Retreat | Confronting my Neuroses

Topic : Confronting my Neuroses
Dates : Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 November, 2020
Venue: Susurumba Retreat Centre
Facilitator : Dave Sheehan
Limited numbers due to COVID : 10
Contact: Dave whatsapp 0772-317424 or zimsheehans [at]

Meditation practice brings all our neuroses to the surface rather than hiding them at the bottom of our minds.  It enables us to relate to our lives as something workable. We acknowledge what we are, rather than trying to hide from our problems and fears and irritations.  We appreciate the joyful aspect of life along with the painful aspect. Relating to emotions ceases to be a big deal.

Please note that the content of the retreat will be drawn from the wisdom of Buddhist teachings

TIMINGS:      Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00- 17.00 hours on Tuesday  17 November. Evening soup is at 18:00 followed by Introductory Talk at 19:00

                       Finish time   10.30 hours Sunday 22 November

Venue : ‘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 up the valley for +/- 1 km, keeping left. Total distance 250 kms or comfortable 3 hour drive from Harare.



AccommodationUSD125 single accommodation
CampingUSD75 per person camping. Own equipment

NB. There is a 20% discount for all paid up members of the Harare Buddhist Centre

Financial constraints should not be a restricting factor.  Please contact Dave.

BOOKINGS :  Please note that bookings can only be accepted on completion of the online booking form.  This can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Please note that due to COVIDs there is a limit of 10 people for the retreat.  50% deposit secures your booking.

For further information about the retreat please contact Dave Sheehan at  or phone/whatsapp Dave on 0772317424



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.

1. Towel
2. Raincoats/umbrellas (it can rain at Nyanga at any time of the year)
3. Torches/headlamps & spare batteries (very important); solar lights are helpful
4. Toiletries/bath soap. Hand washing powder if you need to do personal laundry
5. Comfortable walking shoes (plus optional CROCS?)
6. Loose, comfortable clothing
7. Warm clothing plus wraps for when sitting in the meditation room (tracksuits, extra socks)
8. Hat & sunblock cream
9. Notebook and pens
10. Swimming costumes (lovely refreshing mountain dams and small swimming pool).
11. Personal meditation cushions and mats if needed (there are cushions available at the retreat centre)

Vegetarian cuisine – participants may be asked to assist by bringing some prepared food and tea time treats.  The main meal is at lunchtime with soup and bread in the evening. Breakfast is a hearty breakfast of yoghurt, eggs,  fruit, porridge, cereals, toast and jams.
If you have any specific dietary requirements, we request that you please bring these items with you. Please note that the retreat kichen is OUT OF BOUNDS for ALL retreatants.  Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

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

The use of Mind-altering substances
Please note that no alcohol or mind-altering substances are permitted on the retreat grounds. However smoking is acceptable outdoors, and away from others.

A note about the cabins
As these structures are wooden we ask that you do not use candles or smoke in the cabins. We also request that you do not use any heating apparatus ie hairdryers, heaters etc. These will cause the power to trip.  It is fine to plug in computers, phones etc.

Please note that there is no Wifi available at the Retreat Centre but Edge and 3G can be found around the Centre if you climb a mountain

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