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Bliss & Stars Retreat

EAT & THRIVE

COOKING RETREAT

Eat Amp Thrive Cooking Retreat

plant - based COOKING RETREAT

Join our chefs, Phillipa & Aphelele in the kitchen to ​discover new ways to incorporate seasonal produce into your diet, learn the basics of vegetarian & plant-based cuisine, and essential culinary skills.

This 4-day retreat at Bliss & Stars is designed to allow you to de-stress, restore, reconnect with yourself and find an inner balance. We want you to focus on essentials: appreciation of simplicity, beauty, and abundance of nature. Emerge from this weekend with a renewed sense of joy around food and inspiration for how to include delicious plant-based meals in your everyday life.
We’ll cook with local produce, the food will be fresh and seasonal; planned with any specific dietary requirements and your ultimate well-being in mind.
We have a no-bullshit approach to how to live a thriving life and how to find rest in the always-on-the-go world. We are not here to tell you what to eat. We just want to share our love for food with you, serving mouth-watering meals bursting with flavor.


No experience required.

THE DATES

30 MAR - 2 APR 2023 (WAITING LIST) | 20 - 23 APR 2023 (WAITING LIST)
4 - 7 MAY 2023 | 1 - 4 JUN 2023

Joy Of Eating

BRING JOY BACK TO COOKING & EATING

You will be cooking, dining, relaxing, hiking, meditating, and sleeping in luxurious chalets.

Have great fun and enjoy authentic hands-on vegan and vegetarian cooking in a beautiful valley of bliss and stars.

PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

The entire experience is included in the stated prices. We never have extra “hidden” charges.
Leopards Cave Chalet At Sunset
CHALET DOUBLE | 2 PERSONS

R26,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R33,000 | REST OF THE WORLD

Leopards Cave Chalet At Bliss Amp Stars Retreat In Cederberg

CHALET SINGLE | 1 PERSON

R18,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R25,000 | REST OF THE WORLD

Dassies Spot

TENTED CHALET DOUBLE | 2 PERSONS

R22,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R28,000 | REST OF THE WORLD

Dassies Spot Tented Chalet

TENTED CHALET SINGLE | 1 PERSON

R15,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R20,000 | REST OF THE WORLD

THE PRICE INCLUDES
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 & beverages served throughout the day

Clean, Non-Toxic Bliss & Stars Skin Care

Goodie for a Foodie (goodie bag full of deliciousness to take home with)

Free access to 1,350 ha of wild & pristine nature
Fine Dining At Bliss Amp Stars
BENEFITS
Learn Cooking Techniques

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

Learn the practice of Mindful Eating

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 taste cubes.

MEET your GUIDES

Our talented chef duo talks about food, breathes food, and dreams about dishes they’ll prepare in the upcoming season.

Both share profound passion for food as a social glue and nourishment for the mind, soul and body.

They love experimenting, trying out new flavors, and developing new plant-based dishes.

Lear more about the chefs
Aphelele And Phillipa Bliss And Stars Chefs
Pumpkin Porridge

CUISINE


The food is 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 onsite organic garden or nearby local farms. Our menus are full of vegetables, grains, legumes, and seeds while excluding alcohol, caffeine, processed sugars to aid the rejuvenation process.

Meals are enjoyed in a communal setting with magnificent views either at the dining table or out in nature.


We accommodate most allergies and cater to most dietary requirements.

04 Mountain

Come as you areWe take care of the rest

BLISS & STARS EXPERIENCE

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 & breath 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 elands, baboons, Cape leopards and many more beautiful animals

Travel light with daily laundry service

FAQ

Bliss & Stars about a 4.5-hour drive from Cape Town to the Bliss & Stars meeting point. Bliss & Stars is 60km north of Clanwilliam. From Clanwilliam, it is a 45-minute drive on a gravel road to the meeting point. At the meeting point, you can safely park your car and we take you the last bit of the way in our vehicle.

You are welcome to drive all the way to Bliss & Stars. Please note that after the meeting point the road is sandy and rocky at points and you will need a vehicle with high clearance as well as confident driving skills.

If you need a transfer from the airport / Cape town, let us know.

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

If you fly back home, we recommend booking your flight after 4 pm alternatively you can break your travel and stay in Clanwilliam before you head back. We recommend the Yellow Aloe guesthouse in Clanwilliam.

Upon reservation confirmation, you’ll be sent a welcome letter giving lots of useful information about the retreat & this includes a helpful guide on what to pack.

These experiences are designed to be a more intimate experience. We limit the size to 6 -10 people. In this way we ensure you receive a 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.

We don’t have any check-in or check-out times as soon as you arrange with us your arrival and departure times. Please arrive no later than 2 pm and plan to leave no earlier than 12 pm.

We can provide specific nutritional, dietary requirements, food allergies, food intolerance’s etc. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options are always available.

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

You don’t need to participate in everything; you can pace yourself to find the perfect amount of activity for you. We support you in doing as much or as little as is right for you, depending on how you are feeling. Personally, we wouldn’t want to miss a thing.

It’s not possible to stay on at Bliss & Stars. We ask that you leave by 5pm on the closing day. 

We offer personalized payment plans for all our retreats up to 2 month 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, therefore we have a bursary programme. Learn more here.

No, there is neither mobile coverage or WIFI available. There is a computer with guest access available in case of emergency. And you will be provided a phone number, you can be reached while staying at Bliss & Stars.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

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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