MILKY WAY CHASERS
Connect with nature and the universe in the pristine wilderness at Bliss & Stars.
The Star Bathing experience is the celebration of the dark skies and an invitation to bask in starlight and wonder.
Star Bathing is a 3-night long experience that combines the ancient with the new, the rough with the luxurious, and the simple with the advanced.
You will experience the night sky as the bushmen saw it – far away from light pollution and urban noise.
The Milky Ways will be in its full glory moving through the sky.
We’ll walk in the footsteps of the Khoisan exploring caves and rock art. We’ll marvel at the wonders of the star-studded night sky and rely on other senses than just sight when we experience the surroundings in the dark.
Experience with astronomy & astrophotography is not required
25 - 28 AUG 2022 (WAITING LIST) | 22 - 25 SEP 2022
27 - 30 OCT 2022 | 24 - 27 NOV 2022 | 19 - 22 JAN 2023
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
R25,000 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R35,000 | REST OF THE WORLD
R16,500 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R23,500 | REST OF THE WORLD
TENTED CHALET DOUBLE
R19,500 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R27,500 | REST OF THE WORLD
TENTED CHALET SINGLE
R12,500 | SA & AFRICA RESIDENTS
R17,500 | REST OF THE WORLD
THE PRICE INCLUDES
MEET your GUIDES
Daria & Heine Rasmussen
STAR BATHING IS FOR YOU IF:
The days are designed to relax and explore the surroundings and rock art sites.
There will be daily relaxation practice and guided hikes.
Nights are dedicated to star bathing and restorative sleep too. (Well, you can also stargaze from your bed).
Every night, we’ll take you on a stargazing journey, exploring caves, constellations, and galaxies.
We’ll count shooting stars and we’ll look deep into the night sky through our telescopes.
Experience relaxation and perfect stillness.
Unplug and experience all that Mother Nature has to offer
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
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.
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.
Everyone is welcome at all of our retreats regardless of the meditation, yoga experience or fitness levels. We cater for different levels, so that you will be supported, challenged & encouraged to learn.
You don’t need to participate in everything; you can pace yourself to find the perfect amount of activity for you. We support you in doing as much or as little as is right for you, 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 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
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.