14 - 16 October 2022

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient spiritual philosophies and one of its broadest, based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India.

Vedanta” is a combination of two words: “Veda” which means “knowledge” and “anta” which means “the end of” or “the goal of.”

In this context, the goal of knowledge isn’t intellectual—the limited knowledge we acquire by reading books. “Knowledge” here means the knowledge of our own divine nature.

Enjoy the opportunity to retreat from the humdrum of everyday life to explore topics related to personal development and 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, guided walks, music and healthy food.

Hosted by: Craig Warren, Sundeep Ruder and Rob Taylor.

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. After 5 years at the Academy, Craig returned to South Africa and established the institute in Cape Town. In addition, Craig also studied Homoeopathy at the Durban University of Technology. Craig is currently the director and founder of Vedanta Institute Cape Town and works to propagate the knowledge of Vedanta through weekly study classes, workshops, retreats and lectures.

Dr Sundeep Ruder is an endocrinologist at Life Fourways Hospital in Johannesburg. His interest in Vedanta spans 12 years, and he has been engaged with the subject through an online E-learning course consistently for 8 years. He regularly visits the Vedanta academy to deepen his pursuit for 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. He is a well-renowned speaker on holistic health and lifestyle diseases.

Rob Taylor qualified as a Chartered Accountant after studying at WITS and UCT. His business career spanned three decades, including being part of a team that built a London-listed global technology group. He has founded several social sector enterprises, including large projects that delivered both social and business value. He was a long-standing member of YPO and of WWF as a trustee. He has been a dedicated student of the Vedanta Academy for fifteen years and is part of a team focused on propagating the philosophy in schools and corporations.



2pm – 4pm Arrival & Check in

4pm – 4:45pm Orientation and Tour

4:45pm – 5:15pm Tea

5:15pm – 5:30pm Introduction to Vedanta

5:30pm – 6:30pm Lecture: Art of Being Well

6:30pm – 7:45pm Small group discussion

7:45pm – 8pm Break

8pm – 9:30pm Dinner


4:15am – 4:25am Wake Up (optional)

4:25am – 4:30am Morning Chant (optional)

4:30am – 5:45am Personal Study

5:45am – 6:20am Tea

6:20am – 7:05am Yoga

7:05am – 8am Walk

8am – 8:30am Refresh

8:30am – 9:45am Breakfast

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

11am – 12pm NIROX Tour

12pm – 1pm Poetry Session

1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch

2:15pm – 4pm Rest and 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 – 9pm Dinner


4:15am – 4:25am Wake Up (optional)

4:25am – 4:30am Morning Chant (optional)

4:30am – 5:45am Personal Study

5:45am – 6:20am Tea

6:20am – 7:05am Yoga

7:05am – 8am Walk

8am – 8:30am Refresh

8:30am – 9:45am Breakfast

9:45am – 10:50am Lecture: Self-development Practices

10:50am – 11:45am Q&A

12pm Depart

Weekend Package (2 nights Accommodation, All Meals, All Activities)

Standard: Single – R6,800 / Double – R10,050

Deluxe: Single – R6,950 / Double – R10,850

Premium: Single – R8,190 / Double – R11,800