Retreat with Jennifer Woodhull

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November 2006

Secular: non-cultural, non-religious



The Five Strengths are a very comprehensive and profound set of instructions on how to keep our hearts open as we work with the obscurations that complicate our relationships, livelihoods and spiritual progress. The Mahayana Buddhist tradition considers these practices so important that its Lojong (mind training) teachings recommend the Five Strengths as guidelines for both living and dying. This weekend retreat will focus on each of the strengths in depth, exploring how we can use them to simplify our lives, clarify our practice, and be of genuine help to others. We’ll also work with the powerful, heart-opening Tonglen (sending and taking) technique associated with the Lojong teachings.


JENNIFER WOODHULL is a close student of PEMA CHODRON, author of several internationally acclaimed books on compassion and loving-kindness. While living in America, she studied in the Shambhala lineage of Ani Pema’s teacher, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE. Jennifer has been trained as a meditation instructor, and is qualified to direct Shambhala training workshops in the secular meditation tradition founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She now lives in Cape Town, where she works as a writer, editor and meditation teacher.  


JENNIFER did our SEPTEMBER retreat last year

See September 2005 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: Free talk by Jennifer



19h00 – 21h00: Retreat introduction and meditation

Residents maintain noble silence in evenings



09h00 – 10h00: Dharma talk

10h00 – 11h00: Meditation instruction and meditation           

TEA BREAK                                          

11h30 – 12h30: Dharma discussion               

12h30: LUNCH                                        

14h00 – 15h00: Dharma talk             

15h00 – 16h00: Meditation instruction and meditation


16h30 - 17h30: Private interviews by arrangement

18h00: SUPPER (residents only)

19h00 – 20h30: Evening meditation



09h00 – 10h00: Dharma talk

10h00 – 11h00: Meditation instruction and meditation


11h30 – 12h30: Dharma discussion

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 and vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

Residential: R600


NON-RESIDENTIAL: Special price for local residents who wish to attend the retreats, excluding accommodation, but including specified vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

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 to be paid into bank account, details of which will be provided. If booking is cancelled, half of the deposit will be refunded.


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.




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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