“If we are to grasp the reality of our life while we have it, we will need to wake up to our moments. Otherwise, whole days, even a whole life, could slip past unnoticed.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Living Mindfully 8-week Program

(Adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program)

Starting Tuesday 30th of April 2019 (for 8 consecutive weeks)


Cost: R 2 800 per person or R5 000 per couple / friends (includes all materials)

Venue: Calissa Lodge- Westville, KZN

An exploration of mindfulness and how to weave mindfulness into your everyday life to create space and to cope with overwhelm. Find stillness in a frenzied world by slowing down and breathing deeply. An opportunity to reconnect with yourself and what matters to you.

This 8-week program is specifically designed for those who are searching for a little breathing space in their demanding lives. In this experiential program you will learn how to use your innate resources and abilities to meet stress and everyday challenges with calm, wisdom and clarity.  

Mindfulness refers to the willingness or ability to show up fully in our lives and live them as if they really mattered. It is typically cultivated by a range of simple meditation practices, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the capacity to manage these with greater skill and compassion. This leads to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life’s challenges, and therefore live with enhanced well-being, mental clarity and care for yourself and others.

Some of the benefits of mindfulness include emotional regulation, increased self-awareness, ability to make wiser choices, improved concentration, greater focus, managing stress and an overall sense of well-being.

Program Structure:

  • An initial individual assessment. The intention of this meeting / telephone call is to determine if the program is suitable for you as well as to create an opportunity to discuss expectations and address questions (15 mins)
  • Your commitment to do homework every day you are not in class during the program (approximately 15-30 min)
  • A retreat evening for session 6 (5pm to 8h30pm)


  • R2 800 per person or R5 000 per couple/friends
  • Price includes evaluation interview, all sessions, and program material
  • Non-refundable administration deposit of R 500 required to secure your place – the balance of payment due before the program commences
  • Please contact us if you would like to make a payment arrangement


  • Calissa Lodge, 1 Raleigh Road, Cowies Hill,
    Westville, Durban area

Classroom learning and practice of:

  • Gentle mindful movement
  • Body scan meditation
  • Sitting meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Group dialogue & interpersonal learning

 What to Bring:

  • Yoga mat, cushion and a small blanket
  • Bottle of water
  • Wear something warm and comfortable
  • Please eat something substantial before each session

“In a sense, you could say that {Mindfulness} refreshes us, makes this moment fresh, timeless, freed up, wide open. In such moments, we transcend who we think we are. We go beyond our stories and all our incessant thinking, however deep and important it sometimes is, and reside in the seeing of what is here to be seen and the direct, non-conceptual knowing of what is here to be known, which we don’t have to seek because it is already and always there. We rest in awareness, in the knowing itself which includes, of course, not knowing as well. We become the knowing and the not knowing, as we shall see over and over again.”
–  Jon Kabat-Zinn