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Banner Ixopo Dyat retreat 2020

Compassionate Communication Retreat


We are inviting you on a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being – witnessing the mystery of existence reveal itself through the Dyad enquiry practice (meditation in pairs). The mindful awareness of a practice partner increases the ability to stay present and in the moment. Allowing the inquiry to go deeper and for moment to moment awareness to be sustained for longer. Many people who struggle with staying focused during conventional meditation practice, have experienced unbroken awareness for periods of 5 minutes and more when doing the Dyad practice. It is not only a method to strengthen awareness, but also to deepen interpersonal connection, and enjoy more loving compassionate relationships.

In this retreat individual and group processes will be alternated with periods of individual reflection and quiet contemplation.

Dates: Tuesday (evening) 14th April 2020 – Friday (lunch) 17 April 2020
Venue: Ixopo BRC KwaZuluNatal
Cost: 3 nights accommodation + R350

Facilitators: Nicholas Burnand and Sarah Dekker (CNVC Certified Trainers at Language that Works South Africa and Blabla training centre, Belgium).

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 https://www.brcixopo.co.za/ for more information.

We will start with dinner at 17:30 on the 14th April, but you’re welcome to arrive a little early at 16:00. We will end with lunch at 12:30 on the 17th April. All meals will be vegetarian. Let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

This workshop is for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Accommodation is booked via Ixopo Retreat Centre.

Register form: 3-day retreat at Ixopo 2020

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For more information contact sarah@languagethatworks.co.za

Watch this video clip on a previous Dyad retreat:


Sarah Dekker A Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer, coach and retreat facilitator, Sarah heads up Language that Works, in South Africa and Belgium. She is passionate about integrating NVC with embodied spirituality and draws on the work of Robert Gonzales and Robert Krzisnik. Her trainings offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully and authentically, deeply grounded in compassion for one’s self and others. Sarah’s interest in individual and collective trauma healing has had her exploring Dyad meditation practice, Mondo Zen, gender reconciliation training, Biodynamic Breathwork &Trauma Release Systems, constellation work and other modalities.

Sarah is known for creating safe spaces for self-exploration and healing. She has an authentic, clear and friendly presentation style that is refreshing in a world of trends and hype. Her humor, warmth and pleasant calm approach in her sharing of NVC and Dyad meditation supports participants to really slow down and ease into self-connection and awareness.

Nicholas Burnand lives in Belgium, where he is a certified Nonviolent communication trainer and trauma therapist. His journey has taken him to remote places, spending hundreds of days in retreats, ceremonies, and workshops around the world. He is focused on creating safe spaces which foster transformation and awakening. Along with Nonviolent Communication, Qi gong and meditation he has found the Dyad method to be a deeply transformative practice. Through it he has discovered that empathy and authentic self-expression are a path to freedom from suffering – as the Buddha did 25 centuries before him.