Every January, I run intentions retreats, at the Tara Rokpa Centre and other South African retreat centres. Each year explores a slightly different theme, such as The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu or The Heart is Noble – Karmapa. The retreat allows participants the opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, and set intentions for the future.
In 2018, these will take place at the Buddhist Retreat Centre (19 – 21 January) and at Tara Rokpa Centre (1-4 February).
We will integrate the body, heart and mind in a gentle, unfolding process of yoga and mindfulness. This provides the opportunity to reflect on what inspires and energizes us. By trusting our ability to tap into our own talents, we can lead our lives in a way that also brings benefit to others.
Once we have touched on the vast potential of what our lives might hold, we can acknowledge our old habit patterns of striving, judgment, or non-acceptance. These often paralyse our ability to create lives of balance and meaning, leaving us feeling despondent about ourselves and limited in our potential.
Mindfulness helps us to tune in to both our supportive and sabotaging habit patterns, while compassion practices provide skilful ways to accept ourselves just as we are, while allowing transformation to take place. Once we can see ourselves clearly, we learn to cultivate ways of bringing more joy and meaning into our daily lives. This, in turn, allows for a strong focus on how this can help others.
New participants find themselves part of a caring community of support, while participants from previous years are able to share their experiences and reconnect with old friends. These are family-friendly weekends where non-participating family members are welcome to explore the beauty of the natural environment.
Please enquire about bursary places at the Tara Rokpa Centre retreat. Let me know whether you, or a friend, might benefit.