LEELA VERITY has degrees in Law and Psychology. She has 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 THICH NHAT HANH. She is an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. Leela is founder and director of SAT CHIT ANAND, where it has been her joy to host teachings, meditations, courses and retreats for the last 7 years. Her approach is non-sectarian and very accessible to Westerners. She transmits ancient wisdom teachings within a modern context, combining philosophy and practice in an engaging and user-friendly way.


Retreats commence on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. They may be attended on a residential or non-residential basis. The daily programme includes inspiring and enlightening Dharma teachings, sitting and walking meditation with instruction and guidance, space for questions, sharings and practical exercises, and gentle yoga sessions. The schedule varies according to the specific needs of each retreat. Periods of noble silence are observed during the day, and evenings are silent.

Evening session from 19h00 - 21h00

Daily programme 09h00 - 16h00
including tea and lunch breaks
Evening session from 19h00 - 21h00

Daily programme 09h00 - 16h00
including tea and lunch breaks


RESIDENTIAL: R950 sharing in garden cottages, and R1 250 single room

Price includes 2 nights accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals.

Dana is welcome.


Price excludes accommodation, but includes tea and vegetarian lunches.

Dana is welcome.

Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place for residential retreats, and balance is payable in cash upon arrival. Deposit to be paid into bank account, details of which will be provided. If booking is cancelled, deposit is forfeited.

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 R200 per cottage per night.


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 Beacon Island 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.


SCA is a non-smoking space. Retreatants to uphold the 5 Buddhist Precepts (see Code of Conduct). We hope you can join us for a retreat. You don’t have to be 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.