This 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 (Noble) 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, as well as walks in nature to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind.
A pre-retreat individual session is highly recommended for newcomers or if you have not attended one of Sue’s residential retreats before. If you would like to book an individual session before this retreat, in person (if you are in Cape Town) or via Skype/Whatsapp vidoe, the fee of R900 is fully covered by medical aid. Please contact Sue on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
Pricing: to be confirmed.
CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: to be confirmed and will include an annual admin fee.
TOTAL COST: Food and Accommodation plus Teacher’s Fee (choose amount from the sliding scale).
Food and Accommodation:
Single en-suite (one only): R4200
Single room with shared bathroom: R3150
Twin room with shared bathroom: R2850 per person
Caravan and Bamboo Room: R2700
Teacher’s Fee: R3000/R2500/R2000/R1500
This is offered on a sliding scale and while the full fee is greatly appreciated, the reduced amounts allow you to choose an amount that is manageable for you. Further reductions are available on request and a flexible payment plan is offered if needed.
A deposit of R2000 confirms your place, R1500 of which is non-refundable and the full balance is due by 3 August if possible, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.
Account Name: Stillmind Retreats
Cheque Account: 62506345637
First National Bank, Rondebosch
Branch Code: 201509
Reference: Your name & 7 August
Please email proof of payment to email@example.com.
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 prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R1500.
If it is not filled there will be a refund less 30%.
2 - 4 weeks prior to retreat:
If your place is filled, there will be a refund less R2000, but in the event, your place is not filled a refund less 75%.
2 weeks or less prior to the retreat:
If your place is filled, and the retreat is fully booked, there will be a refund less R2500 (non-refundable deposit).
If your place is filled, and the retreat is not fully booked, then the accommodation and food only will be refunded, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.
If your place is not filled, then no refund is possible, but individual circumstances will be taken into account.