Friday 17 - Sunday 19 August 2007


Retreat with Leela

SCA resident teacher





“Dear friends, let us enjoy the practice of Mindful Breathing. If a person knows how to skillfully practice Mindful Breathing, and does so consistently, he will find his body and mind peaceful; he will acquire positive investigations and reflections; his mind will be calm and pure; and he will have perceptions leading to wisdom and be able to bring his practice to completion.” [Sutra on Mindful Breathing]


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 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, and spends time at his monastery in France every 2nd year, doing retreat and receiving further teachings.


Leela is founder and director of SAT CHIT ANAND Buddhist Centre, where it has been her joy to conduct meditation courses, host teachings and retreats for the last 6 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 illuminating Dharma teachings, sitting and walking meditation with instruction and guidance, space for questions, sharings and practical exercises, as well as Chi gong sessions. The schedule varies according to the specific needs of each retreat. Periods of noble silence are observed.



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: Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation in lovely garden cottages and delicious vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

Residential: R650


NON-RESIDENTIAL: Price excludes accommodation, but includes tea and vegetarian lunches. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated. 

Non-residential: R400


Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place for residential retreats, and balance payable in cash or cheque 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.




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.


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

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