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Zen Pen

February 26 - February 28

R2300 – R3300


 A Writing, Being and Meditation Retreat

 Dorian Haarhoff

Weekend ~ February 26 – 28         

Standard rate: R2300 – R2700 (en-suite);
Generous Rate:
R2800 – R3300(en-suite);
plus suggested
Teachers Dana: R400 – R2000

  1.  Standard Rate – This includes accommodation, food and basic running costs for the centre plus a surcharge to cover travel for the teacher.
  2. Generous Rate – This includes the above plus a dana contribution to Emoyeni for upkeep and improvements to the centre and other eventualities.
    Suggested rate for Teacher’s dana: This is a sliding scale suggestion as to how much to contribute to the teacher.


“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us
to see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer,
perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our silence.”(Yeats)

Zen (Chinese chán ‘quietude’) invites us to be present, to live and write simply.

Pen (Latin penna ‘feather’) refers to both practicing the art of writing and to the implement we use. It also invites us to play in a safe place – as in playpen.

On this retreat we will explore the connection between writing and meditation. Both these states of grace slow us down so we can live in the moment. They increase our awareness and wake us up. We will look with new eyes and hear with new ears.  We will write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives.  We will also consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely.


February 26
February 28
R2300 – R3300