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Bliss & Stars Retreat

Founders

MEET US AS WE ARE

From a high-paced career and urban lifestyle to slow life in the bush

After years of traveling and high-paced corporate careers, it was time for a change. We discovered the importance of nature and its innate power to positively impact our mental and physical well-being. A change in lifestyle merged with time spent in nature, looking up the night sky, and mindfulness practices is all it takes.

Driven by lifelong passions to explore (human) nature and valuable lessons learned from corporate careers and burnout: the idea of a transformational wilderness retreat was born.

We sold everything we owned and set off to South Africa to find our new home and a place for people to think and see clearly. A place to reset and turn towards a more wholesome and joyful life.

After months of searching, we arrived here, at the banks of the Doring River, where we felt instantly at home and subsequently built Bliss & Stars.

DARIA RASMUSSEN

CO-FOUNDER, CERTIFIED MINDFULNESS TEACHER, MA SOCIOLOGY

My approach to life and working with people is one of curiosity, discovery, and self-inquiry. For a large part of my life, I tried to fight off my inner wisdom, better myself, and conform to the social norms until my body shut down with a severe burnout and memory loss. In the search for healing, I committed to meditation and spent weeks in silence to finally meet myself as I am.

I teach what I have practiced over the years. My guidance is rooted in the ancient Buddhist tradition and modern neuropsychology.

I believe that the mind, body, environment, food, and everything else we consume play equal parts in our wellbeing.

HEINE WIEBEN

CO-FOUNDER, ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY PRO, NATURE GUIDE
My job is simple: to share my fascination with astronomy and the cosmos. I’ll take you on a journey in time. We’ll explore the cosmos and the meaning of the dark sky. I’ll also teach you how to master astrophotography.

I use the pristine nature along with its mesmerizing starlight skies to help you reconnect with yourself, satisfy curiosity, and find inner peace.

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