SLOW DOWN. SOFTEN. SIMPLIFY.
Unplug from your busy daily life and rejuvenate the mind and body through our immersive 4-day or 6-day long silent retreat.
Experience stillness in a spectacular and nurturing environment and community. It’s a unique opportunity to take time away from your busy lifestyle and spend a few days in absolute stillness and reflection.
The four days of silence, meditation, conscious movement in nature, delicious food, and self-immersion will allow your mind and body to slow down and recuperate from the stresses of daily life.
Limited to 6 guests, our team supports and nurtures while guiding you into the stillness of being present.
All fitness levels are welcome. Meditation & yoga experience is not required.
18 - 21 AUG 2022 (WAITING LIST) | 20 - 23 OCT 2022 (WAITING LIST)
15 - 18 DEC 2022 | 3 - 8 JAN 2023 | 2 - 5 MAR 2023
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
TENTED CHALET SINGLE | 4 DAYS
R12,500 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R18,000 | REST OF THE WORLD
CHALET SINGLE | 4 DAYS
R15,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R21,000 | REST OF THE WORLD
TENTED CHALET SINGLE | 6 DAYS
R18,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R23,000 | REST OF THE WORLD
CHALET SINGLE | 6 DAYS
R21,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R27,000 | REST OF THE WORLD
THE PRICE INCLUDES
4 days | 3 nights (or 6 days | 5 nights) accommodation in our chalets or tented chalets
Daily meditation, mindful movement, and relaxation practices
Daily mindful walks
1:1 guidance | Mindful Conversations
Guided stargazing sessions
Snacks & beverages served throughout the day
3 balanced and nutritious meals a day
Clean & biodegradable skin care products
Free access to 1,350 ha of wild & pristine nature
MEET your GUIDE
I have the most amazing memories and it was truly a life-changing experience. I cannot express enough gratitude for everything you have taught me in just a few days. I can now only continue to build and grow on that - which I do every day. I practice my meditation and yoga on a daily basis and I am also still on a plant-based diet.
My husband has mentioned on a few occasions how he enjoys the 'new' me and how present and content I am.
Every night I look up at the little bit of night sky we have here in Cape Town and I wish I could see it the way we saw it at Bliss and Stars. Just extraordinary! I look forward to attending another retreat soon! "
SILENT RETREAT IS FOR YOU IF:
You need to rest and replenish
You yearn for a deeper connection with yourself and nature
You want to learn how to manage stress
You want to change your repetitive habits & behaviors
You are open-minded and curious
Our days & evenings will be filled with movement in nature, guided meditations, mindful movement, mindful walks, and stargazing.
There will be plenty of time to rest and reflect throughout the day.
Nights are dedicated to restorative sleep.
Recharge & Restore
Do Less. Be More.
Meet Yourself As You Are
Our serene days are complemented by nutritious and delicious vegetarian/plant-based food.
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 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.
Come as you areWe take care of the rest
BLISS & STARS EXPERIENCE
Rest assured with COVID-19 safe protocols
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
Silence starts with not talking but it’s so much more. We ask there to be no communication between guests, including not making eye contact and not touching others. Silence also means there are no books, no phones , no music, or other distractions. This might feel strict but the point is to not get distracted from what you’re really experiencing in the present moment. We do encourage journaling though.
We have a place for one volunteer per retreat to help with the work in the kitchen and with cleaning. In order to apply to be a volunteer, you need to have sat at least one silent retreat at Bliss & Stars before. You should have the flexibility to work a variety of different tasks. Volunteers are required to do 6 hours of work per day in exchange for the full cost of the retreat. Contact us to learn more and apply.
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.
Silent retreat is an individual journey and it’s not suitable for couples to share the accommodation together. If you and your partner want to join the retreat together, we recommend to book two separate chalets.
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. Please note we don’t serve meat, caffeine, alcohol, and processed sugars.
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.
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 nature of the terrain doesn’t allow for wheelchair access.
For the benefit of everyone, we ask that all participants commit to attending the entire retreat, arriving for the beginning of the retreat and staying until the end. Your wholehearted commitment supports your fellow retreatants and expresses respect for the retreat staff.
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
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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.