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Selling Water by the River

A Buddhist meditation and study retreat with Dónal Creedon.

4 November to 2 December 2023

“All is hazard that we have,
There is nothing biding;
Days of pleasure are like streams
Through fair meadows gliding.
Weal and woe, time doth go,
Time is never turning;
Secret fates guide our states,
Both in mirth and mourning.”

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)


Conditions for Joining the Retreat

This is a Buddhist meditation retreat and is particularly suitable for those with some knowledge and experience. However, everyone is welcome. Each person should be committed to the programme and leave personal demands and agendas aside. This is essential. Ethical conduct based on Buddhist precepts and consideration for others is assumed. Activities such as offering various therapies etc for money is not permitted however it is fine to help others if needed.

Ideally, it’s best to attend the whole retreat, however, it’s acceptable to attend part for a minimum of one week with entry dates on the 4th, 11th, and 18th.

If you cannot fulfill these conditions please do not come.

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.”


The costs include accommodation, all ova-lacto meals from supper on the first night to lunch on the last day, a supplement for teacher airfares, and an optional R60 environmental levy. There is a 5 % discount if you stay for 2 weeks, a 10% discount for 3 weeks, and a 15% discount for 4 weeks. These discounts are already included in the table.
TRC members receive a further 10% discount if membership is paid up for 6 months prior to the retreat.
The cost excludes Dana (an offering of appreciation to the teacher), and staff tips.

  1 week   2 weeks   3 weeks   4 weeks
  Camping (own tent)   R4,200   R7,000   R9,500   R11,600
  Camping TRC Tent/Cabin   R4,900   R8,300   R11,300   R14,000
  Dormitory   R4,900   R8,300   R11,300   R14,000
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (sharing, per person):   R5,600   R9,700   R13,200   R16,400
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (sharing, per person):   R6,300   R11,000   R15,100   R18,800
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R7,000   R12,300   R17,000   R21,100
  Single-use of twin/double room, shared bathroom:   R7,000   R12,300   R17,000   R21,100
  Single ensuite room   R7,700   R13,600   R18,900   R23,500
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R7,700   R13,600   R18,900   R23,500
  Single Rooms (Office Block)   R4,900   R8,300   R11,300   R14,000
  Brown House en suite, shared   R6,000   R10,300   R14,200   R17,600
  Brown House – single/shared, pp   R5,300   R9,000   R12,300   R15,200
  Brown House – dorm   R4,600   R7,700   R10,400   R12,800


Transport to/from TRC & Airport Shuttle

An airport shuttle will be available from OR Tambo to TRC on the 4th of November, and a return journey on the 2nd of December. Other shuttle trips may be organized on the change-over days, depending on the numbers.

The cost for the return airport shuttle is estimated at R2000 per person. This is an extra cost, and not included above.

TRC will help with carpooling where possible. It is also possible to get the InterCape bus from Park Station to Zeerust (around R350) and TRC can arrange a pickup to the Centre.

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 local flights to leave after 7 pm, and international flights to leave after 8 pm.

To Book

Please use our online booking form, which can be completed easily on a phone or tablet.

As soon as the costs are published, a 50% deposit will secure your choice of accommodation. You are also welcome to discuss a payment plan with us.

People who stay for longer periods will preferentially be allocated their choice of accommodation.


Photo Credit:

Tania Romanov Amochaev