Introducing & Developing the Path of Mindfulness, Insight, and Compassion
- Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre
- South Africa
- Dec 19, 2017 - Dec 26, 2017 (8 days)
- R3850 (US$290) - R3150 (US$236) + R700 (US$53) Surcharge for Teacher Travel & Dana (free will offering) for Teachers & Staff (Teachers offer the Dharma freely, and rely on donations.)
At this special time of year we celebrate joy, peace, wisdom, and compassion as the essence of pure, loving presence and relationship. This retreat will draw from practices and teachings from the Buddhist tradition as well as ancient and contemporary teachings of awakening that enable us to let go of the strivings and entanglements that obscure these natural qualities of awareness in ourselves and others so that they may become more manifest in our lives and world. The retreat, held in contemplative silence with some interactive inquiry, will be a safe and supportive space in which we can relax the body, open the heart, and release the mind through guided meditations and exercises, dharma talks, qigong and personal check ins with the teachers.
Solwazi Johnson - from the U.S.A. has been meditating for more than 18 years with a focus on Vipassana (Insight meditation) since 2003. He has studied in Thailand, Burma, India, and South Africa. He is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Solwazi worked for over 20 years as health educator and trainer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As a public health educator and consultant, Solwazi provides training to public health physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, and disease intervention specialists on prevention and intervention strategies related to STD, HIV, and emerging diseases. He also leads mindfulness meditation classes and retreats primarily in the Denver metropolitan area. Solwazi is also a trainer with the Intrinsic Resilience Training Institute, dedicated to teaching mindfulness and resilience skills to people in high stress occupations.
Chandasara - from South Africa, spent her early adult life in political exile in Europe and America where she was recruited into Okhela, an Oliver Tambo initiative to facilitate and expand white involvement in the ANC. Following this, she worked as a political analyst with the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg for 14 years. During this period she was also involved in an esoteric spiritual school. Wishing to deepen her meditation experience, she undertook a 6-week self-retreat guided by Kittisaro and Thanissara at the BRC in 1998. Having discovered the revelatory power of sustained and focused meditation, she decided to enter monastic life. Chandasara resided at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist monasteries from 2002 to 2010. She put down the robes in 2011. Since then she has resided at Emoyeni Retreat Centre in the Magaliesberg during which time she completed an Honours degree in Psychology. She moved to Dharmagiri in May 2015 where she offers supported self-retreats for individuals wishing to explore and engage more deeply with particular aspects of their life experience. Chandasara leads Underberg Meditation Group, and teaches mindfulness at Riverview Manor rehab centre and clinic.