a sense of inner home

19. - 22. November 2020 Emoyeni Retreat Center, South Africa

A Half-Silent Meditation Retreat - Tineke Osterloh & Mervyn Croft

How do we nourish trust and a courageous heart? What kind of practice helps ourselves, our Sangha and communities in times of uncertainty and difficult emotions? During this weekend-retreat we will practice calm and mindfulness meditation with a special focus on love and faith. There will be times in silence and times of sharing in small groups, evening discussions and time to walk and reflect in nature.


This retreat is a precious opportunity for those new to meditation and ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to enjoy an inspiring meditation-weekend with us.


Mervyn Croft Emoyeni Retreat Center

Mervyn Croft has been engaged in Buddhism for over 40 years, including a period of 13 years as a member of the resident community at the Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo.


He has participated in retreats in the Theravada, Zen and Tibetan traditions and for many years was a student of Godwin Samararatne from Sri Lanka. In 2000 he co-founded the Emoyeni Retreat Centre where he teaches and lives.

Tineke Osterloh

Tineke Osterloh has been teaching Buddhist meditations retreats for more than 20 years.

She has a keen interest in wisdom, courage and compassionate action.

Tineke also works as a coach and counsellor in her own practice in Hamburg, Germany and has widely explored modern training programmes and approaches to self compassion.

Tineke is a mother as well as an author of two books; one on dealing with change and the other on Buddhist ethics.

Emoyeni Retreat Center

A Place Of Tranquility and Peace

We are situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountains – in North West province, South Africa, about 100 km northwest of Johannesburg.


Emoyeni is a Zulu name meaning ”Place of the Spirit”. We welcome anyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, who has a sincere interest in cultivating wisdom and compassion as a way of life.

Our aim is to provide an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity which is conducive to the practice of meditation.

We are a registered non-profit organization. The operation is broadly based on Buddhist principles and meditation techniques. Our approach includes the practice of mindfulness and an attitude of non-harming towards all living beings.

Emoyeni Buddhist Retreat Center
Emoyeni Retreat Center Meditation Hall

Our accommodation and other facilities are simple and basic, with the emphasis on functionality rather than luxury.

In order to encourage introspection and inquiry, no facilities in the form of swimming pools, games, television, etc. are provided.


We accommodate up to 14 guests (with extra tent space) and 4 residents.


Our meditation room can comfortably seat about 25 people. Three lacto-vegetarian meals are provided daily, and linen is also supplied.

Cost for this Retreat

Accomodation charge plus dana (generous donation for teachers)

Please notice!

Unfortunately, due to the corona crisis, I won't be able to travel to South Africa this year to teach the retreat at

Emoyeni Retreat Centre.


However, A SENSE OF INNER HOME will still take place from 19.- 22. November 2020. Mervyn and I will lead the retreat together - Mervyn being with you at Emoyeni in South Africa and myself joining you via Zoom from Germany.

So, do register, if you are in South Africa and would like to participate!

Emoyeni Retreat Centre is a stunningly beautiful place on the ancient African soil near Mooinooi, just 120 km Northwest of Johannesburg.

It will re-open its doors on 23 September 2020.


Stay well, stay safe.

Love & hugs,


New Book

Without Limit

An Anthology of poems by mervyn croft

Mervyn Croft, Without Limits, Anthology of poems, poetry, Dharma, buddhism, South Africa, Südafrika, Emoyeni Retreat Center, meditation, mindfulness

Mervyn Croft’s poetry is an invitation to walk out beyond the cacophony and to ask:

“What is it that listens?” His images enable us to push through the panic and violence of “too much doing” – so that we may “feel again the mysterious dance of energy between two beings opening each other to the sweet breath of stillness”. And, ultimately, so that we may know Metta – that boundless friendliness which we become a part of when the butterfly writes a poem “in the air to its mate”; which we feel when the elephant greets her daughter in soft rain; or when the tall grasses bow, “under the weight of time holding their seeds.


Hayley Berman’s artworks intensify the nourishment and pleasure derived from meditating on this exquisite collection crafted from longing and reminders that we are cared for.

Marí Peté (Author of Step Through, Amytis and Begin)