Bliss & Stars Retreat

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Burnout Recovery RETREAT

FLIP the script: reclaim your energy

From Stressed to Refreshed: Your Ultimate Burnout Retreat

Feeling like you’ve lost your spark amidst work demands, long to-do lists and piling up deadlines?
Our Burnout Recovery Retreat is not another escape; it’s a bold journey crafted for today’s fast-paced minds. Enter a space where science meets ancient wisdom, offering a lifeline to your passion and purpose.

What sets us apart?
Delve into mindfulness practices tailored for hectic schedules, proven to amp up focus, resilience, and emotional balance. Experience the power of breathwork, slashing stress, boosting energy, and elevating well-being. Tap into somatic experiencing and nervous system regulation techniques, unlocking body tension and nurturing emotional resilience.

Join us and unlock the keys not just to manage but to defy burnout. Reclaim your vitality, find your balance, and let Burnout Recovery Retreat be your catalyst to renewed success and contentment.


27 - 30 JUN 2024 ( WAITING LIST )


The entire experience is included in the stated prices. We never have extra “hidden” charges.
Eagles Nest Interior

R33,000 | 2 PERSONS

Leopards Cave Chalet At Bliss Amp Stars Retreat In Cederberg


R24,000 |1 PERSON

Villa Weavers Nest At Bliss And Stars Retreat 1

R39,000 | 2 PERSONS

Villa Weavers Nest Cederberg 2


R27,000 | 1 PERSON

Dassies Spot


R27,000 | 2 PERSONS

257 Figtree Blissandstars Teagancunniffe


R18,000 | 1 PERSON


4 days | 3 nights accommodation in our luxurious and eco-friendly lodgings that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Each room offers panoramic views of the landscape, encouraging a deep connection with nature.

A unique blend of traditional and modern mindfulness and breathwork techniques including: guided meditation sessions, mindful movement classes, and innovative somatic sessions to enhance mental clarity and emotional balance.

Daily guided nature walks and wilderness therapy sessions to encourage a deep and restorative connection with the natural world. These activities are designed to reduce stress and promote mental well-being.

Prepared by top chefs, our gourmet, plant-based cuisine focusses on nourishing the body and mind. We also offer interactive cooking classes which focus on the role of diet in managing stress and promoting overall health.

Looking at mindfulness at work and equipping you with the tools and insights for sustainable recovery from burnout: the retreat workshops cover topics like stress management, emotional resilience, and work-life balance.

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Amid utter chaos, and deadlines piling up like an avalanche, I hit rock bottom. Exhaustion wasn’t a strong enough word; it was a full-on burnout that smothered my once vibrant spirit.

While walking my dog one evening, I realized I was merely going through the motions, a shell of who I used to be. That’s when I knew I couldn’t continue down that path. I needed a radical change to reclaim my life and zest.

This wasn’t just about physical rest; it was a soul-searching, heart-opening journey I embarked on. It wasn’t an overnight fix but a gradual awakening, learning to tune into my breath, set firm boundaries, and honor my limits.

Drawing from my struggles and experiences helping others battle burnout, I birthed this retreat—a sanctuary for the overwhelmed. It’s not just a getaway; it’s a chance to strip away the masks society imposes and rediscover the raw, authentic self.

This isn’t your typical escape; it’s a pilgrimage to rediscover our true essence. Having tasted peace, balance, and newfound zeal each step brought, I invite you to join me not just to bounce back from burnout, but to rewrite our stories, reclaim our power, and flip the script.

Daria Rasmussen
Daria Rasmussen Owner And Mindfulness Teacher At Bliss Amp Stars
Thank you for an unforgettable days at Bliss & Stars! You have curated an amazing and transformative experience in a very special location. I will miss the beautiful mornings on the beach, the refreshing river swims, the stars, the incredible food….and break from all distractions. Kindly thank the entire team for their kindness, exceptional service, and attention to detail. I feel recharged and inspired to continue the journey with my new motto: Slow down, Soften and Simplify.
Desire Stargazing
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  • You need to rest, renew, and get inspired
  • You’ve experienced stress or are becoming concerned about the early signs of burnout
  • You tend to push yourself which results in regular and overwhelming feelings of stress, exhaustion, and anxiety.
  • You want to increase your resilience and self-care in a safe and supportive setting
  • You’d benefit from reflection, and connecting to nature and your creativity, far away from your busy day-to-day life and work
  • You’re interested in exploring your relationship with your work 
  • You want to overcome cycles of burnout
  • You’d like to meet and learn from others on a similar journey
Dear Daria & Heine What an experience! Andries and I are still reeling in the aftermath of the reset to our bodies and mind. You are incredible and thank you for sharing your knowledge but also your piece of heaven. We are looking forward to see again. Thanks and take care
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Manda & Andries
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Each day is designed to give you plenty of time to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

You’ll enjoy cathartic body practices, rejuvenating self-care, and daily rituals to nourish your body & mind.

Nights are dedicated to restorative sleep, but before you drift off, we’ll take you on a stargazing journey to explore constellations and galaxies.

There will also be plenty of time to nap, relax by the river, listen to the birds sing, and watch the water flow.


Embark on a transformative journey that revitalizes your energy, empowers you to conquer stress, and cultivates emotional resilience for more peaceful life.

Revitalized Energy
Recharge your energy for peak performance and sustained focus.

Calm Amidst Chaos

Master stress management strategies for a serene and resilient mindset.

Emotional Mastery

Navigate challenges easily, fostering confidence and resilience in all aspects of life.

Hummus Dish Prepared By Aphelele Dlungane


Our serene days are complemented by nutritious and delicious plant-based food prepared by our chefs.

The food is a highlight for guests and a key component of balancing the nervous system. It heightens your senses, grounds you in your body and connects you to the Earth.

We use ingredients sourced from our on-site organic garden and nearby local farms. Our menus are full of vegetables, grains, legumes and seeds.

Alcohol, caffeine and processed sugars are excluded to aid the rejuvenation process.

Be it at the dining table or out in nature: meals are enjoyed in a communal setting with magnificent views.

We accommodate most allergies and cater to most dietary requirements.

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Rest in spacious chalets that seamlessly mesh with nature

Be amazed by nature and observe the night sky through our state-of-the-art telescopes

Saunter in secluded mountainous areas

Relax and breathe deeply with mindfulness practices

Discover Bushmen cave paintings

Build bonds with others in small groups of a maximum of 10 people

Share the living space with eland, baboons, Cape leopards and many more beautiful animals

Travel lightly and use our daily laundry service


It is a +- 4.5 hour drive from Cape Town to the Bliss & Stars meeting point. Bliss & Stars is 60km north of Clanwilliam in the Western Cape. It is a 45-minute drive on a gravel road from Clanwilliam to the meeting point however no 4 x 4 or raised vehicle is necessary. At the meeting point, you can safely park your car and will take you the last bit of the way in our vehicle.

You are welcome to drive all the way to Bliss & Stars however: after the meeting point the road is sandy and rocky so a high clearance vehicle and confident driving skills are needed.

If you need a transfer from CPT or Cape Town International Airport then let us know.

Please aim to check in before 2pm. On the last day the retreat ends at 11 am and you will be able to check out from 12pm onwards.

If you are flying back home: we recommend booking your flight after 4pm. Alternatively break your travel and stay in Clanwilliam before you head back. We recommend the Yellow Aloe guesthouse in Clanwilliam.

Once your reservation has been confirmed: you’ll be sent a welcome letter providing lots of useful information about the retreat, including a helpful guide on what to pack.

This retreat is limited to max. 6 people. In this way we ensure you receive a full attention from the team.

The Silent Retreat is an individual journey and it’s not suitable for couples to share accommodation. If you and your partner want to join the retreat together, we recommend booking two separate chalets.

Bliss & Stars is not conducive to children. We have a minimum age requirement of 21.

Please arrive no later than 2pm and plan to leave no earlier than 12pm. Exact arrival and departure times can be arranged with us closer to the time. 

We cater to specific nutritional and dietary requirements including food allergies and food intolerances. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available.

Everyone is welcome at all of our experiences regardless of the meditation and yoga experience or fitness levels. We cater for different levels, so that you will be supported, challenged and encouraged to learn.

You don’t need to participate in everything; but to get the full benefit of your silent retreat we recommend you join all the practices.

Unfortunately not. We ask that you leave by 5pm on the closing day.

We unfortunately cannot accommodate disabled or mobility impaired people. Bliss & Stars is located in the Cederberg wilderness and the terrain doesn’t allow for such access.

For the benefit of everyone: we ask that all participants commit to attending the entire retreat from beginning to end. Your wholehearted commitment supports those in your group and expresses respect for the retreat staff

We offer personalized payment plans for all our retreats up to 2 months before the start date of your stay.

Please read our terms & conditions for our cancelation policy

We always strive to make our experiences available to everyone and therefore we have a bursary program. Learn more here.

No, there is no mobile coverage or WIFI available. There is a computer with guest access available in case of emergency and you will be provided with a phone number should you need to be reached while staying at Bliss & Stars.


Please answer the questions below so we can tailor the experience to meet your needs.

We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation.

If you are not committed to making a reservation yet and have some questions, contact us here.

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