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DASA 2022 02 – Loving Kindness

Once you are registered, scroll down to the lesson titles below and click each title for the zoom links or recordings.

Compassion and loving kindness are universally recognised and appreciated qualities of spiritual nature, and there are many practices that cultivate them from different traditions. On this weekend retreat we will explore the Diamond Approach to compassion. In this approach we recognise that compassion is an inherent or essential quality of our nature, and that it is obstructed by very specific psychological conditioning and barriers. Exploring these issues directly with offers a very powerful and transformative way of expanding our access to and understanding of this beautiful heart quality in our lives and our personal experience. 

Hybrid In-Person and Online Retreat

The students in the group wished to create the possibility of meeting in-person again, and they have arranged a venue and catering options to create this possibility. So we are offering this retreat in a hybrid format, meaning there are three ways of attending.

1) Zoom
You can join our online participants which includes students in Johannesburg and Germany. Zoom links will be provided.

2) Non-Residential In-Person in Schoenstatt, Constantia, Cape Town
21 February is the FINAL DAY FOR REGISTRATION for non-residential in-person attendance. You can stay in your own accommodation around Cape Town, and come in to Schoenstatt, Constantia for the meetings. You can book to join the group for lunch and dinner meals at Schoenstatt. The meal package costs R650 for the three days.

3) Residential In-Person in Schoenstatt, Constantia
BOOKING FOR RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPATION IS CLOSED. You can book a single or double room (arrange your own room mate) and stay on-site for the retreat, having all meals with the rest of the group. Rooms are limited, so early booking is advised. Rooms cost R325 per night, and are simple, lunch, dinner and tea are an extra R650, and breakfast is self catered. Further details will be shared with you on registration.

Retreat Schedule

Attendance at all sessions is required, except the small groups, where in-person students meet on Saturday evening, and Zoom students meet on Monday evening.

Friday 25 February 2022
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30pm afternoon teaching
7pm-9pm life practice

Saturday 26 February 2022
9:45am-12:45pm morning Meeting
2:15pm-5:15pm Afternoon Meeting
6:45-9pm in-person small group for those at Schoenstatt and possible sessions for online students

Sunday 27 February 2022
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30 pm afternoon teaching

Monday 28 February
7-9pm Zoom small group only online attendees

Anyone is free to register for this weekend, and no prior experience with the Diamond Approach is required.

Contact or Questions
For queries about accommodation and catering options, please contact Jacqueline on
For website support please contact Bardin on
For questions about the retreat material or about the Diamond Approach, please contact Maphoko on

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 R3600 / Lower rate of R2600 / Supporters rate of R4600

Support for students age 40 and under is provided by the Diamond Approach Youth Fund. Information about the fund can be found at 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.

Covid Considerations for In-Person Gathering

The following draft guidelines will apply to the in-person meeting, for both residential and non-residential attendees. These guidelines are still being refined in discussion with the group, and may be updated.

  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their risk in terms of covid and to make their preferences visible to others.
  • We will have different colour name tags to indicate for example whether someone wants to maintain strict social distancing or not.
  • We will attempt to maximise indoor ventilation at the venue, and to make use of outdoors where possible.
  • Masks will not mandatory throughout the retreat, but anyone who wishes to wear one should do so.
  • Students attending in-person but not in residence agree to maintain relative isolation for the retreat period to minimise the risk of bringing any infection in with them.
  • Students who consider themselves high risk are encouraged to attend through Zoom.
  • Nobody with any form of symptoms may attend in-person.
  • Anyone coming down with symptoms while on retreat must immediately self isolate and obtain a test.
  • If you’re vaccinated or recently recovered and testing negative, you are welcome in-person, understanding the risk that attends that.
  • If you are unvaccinated we ask you to obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving.
  • If national guidelines change, we will update these guidelines.

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.


DASA 2022 02 #6

Meeting Number 6 Sunday 27 February 2022 2:30pm-5:30 pm Follow up Meeting (South African time) Zoom Link The following zoom link will be used for all meetings including the follow up meeting. Please do not share the zoom details with anyone. Meeting ID: 815 8377 8236 Passcode: 263032 Recordings [The recordings will be available […]