South African-born Ecopsychologist, Megan de Beyer and International Yoga Teacher, Mary Tilson invite you on a wilderness retreat in the heart of South Africa.The sacred, ancient landscapes of Bobbejaanskloof Nature Reserve will be our home for the retreat, located on the edge of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, hidden amongst the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. This charming farmhouse sits amongst dramatic private wilderness featuring indigenous fynbos, old forests and sweeping plains.
The daily schedule will include yoga & meditation classes and workshops with Mary, nature immersions and deep meditation journeys led by Megan de Beyer. Our Private Chef, Maya will be returning to prepare her vegetarian wonders – three delicious, plant-based meals per day. Body Stress Relief treatments will be available for booking with Jonathan and Rain, magical performances by Sean Borland and a few extra surprise delights.
From the moment you arrive, there is a feeling of coming home.
Designed in the local vernacular style and built to give the impression that it’s always been there, the farmhouse has those
deep stoeps that face onto unimaginably distant views. The walls are washed a bone colour, shuttered sash windows are a
contrasting mahogany, and the roofs are tin.
We will come together family-style for three nourishing, home cooked meals per day
With jeep track paths for mountain-biking, hiking routes for those who want to head down into the kloof, and a running path of 12 km. There is a swimming pool, dedicated yoga space, infrared sauna and small gym. The farm has it’s own soccer or touch-rugby field too. If you are feeling contemplative, there are botanical gardens to savour, a nursery abundant with succulents, and endless viewpoints on which to linger.
Drawing on an MA (Psychology), MSc (Holistic Ecology) and 20 years’ field experience, Megan aims to promote new ways of seeing old problems. “Authentic living embraces the interplay and discourse between the inner personal journey, the external world and the wider environment, which includes the natural world. Finding the balance between the inner and outer world is important for self awareness and self growth. From this viewpoint, maturing involves a process of widening one’s sense of self and identifying with others – family, friends, communities, our own species, and then all species of non-human life. Humans exist in a relational total field. Rather than experiencing humanity as separate from environment or merely existing in it, humanity must begin to cultivate the insight that they are with the environment.”
Mary has a warm, accessible nature that immediately puts her students at ease. She brings with her an impressive training background, studying under master teachers including PranaVinyasa with Shiva Rea, Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank, Advanced Training with Yandara Yoga Institute and residential ashram stays in India and Nepal which have rooted her in Yoga as an ancient Science of Living. Mary served as the Head Yoga Teacher at Hariharalaya Retreat Center in the Cambodian countryside, and has led retreats, trainings and service projects throughout Southeast Asia, Central America and Africa.
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