Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist Retreat Centre is situated on a 300 acre property and looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills.

Being a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still, get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one’s life, people of all religions and none have come here to experience peace and tranquility since 1980. CNN recently featured the BRC as one of the 10 finest Meditation centres in the world.

Nearby you will find precious breeding sites of the exquisite and rare Blue Swallow for which the Endangered Wildlife Trust has appointed the BRC a custodian. Their presence, together with the BRC’s commitment to encourage indigenous biodiversity of the area has led to the Centre to being declared a Natural Heritage Site by former late president and iconic legend, Nelson Mandela.

Integrated into this setting are the Centre’s buildings, accommodation lodges and cottages, the dining room and office, a shop, a library, a lecture and art studio and the meditation hall. The Centre is also renowned for its fine lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine, which inspired its own recipe books, Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate, made from organically grown vegetables and farm-baked bread.


Buddhist Retreat Centre

40 retreatants can be accommodated in thatched chalets, single and twin-bedded rooms overlooking secluded valleys; they are only a short distance from the dining room, office, library, studio and meditation hall.

All our rooms are elegantly equipped with all necessary linen, blankets, heating and towels and provide a soothing, comfortable space for your BRC experience.


The Retreat Centre offers a tranquil environment for the study and practice of philosophy, psychology, meditation and arts associated with Buddhist culture. The Centre encourages adherence to traditional moral principles during retreats, such as respecting all forms of life, abstaining from alcoholic drinks and hallucinogenic drugs and during some traditional, intensive meditation retreats, the practice of Noble Silence.

Noble Silence is maintained from the last meditation at night until the first session after breakfast in the morning and is also sustained throughout the duration of some retreats.

For a detailed list of retreats and rates click here and to book a retreat click here.


Paths threading the property each bring their own revelation: you can meander through the indigenous forest; walk past ancient cycads to the tracks of early Voortrekker wagons; discover an assegai-sharpening stone on a hillside; follow the pine-scented path to the dam; or point your feet towards the rocky outcrop that provides a perfect seat for contemplating the valley below.

This magnificent natural area is also home to 160 species of bird which makes for fantastic birdwatching.

Discover the exquisitely zen and exotic range of products at the Dhamma Shop or opt to practice the art of yoga and chi kung as both are on offer at the BRC.

For more information about The Buddhist Retreat Centre please visit our website


Our Address:

Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, 3276