Retreat with Leela

Founder and director of SCA

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 August 2006

Non-sectarian, Western Buddhism




Mindfulness teaches you to be present to the moment-to-moment unfolding of life. The present moment is the doorway to freedom. It is the place of power, the place from which karma and creation happens. Without mindfulness, you cannot be free. This retreat will explain the relationship between mindfulness and our actions of body, speech and mind. Understanding this empowers you to take responsibility for your life through the miracle of mindfulness. You will learn how to calmly abide in the present moment, mindfully and at peace with what is. You will learn how to be present with yourself in a peaceful, positive and powerful way. With songs for the practice of mindfulness, sharings and practical exercises, you will leave feeling nurtured and nourished.    


LEELA is founder and director of SAT CHIT ANAND Buddhist Centre. She has degrees in Law and Psychology. After leaving her career as attorney, she studied Buddhism and Meditation overseas in India, Nepal and France, under Tibetan Buddhist Masters His Holiness the DALAI LAMA and LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE, and Zen Master Ven THICH NHAT HANH. She is an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and spends time at his Monastery in France every 2nd year. Leela's approach is non-sectarian and very accessible to Westerners: it combines theory and practice in an engaging and user-friendly way.


This retreat will be based on teachings received during the 3-week June 2006 retreat at Plum Village Monastery. You will learn exercises for the PRACTICE OF MINDFUL BREATHING, based on the SUTRA ON MINDFUL BREATHING and the FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS: body, feelings, mind, and objects of mind. These exercises teach us how to get in touch with ourselves: relax our body, calm our feelings, gladden and liberate our minds.


LEELA did our MAY 2005 and APRIL 2006 retreats

See May 2005 retreat review

See April 2006 retreat review


SAT CHIT ANAND is a Buddhist Centre and Guesthouse in Plettenberg Bay. It is our delight to host meditations, Buddhist teachings and weekend retreats, which may be attended on a residential or non-residential basis. A retreat is a treat for yourself. It is a time to cultivate and strengthen your spiritual practice, which leads to inner well-being. Traditionally this involves receiving and contemplating teachings, meditating and doing spiritual practices.





19h00 – 21h00: Retreat introduction and meditation

Noble silence in evenings until after morning Dharma talk 



08h00: BREAKFAST                                                

09h00 – 10h00: Dharma talk             

10h00 – 11h00: Dharma discussion and sharing              

TEA BREAK                                          

11h30 – 12h30: Guided meditation and practice of Beginning Anew              

12h30: LUNCH                                        

14h00 – 15h00: Mindful movements to relax and release tension             

15h00 – 16h00: Dharma talk               

TEA BREAK                                          

16h30 - 18h00: Walking meditation on beach and free time

18h00: SUPPER

19h00 – 21h00: Sutra recitation, meditation, deep relaxation




09h00 – 10h00: Dharma talk

10h00 – 11h00: Dharma discussion and sharing


11h30 – 12h30: Guided meditation and practice of Flower Watering

12h30: LUNCH

14h00 – 15h00: Dharma talk

15h00 – 16h00: Questions, sharing, dedication of merits

TEA and depart home




RESIDENTIAL: Retreats commence on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation in garden cottages, all meals (vegetarian food only), and teacher’s dana. Residential: R600


NON-RESIDENTIAL: Special price for local residents who wish to attend the retreats, excluding accommodation, but including specified vegetarian meals, and teacher’s dana. Non-residential: R300


Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place for residential retreats, and balance payable in cash or cheque upon arrival. Deposit may be posted or paid into bank account, details of which will be provided when booking is made. If booking is cancelled 2 weeks prior to retreat, the deposit will be refunded, less cancellation fee of R100.


Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. It is possible to come early and/or stay after the retreat. Special rates for retreatants participating in our conducted retreats, who wish to stay longer in our self-catering cottages, are R150 per person per night.




SCA is a non-smoking space. Retreatants to uphold the 5 Buddhist Precepts (see Code of Conduct). We hope you can join us on the retreat. You don’t have to be a Buddhist, because anyone can benefit from the Buddha’s teachings. Number of places limited, so early booking is advisable: phone (044) 533 0453 or email for further enquiries and bookings.




There are 3 entrances to Plett: Coming from Cape Town side, take first entrance into Piesang Valley. Coming from Port Elizabeth side, take third entrance into Piesang Valley. Drive down the valley, till end of the road. There is a traffic circle, garage and some shops. Turn right towards the BI Hotel (left goes up the hill into town). Pass 1st right being Longships Road. Take 2nd right into Longstone Road. There will be a small park on your left hand side, and we are in the road that runs behind this park: no 16 Great Basses Road, large sea-sand coloured house. NB please phone on arrival, because we do not always hear the doorbell.


J SAT CHIT ANAND namaste to you Buddha-to-be! 

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