The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Level 1

with Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage

May 4th—May 6th

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  • R800 Price
  • R700 Members
  • R400 Repeats
  • R400 Students

The first in a series of weekend retreats suitable for anyone interested in the practice of meditation as a way to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. An introduction or reintroduction to meditation and regular practice over a weekend is a very powerful way to strengthen your meditation and your motivation to develop a regular personal practice.

In The Art of Being Human we see unconditional goodness as the basis of our existence, through the practice of meditation. As we relate to our own experience with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Meditation is presented as an opportunity to rest in what you already are — basic goodness, natural peace and clarity. It is how we train in being awake, placing the mind on the breath, in the present moment.

Through the simple, regular practice of sitting meditation, you learn to develop friendship with your mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humour. Slowly you can let the mind relax within itself, and let go of struggling with yourself.

What is involved?

The weekend will include:

  • Detailed and regular meditation instruction
  • Periods of meditation practice
  • Individual support and advice
  • Talks on what we can discover through meditation
  • Opportunities to ask questions
  • Group discussion activities
The weekend is non-residential and will take place in The Sufi Temple, Claremont. This is the first in a 2 year series of programmes planned to present the Way of Shambhala and Sacred Path. Please join us on the first step of this path if you possibly can as it will be pre-requisite for the upcoming programmes.
The weekend will be directed by Acharya Beate Kirchhoff-Schlage of Hamburg, Germany. Beate is a former theater worker and university teacher and the mother of 3 sons. In 2010 she was appointed shastri for Hamburg and Berlin and in 2017 she was appointed acharya. She was the first teacher from Shambhala Europe to reach out to South Africa and comes highly personally recommended for her humour and energy.
Costs are above and a full payment would be really welcome where possible, but no one will be turned away for financial reasons. If payment is an issue please register and state what you can afford to pay now. Please register and pay by 30th April.