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Vedanta Retreat at FARMHOUSE58

Discovering the Ancient Wisdom of Vedanta in the Cradle of Humankind

Join us for an immersive weekend and an opportunity to retreat in nature to explore the improvement of your overall sense of wellbeing.


Participants will engage in a daily schedule similar to that of the Vedanta Academy in India, including lectures, group discussions, early morning study, yoga, gentle hiking, music, poetry and nourishing meals.

Vedanta is an ancient philosophy originating over 5000 years ago deep within the Himalayas.

Derived from two Sanskrit words, 'veda' meaning knowledge and 'anta' meaning end or goal, Vedanta means the culmination of knowledge to create a more meaningful life experience and future filled with health, harmony and balance.

Vedanta Retreat at FARMHOUSE58

The Retreat


Living is an art, a skill, a technique. You need to learn and practice it As you would play a musical instrument or fly an aircraft - Swami A. Parthasarathy.


This retreat has been conceived to provide an opportunity to take a step back from the stress of daily life and immerse yourself in a weekend dedicated to personal development and well-being.


This ancient philosophy presents the eternal principles of life and living. It programmes a life of mental peace combined with dynamic action in the world. It equips one with clarity of intellect to eliminate stress and gain success by dealing with life's challenges.              

Above all, its philosophy leads one to the ultimate goal of human perfection, absolute peace and happiness.


What is Vedanta


Vedanta philosophy is the digest of numerous saints and sages who inquired into the mystery of human existence. Their scientific approach and subsequent findings led to a systematic presentation of logical truths called Vedanta.

The authority of Vedanta doesn't rely on the instructions of a particular preceptor or master but instead establishes its authority through the presentation of fundamental principles governing human experience. Its appeal is universal and transcends borders, cultures, countries and creeds.


The authenticity of Vedanta is established and remains unfaltering and persistent throughout the passage of time. Unlike other sciences which deal with those fields of enquiry external to oneself, Vedanta presents as a subjective science investigating the inner landscape of the personality.


Through investigation, self-enquiry and discovery, and subjective experience, Vedanta aims to inspire dynamic action directed towards meaningful goals, establish a framework for attaining and improving emotional stability, and provide sincere seekers with clarity regarding meaning and purpose.


A predominant theme of Vedanta concludes that true happiness is a state one reaches not by changing the world but by changing how one meets it. A state reached only through an internal transformation.


Furthermore, the philosophy and its practical implementation support the attainment of material success, mental peace and well-being.


Embracing Balance


The world today is plagued by fear, anxiety and burnout. Stress-related diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide. While the trigger for stress is external, the cause is internal.                                                      

The retreat aims to establish a more lasting state of human maturity. Seasoned teachers disseminate authentic, time-honoured ideas to bring about inner transformation.                           


All aspects of the personality will be addressed.

Through yoga, walks and light running, the physical body is maintained. The mind is catered to through uplifting and inspiring music and chants. The development of the intellect and acquisition of knowledge is attained through lectures, audio and video presentation, group discussion and individual study.




20-22 October 2023


Day 1 (Friday 20th October)


3pm - 4pm: Arrival, and check-in

4pm - 4:50pm: Orientation and Tour

4:50pm - 5:10pm: Welcome Address & Introduction

5:10pm - 5:30pm: Lecture: Manage Yourself First

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Break

6:30pm - 6:45pm: Break

6:45pm - 7:45pm: Small Group Discussion

8pm - 9pm: Dinner

9pm: Retire

Day 2 (Saturday 21st October)

4:15am - 4:25am: Wake Up (Optional)

4:25am - 4:30am: Prayer (Optional)

4:30am - 5:45am: Personal Study

5:45am - 6:20am: Tea/Coffee

6:20am - 7:05am: Yoga

7:05am - 8am: Sports / Gym / Jog / Walk

8am - 8:30am: Shower/Refresh

8:30am - 9:30am: Breakfast

9:45am - 11am: Lecture: Stress-free Living

11am - 11:15am: Shuttle to NIROX

11:15am - 12pm: NIROX Sculpture Park Tour

12pm - 12:45pm: Poetry Session: Mountain and Squirrel

12:45pm - 1pm: Shuttle to FARMHOUSE58

1:15pm - 2:15pm: Lunch

2:15pm - 4pm: Rest & Reflection

4pm - 5pm: Small Group Discussion

5pm - 5:45pm: Tea

5:45pm - 6:15pm: Classical Music & Chant

6:15pm - 6:30pm: Break

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Big Group Discussion

7:30pm - 7:45pm: Break

7:45pm - 9pm: Dinner

9pm: Retire

Day 3 (Sunday 22nd October)

4:15am - 4:25am: Wake Up (Optional)

4:25am - 4:30am: Prayer (Optional)

4:30am - 5:45am: Personal Study

5:45am - 6:20am: Tea/Coffee

6:20am - 7:05am: Yoga

7:05am - 8am: Sports / Gym / Jog / Walk

8am - 8:30am: Shower/Refresh

8:30am - 9:30am: Breakfast

9:45am - 11am: Lecture: The Art of Well Being

11am - 11:45am: Q&A

11:45am: Depart/Lunch


Craig Warren's association and interest in the study of Vedanta commenced two decades ago. Studying directly under internationally acclaimed philosopher and author Swami A. Parthasarathy, Craig completed the three-year residential course at the Vedanta Academy in India. Craig also studied Homoeopathy at the Durban University of Technology. After five years at the Academy, Craig returned to South Africa and established the Vedanta institute in Cape Town. Craig is currently the founder and director of Vedanta Institute Cape Town and works to propagate the knowledge of Vedanta through weekly study classes, workshops, retreats and lectures.

Vedanta Retreat at FARMHOUSE58 Facilitator Craig Warren

Craig Warren

Vedanta Retreat at FARMHOUSE58 Facilitator Sundeep Ruder

Sundeep Ruder

Dr Sundeep Ruder is an endocrinologist at Life Fourways Hospital in Johannesburg. His interest in Vedanta spans 13years, and he has been engaged with the subject through an online E-learning course consistently for nine years. He regularly visits the Vedanta academy to deepen his pursuit of higher knowledge and for guidance from Swami A. Parthasarathy, his guru. This, combined with a vast medical experience spanning over two decades, has resulted in a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Sundeep is also an honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in the School of Clinical Medicine. In addition, he is a well-renowned speaker on holistic health and lifestyle diseases.

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