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This retreat will provide a space both for those who want to further their meditation practice and those who want to quieten down and get away from the ‘madding crowd’, lend an eye and an ear to the sights and songs of nature. Wind in the trees, the voice of thunder and rain, the feathered orchestra at dawn and the bark of the baboon as well as the silent gaps between notes and the inner promptings of the heart. Our retreat will be guided in spirit and word by Suzuki Roshi’s classic. ‘Zen Mind Beginners Mind’.

As the master says ‘Meditation is the direct expression of our true nature’.
Although run on Buddhist principles and ethics, it will be fine for anyone of any religious or non-religious persuasion to attend. There will be some teaching and guidance in meditation.

About Dónal Creedon

Dónal Creedon is a Buddhist meditation teacher with many years of experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness, and sincerity. He studied and practiced with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat. Dónal also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach.

In 2017, he published ‘The Main of Light’, a study that examines the teachings of J Krishnamurti in the light of Buddhist teachings, specifically the teachings of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineages. The teachings of the Buddha and Krishnamurti both explore the most profound and fundamental questions of human existence. They directly address the questions of sorrow, fear, and death, as well as the deepest meaning a human life can attain beyond the travail and illusion of dualism. They point to the sources of sorrow and the ending of sorrow, to the possibility of living a life informed by intelligence and compassion. As Dónal says: “It is my hope that this study will serve as a modest contribution to what I feel is an immensely important area of human exploration. I hope it will stimulate questions not only in Buddhist and Krishnamurti students but anyone interested in the deep problems that affect our world so grievously.”

Cost

The cost includes accommodation, all ova-lacto meals from supper on the first night to lunch on the last day, a supplement for airfares, and an optional R60 environmental levy.
TRC members receive a 10% discount on all length retreats (if they have been members for 6 months already).
Cost excludes dana (an offering of appreciation to the teacher), and staff tips.

 

  7 Nights
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available)   R6,800
  Single en suite room   R6,400
  Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom   R6,400
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available)   R6,100
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person)   R5,400
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person)   R4,700
  Single Rooms (Office Block)   R4,300
  Dormitory   R3,900
  Camping (own tent)   R3,200
  Camping TRC Tent   R3,900

 

To Book

Please use our online booking form, which can be completed easily on a phone or tablet.
A 50% deposit, non-refundable, but transferrable, will secure your choice of accommodation

Airport Shuttle

Depending on numbers, group transport may be organized, depending on demand. Please ensure that flights arrive before 10 am, to give you time to collect your luggage and pass through immigration. On the return trip, the shuttle will depart TRC after lunch, to arrive at ORT by 5.30 pm. Please book flights to leave after 8 pm.
TRC will help with carpooling where possible. It is also possible to get the InterCape bus from Park Station to Groot Marico (around R300) and TRC can arrange a lift to the Centre for R125.

For more general retreat information, please click here.