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Bliss & Stars Retreat

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rest & thrive

Unplug and Recharge: Discover the Art of Mindful REST

Revitalize Your Mind and Body

Unplug from the relentless hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. Surrender to the serenity and rest in the valley of bliss and stars.

Join us for this 4-day retreat of mindfulness practices, conscious movement in nature, delicious food, and self-reflection. This retreat is an invitation to slow down and recuperate from the stresses of daily life. You’ll learn how to find calm in this frantic world and develop skills for managing a stressful lifestyle.

Rest & Thrive retreat welcomes individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their prior experience in yoga or meditation. There is no need for any prerequisites—simply bring an open mind, and a willingness to let go.

THE DATES

12 - 15 SEP 2024 | 21 - 24 NOV 2024 | 13 - 16 MAR 2025

PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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

R33,000 | 2 PERSONS

Leopards Cave Chalet At Bliss Amp Stars Retreat In Cederberg

CHALET SINGLE

R24,000 |1 PERSON

Villa Weavers Nest At Bliss And Stars Retreat 1
VILLA DOUBLE

R39,000 | 2 PERSONS

Luxury Bath At Bliss And Stars Cederberg

VILLA SINGLE

R27,000 |1 PERSON

Dassies Spot

TENTED CHALET DOUBLE

R27,000 | 2 PERSONS

257 Figtree Blissandstars Teagancunniffe

TENTED CHALET SINGLE

R18,000 | 1 PERSON

I struggle to put into words the sheer brilliance and wonder of my experience and the benefits to my mind, body and soul. I cannot remember the last time I was at so much peace and alignment! It feels like I’ve finally been able to take a deep and exhilarating breath after years of holding it and being on autopilot! I finally feel like I’m at one with myself again.
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Penny

THE PRICE INCLUDES

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

Daily meditation, mindful movement, and relaxation practices

Daily mindful walks in the wilderness

1:1 guidance | Mindful Conversations

Guided stargazing sessions

Snacks and beverages served throughout the day

3 balanced and nutritious meals a day

Clean, biodegradable skin care products

Access to 1,350 ha of wild & pristine nature

Sunset At Bliss And Stars South Africa

MEET your GUIDES

We’ve been there. Working long hours and rarely making time for ourselves while ignoring that inner voice.

Mindfulness and nature were two things that allowed us to see life from a more balanced perspective. From there we realised that we had postponed our true dreams for too long.

As soon as we created space for self-care and learned how to keep stress at healthy levels: creativity and courage flourished. We created Bliss & Stars to share our passions, our life-long learnings and the experience of self-discovery by living with no fear.

Daria & Heine Rasmussen

Daria And Heine Rasmussen Bliss Andstars Founders
Bliss & Stars have created an incredible experience in a beautiful wilderness. The staff are wonderful and as for the food: that was EXCEPTIONAL. I so enjoyed my time, and the peace and solitude was just what I needed. I have come away realising how I need to slow down and take time for myself and family.
Nebula
Leigh
Mindfulness At Bliss And Stars

REST & THRIVE RETREAT IS FOR YOU IF:

You need time and space to relax

You want to slow down

You want to learn how to deal with stress

You yearn for a deeper connection with nature
"I have no words to thank you both and your beautiful staff for the best 4 days in a very long time. Your beautiful energy and home have filled my heart with so much love and gratitude. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home to us. It really felt like going to see my best friends. Your knowledge and wisdom are just amazing and I promise I will practice all the meditations we did."
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Cami
Daily flow
The days are designed to give you plenty of time to slow down.

There is morning and evening meditation and breathing & relaxation techniques.

You’ll be counting shooting stars and looking deep into the night sky through one of our state-of-the-art telescopes.

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

REST

Be more relaxed and refreshed than you’ve ever been.

THRIVE

Let go off the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience the transformative power of nature and the night sky.
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CUISINE

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 either.

We accommodate most allergies and cater to most dietary requirements.

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COME AS YOU ARE. WE TAKE CARE FOR 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 and use our daily laundry service

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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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