Bodhi Khaya Spring Retreat: Finding Courage for New Beginnings with Sue Cooper

Bodhi Khaya Spring Retreat: Finding Courage for New Beginnings

  • With Sue Cooper

9 September, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 11 September, 2016 @ 2:00 pm


This weekend retreat, held in a nurturing and containing atmosphere of contemplative silence, will focus on the cultivation of life-affirming qualities of mind and heart which support the development of courage and self-confidence, necessary for growth and discovery. We will draw on the Spring theme of new beginnings to inspire and encourage fearlessness in the face of change and uncertainty.

In addition to sitting, reclining and walking meditations there will be daily sessions of Chi Kung (Qigong) movement meditation, as well as optional yoga and aromatherapy massages to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. Sue will also offer short individual sessions. There will be time for rest and silent walks, and delicious vegetarian and vegan meals will be savoured in silence. Welcome the season of Spring with awareness and silent celebration!

This silent retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.


CPD accreditation for health, mental health and allied health professionals:

2 nights: 15 points (12 general and 3 ethics CEUs)


For more information and to book please either email or visit (Spring Retreat link:

Sue Cooper ( 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 Western Cape, Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre and The Buddhist Retreat Centre in KwaZulu-Natal 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.


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