Emoyeni Retreat Centre is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountains in the North West province of South Africa, about 100km northwest of Johannesburg. It functions under the auspices of the Emoyeni Trust and is a registered nonprofit-organisation.

Emoyeni is a Zulu name meaning “Place of the Spirit” and the operation of Emoyeni Retreat Centre is broadly based on Buddhist principles and meditation techniques.

Their approach includes the practice of mindfulness and an attitude of non-harming towards all living beings. Anyone who has a sincere interest in cultivating wisdom and compassion as a way of life is welcome, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

The Centre aims to provide an atmosphere of peace and tranquility which is conducive to the practice of meditation, a safe space where the weary can find a moment of rest and peace away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Guests are welcome to visit Emoyeni for a day, a weekend or for a longer stay. Day visitors – please do call first.

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.

Existing buildings on the property have been renovated to provide accommodation for 14 guests (with extra tent space) and 4 residents. The meditation room can comfortably seat about 25 people and 3 lacto-vegetarian meals are provided daily. Linen is also supplied.

Conducted retreats are offered regularly, details of which can be found here. Individual or self-retreats can be done according to personal needs. Emoyeni Retreat Centre also offer work retreats where work can be done in return for accommodation.


Google Earth: 25 deg 47′ 41.90″ S; 27 deg 33′ 22.21″ E
GPS decimal: lat -25.794800 lon: 27.556224

Emoyeni Retreat Centre is situated about 35km west of Hartebeespoort Dam on the old Rustenburg / Pretoria road and is reached by a farm road. Please note we are not near the town of Magaliesburg. Click here for detailed directions and map.

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