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RETREAT: The Joy of Courageous New Beginnings (Fully booked, waiting list only)

24 September, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 26 September, 2020 @ 4:30 pm UTC+2

Fully booked, waiting list only

This Spring long-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 retreat starts at 9:30am on Thursday 24th September and ends at 4:30pm on Saturday 26th, with the option of an additional overnight stay on the 26th, vacating by 11am on Sunday 27th September. To maintain the safety of social distancing, the numbers will be limited to 12-14 retreatants only and the required Covid-19 protocols will be followed.

Through the practice of meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, we will welcome the season of Spring and the possibility of new beginnings with joyful and compassionate awareness. Supported by the beauty of Nature around us, we will ground our awareness, establishing a calm and unified inner refuge from which to explore new and courageous ways of being, which awaken us to life and its possibilities in the midst of uncertainty.

To enhance the integration of body, heart and mind, daily sessions of qigong movement meditation will be offered and possibly optional yoga and massages (to be confirmed). There will be time for restorative rest, as well as silent walks or mindful runs in the vineyards and mountains. Short, individual check-ins which provide additional emotional containment and insight during the retreat. Mont Fleur’s well-known 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. This 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 to be confirmed.

Bookings: admin@stillmindretreats.com

Pricing & Accommodation

Total Cost: Venue Fee plus Teacher's Fee

Venue fee: Single en-suite: R3600 (shared option for couples only at the same per person rate)

Teacher's fee: R3000/2500/2000. This is offered on a sliding scale and whilst the full rate is greatly appreciated, the sliding scale allows you to offer whatever you can manage. As always, further reductions and payment plans are available on request.

Additional overnight venue fee: includes dinner, bed and breakfast: R850 (vacate by 11am on 27th) (Sue will offer 2 additional optional meditations for those staying overnight, at no extra charge.)

A deposit of R750 - 1500 confirms your place and the balance is due before the retreat, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

Optional Extras: TO BE CONFIRMED

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 & 24-26 Sep

Please email proof of payment 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.


24 September, 2020 @ 9:30 am UTC+2
26 September, 2020 @ 4:30 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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