The Art of Compassionate Listening

 Drakensberg Gardens Road, outside of Underberg, Underberg 3257, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Drakensberg Gardens Road, outside of Underberg, Underberg 3257, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Map Directions
25 May 2019 - 1 June 2019
 082 473 5525
Health & Wellness

The Art of Compassionate Listening

Date: May 25 – June 1, 2019
Teachers: Sue Cooper

This week-long retreat, held in contemplative (Noble) silence at the beautiful Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in the southern Drakensberg, KZN is Sue’s first “training retreat” intended for people working with groups and/or interested in integrating Buddhist psychology and wisdom into their work. The retreat offers an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice through extended silence, as well as your understanding of the Dharma through dharma talks by Sue which integrate the psychological and spiritual elements of this path, and by resident Dharmagiri teacher Chandasara, who will present more classical Buddhist teachings. Sue will also offer daily qigong movement meditation for a deeper embodied experience, as well as individual sessions which provide emotional containment, as well as deeper insight. In addition to Sue’s usual listening and talking meditations, there will be time to reflect on ways to integrate these practices and insights into a work context, with a particular focus on ways to create safe spaces in which healing and transformation can occur. The retreat will allow for silence in solitude in Nature, as well as time to rest, to balance the activities of group practice.

CPD accreditation for psychologists and other HPCSA registered professionals: 30 general and 6 ethics CEUs will be applied for. Please Note: To receive CPD points and your certificate(s) this year, there is an annual admin fee of R175 - thank you.

Sue Cooper is a Cape Town-based Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice since the early 1990s. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between psychological and spiritual approaches to self-discovery and inner healing, and has attended Buddhist meditation retreats, mainly in the Theravada tradition, for over 30 years, both in South Africa and at Gaia House in the UK. Sue has been inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Tradition, and is deeply grateful to her primary teachers: the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor.

Sue has a particular interest in exploring how our practice enables us to embrace our humanness, integrating love and loss in our lives, so that we can live and die with compassionate awareness.

Cost - Food and Accommodation plus R350 travel surcharge plus Teacher’s Fee on a sliding scale.

Food and Accommodation:
o R750 per night single en-suite
o R700 per night shared en-suite (only if we use Mvuleni Farm next door)
o R650 shared accommodation (twin room with shared bathroom)

Teacher’s Fee: R3500 / 4000 / 4500 / 5000 / 5500 / 6000
This is offered on a sliding scale and while the full fee is greatly appreciated, the reduced amounts allow you to choose what is manageable. Further reductions are available on request and a flexible payment plan is offered if needed.

A none-refundable deposit of R2500 confirms your place. Payment in instalments and full balance by beginning of May 2019, unless you have a pre-arranged payment plan with Sue.

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Participating Companies

Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat
Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal
2019-05-25 2019-06-01 The Art of Compassionate Listening

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