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RETREAT: Befriending Ourselves with Kindness and Compassion

22 May, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 23 May, 2021 @ 9:30 am UTC+2

mont fleur

This retreat will take place in-person, depending on the Covid-19 situation at the time.

This Autumn "Open the Heart and Still the Mind" silent overnight retreat begins at 9am for 9:30am on Saturday 22nd May and ends after breakfast on Sunday morning 9:30am and will focus on the healing and transformative compassion practice of metta (loving-kindness) meditation. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators, and is held in the very nurturing and beautiful environment of Mont Fleur, nestled in the mountains near Stellenbosch.

Through meditation practices which cultivate kindness and compassion, we will discover ways to embrace our humanness with all its vulnerabilities. As we learn to befriend ourselves with an open, compassionate heart, we soften the voice of the inner critic which keeps us trapped in the curse of perfectionism. This allows us to free ourselves from the relentless cycles of self-attack and self-abandonment, creating the possibility of experiencing greater ease and inner freedom in our lives.

This retreat includes teachings from the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, guided meditations in all postures, qigong movement meditation, as well as an optional gentle yoga session with Victoria Albrektsen from Stellenbosch, to enhance our embodied experience.

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R950 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and R800 for 30 mins can be reduced if necessary. Please contact Sue on sue.stillmind@gmail.com to arrange a time.

Bookings: admin@stillmindretreats.com

Pricing & Accommodation

Total Cost: R3500

Venue fee: Single en-suite: R1900 for food and accommodation
Shared en-suite: R1500 per person for food and accommodation
Teacher's Fee: R1600

(As always, further reductions and payment plans are available on request.)

A deposit of R750-R1000 confirms your place, R750 of which is non-refundable if cancelled less than a week before and your place is not filled. The balance is due before the retreat, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

Optional Extras:
Yoga (60 min class) with Victoria: R150-200 donation

Bank Details

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 22 May

Please email proof of payment to admin@stillmindretreats.com.

Cancellation Policy

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 R1500.
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 R2000, 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 R2500 (non-refundable deposit).
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.


22 May, 2021 @ 9:00 am UTC+2
23 May, 2021 @ 9:30 am UTC+2
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Mont Fleur Conference Centre
Upper Blaauwklippen Road
Stellenbosch , Western Cape 7600 South Africa
021 880 1112
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