Turning Obstacles into Wisdom

Saturday 29 September

(Public Talk 27 September at 7pm)


Workshop with Pieter Oosthuizen

and Charlotte Rotterdam


This workshop offers an introduction to the process of Feeding the Demons, a powerful and profound method for working with rather than fighting against the obstacles, conflicts, and challenges of our life. By meeting our fears and obsessions, and giving them what they want, we allow them to transform into allies. Drawing on traditional practices and teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this process was developed by Tsultrim Allione, a Western Buddhist teacher committed to integrating traditional wisdom with the needs of the modern world.


The practice is grounded in the teachings of Prajna Paramita and Chöd. The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajna Paramita) teachings are considered to be some of the most profound and essential teachings of Buddhism. They point to the unimpeded, spacious and limitless nature of mind that lies beyond the dualisms of everyday thinking. Feeding the Demons practice, a simple 5-step visualization process, is inspired by the 11th century Chöd practice developed by the Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Chöd was widely used to heal illnesses, epidemics and to deal with all kinds of obstacles.


The workshop will include teachings, meditations, discussion, and practice in the actual process of Feeding the Demons so that it may become of use to you on a daily basis. No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation is necessary. All are welcome.


PIETER OOSTHUIZEN and CHARLOTTE ROTTERDAM are Directors at Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Colorado, USA, a center founded and led by Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom and the forthcoming Feeding Your Demons. Together and separately they have been teaching meditation and the process of Feeding the Demons. Pieter, a native of South Africa, studied Law at Rand Afrikaans University, and was assistant vice-president at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired university in Colorado, for nearly 10 years. Charlotte received her Masters degree in comparative religion at Harvard Divinity School, and served for 10 years as Program Director at Naropa University where she also taught in the graduate Religion department.




The cost of this one-day workshop is R200. If you are coming from afar and wish to stay in our self-catering garden cottages, extra cost is R100/person/night sharing. Workshop includes teas and bring and share vegetarian lunch. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.


Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place, 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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