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Bliss & Stars Retreat

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6-DAY
SILENT RETREAT

freedom to let go

trust. open up. let go.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil simplicity of silence with our 6-day “Freedom to Let Go” retreat. This transformative journey is a call to release, recalibrate, and rediscover your innate peace.

It’s time to create space for inner growth by putting the world on mute and stepping away from the cacophony of daily life. Daily guided meditations, mindful walks and solitude will allow you to explore the stillness within while fostering a deep connection with your true self.

This retreat is an invitation to let go of distractions, expectations and worries, and return to your centre. It goes further than not speaking – this retreat is about cultivating silence of the mind and sparking the flame of mindfulness that lies within all of us.

We welcome all levels of meditation experience with open arms – whether you’re a beginner looking to dip your toes or an experienced meditator seeking to deepen your practice.

Embrace the silence, tap into your inner wisdom, and find the freedom to let go. Your journey towards serenity starts here.

Max. 8 persons

THE DATES

PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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

CHALET DOUBLE

R38,000 | 2 PERSONS

Klipspringer Blissandstars Teagancunniffe

CHALET SINGLE

R27,000 | 1 PERSON

Villa Weavers Nest At Bliss And Stars Retreat 1
VILLA DOUBLE

R45,000 | 2 PERSONS

Villa Weavers Nest Cederberg 2

VILLA SINGLE

R31,000 | 1 PERSON

257 Figtree Blissandstars Teagancunniffe

TENTED CHALET DOUBLE

R31,000 | 2 PERSONS

The Dassie Spot Tented Chalet

TENTED CHALET SINGLE

R22,000 | 1 PERSON

THE PRICE INCLUDES

6 days | 5 nights accommodation in our chalets or tented chalets

Daily talks, meditations, mindful movement, and somatic practices

Daily mindful walks

1:1 guidance | Mindful Conversations

Somatic Therapy

Stargazing meditation

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 and pristine nature

Meditation With Community
Daria Rasmussen Guiding Silent Retreat

MEET YOUR GUIDE

My first 48-hours silent retreat was a profound and transformative experience. It changed my life and kicked off my incredible journey. I not only quit my corporate job, but I also began to see why I wasn’t thriving. The silence magnified the repetitive habits and thought patterns that caused my depression and alcohol abuse, and noticing these patterns and habits led to significant changes in my everyday life.

The silence taught me to accept and value myself as I am. True silence removes the pressure of outside influences, allowing you to examine what brings joy and meaning to your life. It can help you uncover your innately joyful nature and teach you to sustain it, even in the face of change and hardship. That’s why I’m so thrilled to share this experience with you. I want to help you discover the same clarity that I was so fortunate to experience.
"Thank you for sharing this wonderful space you have created and all your wisdom and insight.

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! "
Desire Stargazing
Desire T.
Mindfulness For A Better Life Online Course

SILENT RETREAT IS FOR YOU IF:

You need to rest and replenish

You yearn for a deeper connection with yourself and nature

You need deeper reflection

You want to change your repetitive habits & behaviors

You want to kick-start or strengthen your meditation practice

You are open-minded and curious

"Thank you for a truly rejuvenating and inspiring retreat and sharing with me your little piece of heaven. Thank you for guiding me on my path in the most gentle and loving way. I left with clarity, feeling relaxed and excited to continue to grow and learn about myself and our planet (and universe). I have continued the morning routine with meditation and mindful movement which is definitely helping me have a more positive and clear mindset for the day. Missing your fresh water and food!
The Powerof Silence
Kyle
DAily flow

Our days & evenings will be filled with movement in nature, guided meditations, somatic movement, mindful walks, and stargazing.

There will be plenty of time to rest and reflect throughout the day.

Nights are dedicated to restorative sleep.

BENEFITS

Recharge & Restore
Lower your stress, calm your mind, and relax your body. Regenerate your nervous system.

Do Less. Be More.

Be present, make meaning out of your experiences, find clarity, and boost your intuition.

Meet Yourself As You Are

Realize that you are not your thoughts. Reconnect with your core, your heart, and your wisdom.
Fresh Produce At Bliss And Stars

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.

We accommodate most allergies and cater to most dietary requirements.

Daria and heine have curated an amazing and transformative experience in a very special location. I will miss the beautiful mornings on the beach, refreshing river swims, the stars, the incredible food….and break from all distractions. I feel recharged and inspired to continue the journey with my new motto: Slow down. Soften. Simplify.
Bloom Retreat
Hannelize
04 Mountain
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 lightly and use our daily laundry service

FAQ

Silence starts with not talking but it’s so much more. We ask that there’s no communication between guests – including not making eye contact and not touching others. Silence also means there are no books, phones or music. 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.

Currently, we don’t accept volunteering applications.

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.

This retreat is limited to max. 8 people. In this way we ensure you receive a full attention from the team.

Certainly, couples are invited to join the silent retreat as long as they are prepared to embrace the commitment of maintaining silence together. This can lead to a deeply meaningful encounter, where both individuals share their personal journeys side by side.

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.

You don’t need to participate in everything; but to get the full benefit of your silent retreat we recommend you join all the practices.

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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