Sue Cooper (www.suecooper.co.za) is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice in Cape Town since the early 1990s. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between psychological and spiritual approaches to self-discovery and inner healing, and has attended Buddhist meditation retreats, mainly in the Theravada tradition, for over 30 years, both in South Africa and at Gaia House in the UK. Sue has been inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Tradition, and is deeply grateful to her primary teachers: the late Godwin Samararatne, Kittisaro and Thanissara, Ajahn Sucitto and Stephen and Martine Batchelor.
Sue has a particular interest in exploring how our practice enables us to embrace our humanness, integrating love and loss in our lives, so that we can live and die with compassionate awareness.
Sue offers weekend and longer retreats throughout South Africa at Bodhi Khaya, Temenos and Mont Fleur in the W. Cape, Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre and The Buddhist Retreat Centre in KZN and Emoyeni Retreat Centre in the North West Province, as well as 6-8 week ‘Open the Heart and Still the Mind’ courses, on-going weekly groups and monthly half-day/day retreats in Cape Town.
This 4 night silent retreat, held in a contained and nurturing atmosphere of contemplative silence, is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
Through the integration of meditation and the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, we will end this year developing our capacity for calm and compassionate wisdom. Through the cultivation of an embodied awareness, grounded in practices which integrate body, heart and mind, we will deepen our access to open-hearted joy and a lightness of being which are healing and transformative.
In addition to the sitting and walking meditations, daily sessions of qigong movement meditation, as well as yoga and optional aromatherapy massages will enhance this process of integration. There will also be time for restorative rest and mindful swims, silent walks, runs or bicycle rides through the beautiful fynbos and forests. I will also offer short, individual sessions throughout this retreat, deepening the insights which are revealed in the silence. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food will be savoured in silence.
Please book early for this popular end of year retreat!
CPD accreditation for health, mental health and allied health professionals: 30 points: 24 general and 6 ethics have been applied for.
Open the Heart and Still the Mind
Ending the Year with Compassion and Joy
Sue Cooper | 16-20 December