The Softening: A Journey of Breath, Self-Compassion and Resilience
This 4-day retreat at Bliss & Stars creates a setting for you to balance your mind as you pause and relearn how to breathe and be kind to yourself.
Surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cederberg: we’ll dive deep into the art of breathwork and self-compassion while unplugging from the noise and demands of everyday life. This retreat is an invitation to soften, honor yourself as you are, and tap into your inner strengths. Discover a renewed sense of well-being and energy, and indulge in deep relaxation that nourishes your mind, body and heart.
With breathwork, somatic and self-compassion practices, and journaling, we will aim to release what holds you back. Face your limitations and say hello to a life full of vitality, peace and joy on this uplifting retreat – where the rhythm of your breath harmonizes with the symphony of nature, and where self-compassion becomes the guiding light on your path to resilience and inner transformation.Breathe. Soften. Repeat. These words carry the transformative energy that can reshape our individual lives and the world around us.
No meditation or breathwork experience is required. All fitness levels are welcome.
23 -26 NOV 2023 (ONE CHALET LEFT) | 25 - 28 APR 2024
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
R30,000 | 2 PERSONS
R20,000 | 1 PERSON
TENTED CHALET DOUBLE
R25,000 | 2 PERSONS
TENTED CHALET SINGLE
R17,000 | ONE PERSON
THE PRICE INCLUDES
3 nights of comfortable and cozy accommodation – a nurturing space for rest and rejuvenation
Healthy plant-based meals using fresh local produce
Somatic, mindfulness practices and breathwork
Daily mindful movement, stretching and Yoga Nidra
Coaching Circle and 1:1 sessions
Guided moon and stargazing sessions
Opening and closing ceremonies
Clean and biodegradable skin care products
Access to 1,350 ha of wild and pristine nature
MEET your GUIDE
I used to believe that self-compassion was weakness and hindered my goals. I pushed myself relentlessly and ignored my well-being as life unfolded into a cycle of self-neglect and burnout. Something needed to change so I challenged my beliefs.
Stepping into uncharted territory felt strange but with each act of kindness towards myself: I experienced a sense of freedom as the weight lifted and life bloomed. I found joy in life by embracing the imperfections with humor.
More self-compassion meant more thriving. It was a paradoxical dance of self-discovery and growth.
Now, as your guide, I share my experiences and invite you to embark on your own journey to unlock resilience and kindness toward yourself.
BALANCE AND BREATH
Mornings: restorative movement, somatic practices, breathwork
Midday: nature immersion, self-compassion practices
Afternoons: coaching and breathwork
Evenings: Yoga Nidra
Relax the body and mind.
Boost your mood
Find joy in breathing.
Increase energy levels
Improve your sleep and get more energy.
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 light with daily laundry service
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.
Everyone is welcome at all of our experiences regardless of meditation and yoga experience or fitness levels. We cater for different levels so that you will be supported, challenged and encouraged to learn.
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.
No. You can pace yourself to find the perfect amount of activity that suits you. We support you in doing as much or as little as you’d like, 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 terrain doesn’t allow for wheelchair 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
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We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation.
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