Four Foundations of Mindfulness, 5 night retreat 26 – 31 October 2021

Dates : Tuesday 26  – Sunday 31 October 2021
Venue : Susurumba Retreat Centre, Juliasdale

This retreat will be centred around four online teachings recently given by Dharmacarya Ken Holmes on mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and phenomena. We will use the YouTube versions from Ken’s “khenpoken” channel.

  • ‘Body’ relates to the form aggregate and includes objects of the five senses such as visual objects and the five senses – eyes, nose, tongue, ears and touch.
  • ‘Feelings’ relates to the aggregate of feeling and refers to feelings of like (happiness, pleasure), dislike (suffering) and neutral (no apparent occurrence).
  • ‘Mind’ relates to the consciousness aggregate. It refers to the ability to perceive or experience, such as the eye consciousness, etc.
  • ‘Phenomena’ relates to the aggregates of cognition (discernment) and of mental formations. This includes, among others, mental afflictions, wholesome mental factors, etc.

Apart from listening to Ken’s teachings (one session per day), time will be devoted to concentration meditation, reflection and to contemplating the four mindfulnesses.

TIMINGS:      Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Tuesday 26 October.

                       Finish time   10.30 hours Sunday 31 October

Recommended Offering

AccommodationUSD200 single accommodation; $150 shared
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.

Participants should be prepared to pay 50% deposit if requested.

BOOKINGS : Please note that bookings can only be accepted on completion of the online booking form. This can be accessed BY CLICKING HERE

COVID

  • The retreat will go ahead subject to there being no restrictions in place due to high levels of COVID.
  • Please note that due to COVID numbers will be limited. 
  • A rapid COVID test 48 hours before start of retreat is a requirement if you have not been vaccinated.
  • For further information about the retreat please contact Dave Sheehan at  zimsheehans [at] gmail.com  or phone/whatsapp Dave on 077231742

    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 3.5-4 hour drive from Harare.

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    Susurumba mountain

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION 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.

    WHAT TO BRING:
    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)

    Food

    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.

    Wifi

    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

    For further information please click on the Harare Buddhist centre website and how to book online please click this LINK. 

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