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RETREAT: Ending the Year Gently with Appreciative Joy

16 December, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 22 December, 2022 @ 2:00 pm UTC+2

This popular 6 (or 7) night end of year “Open the Heart and Still the Mind” retreat offers an intensive experience of silence through Sue's unique integration of meditation, Buddhist wisdom and psychology. Arrival is either at 5pm on the 15th or 9:30 for 10am on the 16th Dec.

Held in the exceptionally nurturing venue of Mont Fleur, nestled in the beautiful mountains near Stellenbosch, the retreat provides restorative healing, inspiring teachings and emotional containment. Through mindfulness and compassion practices and insightful teachings, we will establish a calm and grounded embodied, heartfelt presence, creating a reliable foundation within. These practices integrate body, heart and mind, and allow us to cultivate greater courage for authentic presence. As we move beyond our habitual patterns fuelled by fear, shame and self-doubt, we discover the joy of inner peace and freedom. When our choices become more nourishing and informed by kindness and compassionate wisdom, our life is filled with more appreciative awareness and joyful well-being.

The extended time in silence provides an opportunity to deepen our practice and to process the year, discovering new perspectives and more courageous and joyful ways of being. In addition to the guided meditations in all postures, our embodied experience will be enhanced by daily sessions of qigong movement meditation with Sue and mindful, yoga-based movement with the talented Helen Altman, as well as optional, relaxing massages for extra nurturing self-care. There will be time to walk in nature, rest and replenish. Short, individual sessions with Sue are included and will provide additional emotional containment and healing.

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this will be the 50-55 minute medical aid rate and will be reduced if necessary. Please contact Sue on sue.stillmind@gmail.com to arrange a time.

CPD accreditation for health, mental health and allied professionals to be confirmed, at an additional admin fee of R350.

Bookings: admin@stillmindretreats.com

Pricing & Accommodation

Single En-suite Accommodation & Food: R11 650
Teacher's Fee: R7000
Total: R18 650

Shared en-suite Accommodation & Food (available to couples/friends only): R8800 per person
Teacher's Fee: R7000 per person
Total: R15 800 per person

Optional Additional Night on the 15 December
Accommodation & Food: R850
Teacher's Fee: R350
Total: R1200 per person

As always, further reductions on Sue's fee and payment plans are available on request.

A deposit of R3000-R5000 (R3000 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.

Optional Extras:
Massage @ R600
Yoga/Embodied Movement: rates tbc

Bank Details

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 16 Dec

Please email proof of payment as well as confirmation of your booking including your contact number 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 on the full retreat fee.

4 – 6 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit, but in the event, your place is not filled there will be a refund less 50%.

2 - 4 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit, 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, there will be a refund less the non-refundable deposit.
If your place is not filled, then no refund is possible, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.


16 December, 2022 @ 10:00 am UTC+2
22 December, 2022 @ 2:00 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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