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RETREAT: Open the Heart & Still the Mind: The Joy of Heartfelt Presence

6 April, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 10 April, 2023 @ 12:30 pm UTC+2

Dates: Thursday 06 April 2023 - Monday 10 April 2023 or Thursday 06 April 2023 - Thursday 13 April 2023

This Easter long-weekend Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion Retreat with clinical psychologist Sue Cooper, is held in Noble Silence and is offered either as a 4 night Easter Weekend retreat or as an extended 7 night retreat.

Inspired by the wisdom teachings of the Dharma and of Buddhist and western psychology, we will cultivate mindfulness and compassion practices which calm the nervous system and help integrate body, heart and mind. As we learn to listen and connect more compassionately with ourselves, drawing silent support from the sangha (like-minded practitioners finding solace in the shared silence), we will discover that the containment of ennobling silence allows us to find the courage to honour and embody our authentic, heartfelt presence with greater confidence, clarity and joy.

As we embrace the joys and the sorrows of life with a greater understanding of impermanence, we move beyond fear, shame and crippling self-doubt. This frees us from our habitual reactivity and from the curse of perfectionism. After establishing some stillness and calm in the mind and the heart, we will explore the Brahma viharas (the four divine abodes/ immeasurables) to cultivate greater kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. These compassion practices bring more appreciative joy, equanimity and wisdom into our lives, strengthening our capacity for more open-heartedness and healthier boundaries in our relationships.

This silent retreat includes teachings, guided meditations, daily qigong, time to walk, rest and replenish, as well as short, individual sessions with Sue to deepen our insight and sense of well-being. There will be relaxing massages and mindful movement offered as optional extras (the cost of which to be confirmed), to support our emboided experience.

For those wanting a deeper experience, the retreat continues for an additional 3 nights after the Easter weekend.

Please note: There is a teacher's fee for this retreat, which is offered on a sliding scale, with reductions and payment plans on request.

A 30-40 minute pre-retreat individual session via Zoom/Whatsapp is 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 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 health and mental-health professionals will be confirmed, at an additional admin fee of R375.

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 plus Teacher’s fee/dana

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. Whilst the full and higher fees are greatly appreciated, the reductions and a payment plan allows this event to be more accessible. Please choose the amount that you can manage and would like to offer either for the 4 nights or the full 7 nights, and feel free to contact me if you have financial constraints:

Dana guideline for Teacher's Fee:
6 - 10 April: R4500/R4000/R3500/R3000/R2500/R2000 (R1500 of which is a non-refundable deposit). Further reductions on request.
6 - 13 April: R8000/R7500/R7000/R6500/R6000/R5500/R5000 (R2000 of which is a non-refundable deposit) Further reductions on request.

Dana can be offered in installments to the following account:

Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: your name, surname and BRC2023

Optional Extras

1hr Full body Massage R650,00
30 min Back Massage R350,00
1 hr head and reflexology combo R650,00

Mindful Movement/Yoga: To be confirmed


6 April, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+2
10 April, 2023 @ 12:30 pm UTC+2
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Buddhist Retreat Centre
Ixopo KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
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