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How much are you able to relax into yourself and into your life and to trust that you’ll be OK? And how can you really let go and let yourself be, if there isn’t trust that things are fundamentally okay, and that whatever happens is appropriate? If you don’t have this trust, you are constantly scared and tense, having to control or manage yourself, others or your circumstances because you don’t trust you’ll be OK otherwise.
Your very being-ness, your true nature, the qualities of your human nature, will spontaneously provide whatever is optimal in each and every specific situation and moment of your life, and in your inner journey. And if something else seems to be coming forward, some barrier or issue, then you know and trust that that issue is precisely the thing that you need to be with and to explore for things to unfold in the optimal way.
This kind of trust is extremely rare. Many people might have occasional glimpses of it, but far more often we are controlling our lives and our situations because in a very deep way we do not trust that what we need will be available. And this lack of trust is rooted in our childhood development, and in the remnants of that past that make up the ego.
Drawing on some of the insights of psychologist Winnicott and others, we will be exploring AH Almaas profound understanding of this fundamental or basic trust. It will not be a theoretical or intellectual exploration, but rather a very personal, intimate, meaningful and experiential. By looking into the barriers and conditioning within ourselves you may rediscover your capacity for basic trust, and learn what will enable it to grow and expand.
Hybrid In-Person and Online Retreat
This retreat is offered a hybrid format, meaning there are two ways of attending.
1) Residential or Non-Residential In-Person in Cape Town.
Participants can stay on site, or drive in and attend the sessions and meals together. Accommodation and meal costs are not included in the registration fee. We will either be at a venue in Constantia or in Camps Bay. This will be confirmed shortly.
We also offer Zoom participation, and the Zoom links will be provided on registration.
Provisional Retreat Schedule
Attendance at all sessions is required. Private sessions will be held in the mornings, lunch times and evenings around the meetings.
Friday 31 March 2023
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30pm afternoon teaching
Private sessions in the evening
Saturday 1 April 2023
9:45am-12:45pm morning Meeting
2:15pm-5:15pm Afternoon Meeting
6:45-9pm Small group
Sunday 2 April 2022
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30 pm afternoon teaching
Anyone is free to register for this weekend, and no prior experience with the Diamond Approach is required. If you are new to the Diamond Approach or this would be your first retreat with this group, please contact one of the teachers Dominic on email@example.com or Sarala on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make a time to meet with you before the retreat to say hello, give you some orientation and answer any questions you might have.
Contact or Questions
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For questions about the retreat material or about the Diamond Approach, please contact Dominic or Sarala.
We offer three fee levels for South African students. A standard rate which we hope most will pay. A higher Supporter rate that will allow us to provide discounted lower rates to students who need it, and to support the group as it grows to a sustainable size. And a Lower rate for students who need it due to financial limitations or hardship. A separate fee scale applies for non-South African students.
Standard rate of R3950 / Lower rate of R2850 / Supporters rate of R4950
Support for students age 40 and under is provided by the Diamond Approach Youth Fund. Information about the fund can be found at https://dayouthfund.org. Please contact Dominic or Sarala if you are interested. The support is available to meet real financial needs even if this is your first weekend.
Accessing the Sessions
Once your registration is complete, click the titles below to access the sessions. There you will see zoom meeting details for the future sessions and, after the meetings, you will find the recordings there too.