Healing travel - 10 blissful retreats in SA

2016-02-29 19:00 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Are you already feeling the weight of city life pushing down on your shoulders, the littles aches from your desk job creeping up your spine and the strain of being stagnant cramping up your legs?

It may be time to get out and move about and treat yourself to some health and wellness with an outdoor escape, all in the name of yoga!

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Whether it is stretching out in the sun, meditation under the stars, clean green food or clean healthy thoughts that you crave - South Africa's wild is the perfect place to #FindYourEscape. 

Yogi travellers can indulge in a selection of yoga retreats -from Vibrant Vinyasa, healing Hatha, freeing Forrest or balancing Bikram at one or all of these retreats... check this out

1. Forrest Yoga - Be Nurtured By Nature
Be guided on your journey of Yoga, self-awareness and healing in De Hoop Nature Reserve: a magical haven rich in South Africa's natural biodiversity. 

Forrest yoga is a strong, healing and spiritually connected practice founded by Ana Forrest and is deeply influenced by Native American traditions.  

What: Forrest Yoga Retreat
Where: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Cape Town
When: 10 - 13 March 2016
Price: (includes accommodation, meals and retreat) R3 525 – rondavels and R5 475 – suites

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2. Fill in the spaces retreat

If the festive season and the intense heat have taken its toll on your body - venture to the Dharmagiri retreat farm for a Healing the Cracks movement and meditation workshop in the Underberg, KZN. 

Travellers can expect relaxing meditation - body work and discussions on experiencing Nature and how it can bring about inner harmony. 

What: Healing the Cracks: Generosity and Interdependence
When: March 11 - March 17, 2016
Where: KwaZulu-Natal 
Price: From R450 - R550 per person per night. 

3. Solo traveller retreat

If you crave a weekend away to recharge your batteries - head to the Blue Butterfly for a 'create your own' retreat. There are beautiful gardens to get lost in as well as quiet spaces with strong sturdy wooden floors to lay down your mat. 

What: The Blue Butterfly 
Where: Tulbagh
Price: Available on request

4. Party animal retreat

Mielie Pop Festival and yoga retreat 

Treat yourself and the family with the Yo-Go-Flow Yoga retreat Mieliepop Festival taking place alongside the river of the Tolderia Farm just outside of Swaziland. Expect to be jiving along to local bands like The Nomadic Orchestra, Grassy Spark, The Plastics, Black Cat and Bones and Shortstraw and camp it, glamp it to the fullest.

What: Mieliepop Festival Yo-Go-Flow retreat
When: 18-21 March 
Where: Tolderia Farm, Ermelo 
Price: From R800 - R2000

5. Surfing retreat

Explore the healing powers of salt water with a surf and yoga retreat in Durban's the Indian Ocean. Travellers can enjoy doing yoga, learning to surf, stand up paddle boarding and soaking up the sun on the coast. 

What: Surf and Yoga Retreat
When: 15 - 17 April 2016
Where: Umhlanga, KZN
Price: +/- R6561 Per single room. 

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6. Mountain retreat

Find stillness in the Drakensberg mountains in the gorgeous Barnhouse of the Drakensberg Retreat. It is a fully furnished self-catering accommodation that can easily sleep up to 14 people. 

What: Drakensberg Retreat
Where: Drakensberg, Eastern Cape. 
Price: From R2700 per person - R5700 for two

8. Spa retreat

Celebrate the power of the sun at the Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa. The accommodation is only 10 km from the Kruger National Park - letting you feel at one with the wild whenever you step outside.

The setting is perfect for couples yoga - making room for lots of romance and pampering in between. 

What: Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
Where: Sabie Road Hazyview, Mpumalanga 
Price: From R3695 for one person per night - R6390 for two persons per night

9. Peaceful retreat

Empower yourself and be the traveller you want to be at the Self Empowerment Meditation Retreat. If you prefer to move and run about rather than stay still - this retreat lets you walk mingle with like-minded people and even try your hand at drumming in outdoors of the Midlands.

What: Self Empowerment Retreat
Where: Impendle, Midlands
Price: Available on request

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10. Zen retreat

If you love the serenity of Asia and the peacefulness of Zen, venture into the 'between practice' retreat with a more casual approach to Zen for the solo or group traveller. 

What: Less Intensive Zen Retreat Period
When: 29 March - 23 April 
Where: Poplar Grove, Colesberg
Price: Available on request


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