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RETREAT: Open the Heart & Still the Mind: Mist Rising, Dew Falling – Embracing Impermanence with Courage, Compassion & Joy

24 November, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 29 November, 2023 @ 1:00 pm UTC+2

24 - 26 and 24 - 29 Nov (2 and 5 night options)

This Open the Heart and Still the Mind Retreat is in ennobling silence and is offered for an extended 5 nights for those who want a longer and deeper retreat experience, or as a 2 night weekend retreat for those unable to stay longer. Drawing on the beauty of nature and the Mist Rising, Dew Falling, we will explore living with change and uncertainty as we embrace the truth of impermanence with courage, compassion and joy.

As we experience the unfolding of aging, sickness and death (dukkha), we are invited to be more fully present, so that we can live wholeheartedly and more joyfully, connecting with ourselves, each other and this world with greater kindness and care. The deep nourishment of the silence and the experience of our interconnectedness with the sangha (our silent retreat family) and with nature enhances our connection to what is life-affirming, compassionate and wise. We will discover that we can embrace impermanence with less fear and more appreciative joy (sukkha), inspired by the qualities of heart and mind found in the Brahma Viharas (the 4 divine abodes) of loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha).

This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of qigong movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will be time for silent, mindful walks in nature when you can explore the beauty of the Centre. Additional optional mindful movement and massages will be offered - details to be confirmed nearer the time.

A pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is highly recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this will be the 30-40/50 minute medical aid rate and will be reduced if you are not on medical aid. Please contact Sue on sue.stillmind@gmail.com to arrange a time.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: Confirmed with an admin fee.

Bookings: bookings@brcixopo.co.za and please see here for pricing information for the accommodation, which is booked directly with the BRC.

See below for the Teacher Dana guideline.


Total Cost:​ Accommodation paid to the BRC plus Teacher’s fee/dana paid to Sue

Accommodation rates as per the accommodation options on The​ ​Buddhist Retreat Centre website​ (​please see ​here for pricing information​ for the Accommodation options).

Teacher’s fee/dana: 

This retreat is offered on a donation-based sliding scale. Please choose the amount that you can manage and would like to offer either for the 2 nights or the full 5 nights.

Dana guideline for Teacher's Fee:
24 - 29 November: R5000/4500/4000/3500 with further reductions on request (R1500 of which is a non-refundable deposit)
24 - 26 November: R3000/2500/2000 with further reductions on request (R1500 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Although the full fee is always greatly appreciated, the reductions are offered to make this event more accessible and further reductions and payment plans are always available on request.

Dana can be offered in installments to the following account:

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Bank: First National Bank
Account Number: 63069443760
Branch Code: 210835
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: your name, surname and BRCNov

Optional Extras:

Details and Costs to be confirmed.


Hadley Woodroffe: info@hwshuttleservices.co.za and 066 207 1985.
Please check with Sue which flight times to King Shaka allow for a shared shuttle.



24 November, 2023 @ 5:30 pm UTC+2
29 November, 2023 @ 1:00 pm UTC+2
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Ixopo KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
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