Retreat at Susurumba Retreat Centre |May 11-16, 2021 | All Difficulties in life arise from Self-cherishing

Topic : All Difficulties in life arise from Self-cherishing
Dates : Tuesday 11 – Sunday 16 May, 2021
Facilitator : Dave Sheehan
Limited numbers due to COVID 
Contact: Dave whatsapp 0772-317424 or zimsheehans [at]

All Difficulties in my Life arise from Self-cherishing ie placing my needs above those of Others

This basic truth may be difficult to swallow. However when we deny it, we continue to invest our limited time and resources into areas that do not produce any meaningful long-term happiness.

Meditation practice is about understanding our minds and how we continue the search for happiness in the wrong places.
Participants will be introduced to basic meditation techniques and understanding, including calm abiding and Tonglen, a skillful technique of exchanging self for others.

With a clearer understanding of how our mind creates its own confusion, plus by regular meditation and Tonglen practice, the fruits will be a less unstable and troubled mind, and hence less problematic psychological issues.

The training demands that we look at ourselves more honestly, within a accepting and nurturing environment. If you are wanting to get a better understanding of life, then this could be an opportunity for you.
The training is based on sound, tried and tested Buddhist principles of loving kindness, compassion and wisdom training.

Dave has been a practicing Buddhist for the past 20 years. His simple, direct, and uncomplicated way of presenting suits some, but not all.


Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Tuesday 11 May. Evening soup is at 18:00 followed by Introductory Talk at 19:00
Finish Time : 10.30 Sunday 16 May

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.

Re COVID : it is highly recommended that you be vaccinated against Covid. You are responsible for ensuring your own body’s good health; no one else.
Whilst on retreat practitioners should take whatever precautions they deem necessary , without causing any interference with others.

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)

We offer hearty vegetarian and vegan 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 consists of yoghurt, eggs, fruit, porridge, cereals, toast and jams.

**Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for any other dietary requirements, nor personal requests to the cook on duty. The existing kitchen is very limited space-wise, so is a NO ENTRY area for retreatants. If you have any specific dietary requirements, we request that you please bring these items with you. . 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.

Dharma Shop
There is a small shop at at the retreat centre which sells items such as incense, spiritual books (a good selection), prayer flags, malas and other trinkets. Please come with some extra cash!

The use of Mind-altering substances
Please note that no alcohol or mind-altering substances are permitted on the retreat grounds. There is to be NO smoking in any of the rooms or cabins. 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 smoking 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.

No Smoking
No please smoking please in any of the rooms. If you do need to smoke, please do this well away from buildings and ensure that the cigarette butts are not a fire risk. Thank you.

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 or whatsapp Dave on 0772-317424

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