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RETREAT: Embracing Life with Compassionate Simplicity

14 June, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 17 June, 2019 @ 1:30 pm UTC+2


Please note that  Sue will include some of the teachings from the 25 May - 1 June "training" retreat on this retreat, for those who are interested in integrating these teaching and practices into their work.

This long-weekend "Open the Heart and Still the Mind" Compassion retreat is held in a contained and very nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence at the stunning venue of Mont Fleur, nestled in the mountains near Stellenbosch. We will draw on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the profoundly inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, who “Listens to the cries of the world at ease." 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. As we embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we transform our vicious inner-critic, freeing ourselves from our fear-based patterns of perfectionism and ending the habitual cycle of self-abandonment. This allows us to connect with our authentic presence, so that we can live a life of compassionate simplicity, creating the conditions for healing and awakening.

Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners, this retreat includes Dharma talks, guided sitting and walking meditations, time in nature and to rest, as well as short, individual sessions with Sue. The ancient practice of qigong movement meditation is offered daily, as well as relaxing yoga and 60 min aromatherapy massages as optional extras, to enhance our embodied experience.

A pre-retreat individual session is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R850 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 22 General CEUs have been granted.

Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s) this year, there is an annual admin fee of R175 - thank you.

Bookings: sue.stillmind@gmail.com

Pricing & Accommodation

Single en-suite: R7875
(Accommodation and food: R5025 and Teacher's fee: R2850)

Shared en-suite: R7050 per person
(Accommodation and food: R4200 and Teacher's fee: R2850)

A deposit of R2500 confirms your place, R1500 of which is non-refundable. The balance is due by 31 May 2019, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.


Optional Extras: 

Massage: R550 for 60 minutes
Yoga: Suggested dana (donation) of R120 - R150 per class attended

Bank Details

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 14-17 June

Please email proof of payment to admin@suecooper.co.za.

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.


14 June, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+2
17 June, 2019 @ 1:30 pm 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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