Three-day retreat: listening with your whole being

UNFOLDING ME – Soul origami

Listening with your whole being

Retreating from the pace of our lives can open us to new possibilities. We’re inviting you to a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being, witnessing the mystery of existence unfold. Join us for a time of deep self-connection at Ixopo Buddhist Retreat Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

The main focus of the retreat will be on direct experiencing primarily through dyad work but also through individual and group processes, including body-work and integration time in nature.

Dates: Friday 02 August 2019 – Monday 05 August 2019
Venue: Ixopo BRC KwaZuluNatal
Cost: 3 nights accommodation + R350

Nicholas Burnand (CNVC Certified Trainer at Blabla training centre, Belgium) 

This is not a self-improvement workshop, in which certain aspects of ourselves would be perceived as needing change, fixing, healing. The participants will be continuously encouraged to experience and embrace the Whole, rather than move from an „imperfect” state to a „better” one.

We will be using Dyads, movement and expressive arts practices.

Dyads are a powerful meditation technique in pairs. In contrast to silent meditation methods practiced alone, this one is practiced face-to-face. Using dyads we learn to trust ourselves and to speak from that place of inner awareness. Creating a space for just being who you are, as you are, as a human being, accompanied by another.

We are both very excited and passionate about creating this retreat in which we as a community witness and support the embodiment of our deepest authenticity.

Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist retreat Centre looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills receding like waves in the blue distance. Here, for more than twenty years people of all religions have come to experience peace and tranquillity. It is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still and get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one’s life.  See for more information.

We will start with dinner at 17:30 on the 2nd August, but you’re welcome to arrive a little early at 16:00. We will end with lunch at 12:30 on the 5th August. All meals will be vegetarian. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being. ‘The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another. But the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.”

This workshop is for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

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Watch this video clip on a previous dyad retreat


Nicholas Burnand Since my teenage years, I have had the question “Is this it” ? There must be more to life than job, children, house, pension, death. This question led me on a quest to discover how I can live life more fully present, alive and with joy. My journey has taken me to remote places, and spending hundreds of hours in retreats, ceremonies, workshops, as well as in my own personal daily practice. I discovered the Dyad enquiry practice five years ago, and since then have been practicing and sharing it in the workshops, retreats, and one on one sessions that I offer as a CNVC certified trainer. Along with nonviolent communication, I have found the Dyad practice to be the most deeply transformative practice that I have encountered so far.