5 night retreat | Wakeful Body, Awakening Mind | 23-28 Nov 2021

Facilitator : Lucy Draper-Clarke


Venue : Susurumba Retreat Centre, Juliasdale, Nyanga

Relying upon the boat of a human body,
free yourself from the great river of suffering.
Shantideva

About the Retreat

The last year has left many of us feeling disconnected and disembodied, as we face impermanence head-on. For this retreat, you are invited to return to the wisdom of the body, which holds us steady in the present moment. This is the domain of wakefulness and ease. Through embodiment, we can experience wholeness and when we touch into our felt sense of the world within and around us, we naturally find connection and care. Perhaps, this is what the world needs right now.

Framed around the Four Immeasurables, we will journey through equanimity, love, compassion and joy. Our bodies are treasure troves for self-reflection, insight, and freedom. Utilizing breath, movement, and our direct sensory experience of the embodied mind, we learn to regulate emotion, and become a safe haven for ourselves, for others and for the earth itself. By working with embodied contemplative practices, including gentle yoga, qi gong, dance and sitting practice, we will return to this miraculous home of ours. We may even find that our body is flawlessly reliable, filled with wisdom and worthy of our deepest devotion and care.

Great wisdom resides in the body,
Precluding all concepts.
It is the pervader of all entities
And (though) residing in the body,
It does not originate there.
Hevajra Tantra

About the Facilitator

Dr Lucy Draper-Clarke is a retreat facilitator, mindfulness mentor and researcher-practitioner in the fields of awareness and compassion. After obtaining a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education, she now offers public courses and is an Associate Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. With a focus on joyful activism and somatic meditation, she works with those engaged in social transformation and healing, to alleviate stress, increase resilience and cultivate wise, compassionate action. She runs Heart-Mind Consultancy, leading retreats around Southern Africa. As a practitioner with the Karma Kagyu School of Buddhism, she attends regular meditation retreats to deepen her own practice. Nothing gives her more joy than supporting others to develop their own, life-enhancing, contemplative practices.

Lucy is widely respected in Southern Africa in a wide range of spiritual and yoga-related activities. Please visit Lucy’s website – Heart-Mind

TIMINGS:      Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Tuesday 23 November

                         Finish time   10.30 hours Sunday 28 November

COSTINGS

AccommodationUSD275 single accommodation; $200 shared
CampingUSD125 per person camping. Own equipment

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

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

The above-mentioned cost covers centre hire and Lucy’s travel costs. Any gratuity to Lucy would be appreciated towards the end of the retreat.

BOOKINGS : Please note that bookings can only be accepted on completion of the online Susurumba booking form link . Thank you.

Please contact Dave Sheehan on zimsheehans@gmail.com  or whatsapp 0772-317424 for any further information

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 3-4 hour drive from Harare.

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.
  • 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

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