5 Tage Wohlfühlen, Achtsame Meditation und Yoga Retreat in Ixopo, Südafrika

  • Buddhist Retreat Center, D64 Nirodha Farm, Ixopo, 3276, South Africa

5 Tage Wohlfühlen, Achtsame Meditation und Yoga Retreat in Ixopo, Südafrika

  • Buddhist Retreat Center, D64 Nirodha Farm, Ixopo, 3276, South Africa

Gut Healing Detox and Yoga Retreat South Africa

If you often feel that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, need to calm down, want to start eating healthily, then this retreat will help you find a new way of living through simple, yet profound practices of mindfulness. It will help you to relieve stress and pain, restore energy and vitality, reshape your body and mind, teach you to make wiser choices, and live life with more purpose. You will learn an integrated approach to wellness that will give you tools to live life better.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • An individual coaching session
  • Daily mindful meditation sessions
  • Wellness workshops and mindfulness courses
  • Daily vegetarian, gentle detoxing meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Mindful walks in nature
  • Kurse an 5 Tagen
  • Englisch
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Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist Retreat Centre looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests, and rolling hills receding like waves in the blue distance. Here, for more than twenty years people of all religions have come to experience peace and tranquillity. It is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still and get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one's life.

CNN featured the retreat as one of the ten finest meditation centers in the world. Paths threading the 300-acre property each bring their own revelation: follow the pine-scented path to the dam, walk past ancient cycads to the tracks of early Voortrekker wagons, discover an assegai-sharpening stone on a hillside, or point your feet towards the rocky outcrop that provides a perfect seat for contemplating the valley below.

Nearby are the breeding sites of the exquisite, but rare Blue Swallow of which the Endangered Wildlife Trust has appointed the BRC a custodian. Their presence, together with the BRC's commitment to encouraging the indigenous biodiversity of the area, has led to the Centre being declared a Natural Heritage Site by former President Nelson Mandela. The BRC is a birder's paradise, with more than 160 species recorded.

Integrated into this setting are the Centre's buildings, accommodation lodges and cottages, the dining room and office, a shop, a lecture and art studio, a library, and the meditation hall. The labyrinth, the Zen gardens, the deer park, and the Buddha Boma invite one in for reflection and contemplation.

This is a five days mindfulness, yoga, and wellness retreat to restore wellbeing and re-align your life. You will find out that if you take care of the present moment the future takes care of itself.

Gut health

The gut, brain, and emotions are uniquely interconnected such that the gut is the main theater in which the drama of emotion plays out. Brain-gut disorders contribute towards dramatic affects ranging from aberrant gut reactions (like IBS, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn's), to hormonal and immune imbalances (autoimmune conditions, inflammation, depression, diabetes, obesity), and neurological diseases like autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

The gut’s role as the second brain reveal new insights into managing mood that was previously the domain of Eastern practices. Today, a whole person approach of looking at the relationship between, mood, food, and the body is needed for a new mode of intervention.

The influence of food

  • Why you crave certain foods, what drives you to select those foods, and how to overcome cravings
  • Foods that are toxic, acidic, and energy depleting, versus the foods that are alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, and energizing
  • Top mood-enhancing, hormone-balancing anti-inflammatory foods to include and the worst ones to exclude
  • How to start resolving lifestyle illnesses and imbalances
  • Top readily available simple superfoods to have, how to make simple meals with them


  • Reduce stress and relieve pain
  • Restore energy and vitality
  • Reshape body and mind
  • Learn to make wiser choices
  • Live life with purpose
  • Nicholas McLean

    Nicholas is a mindful food and wellness coach who helps people to eat well, move well, and feel well. He facilitates wellness through yoga therapy, bodysensing, integrative massage, somatic coaching, and nutritional healing programs.

  • Yasmin Lambat

    Yasmin is a mindfulness coach and somatic movement therapist with a fascination for the body and mind connection. It led to her creating a simple movement therapy called bodysensing. Easier than yoga or Pilates, bodysensing influences the nervous system through movement to reduce stress, relieve pain, and restore well-being.

This five-day cleanse retreat will take place Ixopo, South Africa, in the nurturing space of the Buddhist Retreat Centre overlooking the lush green hills of the Midlands. It's the perfect setting to explore the themes of self-care and living in purpose. You will explore how to use your body as a mindfulness tool and practice mindfulness everywhere, anywhere, and in every moment.

Nearby places

  • Ixopo, 5 kilometers

All food served will be as little as possible processed and refined. All meals are vegetarian, delicious, and gently detoxing. Anti-inflammatory, gut-healing smoothies and juices are included.

  • 1 individual coaching session
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meditation session
  • All yoga classes
  • Full board meals with juices and smoothies to restore gut health
  • Full mindful wellness retreat program
  • Group dialogue sessions
  • Gut health yoga and the gut life renewal program guide and information to use at home
  • Mindfulness walks in nature
  • Wellness workshops and food demonstrations
  • Additional individual coaching session
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Durban

  • Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg.
  • Take the off ramp at Exit 61: (Umlaas Road/R56).
  • Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (don’t follow directions to Umlaas Road) and travel towards the R56.
  • At the end of that road, at the T- junction, turn left into R56 which takes you past Richmond and towards Ixopo.
  • Five kilometers before Ixopo, there are two signs (on the left) that warn you that a turn-off to Benmore Lodge and Buddhist Retreat lies ahead.
  • A little further another sign (on the left) says Buddhist Retreat. Turn right into D64.
  • After seven kilometers, past the Chibini village, you will find the BRC entrance sign on your right.

Driving directions from Gauteng

  • Traveling on the N3, skirting Pietermaritzburg, watch out for the turnoff that takes you to the R56 and follow the R56 signs which take you past Richmond and towards Ixopo.
  • From there, follow the directions given for those traveling from Durban. If you miss the R56 turn-off at Pietermaritzburg, carry on towards Durban on the N3 and turn off at Exit 61 (Umlaas Road/R56).
  • From there, follow the directions given for those traveling from Durban.

Driving directions from Pietermaritzburg

  • Coming from Pietermaritzburg, just before the D64 turn off, one passes the Mariathal Mission close to the road, on the left.
  • Please ensure that you arrive before dark. Arrivals are encouraged between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on retreat days.

Driving directions from the South Coast

  • At Park Rynie, turn off the N2, heading inland on the R612 to Umzinto/Ixopo.
  • At the junction with the R56, turn right towards Richmond/Pietermaritzburg.
  • After five kilometers, turn left onto D64 at a sign that says: Buddhist Retreat.
  • After seven kilometers, you will find the BRC entrance sign on your right.
  • Eine Reservierung erfordert eine Anzahlung von 60% des Gesamtpreises.
  • Die Anzahlung wird nicht erstattet, wenn die Buchung storniert wird.
  • Der Restbetrag ist 14 Tage vor der Ankunft zu zahlen.


  • Bewertung von Alan Sieler

    "It has been my privilege to have collaborated with Yasmin as a workshop leader and to have experienced and benefitted from her extraordinarily elegant and effective somatic work first-hand. Her highly refined ways of observing the somatic being of others and sensitivity in how she works with them creates a wonderful context for significant learning and transformation."

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  • Bewertung von Naseera

    "My reflux and irritable bowel has been a problem for the last 10 years and it was getting worse until I started doing the gut life program, which gave me easier ways to calm my symptoms rather than the tablets. Now from (re)learning to eat well and better ways to satisfy my sweet tooth I have now almost no symptoms after 1 month! It’s been a great lifestyle change for me and people tell me I’m glowing!"

    "I was diagnosed with lazy colon and hiatus hernia, being in complete fear every time I ate something. Before having another operation I tried this program, a little reluctantly and skeptical at first because of this different approach of looking at the cause. After the second session with Nicholas I was totally invested because I learned a lot about how to transition to better foods, felt a huge relief of symptoms and gained a lot of insight into my patterns around food and my partner. Our relationship is now also better because of it."

    "I always thought that my type 2 Diabetes was hereditary and that my high blood pressure was just a sign of nature taking its course and my chronic back pain was part of degeneration and ageing. After attending a 14 day retreat with Nic and Yasmin, I learnt that lifestyle illnesses were caused by stress and depression. The 14 day programme really helped me to kick-start my road to wellness. I’ve been on extreme detox and weight loss retreats before and found them really difficult and rigid to stick too. Nic and Yasmin make it easy and enjoyable and have helped me to make simple changes that I can stick to. Yasmin’s movement and mindfulness therapy is unbelievably effortless but REALLY works. Not only has it helped me to overcome my back pain but it’s improved my posture and helps me to manage my anxiety. I can climb a flight of stairs which I could not do before!! "

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  • Bewertung von Fatima

    "I was diagnosed with Sjorgen’s syndrome in March 2014, an autoimmune condition that reduces saliva and fluid production in the body. It left me with a dry mouth, swollen glands, dry skin, heartburn and a body that ached all over, like the flu. I was told that it is incurable and only manageable with medication. I was not happy with the prognosis and decided to find an alternative. I heard about Yasmin and Nic and how they help people with autoimmune conditions like Arthritis and Fybromyaliga. I started off with a 14 day programme and noticed a change in my symptoms in a few days. I went on an Alkalizing diet and mindfulness practice to help my body heal. After 14 days, the ache had subsided and my symptoms had improved significantly. I have continued with the programme and see them once a week. I know I can’t be cured but I believe this is the best way to manage it without medication and expensive supplements"

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  • Bewertung von Johan

    "I attended Nic and Yasmin’s 3 day retreat at the Buddhist retreat centre in KZN. Although the centre has a structure it’s flexible enough to have some “me” and although the food is vegetarian it is delicious and does not eliminate dairy, sugar or wheat, so I could still have their home baked bread. I have a very stressful job and needed something a little more than a weekend away to de-stress. The activities included mindfulness yoga, meditation and educational talks, all hosted by Nic and Yasmin. Yasmin’s Mindfulness sessions were like nothing I had attended before. I have been attending regular meditation classes but these sessions were really simple and got me into a centered state quickly. I didn’t think I would but I attended all the activities and left feeling better. "

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  • Bewertung von Safiyya

    "I attended a 10 day pain relief programme with Yasmin and was a bit skeptical to hear that the simple practice could bring long term relief but decided to give it a go out of curiosity. I had been struggling with chronic back pain for 16 years and had tried everything. I have been pain free now for 6 months and still can’t believe it. What works with this programme is that it works with both mind and body and gets to the cause of pain. As long as I follow the simple practice and coaching tools, I know I can be pain free"

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  • Bewertung von Miriam

    "Within a month of having joined Yasmin I have noticed a marked difference in my strength and suppleness. Fibrous Dysplasia is a bone condition I was born with; which restricted movement in my legs and spine. Yasmin ’s expertise was able to diagnose my condition devise a programme comprising breathing, muscle release and strengthening exercises to develop core strength, improve my posture and induce a general sense of wellbeing. Yasmin has the knowledge and the expertise to effect the improvements that will correct years of incorrect breathing and unhealthy postural practice. In addition she is able to inculcate a belief in oneself, a rare gift indeed."

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  • Bewertung von Nazrana Jassat

    "I have been seeing Yasmin for 8 months and started noticing a difference in my shape, posture and overall body awareness within the first month. Her style is like nothing I've ever experienced in my 4 previous years of training regularly with the aid of personal trainers. She has an amazing technique of opening your mind to a whole new world of possibilities in the way we are designed to move. She makes you more aware of your own body, the way it currently functions and the way it can and should function to achieve maximum benefit - a style that I had NEVER experienced before. She knows exactly how to get the best out of me. "

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  • Bewertung von Sheril

    "I loved the way your work compliments the work I am involved in. “Embodiment Playschool” and Presence is my passion. I am loving modifying and adapting what I have learned from you and incorporating it into my work especially the more functional ways of facilitating the cores. I loved being reminded of the bone rhythms and spiralling."

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Hermanus, South Africa, South Africa

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5 Tage / 4 Nächte


Anreise: Sonntag, 1 Oktober 2017
Abreise: Donnerstag, 5 Oktober 2017

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