Fynbos Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala

with Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage

April 26th—May 3rd

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The Sacred Path retreat will be lead by visiting Acharya Beate Kirchhoff-Schlage and will take place at the idyllic and peaceful Fynbos Estate near Malmesbury just over an hour outside Cape Town, a meditation and foodie paradise. The price includes comfortable accommodation and 3 delicious wholesome vegetarian meals a day. 

Beate Kirchhoff-Schlage of Hamburg, Germany 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.

The Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. In particular, it is designed to nurture the student's natural ability to experience the world as sacred and his or her aspiration to create an enlightened society.

The beauty of this retreat is the depth to which the power of windhorse and the magical quality of drala can be explored and experienced. The topics are completely interrelated and meant to be understood as a whole. Therefore we encourage full participation.

Great Eastern Sun

The vision of the Great Eastern Sun is the entrance into sacred world and the practice of creating an uplifted and sane society. This program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists.


Participants study the Vidyadhara's terma text, The Letter of the Black Ashe, which gives the instruction for "raising windhorse." The practice of windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. It is a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur.


Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.


Completion of Levels I-V is required. Completion of the Rigden Weekend is strongly encouraged.


Participants can attend for 2,4, or the whole 7 days. 7 days is strongly encouraged if possible. Please plan on arriving between 3 - 5 pm on April 26th. Dinner is at 6 pm.

Sitting Meditation and Great Eastern Sun - Friday 27th - Saturday 28th noon

Windhorse - Saturday 28th lunchtime -  Monday 30th late afternoon

Drala-  Monday 30th evening to Wednesday 2nd late afternoon - 

Festive Shambhala Sadhana feast on Wednesday 2nd evening.

Thursday 3rd is for goodbye, bring home topics and dissolving mid-morning.

 PriceGES Windhorse, DralaGES, WindhorseGreat Eastern Sun only
No of Nights742
Sharing per person648044602880
Singles per person806052203260
Singles En Suite per person892055403420
Dorm accommodation (Honey Badger Loft/Barn)498038602580

Bank: Nedbank

Account name: Shambhala Cape Town
Account type: Cheque
Branch code: 104809
Account number: 1048090140

Please register with room preference / requirement, dietary requirements by 16th March. Please pay a 50% deposit by Friday 30th March and the remainder by Friday 20th April.