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RETREAT: Embracing Life with Compassion & Joy

5 August, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9 August, 2022 @ 12:30 pm UTC+2

This 4 night, silent Women's Day long-weekend Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion Retreat will provide an opportunity to develop and explore meditation practices and teachings which strengthen our embodied, heartfelt presence, whilst integrating the joys and the sorrows that we have all been confronted with during these years of so much uncertainty.

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 wisdom and appreciative joy. These practices connect us with 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, represented by Kuan Yin, 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. Please contact Sue on sue.stillmind@gmail.com to arrange a time.

For those registered with the HPCSA or an equivalent body, 16 General CEUs have been granted. The admin fee to receive these points this is R350. 

Bookings: bookings@brcixopo.co.za and please see here for pricing information for the accommodation, which is booked directly with the BRC.

See below for the Teacher Dana guideline.


Total Cost: Accommodation plus Teacher’s fee/dana

Accommodation rates​ as per the accommodation options on The​ Buddhist Retreat Centre website​ (please see here for pricing information​ for the Accommodation options).

Teacher’s fee/dana: ​ 

This retreat is offered on a sliding scale. Please choose the amount that you can manage and would like to offer for the 4 nights, and see below for further reductions.

Dana guideline for Teacher's Fee:
5 - 9 August: R4500/4000/3500/3000/2500/2000 (R1500 of which is a non-refundable deposit).

Although the full fee is always greatly appreciated, the reductions are offered to make this event more accessible and further reductions are always available on request.

Dana can also be offered in installments to the following account:

Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: your name and date of retreat

Optional Yoga/Embodied Movement
Costs to be confirmed.


5 August, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC+2
9 August, 2022 @ 12:30 pm UTC+2
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Buddhist Retreat Centre
Ixopo KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
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