Bliss & Stars Retreat




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


22- 25 SEP 2022 (WAITING LIST) | 27 - 30 OCT 2022 (WAITING LIST) | 24 - 27 NOV 2022 (WAITING LIST)
19 - 22 JAN 2023 | 16 - 19 FEB 2023


The entire experience is included in the stated prices. We never have extra “hidden” charges.
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Dassies Spot Tented Chalet



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

Relaxation practices

Guided stargazing sessions & night hikes

Guided hikes to rock art sites

Access to telescopes

Snacks & beverages served throughout the day

3 balanced and nutritious meals a day

Free access to 1,350 ha of wild & pristine nature
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The first time, we have experienced the night sky in Cederberg cemented our decision to move to South Africa and create Bliss & Stars. The smell of the bush, the sound of the crickets and the absence of the human sound and star-studded sky, the billions of light points wrapping us as the blanket was a profound sensory experience. We were blissed out.

The universe is vast, rich, ancient, and mysterious. In his essay, Living Philosophies, Einstein wrote: “The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead.”

A pristine night sky far away from light pollution evokes awe. It reminds us that this is the same sky seen by our ancestors who probably felt the same way – full of wonder and awe. Connected to everything, attached to nothing.

Studies show that experiencing awe makes us feel connected to something much bigger than ourselves. Awe makes us more resilient and kinder to each other.

We feel like time slows down. We also get exposed to natural daylight and undisturbed darkness, which improves our mood, resets our circadian rhythm, and releases natural melatonin, so we can sleep better.

Daria & Heine Rasmussen

Astronomy At Bliss And Stars
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You always dreamt of laying on a blanket underneath the stars, appreciating the stillness and wonder of it all You want to find peace

You want to explore the Moon, distant galaxies, and nebulas through large telescopes

You yearn for a deeper connection with nature

You curious to learn more about the night sky & astronomy

You want to learn the basics of astrophotography and capture a galaxy or two with your DSLR camera
"Again a massive heartfelt thank you to you both for such a magnificent time at your extraordinary Retreat. Today we are left so aware of the lovely texture of the beautiful time away and the connection with special people. We hold you both so dearly in our hearts and thank you for the many gifts of connection you so generously shared. With our love to you and your stellar team."
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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.


Find peace

Experience relaxation and perfect stillness.

Unplug and experience all that Mother Nature has to offer

Switch off the technology and experience the transformative power of nature and the night sky.

Be inspired

Find the new source of inspiration in the nature and starry night sky.
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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.

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"The very powerful meditation that Heine guided us into in the cave after dinner. That cosmic connection was just on another level (literally!!)... my next painting will be of this."
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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.

A few weeks before retreat start, you’ll receive a welcome letter giving lots of useful information about the retreat & this includes a helpful guide on what to pack.

These retreats are designed to be a more intimate experience. Our retreats limit the size to 6 -10 people. In this way we ensure you receive a 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.

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.

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.

It is not currently possible to stay for any extra days before or after a group retreat.

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.

We offer personalized payment plans for all our retreats up to 2 month 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, therefore we have a bursary programme. Learn more here.

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.


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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