CPD Accredited Courses & Retreats
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Open the Heart and Still the Mind: From Bracing to Embracing
3 February – 10 March 2018 | 5-7 week Saturday morning course
This course integrates the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and meditation, a powerful practice for deepening our awareness of the present moment and developing a more compassionate relationship to ourselves and others.
This 5-7 week programme consists of a recommended Introductory Morning retreat (cash dana based) on Sat 20 January, an initial individual session if we haven’t yet met, and an optional extra daylong retreat at Mont Fleur near Stellenbsoch on Sat 27 January, before the 5 session course itself starts in February.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere, we will explore different ways to free ourselves from our fear-based beliefs and patterns which cause us to brace against life. This allows us to discover the healing and transformation that are possible when we learn to embrace our experience with courage, kindness and compassion. We will develop understanding, inner calm and balance through a combination of meditation, self-reflection and psychological inquiry. Each session will include a meditative movement practice – either qigong (chi kung), an ancient gentle movement meditation or walking meditation, both of which greatly enhance our experience of the integration of body, heart and mind. There will be an opportunity in each session for analytic reflection, as well as for contemplative silence, providing an experience of both the psychological and meditative approaches to inner healing.
This course is open to newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. No previous experience of psychotherapy or meditation is required, but if you are involved with either or both, this process will support and complement that work. The course requires an intention to attend all sessions and payment is required for the course as a whole. The dates outlined may be subject to change, due to unforeseen circumstances and any sessions cancelled by Sue will be rescheduled