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Saying Yes to Life

16 December 2020 - 20 December 2020

R3580 – R4030

  Saying Yes to Life

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

 RJ Chippindall

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.


16 December 2020
20 December 2020
R3580 – R4030