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“When you are busy judging people, you have no time to love them.” 

Marshall Rosenberg

When interacting with others, we often find ourselves triggered and then communicate in ways that hurt or harm – ourselves, the other, or the relationship between us.  Our conditioned ideas of what it means to communicate, especially during times of conflict, frequently results in a loss of connection.  Judgement and defense, as well as the strategies of criticism, insults, blame, or put-downs, are commonly used in our attempt to be heard or to meet our need to be “right”, “good” or “winning”.  Despite our best efforts and intentions, we habitually become “violent” with our words and then feel the pain of disconnection.

This retreat explores the principles and practices of mindfulness and non-violent communication (NVC), to foster connection and minimize the suffering of outmoded ways of engaging. We will practice both intra-personal and inter-personal mindfulness in order to cultivate skills of empathy, compassion, and a better understanding of self and other. Contemplative dyads are a way to promote social connectedness, something that we are often lacking in daily life where our time is dominated by digital devices. Together, these practices will help us communicate more consciously so that we learn to be aware of our feelings and needs, make requests to meet these needs, and stay open to the feelings and needs of others.

You can expect daily mindful meditation practice to support the empowering and enriching teachings of NVC, gentle exercise, and some downtime for rest and relaxation.

Are you needing more time to refocus and reconnect? Retreat options available include extending your retreat to a 4-night break or incorporating the Weaving Intentions Retreat for a 9-night deep dive.

Your Facilitators:

Lucy Draper-Clarke PhD is a mindfulness mentor and researcher-practitioner, with a doctorate in Mindfulness and Teacher Education. She now runs Heart-Mind, facilitating mindfulness retreats, and supervising Masters and PhD candidates. Through the instruction of inspiring Buddhist teachers such as Rob Nairn, Donal Creedon, Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, she has developed a daily meditation practice, and loves to support others in starting their own. Her light-hearted approach allows retreat participants to learn through a joyful, yet transformative experience.



Felicity Joan Hart has practised meditation, mindfulness and yoga for over 35 years and now teaches within these modalities. Her formal qualifications include an Honours Degree in Psychology, international coaching qualifications, and a PGC in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the University of Stellenbosch. She is an enthusiastic student and teacher of Non-Violent communication as developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg.   Her teaching style is interesting, intuitive, precise, responsive and entertaining.




Includes accommodation, all meals, tea and snacks, and facilitated sessions. The food is ovo-lacto vegetarian, with vegan/gluten-free options available on request. Cost is dependent on your choice of accommodation.

  Accommodation   2 nights   4 nights   9 nights
  Camping (own tent)   R2900   R3900   R7700
  Dormitory   R3100   R4300   R8500
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (sharing, per   person)   R3300   R4500   R8700
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (sharing, per   person)   R3500   R4700   R8900
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available)   R3700   R4900   R9100
  Single ensuite room   R3900   R5100   R9300


To Book:

Please fill in the online booking form. A 50% deposit will confirm your booking.

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