free flow into new beginnings
An immersive 4-day retreat that brings self-discovery and transformation into play. Imagine a retreat that isn’t just about rest and relaxation, but about embarking on an exciting journey where the dance floor is a canvas of endless possibilities, and your body is the brush.
This journey is designed to help you shake off old energies and habits, and welcome new beginnings. It is crafted around an exquisite blend of somatic therapy, free-flow movement, journaling, meditation, and breathwork.
Concerned about dancing? No sweat! Our free flow movement isn’t about complex choreography. It’s about enjoying the pure joy of movement, without the pressure of right or wrong steps. It’s like dancing when nobody is watching.
This retreat is designed to help you tap into your natural rhythm, fire up your creativity, and open doors to fresh starts. We hope you leave with a spring in your step, an upbeat tune in your heart, and a new way to flow through life.
All fitness levels are welcome.
25 - 28 JAN 2024
what is free flow movement
Free flow movement is about expressing oneself through motion, often without prescribed steps or routines.
It emphasizes the importance of moving in ways that feel natural and beneficial to you while following how your body wants to move and letting the rational mind be.
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
R30,000 | 2 PERSONS
R20,000 | 1 PERSON
TENTED CHALET DOUBLE
R25,000 | 2 PERSONS
TENTED CHALET SINGLE
R17,000 | ONE PERSON
THE PRICE INCLUDES
3 nights of comfortable and cozy accommodation – a nurturing space for rest and rejuvenation
Healthy plant-based meals using fresh local produce. Snacks and beverages
Somatic, mindfulness practices and breathwork, free flow movement practices, and mindful movement in nature
Coaching Circle and 1:1 sessions
Guided moon and stargazing sessions
Opening and closing ceremonies
Clean and biodegradable skin care products
Access to 1,350 ha of wild and pristine nature
MEET your GUIDE
I used to thrive in the fast-paced world of Copenhagen’s media world but year after year: the thrill began to wear thin and a longing for something more began to surface. A longing to reconnect with my core self.
One day I ended up in a free flow movement class. The idea of a dance of pure expression without steps both intimidated and excited me.
As I stepped into the music-filled room, a switch inside me flipped. I moved, swayed, and twirled with a sense of liberation that was foreign yet deeply familiar. This wasn’t just dance; it was like finding my own language, a clear voice amidst the noise of life. I discovered a tranquility and clarity that had long been absent. This newfound clarity led me to make the daring decision to leave my job and embark on a new journey.
We’ll begin by creating a communal space, setting intentions, and prepping for the adventure ahead. We’ll explore the power of somatic therapy, leveraging the wisdom of our bodies to unburden ourselves of past tensions.
At the heart of our retreat is the joy of free-flow movement. As you free your spirit through movement: you’ll unlock creativity, express without words, and experience the pure joy that comes with letting loose.
Dive into the introspective world of journaling while reflecting on your experiences, thoughts and feelings. We’ll help you shape your inner journey and solidify your intentions for the future. Alongside meditation sessions, you’ll uncover a heightened sense of self-awareness.
Breathwork will guide you towards mental clarity, energy regulation, and stress reduction.
There’s also plenty of personal time to just be and watch the river flow.
Release of Tension and Stress
Enhanced Mind-Body Connection
Self-expression and Creativity
Boosted Energy Levels
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 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 light with 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.
Everyone is welcome at all of our experiences regardless of meditation and yoga experience or fitness levels. We cater for different levels so that you will be supported, challenged and encouraged to learn.
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!
No, we don’t have facilities to cater for disabled access and people with limited mobility. Bliss & Stars is located in the wilderness and the terrain doesn’t allow for wheelchair 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.
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
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
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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.