking
  • A cooking demonstration where you will work in pairs to prepare a vegetarian buffet for everyone to share (Covid-19 protocols observed)
  • Access to the recipes and the recorded cooking lesson
  • Membership of a new Emoyeni vegetarian recipe group

Morning and evening meditations will also be on the programme so you return feeling fully rejuvenated and refreshed.  The cooking classes will be led by Wendy Poulton who is a regular cook at Emoyeni and who has a passion for tasty and nutritional food.

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How can we live wholeheartedly in the midst of a challenging world

Presenter:  RJ Chippindall 
Date:  16-20 December                                                                                                4-days ~ R3 580 – R4 030       

We have a choice in how we meet the difficulties that life presents us with; we can be defensive and erect barriers to pain, or we can chose to approach discomfort with an attitude of friendliness and curiosity.  Being open to what is challenging requires courage and practice as it is not in the nature of the human brain to remain calm in the face of difficulty.  In relaxing into what is painful we are making friends with ourselves and our world and developing maitri, the unconditional self-acceptance that is the basis of compassion and wellbeing.

In this 4-day retreat we will have the time and space to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close and give thought to how we have experienced what it has brought us. Have we tried to deny or push away what has been difficult and painful, and cling onto the pleasurable experiences?  Do we want to live the coming year in the same way?

The retreat will afford us the opportunity to say yes to life in all its forms, delightful and painful. We will draw on the writings of Pema Chodron to inspire us to live fearlessly by giving up control and waking up to everything we experience in and around us. Loving kindness meditations will support us in our journey, as will the tranquil, containing environment of Emoyeni. The weekend will include sessions of sitting and moving mindfulness practice, as well as walking the labyrinth and group discussions.

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Taking Time to Reflect 

Presenter:  Mervyn Croft
Date:  29 December – 3 January                                                                                               5-days ~ R4 150 to R4 900       


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.

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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.

Open 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
Telephone: +27 (0)82 308 1533


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