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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 three ways of attending.
1) Residential In-Person at Benvenuto
The preferred way to join us is in person at Benvenuto, in Kelland, Johannesburg. We encourage students from out of town to join us in Johannesburg if possible. You can book a single or double room (arrange your own room mate) and stay on-site for the three day retreat, having all meals with the rest of the group. Rooms are limited, so early booking is advised. Further details will be shared with you on registration.
2) Non-Residential In-Person at Benvenuto, Kelland, Johannesburg
We ask participants to stay on site if possible, because the venue has given us very favourable rates. But if the accommodation costs are a barrier for you, then you are welcome to stay in your own accommodation, and come in to Benvenuto for the meetings. You can book to join the group for lunch and dinner meals at Kelland.
You can join our online participants through Zoom, and links will be provided.
Provisional Retreat Schedule
Attendance at all sessions is required, except the small groups, where everyone will attend only one of the small group sessions. Note that some small groups will meet on the Monday evening after the weekend. Details of small groups and times will be shared closer to the retreat time.
Friday 24 February 2023
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30pm afternoon teaching
7pm-9pm life practice
Saturday 25 February 2023
9:45am-12:45pm morning Meeting
2:15pm-5:15pm Afternoon Meeting
6:45-9pm Small group
Sunday 20 March 2022
10am-1pm morning teaching
2:30pm-5:30 pm afternoon teaching
Monday 21 March 2022
7-9:15 pm Zoom Small group
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 if you are interested and we will be very happy to find a time to meet with you.
Contact or Questions
For queries about accommodation and catering options, please contact Marlene on email@example.com.
For website support please contact Bardin on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.