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Our Christmas retreat will provide a space for reflection and meditation on the values we hold. We will explore a humanistic approach to living a meaningful life informed but not bound by tradition. In particular, we will look at those universal values formulated by Plato as the Good, the True and the Beautiful. These have been central civilizing currents in western culture. Such noble ideals are in serious decline replaced by greed, narcissism and nihilism.

Could such qualities form the centre of our lives and bring about a veritable renaissance? In our homes, in our work and in our culture? Surely that would be good and beautiful? Why not give it a try?

Meditation Retreat Programme

The programme will include guided meditation (mindfulness), both sitting and walking as well as discussion and inquiry. There will also be daily yoga and somatics with Pippa. There will be time for leisure to explore nature.

For more general information, please follow this link: www.tararokpacentre/retreat-information

Retreat Costs

Accommodation, meals and snacks per person for 7 nights
7 nights
Single shared bathroom R5075
Twin/double en suite R4550
Twin/double shared R3850
Dormitory R3150
Camping (own tent) R2625


Bookings: please click on this link to access the online booking form

The retreat fee includes 7 nights accommodation (including bedding and towels), three ovo-lactarian meals a day, teas and snacks, and a contribution towards the retreat leader’s flight costs. If you would like to add a R60 environmental levy to your payment, it will be used to support the work of the Tikologo Permaculture Project.

Dana (a donation) will be accepted by the retreat leader in appreciation of his teachings.

If you are able to stay for 2 weeks, there is a 5% discount, and for 3 or 4 weeks, a 10% discount.

TRC members receive a 10% discount on all length retreats.

The retreat starts at 6pm on the first day, and ends at lunchtime on the last.

A non-refundable (but transferable) deposit of R1800 will secure your place. Please book early as Donal is a very popular retreat teacher and this retreat is expected to be fully-booked. Single occupancy of a twin room will only be possible if the retreat is not full as TRC’s primary wish is for as many people as possible to benefit from these retreats.

Although it is not guaranteed, group transport or car pooling is often organised by TRC, depending on demand. On 1st December, the minibus will leave from OR Tambo at 12 noon, so please ensure that international flights arrive before 10am, to give you time to collect your luggage and pass through immigration. On 30th December, the minibus will depart after lunch, to arrive at ORT by 5.30pm. Please book international flights to leave after 8pm.

For the weeks in between, it is unlikely that there will be enough people for the shuttle, but TRC will help with car pooling where possible. It is also possible to get the Intercape bus from Park Station to Groot Marico (around R250) and TRC can arrange a lift to the Centre for R100.