Team

OUR TEAM

Explorers | Star gazers

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 change. We discovered the importance of the nature and our innate power to positively impact the mental & 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 from corporate careers and burnout, an idea of a transformational wilderness retreat was born.

We sold everything we owned and set for the journey to South Africa to find our new home and place for people to think & see clearly and reset the course of life towards more whole and joyful life.

After months of searching, we have arrived here at the banks of the Doring River where we felt instantly home.

Daria Rasmussen, Co-founder of Bliss & Stars

Daria Rasmussen

CO-FOUNDER, CERTIFIED MINDFULNESS TEACHER, MA SOCIOLOGY

Let’s explore the wilderness.

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

I teach what I have practiced myself over the years. My teachings are rooted in the ancient Buddhist and Yoga traditions and modern neuropsychology.

I believe that mind, body, environment, and everything we consume play equal parts in our wellbeing.
Heine Wieben_Bliss & Stars co-founder

HEINE WIEBEN

CO-FOUNDER, ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY PRO, NATURE GUIDE

Let’s bring astronomy down to Earth.

My job is simple: To share my fascination with 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.

Dogs of Bliss & Stars

THE DOG SQUAD

CHIEF HAPPINESS OFFICERS, EXPLORERS, MINDFUL GUIDES

Let’s play.

Maya, Kulula and Lulu. Our favorite pastime is hanging out with humans and sprinting through plains, hills, and beaches. We found our purpose early on in life: To convince humans to go for walks and play with us. We love meditation, yoga, and stargazing.

Nothing compares to seeing humans unwind and live in the moment because it’s the perfect opportunity for us to chill and take a nap. Snoring breath meditation while under the stars on a comfy blanket is one of our all-time favorite things to do.