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Cape Yoga and Detox Retreat

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Dates: Winter Retreat: 22 - 28 Jul & 26 Aug - 1 Sept 2017

Summer Retreats (Note that Price will increase): 1 - 7 Oct, 4 - 10 Nov, 2 - 8 Dec 2017
Group Size: Min 6 - Max 15

Overview

Life is about balancing the body, the mind and the soul..

This 6 day & 5 night journey is designed to completely detoxify, reboot & recharge your mental & physical health. Set on a gem of natural Cape Vegetation with an abundance of wild-flowers & bird life, the private farmhouse (approx. 1 hr 45 mins from Cape Town) is a place of sheer tranquility & where you will be practicing daily Yoga, meditation & hiking combined with delicious, simple & healthy meals.

The daily activities promise to enhance your overall well being. Morning Yoga classes are designed to assist the detoxification process and is suitable both for beginners as well as well as advanced practitioners. To complement this we will be exercising the body with a further Yoga class in the late afternoon strengthen and support the physical changes as well as daily morning walks which also serve to lubricate the joints, tone and rejuvenate the body.

At the end of the 6 days, not only will you be a healthier, happier, lighter you, but you will have the knowledge required to set you on track for a vibrant new healthy lifestyle. The benefits of this process are far reaching.

About the Facilitator Annie Wyatt

Annie runs holistic Yoga and detoxification retreats in South Africa near Cape Town and Johannesburg.

She has over 20 years experience with cleansing practices both through diet and various cleansing techniques.  After experimenting personally with fasting, detoxification and working with food as medicine she shares what she has learned.  She is passionate about her work and is particularly interested in the area of self development though caring for oneself and others.  She believes strongly that when we care for ourselves, our lifestyle automatically improves.  

Annie is a Yoga teacher, teaching in Cape Town South Africa.  She teaches Traditional Indian Yoga, a synthesis of Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga, based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Ashtanga) and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  She studied in India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul (ashram) under Rishi Dharmajyoti.  She teaches yoga as a means to develop consciousness and to make the mind body soul connection. 

To add to the effectiveness of physical Yoga practice, she works with remedial Pilates to strengthen muscles and to correct structural integrity.  She studied under Susan Arena Pepper, former ballerina based in Geneva Switzerland, who developed the Swiss Body Pilates method, and Master teacher Jennifer Paynter who has a deep knowledge of anatomy and is based in Cape Town South Africa.   

In her personal quest for self development, Annie has immersed herself in the study of Taoism and has a profound personal interest in Psychological Astrology.  She integrates her knowledge in her work. 

The Farmhouse

Set on this gem of natural Cape Vegetation with an abundance of wildflowers and bird life, the private farmhouse is a place of sheer tranquility and is the centre of our retreat.

Tulbagh and the Valley of Abundance

The valley was first discovered by European settlers in 1658 and land grants were made to 14 farming families in 1700. The town itself was developed in 1743 when the museum church was built. Post the 1969 earthquake every historic home in Church Street was painstakingly restored to its original glory. These 32 buildings now constitute the largest concentration of National Monuments in a single street in South Africa.

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The town is situated at the northern end of the beautiful Tulbagh valley, which is almost completely surrounded by majestic mountain ranges - the Obiqua mountains to the west, the towering Winterhoek on the northern end and the Witzenberg on the eastern side. The Great Winterhoek mountains tower 2077m above sea level and are picturesquely snowcapped in winter.

Diverse flora is abundant throughout the valley and in the mountains. Proteas grow wild, as do herbs such as Buchu. Spring brings on a multitude of wild flowers which, coupled with the blossoms of the fruit trees, makes for a glorious show. This fertile valley produces some of the country's best red and white wines, olive oil, peaches, grain, pears - and 70% of the country's plums.


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  • Delicious fruits for breakfast
  • Healthy energy packed salads for lunch
  • Protein or Carbo with tasty vegetables for dinner
  • Mid-morning and mid-afternoon herbal teas with honey
  • Natural flavoured water with cucumber, mint, strawberry or lemon
  • No processed foods
  • Daily yoga
  • Early morning farm and waterfall walks
  • Inspirational evening movies
  • A full body holistic massage or therapy
  • A one-on-one consult with our Chef and Health Coach
  • Pool


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Prices

Our rates are fixed in USD. Other currencies are subject to change, depending on the rate of exchange.

Standard price per person sharing: $666

Single Supplement: $387

Travel Info

Starting Point:

You can reach Tulbagh the day before the retreat starts either by train, by bus or car pooling with other participants. We will help you with the logistics.  

Accommodation and meals:

Accommodation

The farm can accommodate participants in single, double or triple rooms. The price per person published is for 3 people sharing. 

Important information:

Visas:

A visa is required to enter the Republic of South Africa but it is delivered free at the entrance.

Insurance: 

It is a condition of booking with Gaia Conscious Travel that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on travel, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit, which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for domestic travel.

Preparing your Experience:

Climate:

The climate in summer in the Winelands is dry and hot in the day, but cooler at night. Nights can be cooler (>10°C), even in the Southern Hemisphere summer months. 

Clothing and footwear:

Lightweight walking boots/ trainers (to wear on walks)and sandals or slippers (to wear about the farmhouse). Clothing should be very comfortable and flowing in neutral colours.  A warm sweater is essential, as are a beanie, scarf, leggings/tights and a rain coat in winter.Swimming costume and sarong.Please also bring your personal water bottle and yoga mat or other equipment if you want to. Yoga and pilates mats and equipment will be provided.         

Budgeting your Experience:

Expenses:

All costs are included during the retreat. You will need some extra money to cover your expenses and accommodation in Cape Town before and/or after the trip. 

Foreign Exchange: 

Bureau de Change are widely available in Cape Town and ATM are also available in towns, villages and service stations

Tipping:

Tipping is customary in South Africa.The farm staff members will welcome tips as a token of appreciation for their services.


Destination Info - South Africa

South Africa is the located at the southern most tip of Africa. With a population of about 55 million, South Africa is multi-ethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its stunning combination of people, nature, landscape, history, and culture has made it a once in a lifetime experience for millions of travellers.

The large diversity of South Africa's landscape offers a wide variety of completely different scenery, that will satisfy most people's tastes and preferences. Regardless of whether you prefer to track the Big Five, swim in the blue waters of the Indian ocean, take in the culture and history of our "Rainbow Nation", hike in the mountains or along the coast, savor good wine and food, see wild flowers in profusion or simply just lazing around in the sun, you will encounter spectacular scenic surroundings everywhere.

South Africa's viticulture competes with the best in the world. Whether it's honeyed Chenin Blancs or silky Pinot Noirs, South Africa's wines are improving in leaps and bounds. To accompany the wine, South Africa offers a variety of unique and extraordinary local and international cuisines.

South African people are warm and amiable. They welcome travellers with open arms, and encourage others to enjoy the beauty that the country has to offer. With a vibrant combination of modern ways and ancient customs, South Africa's society has been formed right through its history by large arrays of people who came to see and decided to settle. You should come and visit to explore the colorful diversity of the South African social composition for yourself.

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