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December with Donal Creedon

Meeting Samantabhadra

A Buddhist Meditation Retreat

1st to 22nd December 2017

The aim of Buddha teaching is to bring about freedom from ignorance and fear through the realization of our true nature (Samantabhadra). The primary cause of freedom is understanding the nature of reality but more specifically directly understanding mind, and the ways of thought. The road to this consists traditionally of study contemplation and meditation. This involves a change in our way of thinking and seeing.

The heart of our retreat will be meditation as taught in the Mahamudra tradition.

There will be teachings covering foundational, Mahayana and Vajrayana perspectives roughly corresponding to each week. We will address our human problems placed in the wider context of the Buddha dharma and meditation as a way of life.

The retreat is particularly suitable for those with some experience who wish to further their practice and understanding. However beginners who don’t mind jumping in the deep end are welcome. Participants should commit to 4 hours group sitting each day. There will be time for personal practice and study.

Those who wish to do part of the retreat can attend for a week or a fortnight. The weeks should correspond to the dates below. Less than one week is not acceptable. Participants should be fully committed to the program leaving behind personal demands and agendas.

The weeks are as follows:

1st to 8th December (7 nights)

8th - 15th December (7 nights)

15th - 22nd December (7 nights)

[Please note that all these retreats are now 7 nights long. There has been a change since this was first advertised, but now all retreats will run from Friday to Friday.]

Bookings: Please use our online booking form:


Christmas Retreat

The Good, the True and the Beautiful

23rd to 30th December 2017

Our Christmas retreat will provide a space to reflect and meditate on the values we hold.  We will explore a humanistic approach to living a meaningful life informed but not bound by tradition. In particular we will look at those universal values formulated by Plato as the Good, the True and the Beautiful which have been central civilizing currents in western culture. Such noble ideals are in serious decline replaced by greed, narcissism and nihilism.

Could such qualities form the centre of our lives and bring about a veritable renaissance in our homes, in our work and in our culture? Surely that would be good and beautiful? Why not give it a try?

The program will include guided meditation (mindfulness), both sitting and walking as well as discussion and inquiry. Daily yoga and somatics with Pippa. There will be time for leisure to explore nature.


Donal is a meditation teacher with many years experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness and sincerity. Donal has spent twelve years in retreat and was also a fellow of the Krishnamurti Foundation of India for three years. This allows him to balance a clear and thorough understanding of Tibetan Buddhism with the non-sectarian and uncomplicated teachings given by Krishnamurti, helping Donal to communicate the heart of Buddhist teachings beyond language and culture.


Please use our online booking form:

Cost Details

Accommodation, meals and snacks per person for 7 nights
  7 nights
Single shared bathroom R5075
Twin/double en suite R4550
Twin/double shared R3850
Dormitory R3150
Camping (own tent) R2625

The retreat fee includes 7 nights accommodation (including bedding and towels), three ovo-lactarian meals a day, teas and snacks, and a contribution towards the retreat leader's flight costs. If you would like to add a R60 environmental levy to your payment, it will be used to support the work of the Tikologo Permaculture Project.

Dana (a donation) will be accepted by the retreat leader in appreciation of his teachings.

If you are able to stay for 2 weeks, there is a 5% discount, and for 3 or 4 weeks, a 10% discount.

TRC members receive a 10% discount on all length retreats.

The retreat starts at 6pm on the first day, and ends at lunchtime on the last.

A non-refundable (but transferable) deposit of R1800 will secure your place. Please book early as Donal is a very popular retreat teacher and this retreat is expected to be fully-booked. Single occupancy of a twin room will only be possible if the retreat is not full as TRC’s primary wish is for as many people as possible to benefit from these retreats.

Group transport will probably be provided, depending on demand. On 1st December, the minibus will leave from OR Tambo around midday so please ensure that international flights arrive before 10am, to give you time to collect your luggage and pass through immigration. For later weeks, the minibus will leave from Sandton Gautrain Station at 9am, so that it can take people out, and bring others back on the same day. Expect it to return to Sandton Gautrain Station at 5pm.