Fully booked, waiting list only
This 4 day long-weekend Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion 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.
Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of Compassion, who "Listens to the cries of the world at ease" we will strengthen our capacity to be with things as they are unfolding.
After establishing a calm and grounded body, heart and mind, we will focus on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) meditation and the deepening of compassionate listening, which give rise to wisdom and appreciative joy. These practices connect us to our authentic presence, strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust. In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence, we will learn how to transform the viciousness of the inner critic, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment and fear.
As we discover how to internalise the archetypal good-enough mother who listens compassionately at ease, we will develop the courage and trust which allow us to honour our vulnerability without fear or shame. When we can embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we can live more authentically and more courageously and joyfully, so that healing and awakening can occur.
A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is requested and highly recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R975 for 50 mins or R800 for 30 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary. lease contact Sue on email@example.com to arrange a time.
Please Note: At present, in-person retreat attendance requires a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the retreat.
CPD accreditation for those registered with the HPCSA to be confirmed.
Single En-suite Accommodation & Food: R5650
Teacher's Fee: R4000
Shared en-suite Accommodation & Food (available to couples/friends only): R4450 per person
Teacher's Fee: R4000 per person
Total: R8450 per person
As always, further reductions on Sue's fee and payment plans are available on request.
A deposit of R1500 to R2000 (R1500 of which is non-refundable) confirms your place. You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due before the retreat unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.
Massage @ R600
Yoga/Embodied Movement: rates tbc
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 16 June
Please email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.