Taming the Horse, Riding the Mind | 22 – 30 January, 2022

Facilitator : Dave Sheehan

Venue : Susurumba Retreat Centre

Learning, from a non-ego point of view, is based on opening one’s heart and discovering a natural sense of discipline. Discipline in this case means attuning ourselves to our inherent purity. We do not have to borrow anything from outside ourselves or mimic anybody. We are naturally pure and intelligent. We may already have some idea or experience all that, but we also need to go further in opening ourselves.

When we begin to open, learning it’s not a struggle anymore. It becomes like a thirsty person drinking cold water. It is refreshing and natural. And the more we learn, the more we appreciate.

It is quite different from a military academy approach or learning based on struggle of any kind.”

Chogyam Trungpa from “The Sanity we are Born with

This retreat will take us on an inner-journey via examining our mind in ways that help to expose the inherent beauty and wisdom that lie at the heart of our true being. 

TIMINGS:      Start time    Suggested arrival 16.00 – 17.00 hours on Sat 22 Jan

                          Finish time   10.30 hours Sunday 30 January, 2022

Recommended Offering

AccommodationUSD320 single accommodation; $240 shared
CampingUSD160 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 on this LINK

COVID issues:

  • 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@gmail.com  or phone/whatsapp Dave on 0772317424

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.

For further information about the retreat please contact Dave Sheehan at  zimsheehans@gmail.com  or phone/whatsapp Dave on 0772317424

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

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