Tara Rokpa Shiné Retreat – July 1-5, 2015

When: Wednesday 1st July – Sunday 5th July 2015
Where:  Susurumba, Juliasdale, Nyanga
Course Presenters: Trish Swift & Jayne Pilossof

This retreat is geared to helping people to learn to be more aware of their ordinary thoughts, speech and actions, moment by moment, in their daily lives. There will be 4 one hour-long formal sitting practice sessions each day which will be required for all participants.

In addition, there will be supplementary practice sessions that will help participants learn to integrate a mindful quality of attention throughout all states and all activities throughout the day. So participants are encouraged to think ahead about activities that are hard to do without losing attention or getting irritated and should bring along bits of work (papers, laptops etc) to assist this practice.

There will also be sessions introducing special art exercises offered by Akong Rinpoché for further developing mindful awareness in action. Other exercises will focus on listening, talking, walking, eating without losing attentiveness.

Each day there will be one session of Tara Rokpa relaxation and one discussion group. Art materials will be available for retreatants to use throughout the day.

Underlying this approach to Shiné is the premise that a life lived with mindful awareness forms the basis of a compassionate, useful and happy existence whether a person is religious or not. A kind and relaxed approach is helpful in every situation.


Start time: Suggested arrival 14:00 – 16:00 on Wednesday 1st July
Evening soup is at 18:00 followed by Introductory Talk at 19:00.
Finish time: 10.00 on Sunday5th July

Suggested Cost

  • Shared rooms – $150
  • Single room – 50% surcharge
  • Camping $100

A financial contribution to the support staff at the end of the Retreat would be appreciated.

Please contact us if you have financial constraints – this should not be an obstacle to attending the retreat.

Retreatants may be asked to make an offering of soup or a pre-cooked meal but we will contact you closer to the time when numbers are confirmed.


Shared transport is available (strongly recommended one makes a donation of approx $10 – $15 one way if you are offered transport). Those with own vehicles may please consider offering lifts.


Susurumba, Juliasdale, Nyanga (immediately behind Pine Tree Inn) – approximately 70kms from Rusape, take the Pine Tree turnoff and follow the driveway to the hotel. At the hotel car park, branch left behind the hotel buildings. Follow this road for +/- 1 km, keeping left.


Susurumba – Main cottage


Completed forms to be emailed to Jayne Pilossof

Please contact Jayne Pilossof at rayjane [at] zol.co.zw for queries and bookings or phone Jayne on 0777 627168.

Background about retreats

Regard joining the retreat as an act of compassion to yourself

Retreats offer us ‘time out’ from our busy, often stressful lives, to ground ourselves in our meditation/mindfulness practice. The peaceful seclusion and mountainous setting of Susurumba, Nyanga, assists in the process of allowing our busy, distracted minds to settle, allowing our deeper energies of kindness, compassion, wisdom and clarity to reveal themselves. Retreatants can find solace and a deeper inner peace through meditation, taking breathtaking walks, swimming in the clear mountain dams, etc.

While there is now limited cell phone reception at Susurumba, we recommend that you keep your cell phones turned off – you are, after all    trying to get away from the bustle of everyday life. If you must use a cell phone – even for SMS – we request that you do so in the privacy of your room/ tent and not in the public spaces. While in the shrine room or dining room, they must be switched off.

Susurumba - Bottom Dam

Susurumba – Bottom Dam



Susurumba kopje


What to bring

  • Bedding (remember Nyanga can be quite cold –especially early mornings), pillows,  towel
  • Raincoats/umbrellas (it can rain at Nyanga at any time of the year)
  • Torches/headlamps & spare batteries (very important)
  • Toiletries/bath soap. Hand washing powder if you need to do personal laundry
  • Comfortable walking shoes (plus optional CROCS?)
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Warm clothing plus wraps for when sitting in the meditation room (tracksuits, extra socks)
  • Hat & sunblock cream
  • Notebook and pens
  • Towels and swimming costumes (lovely refreshing mountain dams and small swimming pool).
  • Personal meditation cushions and mats (there are cushions available at the retreat centre)
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