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04 - 06 Oct 2019 | Season of Awakening with Caron Waddy and Johann van Greunen

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Soul Journey into Spring

A Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat with Caron Waddy, Yoga Teacher and owner of Yogaville Yoga School and Johann van Greunen, Specialist Wellness Counsellor and Reiki Master

4 - 6 October 2019 TEMENOS RETREAT, McGREGOR

“…when it is springtime in your soul, then the rhythm, the energy and the hidden light of your own clay works with you. You are in the flow of your own growth of and potential.”

John O’Donohue

Spring is the Season of Awakening to new possibilities and new life. For the soul a journey into spring can entail undertaking new projects, giving attention to desires and hopes that stir up after the slumber and sleep associated with winter, or even making some important life changes. This silent retreat will create the sacred space for solitude and deep reflection to facilitate this soul journey into spring through the practices of mindfulness, meditation, yoga and movement.

On this retreat we will focus on the following

Silence and Solitude:

  • The retreat will be silent from after dinner on the Friday till the Sunday brunch. We will intentionally create a structured and supported environment to support silence and deep reflection.

  • Entering deeply into silence and solitude through the mindfulness practices of meditation, yoga, movement and mindful eating.

  • Connecting with nature through a focus on the elements and garden walks.


  • The retreat programme will be designed to incorporate the public meditations at Temenos in either The Well or Little Way. During the retreat we will engage with the following meditation practices:

  • Seated Mindfulness Breath Meditations

  • Lying-down Meditations

  • Movement Meditations

  • Chakra Cleansing Meditations

Yoga: Morning and late afternoon yoga classes will be restorative, cleansing and deeply relaxing. The practice will be suitable for all levels of practitioners.


  • Awakening the senses through a focus on the elements to facilitate grounding and connectedness to nature and all in existence.

  • Awakening the senses through movement and mindful eating.

  • Awakening creative energy through colour and music.

  • Creative expression through drawing, painting, collaging, creative writing and journaling.

  • Creating a Spring Mandala.

You are invited to join us at Temenos Retreat Centre on the 4th October 2019 for this retreat, inclusive of brunch and dinner daily, coffee/tea with snacks the Saturday afternoon, as well as all retreat activities and materials used. Checking in-time will be from 14:00 on Friday 4th October and we will gather 16:00 for the start of the retreat. The retreat will end at 13:30 on Sunday 6th October, although the fee includes free accommodation for Sunday evening for those that can stay over. Supper on Sunday evening will be at your own cost. The restaurant, Tebaldi’s at Temenos is closed on Sunday evenings, but you can order a take away at the restaurant before 2pm, or choose to self-cater. The cottages at Temenos are fully equipped for self-catering.

The retreat fee is R 3 725.00 shared accommodation and R 4 500.00 single accommodation. An immediate deposit of R 1 000.00 secures your booking. 50% of the balance is payable on 1 July and the outstanding balance by 6 September. Please book soon as space is limited. For bookings, contact Johann at or 021-914 1294 or 083 764 5978 or Caron at or 082 579 8811.

Please note our Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel your reservation and admin fee of R100 will be charged. For cancellations up to 2 -4 weeks before the retreat, refunds will only be offered if your place can be re-sold. Cancellations up to 2 weeks prior to the retreat will not be refunded.

About your facilitators:

Johann Van Greunen

Johann has realised the value of Meditation and Mindfulness Practices early in his life, and has come to know Mindfulness Meditation as an invaluable aid in assisting us to develop integrated and coherent life stories.

With an interest in Integral and Complementary Medicine from early on, Johann qualified as Reiki Master to offer a hands-on healing practice that complements his counselling practice. Being a Master in Reiki, he teaches courses on Levels 1, 2 and Master Level.

Johann had been training in both ballroom and contemporary dance for years, and developed a strong interest in the healing power of creative processes, especially in art, movement and music. He uses these processes working with groups and during his workshops and retreats teaching Mindfulness Practices. He encourages his clients coming for counselling to use creative processes in order to develop new narratives for their life stories.

Johann holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria and a M.Th. (Clinical Pastoral Care) from the University of Stellenbosch. He is registered as Specialist Wellness Counsellor at the Association for Supportive Counsellors & Holistic Practitioners. He is involved with mentoring programmes for the City of Cape Town and Desmond Tutu TB Centre linked to the University of Stellenbosch, which involves psycho-social support for health clinic staff, clinic managers and field workers. His work with these teams includes team-building, trauma debriefing and teaching mindfulness practices. In his private practice, apart from counselling, Reiki healing and training, he teaches meditation courses and various workshops focused on mindfulness practices.

Johann is passionate about life, the arts, music, dance, nature, good food, coffee, wine and soulful friendships. He lives with his partner in

Caron Waddy

Listening to the body is at the core of Caron’s yoga teachings, and decades of teaching movement in the form of dance and yoga has provided her with the opportunity to witness the many benefits people experience when the connection of body and mind are made.

‘All of us can improve the quality of our lives if we practice the art of self-care, and it usually begins with our physical body. If you can breathe then you are moving and on retreat this is where you will start. Breath work, moving meditation, gentle restorative yoga and guided relaxations will assist you in getting re-acquainted with the magnificence of the vessel that houses your spirit.’

Caron is the owner of Yogaville Yoga School in Durbanville, the mother of 2 amazing teenage boys, 3 complicated cats and a puppy, lover of nature, babies, champagne, African culture and deep conversations.


At Temenos we're always happy to host Retreats and Workshops, for more details contact Margaret

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