unique wilderness retreat

1.350 ha haven of wilderness and seclusion

Bliss & Stars is a space of meaning, stillness and energy. We fuse mindfulness meditation, yoga practices, astronomy and nature to guide you into presence and stillness.

Bliss & Stars retreats cultivate ancient & modern practices that help balance the nervous system, increase the sense of ease & joy, and deepen the connection with nature and yourself – the infinite sources of wellbeing.

We are located off-the-grid at the banks of Doring River in the breathtaking Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, located 300 km north of Cape Town. 


Immerse yourself in dazzling landscapes, star-studded night skies, and meditation practices. Discover all that Bliss & Stars has to offer.

Explore the wilderness inside and around you. Watch the moon rise from your terrace, stargaze from your hammock, explore galaxies from South African’s largest private astronomical observatory. Meet yourself as you are through mindfulness practices.

Take a hike in the footsteps of the KhoiSan bushmen, and experience human history through cave paintings.

Float along the river and tune into the sounds of nature.

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"Our mission is to guide people to meet themselves as they are and experience more joy and wholeness in life."

We love our guests

Didrik Fjeldstad at Bliss & Stars

"Fortunate to have visited this unique place on Earth. Like most things, it starts with the people. The founders and people - even the animals - at Bliss & Stars are the most caring, generous, knowledgable and open people you'll meet. They have a profound respect for the nature and local community, they are welcoming and service minded in a way that makes you feel special and they accommodate your stay so it feels tailor-made."

Didrik Fjeldstad
Rudi Bjørn

"Heine and Daria has found the perfect location for astronomy and mindfulness in the middle of Cederberg in South Africa. Our visit at Bliss & Stars was a fantastic experience. Daria and Heine prepared the most fantastic food and the last day, we enjoyed some amazing pizzas from their outdoor pizza oven, the best we have had for a long time. We are already planning for and looking forward to visiting again."

Rudi Bjørn
Diana Sanchez_testimonials

"I have stayed at Bliss and Stars twice. As someone that has travelled extensively in South Africa and elsewhere (I am from Colombia, but now based in Cape Town) I can only recommend this as a treasure. It is remote, yet accessible, peaceful, filled with beautiful nature and managed by two caring, interesting and lovely people! They have made this rough space into a comfortable, beautiful and tastefully decorated comfortable oasis in the Cederberg mountains. It doesn’t matter if you are into nature, into astronomy, into science or into meditation, it is the perfect place to retreat into the joy of nature and to explore some truly ancient South African spots. I hope to come back very soon and stay as long as possible."

Diana Sanchez Betancourt

Come as you areWe take care of the rest.


Peaceful yet energizing

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No request is too big and no detail too small. We are here to assist you with any request and help you plan the African experience beyond Bliss & Stars before your journey begins.

We also offer personal retreats at request​.