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30 Aug -01 Sept 2024 | New Beginnings – A Spring Retreat



A spring weekend retreat for fresh intentions, meditation, yoga and you

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. It’s the perfect season to reset and leave behind old patterns, to make space for new possibilities and growth.

The busy-ness, noise and overwhelm of life can so easily drown out our inner voice – a voice that speaks with authenticity, clarity, and wisdom, if we only make the time and space to listen and hear what it has to tell us. We also know that joyful actions and creations begin with the heart-felt intentions of this inner voice.

This retreat will create the space for you to tune into your authentic feelings around what fills you with joy. You can use this time to gently let go of anything that needs to be put to rest, and in so doing create space for more of the things that bring you peace and fulfillment as you move forward.

This nurturing spring weekend retreat is for anyone looking to reconnect to that deep reservoir of peacefulness and serenity that exists within each of us. Through connection with the heart and inner voice, we can plant and cultivate our truest intentions to lead us to our most joyful new beginnings in the year ahead.


What’s included:

~ 2 x night’s accommodation (sharing or private) in beautiful ensuite cottages nestled in the healing gardens of Temenos Retreat in McGregor. All cottages are ensuite and enjoy a private patio and fireplace

~ A specially-designed schedule of mindful practises (accessible to all levels of practitioner) – including daily yoga, breath work, yoga nidra, meditation and interactive discussion

~ A nourishing, delicious daily vegetarian menu of brunch, healthy snacks and dinner (meals can be tailored to suit an individual’s dietary requirements) 

You will also have plenty of free time to do whatever your heart desires. Our retreat venue has many quiet spaces to explore and enjoy quiet contemplation in its serenity; an extensive library of Health and Healing books for you to choose from and to enjoy either reading in front of a log fire in the library or your cottage; trails and hikes to ramble upon in the surrounding area; the quaint, historic village of McGregor – one of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets – to explore.


Cost:

Share with a partner / friend / stranger in a spacious double or twin ensuite room – R6,500 per person EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Book & pay by 30 June – R5,900 per person 

Enjoy a double/twin room by yourself: R7,500 per person EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Book & pay by 30 June – R6,900 per person 

Cost does not include transport to and from the venue.


To book:

Contact Leigh at leigh@houseofyoga.co.za


About your hosts:

Leigh

For me, every time we step onto our mats, we begin a journey – a journey home to ourselves. Yoga is a philosophy and practice for living. It’s about celebrating the adventure of life, being human, our uniqueness, but also our connection to all things.

Coming from a background in dance, I’ve always found joy and expression through movement. But it was yoga that really taught me to listen in and to feel. To move the body in a conscious way, and to reawaken my breath. To embrace not only strength and resilience, but also stillness, quiet and surrender.

After over a decade in the corporate world in London and the renewable energy sector in Cape Town, I was fortunate to found House of Yoga in 2018 – an urban sanctuary in Claremont, Cape Town where people from all walks of life can explore the gifts of yoga.

I completed my 200hr Teacher Training with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in 2016 and my 300hr Advanced Teacher Training with The Shala in 2020. I’ve practiced yoga for 20 years and love interweaving the teachings from the various styles I have explored (including Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Scaravelli, Ashtanga, Yin & Restorative) in my classes.

Through movement, breath work, meditation and philosophy, I am passionate about sharing with others what the practice has gifted me: tools to navigate life with presence, to manage stress and anxiety, and to heal the relationship with self.


Dom

Hello! I’m Dom Catto, and yoga has been a transformative part of my life for nearly 18 years. From the moment I first stepped onto a yoga mat during a challenging period in my life, I fell in love with the practice and allowed it to guide my journey ever since.

Over the years, I’ve trained under some truly remarkable teachers and completed two Vinyasa teacher trainings, which solidified my dedication and expertise in the craft of yoga. My professional growth reached a significant milestone when I graduated from the prestigious Jivamukti Teacher Training in New York. Additionally, my commitment to holistic health and wellness practices led me to undertake a Yoga Therapy training in Nasik, Maharashtra, India.

My favourite aspect of these practices is how they have reintroduced me to myself. Yoga has allowed me to know my body and mind deeply and intimately. It has guided me on a path of kindness, compassion, and respect for myself and others. We are all trying to figure out this life together, and yoga has taught me how to be unapologetically ME.

Today, I reside in McGregor, South Africa — a well-known retreat destination that attracts wellness seekers and those looking for deeper spiritual connections. Here, I continue to share the transformative power of yoga with both residents and visitors to the village.

I am incredibly grateful for this journey and look forward to connecting with more souls passionate about yoga.


What some of our previous guests have said about our retreats:

“This is the second House of Yoga retreat I have attended and both of them exceeded all my expectations. Deeply relaxing atmosphere in which to explore your self and deepen awareness, ultimately for a better understanding of how to approach my journey in life.”

“A perfect opportunity to slow down, reflect, nurture body and soul under gentle guidance in beautiful surroundings with wonderful people.”

“A restful weekend that had the perfect ratio of supportive yoga/meditation/workshop sessions to free time. This was a special retreat of space to just “be”. The sessions complemented and built on each other and besides the rest and renewal I also came away with food for thought and some easy practices to incorporate into my busy day-to-day.”

“Replenishing and restful weekend with like minded people, so needed to re-energize for the rest of the year.”

“The perfect space to connect to other like-minded individuals, and to myself, in the most profound way. I’m immensely grateful to have been able to invest in my own well-being by attending this retreat, and I’d recommend anyone do the same!”

“Een van my memories wat ek vir altyd sal koester.”


Terms & Conditions:

Bookings

In order for your booking to be considered definite, a 50% deposit is due from you.

The balance of payment is due by the last day of the month preceding the month in which the retreat takes place.

To take advantage of the Early Bird Special, the full amount must be settled by 30 June 2024.

Cancellations

If it is necessary to cancel a registration for a retreat, please provide as much advance notice as possible so that we can offer the available space to another retreat guest. Registration fees cannot be transferred to another retreat.

Cancellation will take effect the day written notification of a cancellation request is received by us.

If a cancellation request is received between thirty (30) days and fourteen (14) days prior to the start of a retreat, 50% of the retreat cost will be refunded.

If a cancellation request is received less than fourteen (14) days prior to the start of a retreat, we regret that none of the retreat cost will be refunded.

No refund will be given if a retreat guest leaves early or arrives late. Out of consideration for others on the waiting list, please make a commitment to attend the entire retreat.


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