This long-weekend silent Open the Heart and Still the Mind Compassion retreat will draw on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiring teachings and practices of Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, who “Listens to the cries of the world at ease." After establishing a calm and grounded body, heart and mind, we will focus on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) meditation and the deepening of compassionate wisdom. These practices strengthen our boundaries and provide us with a secure foundation of courage and trust.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence, we will learn how to transform the self-critical and judgmental inner voices, so that we can end the habitual cycle of self-abandonment. As we discover how to internalise the archetypal good-enough mother, represented by Kuan Yin, we will develop the courage and trust which allow us to honour our vulnerability without fear or shame. When we can embrace our humanness with kindness and compassion, we can live more authentically, so that healing and awakening can occur.
This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of qigong (chi kung) movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind.
Please kindly be aware that as there is no teacher's fee charged at this Centre, in keeping with the ancient monastic Buddhist tradition of generosity, your dana (donation or free will offering) for this retreat replaces the teacher's fee, which is usually R1500-3000 for a non dana-based retreat of this length of time.
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 R850 for 50 mins, fully covered by medical aid and can be reduced if necessary.
CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 20 General CEUs to be confirmed.
Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s) this year, there is an annual admin fee of R175 - thank you.
Please note that costs are for food and accommodation only and in accordance with the ancient Buddhist tradition, dana is offered for the teachings received (i.e. there is no teacher's fee included). Please visit http://emoyeni.org.za/dana-the-joy-of-giving-and-receiving/ and http://emoyeni.org.za/detailed-retreats-list/for cost and accommodation information.