Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2007


Retreat with Leela

SCA resident teacher





All beings are alike in that everybody wants happiness and nobody wants suffering. Yet few understand the true causes of happiness, that are cultivated within and do not depend on outer circumstances. True happiness is not unstable like an emotion that comes and goes. It is a state of mind that is stable and enduring. Happiness is a skill that can be learnt. This is something that Buddhists have known for centuries, and modern science is starting to prove the connection between genuine inner happiness and meditation / mind training. We have all seen those Buddhists, who seem to be so relaxed and happy. Now we actually know that they are relaxed and happy. [Scientist commenting on the latest happiness research.] Discover the Buddha’s Path to happiness, freedom and peace of mind. Come and learn something about a philosophy that has the power to change your mind and your life for the better. 


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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