Space to Breathe Retreat
with Lama Brian Hilliard & Shannon van Staden
4 - 8 March 2021 | Cape, South Africa

Exquisite mountains and vast views cradle this finely restored Cape Dutch Manor House and her dwellings on an infinity dust road. You will have time to reflect, recharge and reconnect to your being. Enjoy space for insight to arise through yoga, and the guidance of meditation to allow your body to stretch and your mind to rest. Relax into specialist massage treatments. Feel the exquisite meeting of breathtaking nature with coming home to yourself, under the soft guidance of international teachers and specialists. Space to breathe.

the place

Enjoy a scenic 90-minute drive from Cape Town amongst majestic mountains and vineyards. Arrive at your jewel of a 300 year old historic country retreat, with towering twin palms and an outcrop of white-washed buildings set on endless emerald lawns with exquisite gardens. An oasis in the ruggedly beautiful Nuy Valley, set in glorious natural surrounds, the outstandingly renovated 1840 Cape Dutch Manor House and her cottages ooze country design, charm and history. There are dams and pools for languid swims, a court for tennis, as well as boules and lawn croquet, not to mention trails for gentle walks, or strenuous hikes and runs, and mountain biking. There are many picturesque spots to nap, read, journal or meander quietly to feel in a world of your own. Space to breathe.

your sleep

The Manor House and her four cottages have been exquisitely renovated in charming, country style. Each dwelling has a swimming pool or jacuzzi to relax in. Comfy armchairs and deep sofas await you with crackling fireplaces in stylish living rooms. Most bedrooms are ensuite with inviting beds beautifully made up with high thread cotton sheets and soft pillows. There are fully equipped kitchens to make herbal teas to enjoy, while curled up with a book. All set in exquisite nature with vast views.

we eat

Our private chef will lovingly prepare clean, organic and mostly vegetarian meals. Wake up to morning snacks, fruit, teas and coffee before your yoga and meditation sessions. You will enjoy a large brunch where you can help yourself to a delicious buffet spread. Afternoon tea will be served with a healthy snack before sunset meditation, yin yoga and crystal bowl sound healing. And last but not last, a beautiful dinner will await us before we snuggle into our cosy beds reflecting on the richness of our day.

meditation, yoga & sound healing

Learn the techniques and practice of sitting and walking meditation with Brian. Practice yin and hatha yoga with Shannon. The extraordinary beautiful sounds of crystal bowls provide deep healing. There’s also optional running early morning. All of these practices are united through our vision of ultimate well being through gentle self-discipline and careful guidance.

nap, explore & treatments

After brunch there will be time for exploring, napping or specialist massage treatments. For a swim you choose - dam, pool or just melt in a jacuzzi? Or maybe you would enjoy a game of double’s tennis on the clay court with like minded retreat friends. Croquet anyone, boules? The vast nature will beckon you for walks, runs or mountain biking. Or simply have a nap or relax under a tree in the gardens while you read or journal. After dinner a board game, round of cards or languish in a bubble bath before deep sleep …

our typical daily schedule

Rise and shine teas, coffee and morning snack
Morning yoga and meditation for body and mind
Buffet brunch
Optional massage treatments
Relax, nap, explore, read or journal
Afternoon tea and snack
Sunset meditation, yin yoga and crystal bowl sound healing
Dinner
Sleep well

Brian Hilliard

Lama Brian is our co-founder and meditation teacher, and has practiced, studied and taught meditation his entire life. He is the real deal - profound, genuine, kind and funny. Brian shares life teachings with you, techniques of meditation and gives you guidance according to your experience and understanding. He brings authenticity and humour to the practice. You may find him under a tree singing mantras with his accordion or ukelele.

Shannon van Staden

Shannon is our co-founder, yoga teacher and healer. She takes you on your personal journey of healing and connecting with your body and mind with her calm and caring style. Shannon can often be found scouring the earth for beautiful places for our retreats, or tucking you in for savasana. Her dedication to your well-being is a unique and special gift you can give to yourself.

specialist massage treatments

FULL BODY MASSAGE
60min – R950.00
90 min – R1100.00

REFLEXOLOGY
60min Treatment – R950.00

PRANIC HEALING
60min Treatment – R950.00

MERIDIAN ENERGY ALIGNMENT
60min Treatment – R1100

OSHO REBALANCING DEEP TISSUE BODYWORK
90min Treatment – R1350.00

what’s included

Welcome drink and snack
4 nights luxury accommodation
African Kinetics Organic Toiletries
Private chef
Daily organic morning snack, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner - mostly vegetarian
Welcome dinner
Opening circle
Closing Circle
Farewell dinner
Fruit infused waters, teas, coffee
6 yoga sessions with Shannon
6 meditation sessions with Brian
3 crystal bowl sound healing sessions with Shannon
A one-on-one with Shannon or Brian
Tennis, boules, croquet, mountain biking

what’s not included:

Transport (we can co-ordinate car pooling from Cape Town)
Yoga mat, 2 x blocks, strap
Specialist Massage Treatments

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getting there

Arrival time: 4 March between 15:00 & 17:00.

A scenic drive of 90 minutes from Cape Town along the N2 takes you to the beginning of the R62, a spectacular route for wine farms and scenery. This leads you to the Garden Route, halfway between Worcester and Robertson. Here you will turn off to the Nuy Valley, where you will find the Cape Dutch Farm House for our retreat. We can organise car pooling if you need.

Departure: 8 March after breakfast.

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dates & prices

Rescheduled for 4 - 8 March 2021
(Arrival : 4 March/15:00-17:00; Departure: 8 March/10:00 after breakfast)

SINGLE PRICES

MANOR HOUSE - 4 BEDROOMS WITH SWIMMING POOL SOLD OUT

Manor House main king room ensuite. R19,300 (€1,550) SOLD OUT
Manor House king room ensuite R19,300 (€1,550) SOLD OUT
Manor House king room (shared bathroom) R14,500 (€1,160) SOLD OUT
Manor House king room (shared bathroom) R14,500 (€1,160)

FRUIT BARN - 2 ROOMS WITH SWIMMING POOL

Fruit Barn king room ensuite R17,000 (€1,360)
Fruit Barn king room ensuite R17,000 (€1,360)

EAST GRANGE - 2 ROOMS WITH OUTDOOR JACUZZI

East Grange king ensuite R15,900 (€1,280)
East Grange king ensuite R15,900 (€1,280)

WEST GRANGE - 2 ROOMS WITH OUTDOOR JACUZZI SOLD OUT

West Grange king ensuite R15,900 (€1,280) SOLD OUT
West Grange king ensuite R15,900 (€1,280) SOLD OUT

SHARING PRICES PER PERSON

MANOR HOUSE - 4 BEDROOMS WITH SWIMMING POOL SOLD OUT

Manor House main room king ensuite (couples) R15,100 (€1,210) SOLD OUT
Manor House king room ensuite (couples) R15,100 (€1,210) SOLD OUT
Manor House twin room (shared bathroom) R12,800 (€1,030) SOLD OUT
Manor House twin room (shared bathroom) R12,800 (€1,030)

FRUIT BARN - 2 ROOMS WITH SWIMMING POOL

Fruit Barn king room ensuite (couples) R14,000 (€1,120)
Fruit Barn twin room ensuite R14,000 (€1,120)

EAST GRANGE - 2 ROOMS WITH OUTDOOR JACUZZI

East Grange king ensuite (couples) R13,400 (€1,080)
East Grange twin ensuite R13,400 (€1,080)

WEST GRANGE - 2 ROOMS WITH OUTDOOR JACUZZI SOLD OUT

West Grange king ensuite (couples) R13,400 (€1,080) SOLD OUT
West Grange twin ensuite R13,400 (€1,080) SOLD OUT

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