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RETREAT: Ending the Year with Open-hearted Stillness
3 December, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 5 December, 2021 @ 1:30 pm UTC+2
This Open the Heart and Still the Mind weekend retreat will be held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence at the stunning Mont Fleur retreat venue, nestled in the mountains near Stellenbosch. It is suitable for beginners who have never attended a silent retreat, as well as experienced meditators who want to deepen their practice. The required Covid-19 protocols will be followed for everyone's safety and Mont Fleur will request info on vaccination status in the pre-retreat Covid questionnaire.
Through the practice of meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, we will explore ways to end the year with open-hearted, compassionate awareness. Supported by the beauty of Nature around us, we will ground our awareness in our embodied presence, establishing a calm and unified inner refuge from which to access stillness in the midst of all that we are experiencing at this busy time of year.
To enhance the integration of body, heart and mind, daily sessions of qigong movement meditation will be offered as well as gentle yoga and massages as an optional extra. There will be time for restorative rest, as well as silent walks or mindful runs in the vineyards and mountains. Short, individual check-ins will provide further emotional containment and insight during the retreat. Mont Fleur’s renowned and exceptionally delicious vegetarian and vegan food will be savoured in silence, as part of our integrated practice.
A once-off, pre-retreat individual session is required if you haven't yet had one with Sue or if you feel you need one at this time. This session provides greater containment and enhances and deepens the silent retreat experience for yourself and for the group. The additional session fee of R950 is fully covered by Medical Aid and can be reduced if necessary.
CPD accreditation is not offered for 2021 but will be applied for again in 2022.
Total Cost for weekend: R6300/R5900
Single en-suite: R3800 for food and accommodation
Shared en-suite (available to couples only): R3400 per person for food and accommodation
Teacher's Fee: R2500 As always, further reductions and payment plans are available on request.
A deposit of R750-R1000 confirms your place, R750 of which is non-refundable if cancelled less than a week before and your place is not filled. The balance is due before the retreat, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.
Massage: R575 for 60 mins
Yoga: R200 for 1 class and R350 for both classes
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 3 Dec
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.