Meeting Wild Silence

*This retreat has been postponed. New date to be confirmed. 

Friday 24 April (6pm) – Monday 27 April (2pm)

Close the door of words
that the window of your heart may open.
To see what cannot be seen
turn your eyes inward
and listen, in silence.

~ Rumi

When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.

~ Rumi

 

with Maia Marie and Niel van Zyl

On this Freedom day weekend retreat, we will use silence as a ground for practice to listen inwardly and connect with nature. We will explore how silence is an entry point into our full experience of the wild and wonderful within and around us.

Through the mindfulness practices of sitting meditation, walking in the veld, stretching, eating and working, we will come to rest and listening.. All practices will be guided and gentle.

We offer an opportunity to retreat in a natural setting that is beautiful and quiet, to unplug, connect and rest. This retreat will be held in (joyful) silence, allowing us to be together while listening deeply.

 

About Maia and Niel 

Maia and Niel are besties and co-founders of lalela. a place of listening. They both love living and practising amidst the wild silence of the valley at lalela. 

Niel has maintained an meditation practice over the past 11 years. Previously he was a cellist and then a diplomat for the South African government, before following his calling to live as a buddhist monk and meditate. Which he did as a novice monk at the Chithurst Monastery in the South of England for about a year. After that he cycled around South Africa for 9 months exploring places to live and practice. This journey led him to meeting Maia and finding a home at lalela. Here he’s a maker of things and peace. He’s grateful for this life everyday and values every opportunity to share meditation and silence with others.

Maia’s spiritual practice is as diverse as her identity, including meditation, writing, yoga, chanting and communing with her ancestors and nature. She has worked with people in a variety of ways and contexts, in schools, NGOs and on retreats, facilitating storytelling, self-expression and listening to bring about connection within ourselves and within our environment. Her aim is to create spaces of gentle holding and kindness where we can all just be ourselves. At lalela she is a dream maker and guides their programmes. 

 

Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room (R620 a night) or R1560 per person in a shared room (R520 a night). This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals. Teaching on this retreat is offered freely in accordance with the buddhist tradition of dana (meaning gift).

*Limited discounts/work exchange possibilities are available to those who need them.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com

Self Retreat for Writers 

Thursday 28 May 2020 (6pm) – Sunday 31 May 2020 (2pm)

 

Over this period, we invite writers as well as others who would like to use the space for their own quiet practice. There’ll be no guided writing practice, rather we offer a space to facilitate creativity through:

– 3 vegetarian meals a day
– morning and evening meditation sessions
– guided walks
– silence from after dinner until after breakfast

Amidst the wild silence, lalela offers the perfect environment for resting, settling and getting deeper into your work.

Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room (R620 a night) or R1560 per person in a shared room (R520 a night). This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals.

*Limited discounts/work exchange possibilities are available to those who need them.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com

Homecoming: A Celebration of Earth and Belonging 

Thursday 24 September 2020 – Sunday 27 September 2020 

 

They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” Unknown

 

with Mbali Marais and Maia Marie

Being born is validation enough and yet our sense of belonging and home is often sabbotaged by our not enoughness, our need for validation, and a feeling of being lost in the world. We often walk the path of the homeless looking for an identity a recognition and a place to bring our gifts to our community. Consumerism and scarcity has replaced nature’s law of abundance.

Following the Dagara tradition of 2020 being a significant earth year we invite you to be nourished and nurtured, held and seen in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountains at lalela. a place of listening.

In community, we will open a space for ceremony, meditation, storytelling and creative expression.

Together how might we support each other to bring forth this deeper life alive within each of us so that we all thrive? When we thrive, not just exist, we are better able understand our great earth story and participate in the greater good, essential in our times. This is a gift to yourself, you deserve it.

About Mbali

Mbali is a global medicine woman and wisdom keeper, a voice for and awakener of the ancestors. She is an initiated stick diviner in the Dagara tradition. Her teachers include, gifted Diviners in the Dagara tradition,  the late Dr Angeles Arrien, cross cultural anthropologist, and Michael Meade, mythologist and storyteller. For the last 15 years Mbali has facilitated workshops, retreats, and deep nature quests that draw from ancient African practices. She has also spoken and taught internationally on holistic health and indigenous medicine. She is a writer, sacred journey, ritual and ceremony leader. Read more about Mbali on her website: ourdivinemedicine.com

About Maia

Maia is co-founder of lalela. a place of listening where she is a dream maker and guides their programmes. Her spiritual practice is as diverse as she is, including meditation, writing, yoga, chanting and communing with her ancestors and nature. She has worked with people in a variety of ways and contexts, in schools, NGOs and on retreats, facilitating storytelling, self-expression and listening to bring about connection within ourselves and within our environment. Her aim is to create spaces of gentle holding and kindness where we can all just be ourselves.

 

Contribution: R4050 per person in a single room  or R3750 per person in a shared room. This includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions. 

*We have one discount space available for this retreat.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com