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RETREAT: The Deepening of Compassionate Awareness

7 August, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 9 August, 2016 @ 1:30 pm UTC+2

Compassionate Awareness



This 2-night silent Open the Heart and Still the Mind retreat will deepen our understanding of compassionate awareness, drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiration provided by the bodhisattva of compassion, Kuan Yin (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit), who Contemplates the Sounds of the World at Ease.

Wisdom says I am Nothing,
Compassion says I am Everything.
Between these two banks
the life of the Awakened one flows
~ Nisargadatta

In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of Noble Silence, we will explore this paradox of being “Nothing and Everything” and will cultivate ways to awaken compassion towards ourselves and others. Much of our suffering emerges from our self-critical and judgmental relationship with ourselves, which is often based on an illusion of perfectionism. It is only when we learn to embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, in the way a good-enough ‘mother’ embraces her child, that healing and transformation can occur. The discovery that we can develop an internalised archetypal good-enough mother is both empowering and comforting.

This retreat includes guided sitting, walking, standing and reclining meditations, daily sessions of Qigong (Chi Kung) movement meditation, in addition to daily yoga, to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will also be short individual sessions with Sue and optional aromatherapy massages, as well as time for restorative rest and silent walks in the beautiful surroundings of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges, amidst fynbos and vineyards. Delicious vegetarian/vegan food will be savoured in silence.

CPD accreditation for health, mental health and allied health professionals:

2 nights: 15 points (12 general and 3 ethics CEUs)


Pricing & Accommodation Options


Single en-suite: R3700
Shared en-suite: R3300 per person

Deposit & Payment terms:  R1000 to confirm your place. A payment of R1500 is due by the end of July, and the balance by the retreat or end of August if necessary.

Longer term payment plans available on request.

A cancellation fee of R2500 will be due unless your place is filled, in which case only R500 of the deposit will be retained. Individual circumstances will be taken into account as much as possible.


Optional Extras: Aromatherapy Massage: R450 for 60 minutes

Yoga: Suggested dana (donation) of R80-100 per session attended

Banking Details & Cancellation Policy

Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & MF


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 based on the full retreat fee.

4 – 6 weeks:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R500.
If it is not filled there will be a refund less 20%.

2 - 4 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R1000, but in the event your place is not filled a refund less 50%.

1- 2 weeks or less prior to the retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R1000, but in the event your place is not filled a refund less 75%.

Less than a 1 week prior to retreat:
If your place is filled accommodation costs will be refunded only. If your place is not filled, no refund is possible.


7 August, 2016 @ 1:00 pm UTC+2
9 August, 2016 @ 1:30 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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