Bliss & Stars Retreat



Cooking Retreat


Step into our kitchen and transform the way you interact with food. This 4-day retreat isn’t just about learning to cook; it’s about rediscovering the joy of cooking through the lens of plant-based simplicity and seasonal freshness.

At Bliss & Stars, we invite you to slow down, de-stress, and reconnect with the essence of culinary creativity. Appreciate the beauty and abundance of nature as you explore vegetarian and plant-based fundamentals with our skilled chefs.

Cook with locally sourced produce, and savor meals that are as nourishing as they are delightful. This retreat is tailored to meet your dietary needs, ensuring a balance that supports your well-being.

Forget the clutter of countless food rules. Here, it’s about the pure pleasure of flavorful, plant-based eating—no prior experience needed. Join us, and leave inspired to weave the art of simple, delicious cooking into your everyday life.


7 - 10 NOV 2024 | 10 - 13 APRIL 2025

Plant Based Cooking Retreat


Cooking is our meditation. Every meal, a celebration. In a serene valley, dive into mindfulness and joy.

Cook, dine, and relax in luxurious chalets, surrounded by nature. Hands-on vegan and vegetarian cooking, where each ingredient tells a story and every dish is a discovery.

Find solitude on scenic hikes, meditate in the wilderness, and sleep beneath a starry sky.

This isn’t just a retreat. It’s a journey to life’s core through the joys of cooking and eating.
By learning culinary skills from fine dining trained Chef Aphelele and nourishing my body with whole, plant-based foods, I have a new respect and view on plant-based food as well as new skills I am eager to put into practice. Observing the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the universe has inspired a sense of gratitude and reverence for life.
Star Meditation At Bliss And Stars Retreat


The entire experience is included in the stated prices. We never have extra “hidden” charges.
Eagles Nest Chalet At Bliss Amp Stars

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

Luxury Bath At Bliss And Stars Cederberg

R31,000 | 2 PERSONS

Dassies Spot


R27,000 | 2 PERSONS

257 Figtree Blissandstars Teagancunniffe


R18,000 | 1 PERSON

How I miss the serenity! Saying the food was delicious would be an understatement . . . it is simply world-class!
The Valley Of Bliss And Stars

The retreat begins on Thursday afternoon between 4 – 6pm, and we conclude it on Sunday after a celebratory brunch.

4 days | 3 nights private accommodation in our chalets or tented chalets

Somatic, mindfulness practices and breath work

5 x cooking classes with our top chefs

3 balanced and nutritious meals a day

Snacks and beverages served throughout the day

Clean, non-toxic Bliss & Stars Skin Care

‘Goodie for a Foodie’ bag full of deliciousness to take home

Access to 1,350 ha of wild and pristine nature

Fresh Produce At Bliss And Stars
Learn Cooking Techniques

Learn the basics of cooking, from knife skills to sizzling and seasoning.

Learn to Eat Mindfully

How you eat is as important as what you eat. Learn how to bring more attention, love and care to cooking and eating.

Reclaim the Flavors

Learn how to create unforgetable flavors and tickle your tastebuds.

Aphelele Dlungana Teaching At Cooking Retreat At Bliss And Stars


Aphelele is a true maestro of the culinary arts. He lives, talks, and breathes food—not just as sustenance, but as a social glue, nourishing mind, soul, and body, and creativity outlet. With a deep passion for experimentation, Aphelele delights in exploring new flavors and crafting innovative plant-based dishes.
Join him and discover how food can transform more than just meals—it can transform lives.


Our meals: simple, plant-based, purely crafted. Each dish, prepared by our chefs, not only delights but restores—balancing your nervous system, grounding you, connecting you with Earth.

Ingredients? Only the freshest from our organic garden and local farms. Expect vibrant vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and seeds. We keep it clean: no alcohol, caffeine, or processed sugars.

Communal Dining: Gather around the table or under the open sky. Meals here are a shared experience, a moment to connect with fellow travelers. It’s more than dining; it’s a story sharing moment.

We accommodate most allergies and cater to most dietary requirements.

Hummus Dish Prepared By Aphelele Dlungane
04 Mountain

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. 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.

These experiences are designed to be more intimate. We limit the number of guests to 6 – 10 people to ensure you receive full attention from the team.

Yes, we are very happy to welcome couples at this retreat.

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.

No. You can pace yourself to find the perfect amount of activity that suits you. We support you in doing as much or as little as you’d like, depending on how you are feeling. Personally, we wouldn’t want to miss a thing!

Unfortunately not. We ask that you leave by 5pm on the closing day. But sometimes we make exceptions, so ask.

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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