This long-weekend silent Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion retreat will draw 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.” 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. These practices strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust, that equip us to live with uncertainty and change.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence, we will learn how to transform the self-critical and judgmental inner voices, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment. 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, so that healing and awakening can occur.
This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of qigong (chi kung) movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind.
A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom is 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, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.
Please Note: In-person retreat attendance now requires a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the retreat.
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org (and cc email@example.com)
Total: Accommodation & Food and Teacher Dana
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Standard rate: R3300 – R3700 (en-suite); Generous Rate: R4050 – R4800 (en-suite)
- Standard Rate – This includes accommodation, food and basic running costs for the centre plus a surcharge to cover travel for the teacher.
- Generous Rate– This includes the above plus a dana contribution to Emoyeni for upkeep and improvements to the centre and other eventualities.
Teacher's Dana: R750 – R3 500 please offer what you can from the suggested sliding scale and this can be sent directly to Sue or paid via Emoyeni.
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 18 March Dana
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