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Fri, 27 Oct


Emoyeni Retreat Centre

Polishing the Pearl Retreat

The myth of Indra's Net will set the stage for a retreat on interconnectedness and life purpose.

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Polishing the Pearl Retreat
Polishing the Pearl Retreat

Time & Location

27 Oct 2023, 17:30 – 29 Oct 2023, 12:30

Emoyeni Retreat Centre, A 65 Buffelshoek Farm, Mooinooi, 0325, South Africa

About the Event

If you’ve been feeling directionless, confused, or overwhelmed, you’re probably seeing things quite clearly! But guidance lies within, taking us forward through the confusion, step-by-step. This retreat offers a chance to regroup, in community, and recollect your vital role in the web of life.

Interconnectedness and life purpose are deeply intertwined concepts that find resonance in the myth of Indra's Net. This vast net stretches infinitely in all directions, with a jewel at each intersection. Each jewel represents an individual being, and every jewel reflects all the others in the net. We each have a distinct contribution to make. Our purpose is intricately linked to the purpose of others. When we align with our calling, we appreciate the interconnectedness that exists between ourselves and the world around us. We recognize that our actions have a ripple effect, touching the lives of others and collectively creating a more harmonious and compassionate world.

By working with somatic meditation practices, including gentle yoga, qi gong and expressive movement, we will return to the wisdom of the body, which guides us moment-by-moment. Our bodies are treasure troves for self-reflection, insight, and freedom, filled with wisdom and worthy of our deepest devotion and care. Once the body feels at ease, the sitting practices of mindfulness and compassion allow us to access the heart-mind, the place where love, compassion and joy guide us to live purposeful and interconnected lives.


Dr Lucy Draper-Clarke, author of The Compassionate Activist, is a retreat facilitator, mindfulness mentor and researcher-practitioner in the fields of awareness, compassion, and social engagement. After obtaining a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education, she is now an Associate Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. With a focus on compassionate activism and somatic meditation, she works with those engaged in social transformation and healing, to alleviate stress, increase resilience and cultivate wise, compassionate action. She runs workshops and retreats around Southern Africa. As a practitioner with the Karma Kagyu School of Buddhism, she attends regular meditation retreats to deepen her own practice. Nothing gives her more joy than supporting others to develop their own, life-enhancing, contemplative practices.


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Standard rate: R2300 – R2730 (en suite) Generous Rate: R2830 – R3350 (en suite) Teachers Dana (suggested rate): R400 – R2000

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