Fully booked (waiting list only)
This ‘Open the Heart and Still the Mind’ weekend retreat will be held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence and is suitable for beginner as well as experienced meditators.
Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, we will discover how to rest in silence, using our meditation practice to create balance and stillness in the midst of whatever is arising. As we establish a calm and grounded inner refuge, we will transform our fragmented heart and minds and discover an embodied experience of wholeness and integration. We will deepen this process through compassionately embracing our human experience with kindness and care.
In addition to sitting and walking meditations, our embodied awareness will be enhanced by daily sessions of the ancient movement meditation qigong , optional yoga and aromatherapy massages. There will be time to explore the beautiful gardens of Temenos, as well as time for restorative rest and short, individual sessions will provide additional emotional containment. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food will be savoured in silence as part of our integrated practice. This retreat ends with lunch on Sunday 13th and includes free accommodation on Sunday night for those who would like to extend their stay for an overnight self-retreat.
A once-off, pre-retreat individual session is required if you haven't yet had one with Sue, to provide greater containment, which enhances the silent retreat experience for yourself and for the group. The additional session fee of R750 is fully covered by Medical Aid or will be reduced if necessary, if you do not have cover.
CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 15 General CEUs have been granted.
Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s) this year, there is an annual admin fee of R150 - thank you.
Single en-suite: R4800 (Accommodation & Food: R2900 and Teacher's Fee: R1900)
Shared en-suite: R4355 per person (Accommodation & Food: R2455 and Teacher's Fee: R1900)
A deposit of R2000 confirms your place, R1500 of which is non-refundable. You are welcome to pay in instalments and the full balance is due two weeks before the start of the retreat, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue. Payment plans are available on request.
Massage: R500 for 60 minutes
Yoga: Suggested dana (donation) of R100 - R130 per session attended
Accommodation Options: (please visit Temenos to view gallery)
Avila - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio
Jamil - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio
Iona - Georgian cottage, double bed, bath, fireplace, private braai patio
Lisieux - Georgian cottage, twin beds, bath, fireplace, private patio
Assisi - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio
Subiaco - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio
Carmel - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, private patio, braai area
Chiara - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, verandah
Athena - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities
Beulah - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities
Veritas - The House with 2 rooms: 1 double bed, bath & shower & 1 twin beds, separate
shower & a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining room and a large secluded patio with braai.
Beni Abbes - A private & contemplative cottage with a double bed, separate
lounge, shower, fireplace, thatch roof
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Please email proof of payment to email@example.com.
Although individual circumstances will be taken into account the following applies to all bookings.
Please note that the refunded amount/percentage is calculated based on the full retreat fee.
4 – 6 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R1000.
If it is not filled there will be a refund less 30%.
2 - 4 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R1500, but in the event, your place is not filled a refund less 75%.
2 weeks or less prior to the retreat:
If your place is filled, and the retreat is fully booked, there will be a refund less R2000 (non-refundable deposit and late cancellation fee).
If your place is filled, and the retreat is not fully booked, then the accommodation and food only will be refunded, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.
If your place is not filled, then no refund is possible, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.