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with Lucy Draper-Clarke and Mammatli Thakhuli-Nzuza

At first glance, courage and care may seem like opposites: one tough and strong, the other soft and fluffy. Explore more deeply, though, and they intertwine as the mother archetype, offering us access to feminine wisdom. From the clarity that arises in the face of compassion, the greatest courage emerges.

This Women’s Day long weekend offers you practices to heal and hold, replenish and reconnect with yourself and others. We will explore the healing arts of embodiment, meditation, and creativity, which bring us back into the embrace of community. For centuries, we have gathered in circles, around the fireside, to tell stories and sing, to dance and find the sweetness of silence. In community, we become fully human.

This precious time offers an opportunity to return to the wisdom of the body, which can hold us steady in the present moment. Communities have long known that to come together and move in harmony allows for healing of the individual and the collective. Utilizing breath, rhythmic movement, and a 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 somatic meditation practices, including gentle yoga, qi gong, and dance, we will return to this miraculous home of ours. Once the body feels settled, the sitting practices of mindfulness and compassion will allow access to the inner world of the heart-mind.


Your Facilitators:

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 is now an Associate Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. With a focus on compassionate 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 workshops and 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.


Mammatli Thakhuli-Nzuza is a storyteller, reflexive practice facilitator and an applied drama practitioner. She holds a Masters degree in Theatre in Education, Communities and Social Contexts from Drama for Life at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research area explores the tension between women’s personal well-being, expectations and desires and the expectations imposed by cultural practices, customs, beliefs and norms. She facilitates community change processes that incorporate open dialogue, deep listening and creative embodiment. As an accredited Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) facilitator and trainer through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, her work advocates for social development processes that are achievable, sustainable and people centred. Her practice is situated at the intersection of theatre, human rights and community building.



The costs include a facilitation fee, accommodation, a voluntary R60 environmental levy, and all meals and tea break snacks from lunch on Saturday to lunch on Tuesday. It excludes staff tips.

You are welcome to arrive on Friday afternoon – an extra night’s cost is applicable.

  3 Nights   Extra       Night
 Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R4,700   R750
 Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared   bathroom:   R4,550   R700
 Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R4,400   R650
 Shared Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):   R4,150   R560
 Shared Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):   R3,800   R450
 Dormitory   R3,500   R340
 Camping (own tent)   R3,200   R240


A 10% discount for Drama for Life and TRC members.

Please do not let tight finances prevent you from coming – email us at tararokpacentre@gmail.com for options.


To Book:

Please click here to fill in the user-friendly online booking form.

A nonrefundable, but transferrable deposit of 50% is required to confirm your space.


Retreat Schedule:


 Saturday 6thAugust
  11am -1pm   Participants arrive   Dining Hall
  1pm   Lunch   Dining Hall
  2.30pm   Welcome and Introduction
  4pm   Workshop 1 Window of Presence / Healing Arts
  6pm   Supper   Dining Hall
  7pm   Somatic Yoga and the Body Scan   Octagon
Sunday 7thAugust
  7.30am   Moving Meditation   Octagon
  8am   Sitting Practice with Lucy   Octagon
  8.30am   Breakfast in Silence   Dining Hall
  9.30am   Workshop 2   Octagon
  11am   Tea   Dining Hall
  11.30am   Moving and Sitting Meditation   Octagon
  1pm   Lunch   Dining Hall
  2.30pm   Trip to the Eye or relaxation
  6pm   Supper   Dining Hall
  7.30pm   Yin Yoga   Octagon
Monday 8thAugust
  7.30am   Moving Meditation   Octagon
  8am   Sitting Practice with Lucy   Octagon
  8.30am   Breakfast in Silence   Dining Hall
  9.30am   Workshop 3   Octagon
  11am   Tea   Dining Hall
  11.30am   Moving and Sitting Meditation   Octagon
  1pm   Lunch   Dining Hall
  2.30pm   Local walk or relaxation
  6pm   Supper   Dining Hall
  7.30pm   Expressive Movement and Fireside Gathering   Octagon
 Tuesday 9th August
  7am   Hike to the Waterfall

Reflection Practice

 Meet in Dining Hall
  11am   Brunch   Dining Hall
  12 noon   Closing circle   Octagon
  12.30pm   Retreat ends   Dining Hall
  12.30pm   Shop open   Office