This weekend retreat is held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative (Noble) silence and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist meditation and psychology, we will learn how to still the mind and ground ourselves with kindness and compassion within the silence of the present moment. Through these practices we will learn how to heal the fragmented mind through open-hearted, embodied awareness and we will discover an experience of wholeness, which frees us from suffering and allows us to live with compassionate simplicity and joy.
In addition to sitting, standing and reclining meditations, our embodied awareness will be enhanced by daily sessions of the ancient movement meditation qigong (Chi Kung), optional morning and afternoon yoga/mindful movement (to be confirmed) and relaxing aromatherapy massages, as well as silent walking meditations through the beautiful gardens of Temenos. There will also be time for restorative rest and short, individual sessions with Sue during the weekend. Delicious vegetarian/vegan food will be savoured in silence as part of our integrated practice.
Please note: Temenos very generously offers free accommodation on the Sunday night, if you would like to extend your stay, please let us know on booking.
A pre-retreat individual session is required for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. The fee for this is R950 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.
CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: to be confirmed.
Cost and Accommodation:
Total Cost - Single en-suite: R6000
Accommodation & Food: R3500 Teacher's Fee: R2500
Total Cost - Shared en-suite: R5700 per person
Accommodation & Food: R3200 Teacher's Fee: R2500
As always, reductions and payment plans are available on request.
A deposit of R1000 to R1500 confirms your place. You are welcome to pay in installments and the full balance is due by the 3 May, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.
Optional Extras: Massage: R575 for 60 minutes Mindful Movement: Suggested dana (donation) R180 per class; R300 for 2; R350 for 3 or dana that you can manage.
Accommodation Options: (please visit Temenos to view gallery)
Library Suites: Avila - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Jamil - Georgian cottage, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Iona - Georgian cottage, double bed, bath, fireplace, private braai patio Lisieux - Georgian cottage, twin beds, bath, fireplace, private patio
Garden Cottages: Assisi - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Subiaco - Thatch roof, twin beds, shower, fireplace, private braai patio Carmel - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, private patio, braai area Chiara - Thatch roof, double bed, shower, fireplace, verandah
Spiral Cottages: Athena - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities Beulah - Twin beds, fireplace, shower and bath. Braai facilities
The Hermitage: Beni Abbes - A private & contemplative cottage with a double bed, separate lounge, shower, fireplace, thatch roof