The Body temple: Yoga & Meditation Retreat

A weekend in the countryside to nourish body and soul

Postponed due to lockdown in South Africa – watch this space for further details

This weekend retreat is an opportunity to drop into stillness and nourish The Body Temple. Heather and Danielle will guide you in an exploration of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation – the yogic way for recharging and balancing your body, mind and spirit.

The facilitated sessions will be supported by reflective solo time in nature, as well as free time to relax in the garden, explore the nature reserve, swim in the dam or walk the labyrinth. To further nourish your being, you’ll be treated to delicious, Ayurvedic food.

About the Yogic Way

The Yogic Way combines yoga, pranayama, meditation and chakra work to inspire heart-centred, conscious living. Our workshops and retreats offer a set of principles and practices, based on the eight limbs of yoga, to nourish and strengthen you on your path. To enhance the experience of a yogic lifestyle, we have introduced specialist Ayurvedic catering at our retreats.

About the yoga

Facilitated by Danielle

Working with the themes of reflection and release, the yoga asanas will encourage gentle strengthening, opening and release. The focus will be on deeply relaxing the physical body and preparing the body-mind for reflection and meditation. Pranayama will be included in the yoga sessions.

Suitable for all levels, no prior yoga experience necessary.

About the meditation

Facilitated by Heather

Meditation can be seen as the wings of yoga: the part of yoga where we fly free of thought and distraction. Building on the themes of reflection and release, we will explore a variety of meditation techniques to release mental chatter and drop into stillness and presence. Depending on the weather, the meditation practice will be both indoors and in nature. Suitable for all levels.

About the facilitators

Danielle Rittel

After studying law and archeology, Danielle soon found out that practicing Universal law best suited her spiritual quest. In 2010, she embarked on her three-year Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Training programme and taught full-time in Franschoek for five years. In 2015, she gained her Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate, through the BKS Iyengar Institute of South Africa, and is currently studying for her Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Now based in Riebeek Kasteel, Danielle teaches weekly group, private and remedial yoga classes in Riebeek Kasteel, Tulbagh, Mooreesburg, Ceres and Wellington. She has co-facilitated workshops and retreats in Tulbagh and does regular locums in such exotic places as Hermanus. Assisting people to find their inner and outer liberation is what inspires Danielle to keep spreading the Iyengar concept of ‘My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers’.

Heather Linn

Heather’s calling is to offer spaces for transformation and spiritual exploration. She has trained in several modalities in South Africa, England and the United States and has many years’ experience in the healing arts. She is an accredited Energy Healer with the School of Intuition and Healing, based in London and Cape Town, and was a tutor with the School in Cape Town for five years. Since 2010, she has had her own full-time energy healing practice and has taught regular workshops and courses. Prior to 2010, she co-facilitated Wilderness retreats in the Little Karoo and a Yoga & Massage retreat in the UK. Heather’s meditation experience spans more than 30 years and includes formal courses as well as immersion in numerous silent retreats in the Buddhist, Zen and Vedic traditions.

Danielle Rittel
Heather Linn

Comments about our previous retreat

"An extraordinary experience! I left with a strong sense of being more than I am – part of something far greater than I ever imagined. I’ve gained a lightness of spirit!"
"An amazingly enriching and healing experience: I loved every moment!"
"When all 15 women on the retreat open up and look so alive and rejuvenated after just 2 days – that in itself says how amazing it was!"
"I gained the courage to face my fears."
"I felt nurtured and nourished and learnt so much. I left feeling more aware, more at heart, more alive and ready to move on."
"i gained a deep connection to my body and energy field."
"It was a magical retreat."