9-Day Meditation Retreat “How to see yourself as your really are” 25 June – 4 July, 2021

Retreat Theme : “How to see yourself as your really are”

A practical guide to self knowledge leading to self mastery, by accepting, understanding and then freeing yourself from your own mind-made neuroses ( such as pride or insecurity, unworthiness, inferiority, loneliness , stress, anxiety, fear, etc.)

For this retreat to be of benefit, participants really need to want to understand themselves at the core of their being .
They need to be hungry for inner truth; how things are.
This requires self-discipline and a determination to overcome one’s difficulties and deep seated confusion through perseverance, irrespective of how long or levels of effort that may be required.

The correct view is to see that all my difficulties arise through self-centredness ie seeing myself as more important and deserving than others.
Thus gradually developing the right attitude is the foundation of meaningful change.

It is a gradual process that requires deep psychological shifts. For this to happen we need gentleness, kindness but also a resolute determination to finally free oneself from the crippling, stifling incarceration of self-centredness. Only then will one’s spiritual training be of true and lasting benefit.

Teachings based on sound, sane, tried and tested Buddhist principles.

Timings :
Start time Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Friday 25 June. Evening soup is at 18:00 followed by Introductory Talk at 19:00
Finish Time : 10.30 Sunday 4 July
Venue: Susurumba Retreat Centre (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.
Presenter : Dave Sheehan

Suggested Retreat Contribution (for the whole retreat)

CAMPINGUSD150 (own equipment)

There is a 20% discount offered to paid up members of the Harare Buddhist Centre.
Financial constraints should not be a restricting factor. Please contact Dave.

To Book :
Please note that bookings can only be accepted on completion of the online booking form
50% deposit secures your booking.

Conditions for attending :

a) Attend and be punctual for all sessions (approx 7 hours / day), unless prior permission has been granted. Participants to remain on the Susurumba property except when afternoon exercise session takes one off the property.
b) 100% Noble Silence, outside of sessions. Complete non-interference with others.
c) No mind-altering substances including alcohol, drugs, non-prescribed medications.
Smoking of cigarettes: tricky; ideally an opportunity to give yourself a break from this habit. If desperate, please smoke well away from buildings plus bury cigarette butts so that no fire hazard arises.
d) It is recommended that all devices be switched off the entirety of the retreat; if this is not possible, please keep communication with the outside world to a minimum; this so that you receive maximum benefit from the retreat.

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.

DAILY PROGRAM – (Total Noble Silence)
0530 – 0615                           Green Tara/Calling Guru from Afar (optional)
0630– 0730                          Sitting Meditation                                          
0730 – 0830                          Breakfast
0830 – 1000                         Talk / Sitting and walking meditation
1000 – 1030                         Tea
1030 – 1200                         Sitting and walking meditation
1200 – 1245                         Contemplative listening to recorded Teachings
1245 – 1430                         Lunch/Rest
1430 – 1545                         Meditation
1545 – 1815                         Tea/Walk/own time
1815 – 1900                         Soup
1900 – 2030                         Discussion/ meditation/Loving Kindness
2030 – 2100               Chenrezig practice (optional



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!

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 zimsheehans@gmail.com or whatsapp Dave on 0772-317424

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