The Buddhist Retreat Centre, just outside Ixopo, situated in KZN, South Africa, is one of those rare oasis’ for the Soul.  It was rated by CNN as one of the 10 Best Retreats in the world!

Set in the green rolling foothills of the Drakensberg mountains and renown for it’s peace and serenity, plus amazing vegetarian food and breath-taking views, the BRC is truly a peaceful oasis to nurture and revitalize your spirit.

John Homewood & Michelle McClunan

will be facilitating their ANNUAL retreat at the BRC 


10th to 14th May 2024

Part 1. The Art of Being  10 – 12th May 

Part 2.   Living in Joy   12 – 14th May


John you have the most inspiring way of presenting Universal truths. What you say and most of all how you say it is fantastic !

Michelle your space holding and empathic ability is extraordinary and the art processes you facilitated are often deeply profound in terms of suppressed        emotions or trauma coming to the surface for healing but in a most gentle and undramatic way“.  


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Bookings and enquiries must be done directly with the BRC .

066 395 4682
082 579 3037

Are you ready for a life shift?

John Homewood and Michelle McClunan bring their combined forty years of facilitating experience to this two-part retreat, providing you with a gentle, yet powerful process that will shift, awaken and nourish your whole being.

You will leave this retreat greatly refreshed with a new and awakened perspective in life, taking with you practical tools to apply in shifting all areas of your life.

The retreat will integrate transformational, yet practical spiritual teachings of Presence, Awakening and Creative Art Processes. This integration will help you clear blockages that may have prevented you from living a healthy, peaceful and abundant life.

All creative experiences are process-driven, as opposed to being outcome-based, so no artistic experience or skill is required. You will leave with a deeper sense of peace; a more focused sense of life purpose and rekindled joy and with greater emotional and spiritual intelligence to navigate life’s challenges.

Should you only be able to attend the weekend, Part 1, you will still gain much. However, investing in the whole 4 days will provide you the space to integrate and apply this Shift even deeper and more fully into your awareness.

Part 2 (12th to 14th May) will provide you the space to integrate and apply this Shift more deeply and more fully into your awareness. You will leave with a deeper sense of peace; a more focused sense of life purpose and rekindled joy and with greater emotional and spiritual intelligence to navigate life’s challenges.

Part 2 is for the serious seeker, who really wants to invest the time to deepen their own understanding, healing and awakening.

*Highly recommended’



John Homewood is an inspirational speaker, teacher and Life Coach, with a passion for sharing the wisdom he has learnt through years of self-reflection, study and life-lessons. He has a gift in conveying complex subjects in a way that is easily understood, integrated and assimilated. His greatest joy is to help others to see their own lives from a higher and broader perspective, and to feel the joy of the present moment. His insightful wisdom teachings will help to clear your mind of its emotional and mental ‘stuckness’ to move into flow. For more than twenty years, John has inspired many with his radio and TV talks, as well as interactive seminars, workshops and retreats in the private and corporate sector.

Michelle McClunan is an astrologer, Life Coach and Process Art Facilitator and uses a multi-faceted approach to help people to understand themselves, and to navigate their lives and rediscover their true purpose and potential. Using her own non-outcome based creatively experiential methods, she will guide you into a receptive state, where you are able to receive signals and messages from the intuitive intelligence that resides within you. As you engage in this work, you start to shift old patterns of thought or behaviour that may be blocking you from living the rich and fulfilling life you deserve. Michelle counsels and coaches one-on-one and has facilitated workshops and retreats for eighteen years.

 In 2020, John and Michelle founded Journeys of Awakening, where they run online programmes, in-person workshops and retreats and host a monthly support community callled Innerspace.





I expected some learning on Buddhism which I wasn’t particularly interested in, the main purpose of me being at the retreat was to spend time with my daughter Kathryn in an environment that would benefit her –

I didn’t remotely expect to leave the retreat fundamentally re-wired, or perhaps re-connected or perhaps something else that you would be more in a position to know than I. Your message, or you being the conveyor of the message had a deep effect on me …

I carry with me now the necessity of living in the moment, of the destructiveness of living in the past and in the future and of the prospect of the benefit of life in the moment which has been reinforced in my consciousness, and another journey begins from here.

Thank you for you, thank you for being there, my gratitude for my daughters choice that this was the retreat she wanted to go to…  As I write this, tears well in my eyes, …With gratitude and blessings,


” Thank you…… Thank you, you have succeeded in shedding a beautiful white light on me…. I now experience a depth inside myself that was previously unknown to me… This depth permeates through me, to the people that consult with me…I can only use the word ……. Love…. to explain this. This stillness is inspiring and beautifully addictive ” I will not go back to sleep “ In love and Light.” 

Gerhard B. – Pretoria

A life changing mind and spirit invigorating transformative experience, clearing away the old mental cobwebs and inviting the fresh new potential of AWAKENED FLOW into your life.

Dissolve your old imprisoned self … and set yourself free now…


 All enquiries & bookings:  Email:

Cell phone: 066 395 4682 or 082 579 3037

 Clear blockages you carry to:





    the Joy of living

AWAKENING will give you:

Freedom from grief, depression and anxiety

 Freedom from need, fear and wanting 

Freedom from jealousy and regret 

Freedom from lack of self-worth 

Freedom from non-forgiveness

Freedom from past pain

Freedom in Presence



Step back, pause, take a deep breath in, exhale…. look around you and see today as a brand new canvas just awaiting your uniqueness to express itself on.

Dissolve your old imprisoned self … and set yourself free now…

“John has the gift of imparting deep truths in an easy and understandable way; his retreats leave you uplifted and inspired…”

    Eckhart Tolle

    “If you want sanity, then the focus of your life must be the present moment.

    Looking for your identity in the past or for fulfillment in the future is madness.”

    Our greatest relief can be found in the present moment.

    AWAKENING TO FLOW is a process of opening to the focused intense Power of Presence.


    Participants leave with a joy-filled heart, a greater clarity of mind and purity of spirit.


    “In all my years of nearly 80 years I have attended many courses, workshops and seminars but I can honestly say that John’s workshop is the best and most amazing I have ever attended. His presentation, his person, his energy and love moved me beyond words. I came seeking peace and I found more that I had hoped for. Thank you John. Namaste” Colin Katz

    “There are no words to describe the love that has opened up inside of me and the gratitude for all I have and all I am and for you who helped awaken this.  Thank you thank you thank you!” – Charene

    Pictures from the beautiful and oh so peaceful BRC near Ixopo, Kzn, South Africa…