28 Feb – 1 Mar : Vipassana Meditation as a Science of the Mind : A Basic Introduction
Human consciousness is the greatest mystery to our existence. If you truly want to understand how your mind works, Vipassana meditation will provide you with methods for directly observing the mind. This direct insight makes room for a new freedom to make changes in your everyday life.
27 – 29 Mar : The 4 Ennobling Tasks: Buddhism as a Treatment Method
This retreat is based on the 4 Noble truths as a treatment plan for the perpetual unsatisfactoriness of life. Using the work of Stephen Batchelor we will explore methods for embracing life to the fullest.
“The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills.” – Stephen Batchelor
22 – 24 May : Radical Honesty. A mindful communication retreat for couples
We are more honest with each other on our first date than on our 1st anniversary! The greatest challenge for any relationship is our difficulty with communicating openly, honestly and comprehensively with each other. This is due to our fear of rejection and pain, and the inherent inadequacy of language in communicating our experience. This retreat takes a mindful approach to conversational practices.
26 – 28 June : If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. An existential exploration of Buddhism
What if Buddha was the original existentialist? This retreat will explore what it means to be human, considering how we are ultimately free to choose our own paths. Buddhism teaches us to base belief on direct experience. This retreat interweaves philosophy, psychotherapy and Buddhism in order to make sense of the human experience.
“The spiritual path means making a path, rather than following one” – Mark Epstein
17 – 19 July : Embodifulness. Rediscovering a thinking-feeling body following Trauma
We have fallen prey to the idea that thinking happens in our heads when it seems much more likely that we inhabit thinking-feeling bodies. In this retreat we will bring mindfulness to the whole body through Yoga, writing, walking and sitting practice It is our understanding that trauma can live in the body. Through the exceptional guidance of Carey Would you will be shown ways of moving beyond trauma.
28 – 30 Aug : Surviving the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Why Addiction is not a disease
Imagine addiction was not a disease, but simply a reflection of what it means to be human.This retreat embraces addiction as a response to unresolved struggles and unfulfilled desires. We will provide a refreshing approach to solving these problems that don’t involve guilt, shame, punishing ourselves or being judged for compulsive behaviours. Rather than preaching abstinence, we will support you in finding purpose in life.
24 -27 Sep : Walking through your own Thoughts. The Therapy of Pondoland
Set in a Podoland Wonderland, a secluded paradise on the bank of the Msikaba river, we invite you to join us in an intensive experience of walking and talking through this still-unspoilt wilderness.
“In order to understand the world, one has to step away from it on occasion” – Albert Camus
We will take you to the most surreal hide-away, where we will enjoy deep gorges, open fires, rare vulture sitings, incredible beach walks as well as intensive mindfulness-based therapy.
23 – 25 Oct : Mindfulness of Rope: Finding freedom in Surrender
An introductory workshop on Kinbaku will explore how traditional Japanese rope work can help bring you into the present, binding you in ways that set you free. There is a long spiritual tradition of neglecting our sexuality when it comes to being present in our bodies. It is our senses that route us into our present and it is fear that prevents us from fully giving into the sensual experience. Letting go, giving into the sensual experience, can be the ultimate form of presence.
All retreats are hosted by Psychologist and Mindfulness Practitioner, Jason Ross. No previous experience is required. The retreats are aimed at an intensive therapeutic outcome. All meals are included and accommodation is available at a nominal extra fee.
Standard Retreats – Friday 5pm to Sunday 5pm
All Meals Included
R 4400 (including basic accommodation)
Pondoland Transkei Retreat – Thursday 12pm to Sunday 12pm
All Meals & Accommodation (excluding transport)