This week-long Spring retreat is held in ennobling silence at the foot of the beautiful Mvuleni Bamboo Mountain in the Southern Drakensberg.
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 embodied experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 23 Genreral CEUs confirmed
Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s), there is an annual admin fee of R300 - thank you.
TOTAL COST: Food and Accommodation fee, R350 Teacher's Travel Surcharge plus Teacher’s Fee on a sliding scale.
VENUE COSTS: Accommodation & Food:
6 x Single Monastic style en-suite rooms with mountain views:
R7250 (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
1 x Thatched twin room (gate house) with en-suite bathroom:
R7250 booked as a single; R6900 per person shared (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
2 x Twin rooms with shared bathroom:
R6650 per person shared; R6550 booked as a single (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
Mvuleni Farm: (Adjoining farm 3-5 mins walk - "almost on-site!")
1 x Cottage Double bed with en-suite bathroom:
R7250 booked as a single; R6900 per person shared for couples (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
1 x Double bed & bath en-suite:
R7250 booked as a single (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
1 x Twin with shared bathroom:
R6550 per person shared; R7250 booked as a single (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
1 x Double with shared bathroom:
R6900 booked as a single (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
1 x En-suite 2-3 bedded sharing:
R6550 per person shared; R6900 booked as a single (optional additional pre or post retreat accommodation @ R1000 per night)
This is offered on a sliding scale and while the full fee is always very greatly appreciated, the reduced amounts allow you to choose an amount that you can manage. Further reductions are available on request and a flexible payment plan is offered if needed.
A deposit of R2500 - R3500 (R2500 of which is non-refundable) confirms your place. Payment is suggested in instalments with full balance paid by 25 September, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.
In the spirit of dana, which is a practice of generosity, we will offer a donation with appreciation to the resident staff and the centre.
60 min Massages: R650 full body & R350 half hour back (to be confirmed)
Shuttle costs: King Shaka Airport, Durban to Dharmagiri
1 pax R1950 each way
2 pax R1050 pp each way
3 pax R800 pp each way
Plus a tip for your driver please
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 30 Sep
Please email proof of payment as well as confirmation of your booking including your contact number to email@example.com.
To be confirmed.