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.
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
TENTED CHALET DOUBLE
R30,000 | 2 PERSONS | 6-DAY RETREAT
TENTED CHALET SINGLE
R20,000 | 1 PERSON | 6-DAY RETREAT
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
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
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 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
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.
Recharge & Restore
Do Less. Be More.
Meet Yourself As You Are
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.
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 lightly and use our daily laundry service
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.