This long-weekend Open the Heart & Still the Mind Compassion Retreat with clinical psychologist Sue Cooper, is held in containing Noble Silence and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
Inspired by the wisdom teachings of the Dharma and an integration of Buddhist and western psychology, we will cultivate mindfulness and compassion practices which calm the nervous system and help integrate body, heart and mind. As we learn to listen and connect more compassionately with ourselves, finding solace in silence with sangha, we will discover that the containment of ennobling silence allows us to find the courage to honour and embody our authentic, heartfelt presence with greater confidence, clarity and joy.
After establishing some stillness and calm in the mind and the heart, we will explore the Brahma viharas (the four divine abodes/ immeasurables) to cultivate greater kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. These compassion practices bring more appreciative joy, equanimity and wisdom into our lives, strengthening our capacity for more open-heartedness and for healthier boundaries in our relationships.
Please note: There is a teacher's fee for this retreat, which is offered on a sliding scale, with reductions and payment plans on request.
A 30-40 minute 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 will be the 30-40 minute medical aid rate and will be reduced if you are not on medical aid.
Please contact Sue on email@example.com to arrange a time.
CPD accreditation for health and mental-health professionals will be confirmed, at an additional admin fee of R375.
Total Cost: Accommodation & Food (paid to Emoyeni) plus Teacher Dana (paid to Sue):
Accommodation and Food: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to book.
Standard rate: R4650 Shared ablutions | R5510 En-suite
Generous Rate: R5710 Shared ablutions | R6 750 En -suite
Standard Rate – This includes accommodation, food and basic running costs for the centre plus a surcharge to cover travel for the teacher.
Generous Rate– This includes the above plus a dana contribution to Emoyeni for upkeep and improvements to the centre and other eventualities.
Sliding Scale: R1000 - R4000:
Generous Rate: R3000 - R4000/4500
Standard Rate: R2000 - R2500
Reduced Rate: R1000 - R1500
Please offer what you can from the suggested sliding scale and pay this directly to Sue. While the full fee is always very greatly appreciated, the reduced amounts allow you to choose an amount that you can manage. Further reductions are available on request and a flexible payment plan is offered if needed.
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 9 Aug
Please email proof of payment as well as confirmation of your booking including your contact number to email@example.com.
Please visit www.emoyeni.org.za/faq