Our Philosophy

BLISS & STARS PHILOSOPHY

ALL YOU NEED IS ALREADY WITHIN YOU​​

Our mission is to teach people how to slow down, take a breath, and meet their true selves as they are.

Bliss & Stars’ philosophy is anchored in the belief that nothing outside of yourself is needed for you to live your best life – no special diet, no particular pose, no shiny crystal. All you need is what you already have.

In today’s world we are constantly told there’s something wrong with us, and offered products intended to fix our problems. But we believe that everyone is already perfect the way they are, and that all you need to do to finally find inner peace is to discover your true inner beauty and learn to live without fear through mind-opening and soul-enriching experiences.

With this in mind, we’ve created a unique retreat space that offers journeys into the beautiful African wilderness. By experiencing nature in this profound way, you’ll reach a moment where your inner self connects with the energy of the wilderness around you.

You’ll experience a resonance between your energy and the energy of the world. We use nature, the night sky, movement, and mindfulness to help people discover their inner self and how it connects to the energy provided by nature.

From the daily activities to the relaxing accommodations, Bliss & Stars embraces the grandeur of nature with views of majestic rocky outcrops, vibrant wildlife, and the valleys of the Doring and Brandewyn Rivers.

woman overlooking the Doring River at Bliss & Stars

THE BLISS & STARS METHOD

Our experience aims to break the harmful, habitual behaviors of the mind (constant worry, fear, anxiety) and build a healthy, positive outlook on life. We help you create new neural pathways that replace stress with inner peace, greater inner strength, boundless confidence, and an overall sense of joy and worth.

Our simple and humble approach combines the collective powers of meditation, nature, movement, and astronomy. Together, these elements soothe mental hyperactivity and help cultivate discovery and self-inquiry.

We embrace being off-the-grid, as it encourages us to switch off the technology and renew the connection between ourselves and nature. As a result, we become present, calm, and centered.

Fig flower drawing
DARIA RASMUSSEN, CO-FOUNDER

"We believe that we can all awaken to the beauty of who we are and the profound simplicity of life through rewiring our daily habits and spending more time in nature."

EXPERIENCES TAILORED FOR YOU

We use the same tools that people have used for thousands of years: the breath, the body, nature, and the night sky.

The only fancy tool that we use is our observatory, which happens to be South Africa’s most advanced private astronomical observatory. Using the observatory, you’ll be able to discover your astronomical heritage and find a new state of mind under the stars.

spring water

WE LIVE OUR PHILOSOPHY

Most importantly, we aim to create an environment where humans and nature coexist harmoniously. Therefore, Bliss & Stars’ retreat is designed to protect nature for the benefit of all beings by being a completely self-sustaining retreat. Our organic on-site produce, biodegradable skincare line, waste management systems, and solar energy allows our guests to respect and cherish the environment the same way the environment helps to heal and enlighten our guests.

THIS IS MOBILE PArt

spring water

WE LIVE OUR PHILOSOPHY

Most importantly, we aim to create an environment where humans and nature coexist harmoniously. Therefore, Bliss & Stars’ retreat is designed to protect nature for the benefit of all beings by being a completely self-sustaining retreat.

Our organic on-site produce, biodegradable skincare line, waste management systems, and solar energy allows our guests to respect and cherish the environment the same way the environment helps to heal and enlighten our guests.

share and empower

WE PAY IT FORWARD

We were lucky to discover this beautiful land we live on. We don’t like to think we own it, because you can’t own nature, but we can be nature’s guardians. Our commitment is not only to protect it but also to share our privileged experience with those who haven’t yet experienced all that nature has to offer.

We want to provide the healing properties of nature and mindfulness to all who seek it, regardless of their financial situation. Therefore, we offer donation-based retreats a few times a year.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

After years working a fast-paced corporate career and living in a crowded urban environment, we realized what we really needed: a humble and quiet life in the bush where our minds can finally be free of stress, smog, and internal conflict.

We discovered the importance of nature and its innate power to positively impact our mental & physical well-being. After realizing all that nature has to offer, and just how significantly it can improve our lives, we knew we had to create a retreat to share this experience with the rest of the world.

Daria and Heine, Bliss & Stars founders

FOR MOBILE

Daria and Heine, Bliss & Stars founders

MEET THE FOUNDERS

After years working a fast-paced corporate career and living in a crowded urban environment, we realized what we really needed: a humble and quiet life in the bush where our minds can finally be free of stress, smog, and internal conflict.

We discovered the importance of nature and its innate power to positively impact our mental & physical well-being. After realizing all that nature has to offer, and just how significantly it can improve our lives, we knew we had to create a retreat to share this experience with the rest of the world.