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Join us for a four night retreat in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Led by lay and monastic dharma teachers, the retreat will provide an opportunity to create peace within ourselves by cultivating heart wisdom and relaxing into the wonders of the present moment.

Fierce equanimity can be thought of as being engaged with the world’s suffering and even acting to change what is deemed unacceptable, yet remaining steadfast as one would in meditation. This means that the fluctuations of the mind – anger, frustration, and the feelings arising from injustice and the world’s horrors – must be witnessed and allowed to dissolve. Once the mind sees clearly, focused and more grounded action can take place.

But, letting go of anger and embracing equanimity does not mean succumbing to passivity. As Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe teach, “Fierce equanimity often means being part of a slow moving force, but one that is startling in its power and lasting in its effect. Dr Martin Luther King is Larry’s model of fierce equanimity. Though (King) had a lifelong dedication to nonviolence (an important component of equanimity), no-one could call him a passive force. Rather, he heeded the call to remain collected and compassionate in the long fight for social change – to powerful results. If anger is the blinding flare, then equanimity is the slow burn that drives us day in and day out.”

Join us as we wrap ourselves in the beauty of silence of TRC and root ourselves deeply into the earth – nurturing joy, clarity and insight through the creative expression of yoga, dance, sitting, eating and walking meditation.  Both new and experienced practitioners will enjoy this opportunity to deepen in stillness.

Retreat Facilitators

The retreat will lead by Drs. Larry Ward, Peggy Rowe, Ava Avalos and Sister Peace who have studied and practiced together with Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years.

Peggy and Larry live on Vashon Island, Washington.  Larry has enjoyed over 30 years as a Christian Minister.  In 2001, Peggy and Larry received Dharma Teacher Transmission from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Deeply inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Ward has spent his life committed to nonviolent social change, healing, and transformation on a global level. In his capacity as International Director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs, he served in leadership programmes in 35 countries engaged in socio-economic development projects in urban and rural areas. For more information about Larry’s work, and a video interview with him, click here.

Peggy Rowe…

has her doctorate in Adult Education and Counseling Psychology.  Peggy serves as a spiritual director for Buddhist practitioners in the US, as well as in Thailand.  She and Larry co-authored Love’s Garden that was chosen as an outstanding Buddhist publication for 2010.  Together they offer retreats in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and this will be their first one in South Africa.

Ava Avalos

is an HIV specialist physician who has been living and working in Botswana for the past 14 years. Her area of clinical research and expertise focuses on HIV & TB drug resistance and treatment failure. She also directs her own medical practice and consultancy business in Gaborone. Completing her education in dance and physiological science before studying medicine in California, Ava continues to teach dance and yoga to both children and adults. She loves her life in Botswana where she supports a regular sangha group, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Sister Peace…

currently resides at Plum Village, France and has been a monastic since 2008. She is a delightful presence and wise teacher, with a warm voice and ‘young at heart’ energy.  This her second visit to the Tara Rokpa Centre. In 2010, she co-led a beautiful retreat for participants from Botswana and South Africa. TRC is delighted to welcome her back and to share her wisdom with the international community.

To read a beautiful interview with Sister Peace, click here.

Join the teachers and root yourselves into the earth. There will be yoga, dance, sitting, eating and walking meditation. Both new and experienced practitioners will enjoy this opportunity to deepen in stillness.

Retreat Costs

The cost is per person, and covers accommodation (including bedding and towels), food (including 3 ovo-lactarian vegetarian meals per day, snacks and teas), environmental levy to support the Tikologo permaculture site, and a contribution towards the facilitators’ flight costs:

4 nights
Twin/double en suite (per person) R3 000
Twin/double shared bathroom (per person) R2 500
Dormitory (per person) R2 000

A deposit of R1800 should accompany the booking, to confirm your room choice. There are only five en suite rooms available. If they have been taken by the time your deposit arrives, you will be allocated to a twin/double with shared bathroom. The deposit is non-refundable, but is transferable to another retreat, or another person on the waiting list.

For more information about the retreats, click here


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