Program Details

Ninethün Retreat - The Basic Goodness of Being Human - Who am I?

with David Hope & Christina de Block
December 31 / 3:00 PM - January 10 / 3:00 PM

This course presents teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, Buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the foundations of mindfulness.

The retreat will be based on a new introductory Shambhala program which has never been taught in South Africa before. The Basic Goodness Series seeks to bring basic goodness into our actual experience through exploratory practice, rather than conceptual knowledge. We will offer the first course of this series, which is one of the prerequisites for later programs in Shambhala. It is open and accessible to beginners and also valuable for older students who will find fresh insight through the exercises based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

This retreat will be held at the lovely Fynbos Mountain Estate in Malmesbury, an hour’s drive from central Cape Town. This will be our sixth year at Fynbos, whose spacious natural environment and gracious, unpretentious hospitality have made it our favourite retreat venue.


Shared accommodation (two to a room):  R7,000

Single accommodation: R8,600

Bring your own tent: R5,600

We have tried to keep our costs as low as possible to make it accessible to all. Please contact the coordinator if you feel that you are not able to afford the program and we will try to assist where we can.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are due seven days before the course begins. Payment to be made via EFT or bank deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: Nedbank
Account name: Shambhala Cape Town
Account type: Cheque
Branch: Rondebosch
Branch code: 104809
Account number: 1048090140

If you have to cancel after making payment, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is made fourteen days or more before the course begins.

Cancellations made between seven and fourteen days before the course begins will incur a 20% administration fee.

If you cancel within seven days of the course, 50% of your payment will be refunded.

Since our costs are based on the venue and a minimum number of people, there will be no refunds for cancellations made on or after the day the course begins.

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