Mindfulness & Regulation of the Nervous System
- Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat
- South Africa
- Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 (5 days)
- R2,220 (US$165) to R1800 (US$135) + R550 (US$41) Surcharge for Teacher Travel & Dana (free will offering) for Teachers & Staff (Teachers offer the Dharma freely, and rely on donations.)
The times we live in are so intense that the pressure of a world spinning out of control often activates patterns of trauma, psychological wounds, reactivity and stress. Caught in cycles of dysregulation, with our nervous system overly stimulated and negativity impacting our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we land up turning to unhealthy and addictive habits to try and manage the overwhelm. During this retreat, held in contemplative silence, we take the time to pause in a kind, safe, and supportive space so we can explore healing modalities through the practice of mindfulness, insight meditation, and inquiry. We will also delve deeply into a wide range of ancient and contemporary body-based self-regulation practices which support/enhance resilience and strengthens our ability to cope with stress, change and uncertainty. The retreat will enable us to engage our lives and the world around with increased clarity, compassion, joy and equanimity.
Venue HighlightsDharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat grew out of the influence of its co-founders Kittisaro & Thanissara, who trained in the Thai Forest Monastic School of Ajahn Chah, and who cultivated the atmosphere of Dharmagiri over several decades through hosting and teaching long in-depth retreats that generated a sacred stillness and blessing energy that suffuses the centre.
The core ethos of Dharmagiri is one of simplicity and environmental sensitivity within a fairly intimate space where the practice of authenticity, loving kindness, and care for one another is optimised. Its overarching context is the presence of Mvuleni-Bamboo Mountain and the South Africa-Lesotho Drakensberg escarpment.
Mvuleni (Zulu for "place of rain, or place of openings") Mountain is an ancient sacred site, where many moons ago the Bushman painted their depiction of the rain beast that lives within the mountain who their shamans captured and wrestled to ensure harmonious weather.
More recently, in the early 1900's, a Zulu elder, after a great vision on the mountain founded the Church of Light. Still to this day, disciples come from all over South Africa every few years, women dressed in red, and men with a red lapel ribbon, to climb the mountain for blessings.
Those who retreat at Dharmagiri have access to the powerful blessing presence of Mvuleni, and also the experience of the power of the elemental nature of the mountain weather, it's powerful thunder storms in summer, it's change of light, often magnificent sunsets, spread of bright stars, and feel of wilderness, while being comfortable and secure in one's lodging.
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineWe offer simple vegetarian and vegan meals. We can cater for gluten free and vegan.
In the mornings we offer African porridge, oats, muesli, fruit, nuts, toast, spreads.
Lunches are a range of veggie / vegan dishes with salads.
Supper is a soup, salads, breads, cheeses, spreads.
Tea, coffee, herb teas, biscuits are available all day at no extra charge.
AccommodationsAt the moment we can house 12 retreatants (we are in the process of building permissions to add more single rooms.) There are 6 single ensuite rooms, that have a shower and bathroom facilities, a bed, writing desk, and wardrobe. The water is both solar heated and backed up by electricity.
There are also two twin rooms that share a bathroom and shower, and an ensuite twin room.
All linen, towels, and basic requisites are available, including hot water bottles for chilly winter nights.
The main meditation room has yoga mats, meditation shawls, benches, sitting mats and cushions available.
There is a well stocked library with audio Dharma talks.
There are also some books for sale.
While there is no spa on site, there is an up market spa and gym 15k's down the road at the Drakensberg Garden Hotel.
DirectionsOur nearest airport is Durban.
You can reach Durban from Johannesburg, it's an hour's flight. (Check Kulula and Mango.co.za are domestic budget airlines.)
We have a shuttle service that is R1,500 ($130) per person, or if shared by one other, R750 ($65) each, or by two others, R500 ($45) each.
Greyhound buses are also available from all major cities, and many other smaller towns. You need to aim for Howick or Pietermartizburg. The are a very reasonable rate. For example - Johannesburg or Pretoria to Howick, our nearby larger town, is about $30 - $50.
A shuttle from Howick to Dharmagiri is available for about $30.
Post booking for a retreat, the office will help you with your travel arrangements.
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