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Bliss & Stars Experience

PREPARING FOR YOUR STAY

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE TRIP

We’re looking forward to our time together at Bliss & Stars. Taking time to
reconnect with your body, heart and nature can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences for
your health and well-being. It can simply jump start a new way of being in the
world.

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Essential Preparation

Essential Preparation

Following these guidelines will greatly improve your experience.

We encourage you to refrain from caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol at least 3 days prior to your arrival. Doing so will greatly reduce potential symptoms of detox (e.g. headaches etc).

We don’t serve alcohol and caffeine. Our experiences are designed to relax the nervous system and create conditions for wonderful and restful sleep. While stimulants like caffeine promote central nervous system stimulation, making you feel alert and can disrupt sleep patterns.

If you absolutely can’t live without coffee, we always have some good coffee beans in the kitchen.

Weather

Summer provide dry, warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Average summer daytime temperatures are between 30 – 40°C and may sometimes get above 40°C. Evening temperatures are 20 – 30°C.

Sunscreen, hat and clothes that provide protection from the sun are essential.

Bliss & Stars has its own weather forecast. Check it here.

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WHAT NOT TO BRING

To assist you in getting the most from your experience please do not bring any of the following:

Tobacco products. We are a non-smoking retreat.

Food, including sweets, snacks, or gum.

Beverages; including all alcoholic beverages.

Mobile devices are not allowed in shared spaces. There is no wifi or mobile coverage on the premises.

WHAT TO BRING

Our dress code is always casual and dictated by the weather. The area is known for very hot weather and dry air, so pack accordingly. We encourage you to pack light. We have laundry facilities, so we can wash your clothes if needed.

Long sleeve cotton/linen shirts and pants to protect from the sun while outside.

Sweatshirts, sweater or similar for colder nights and early mornings.

Yoga/exercise clothing – whatever you normally wear.

Comfortable hiking boots.

Hats for sun protection, sunglasses, sunscreen & insect repellent.

Swimsuit

Daily Flow

We always adjust the program to the group and the weather conditions. Here is an example of how a day can look like on a retreat:

6.30am Sunrise meditation | Medicine walk
8.30am Energising breakfast
9.30am Own time
11am Mindfulness practice
1pm Nutritious lunch
2pm Siesta
3.30pm Nature immersion
5pm Yoga Nidra | Relaxation Practice
7pm Dinner
9.30pm Stargazing Session
11pm Good night
Woman Facing The Waterfall
04 Mountain

HOW TO GET HERE

We’re remote and it’s a journey to get to Bliss & Stars.

Regardless of where you come from, drive to Clanwilliam.

NOTE: Don’t use GPS to get to the meeting point. It will take you on a detour.

Please follow the driving instructions below.

Route from Clanwilliam.

When traveling on the N7, take the Clanwilliam exit and turn onto the R364 towards Clanwilliam.

Continue straight for 5 km on the R364. (You will pass a Caltex and Shell gas station and then drive out of the town.)

Turn left onto the R363 towards Klawer.

Continue straight for 16,5 km on the R363 towards Klawer. (This paved road turns into a gravel road. You will pass a campsite and holiday cottages.)

Turn right towards Nardouwsberg.

Continue straight on this road for 14,6 km. (You will drive up the mountain, along the top of the mountain, and down the mountain on the other side. You will pass Bushman’s Cave.)

Turn left at the signs ‘Papkuilsfontein’ and ‘Doring River Rafting’.

Continue straight for 7,2 km. (You will drive through 2 farm gates.)

Stop at the big aloe in the old tire.

That’s our meeting point.

If you have a suitable high clearance vehicle, you can continue.

Turn right at the aloe. (You will see the veggie tunnel on your right and the house on your left.)

In 300 meters keep left at the fork.

In another 300 meters, you will reach a farm gate with a white warning sign. Go through the gate.

Turn right immediately after the gate and drive along the fence line.

Continue straight for a few kilometers. (At the top of the road, you will see a red container past a little hill. The gate at the container is the Bliss & Stars farm gate.)

Continue up the hairpin road.

Keep right when you reach the top of the hill. (Basically, stay on the most traveled road.)

Turn right after the steep descent with the spectacular view of the river.

Keep left at the junction with the big line of rocks in the middle.

You have arrived.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Numbers

There is no mobile coverage and no access to Wi-fi for guests at Bliss & Stars.

However, in case your family & friends have to reach you, here are the phone numbers: 

WhatsApp only: +27 (0)71 720 5183  | +27 (0)78 640 1549

Phone: +27 (0) 218139734