Retreat at Susurumba Retreat Centre 31 March – 5 April 2021| Welcoming the Unwelcome

Susurumba kopje

This retreat will go ahead subject to the lifting of COVID travel and gathering restrictions.

Wednesday 31 March – Monday 5 April 2021
Facilitator : Dave Sheehan
Topic : Welcoming the Unwelcome


Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Wednesday 31 March Evening soup is at 18:00 followed by Introductory Talk at 19:00
Finish Time : 10.30 Monday 5 April

Protecting ourselves from pain—our own and that of others—has never worked. Everybody wants to be free from their suffering, but the majority of us go about it in ways that only make things worse. Shielding ourselves from the vulnerability of all living beings—which includes our own vulnerability—cuts us off from the full experience of life.

Every challenge presents an opportunity for spiritual growth, whether it’s a small irritation or when everything as you’ve known it falls apart

Thus we commit to doing all it takes to free ourselves completely from all our varieties of confusion and unconscious habit and suffering, because these prevent us from being fully there for others. In the language of Buddhism, our ultimate commitment is to attain “enlightenment.” In essence, this means knowing fully who we really are.”


During this retreat we will come to understand the futility of employing our usual self-centered ways of protecting ourselves. We will be introduced to skillful techniques, including Tonglen, that enable us to remain open to our pains, difficulties and all others experiences. Over time and by regular practice of these techniques, we can give rise to our natural sanity and warmth, becoming a fully integrated human being..

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.


AccommodationUSD150 single accommodation
CampingUSD90 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
50% deposit secures your booking.

Please note that numbers will be limited.

For further information about the retreat please contact Dave Sheehan at  zimsheehans [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

For more information please contact Dave on

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