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Beginning the Year with Calm and Compassionate Awareness
17 January, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC+2
Please join us for a donation-based session from 11:30am-1pm, where we will begin our year with stillness and the cultivation of compassionate awareness!
This session will be followed by a 6 week course on Thursday Evenings
21 January to 25 February 2016
This 6-week group process, facilitated by clinical psychologist Sue Cooper, integrates the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and meditation, a powerful practice for deepening our awareness of the present moment and developing a more compassionate relationship to ourselves and others.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere, we will explore different ways to develop understanding, inner calm and balance, through a combination of meditation, self-reflection and psychological enquiry. Each session will include Qigong (Chi Kung), an ancient gentle movement meditation which greatly enhances our experience of the integration of body, heart and mind. There will be an opportunity in each session for analytic reflection, as well as for contemplative silence, providing an experience of both the psychological and meditative approaches to inner healing. For those only wanting an evening of silent practice, there will be the option to leave before the listening and talking meditation, but if you are new to this approach, you are encouraged to attend the full session.
No previous experience of psychotherapy or meditation is required, but if you are involved with either or both, this process will support and complement that work.
The course requires an intention to attend all sessions and payment is required for the course as whole. The dates outlined may be subject to change, due to unforeseen circumstances and any sessions cancelled by Sue will be rescheduled.
This course consists of 6 weekly sessions and an optional Saturday half-day retreat
Dates: 21, 28 January; 4, 11, 18 and 25 February
Times: 18:00 – 20:15, with option to stay till 19:30
Venue: Jim Harrington’s ReUnion Yoga and Meditation Studio, Woodstock
http://www.jimharringtonyoga.com/ and http://reunionyoga.co.za/
Total Cost: Course fee plus required pre-course individual session fee for those attending the full course (ie. 18:00 – 20:15, which includes a listening and talking meditation)
Course fee: R2400 (6 x R400) for 18:00-20:15 (86311 partial medical aid cover) R1800 (6 x R300) for 18:00-19:30 (86309 partial medical aid cover)
Individual session fee: 30 min @ R450 (86203 code fully covered by medical aid) or 50 mins @ R650 (86205 code fully covered by medical aid)
A deposit of R600 is required to confirm your place on this course, and the balance can be paid in instalments between the end of December and end of February.
The half-day retreats, held at Somersault House in Claremont offer a taste of a silent retreat experience, providing an opportunity to deepen our practice over a longer period of time. They are suitable for newcomers and seasoned practitioners and include a longer session of Qigong, a gentle movement meditation, which greatly enhances our experience of the integration of body, heart and mind.
Dates: 16 January and 12 March 2016
Times: 9:15 for 9:30am – 12:45
Venue: Somersault House, 57 Grove Avenue, Claremont
For those who would like an opportunity to deepen their practice further, there is a silent weekend retreat from 12-14 February at Mont Fleur near Stellenbosch. Please email me for further information or see beginning of Dec newsletter.
Although individual circumstances will be taken into account, the following applies to all bookings:
Less than 2 weeks before course: Unless your place is filled, the full deposit is non-refundable.
After start of course: Full course fee is due.
Name: S.G. Cooper
Cheque Account: 501 703 71576
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: your name and surname please