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7 Days Traditional Yoga Retreat in South Africa

Eston Sugar Cane Farm District, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Exotic South Africa Yoga Retreats

Pathways Country Yoga Retreat is an escape from daily living to a tranquil sanctuary where balancing of mind, body and emotions is attained and nourishment of the soul. There is a deep yearning growing in everybody to become complete within and enjoy fulfillment in life. This is a life changing retreat where you learn through the practice of Traditional Hatha and Ishta yoga, the ancient secrets to discover who you are and what you are capable in daily workshops and yoga classes. The teacher used these techniques 21 years ago to heal her mind, body, emotions, soul and life successfully and now shares them with many from all over the world. Her teachings have recently been proven by modern science as fact and she is humbled by this as an instrument to serve Creation first and foremost. Traditional yoga practices are taught that allows one to adopt a new lifestyle of living a spiritual life in the modern day world. Pathways Country Yoga Retreat will leave you feeling renewed, elevated and enlightened, ready to face the world with a whole new understanding of life.

Meet the instructors

Jennifer
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Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga sessions twice daily
  • 1 yoga session on the beach
  • The science, philosophy and psychologies of yoga
  • Chakra balancing and breath control courses
  • Daily delicious organic meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer available:
King Shaka International Airport (US$26 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio

The accommodation is luxurious and comfy, offering double and single occupancy. There are no more than 2 beds per room sharing. 2 rooms share 1 bathroom. The accommodation is set on a farm in the country, in absolute quietness, besides the sounds of fish eagles calls, and pure nature. Some of the rooms overlook the pool area and tranquil garden, whilst the others have the views over 2 serene dams and private islands.

There are beautiful gardens for quiet time or contemplation. There is an outdoor sun deck to soak in the miraculous beauty of sunrise and sunset. We have indoor and outdoor yoga studios for your practice purposes, fresh vegetable and fruit gardens, fresh air nature walking trails, and an abundance of bird life (crowded cranes and fish eagles) amongst other activities. You will feel revitalized, clear minded, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Catering to individuals, couples, families, and groups, we assure you, a tranquil environment is what you will experience.

Program

What to expect

  • Yoga classes twice daily
  • Workshop on discovering your truth and purpose
  • Preparation for the world that is emerging
  • Workshops on the power of your subconscious mind
  • Lifting of psychic scars that are stopping us from moving forward
  • Reprogramming our mind to create peace within
  • Engaging in a neutral mind to enjoy lasting peace
  • Connection with the divine guidance of our soul
  • Workshops on who you are and what you are capable of

Daily schedule

Sunday

  • Arrive and check in
  • Afternoon at leisure

Monday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 The science, philosophy and psychologies of yoga
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 -10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 -13:00 A journey through the chakras
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 -10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 -13:00 Asana (posture) and breath technique course
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Thursday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Relaxation and meditation course
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Friday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Beach yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Life coaching and putting it all together
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Leisure time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 -10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Checkout

Yoga classes

Yoga is a method by which the body's supply of energy is increased, by the removal of any interference to the transmission of energy throughout the body, via stretching. The asanas are designed to promote a flexible spine, which plays a major role in vitality. The postures and exercises also encourage a squeezing and massaging on specific organs and muscles, which stimulates secretion of the body's natural fluids and chemicals for healing and rejuvenation. This automatically results in the attainment of high energy levels and balance of mind body and soul.

Yoga entails a more comprehensive benefit which deals with the whole system, not just one aspect of it, and especially stimulates the mind and emotions. It works on the body's vitality and rejuvenation centers, on the brain, the spine, the glands, and the internal organs. It works on the autonomic nervous systems that keep the physical body alive. Daily morning and evening classes are available at the retreat.

Breath control class

When we inhale, we breathe in not only air and oxygen but also on a subtle level vital energy. All three are vital for life and health. The meaning of pranayama: prana is vital energy and anyama means extension. Therefore, the extension of the intake of vital energy into our bodies; Our breathing is far too short and shallow. This deprives the body of oxygen and prana or vital energy, which is essential for good health.

The rate of our breath regulates our minds and emotions. Deep slow breathing stimulates a calm content mind and emotions, whilst irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain which leads to physical, emotional, and mental blocks. Breath control creates regular breathing patterns, breaking negative cycles, and promotes a natural relaxed rhythm of the body, mind, and emotions. Breathing exercises have become an essential remedy in assisting the parasympathetic nervous system.

Relaxation classes (yoga Nidra)

The practice of conscious relaxation is scientifically designed to release mental, emotional, and muscular tension, which in turn will provide relaxation to tense thoughts and feelings. Yoga Nidra and the techniques used are the most beneficial way to transforms one's nature and reactions. Transformation of our nature is our main goal because our attitude and feelings are what attract perfection or the lack thereof to our lives.

Currently, our attitudes and behavior are based on a collection of old information and perceptions that have been gathered over the years from many different people and circumstances, most of which do not serve us anymore. These attitudes and behaviors produce our reactions towards life events and this is what affects the outcome of our lives. This is the reason why so many people promise they will change; promise they will not do things again but to no avail. This is also the reason why so many say they will be positive from today, and it does not happen.

Yoga Nidra is one of our antidotes to clearing those blockages and old habits that stop us from moving forward. If we want to change our life, we have to change our mind. Yoga Nidra trains your subconscious mind, and your ordinary and intellectual mind then follows suit.

Meditation classes

As people go about their daily lives, attending to their duties, there is a constant chatter that goes on in the mind, which we are sometimes aware of. This chatter generates feelings, and in our modern day world, these feelings are more likely to be feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, being overwhelmed, anger, and other self-defeating emotions. It is not our pure personality that is causing our reactions towards life but our beliefs, habits, and programmed information making up our masked persona.

At this point, our mind controls us and our lives, when in fact we should be in control of our minds. Our programmed minds give us flawed personalities; if we take control of what is put in and taken out, we can take control of our minds and lives. Meditation is a process of transcending or surpassing the waves of the mind and emotions and taking control of them. It encourages the releasing of psychic scars, negative feelings, thoughts, and habits.

Included excursions

  • Beach yoga on Friday

Instructors

Jennifer Fitzsimmons

Retreat location

This retreat is set within the Eston Sugar Cane Farm district on the R603, Kwa Zulu Natal, between rolling green hills and overlooking serene dams. This is located an hour away from urban living and there is no public transport. A car is needed for guests who wish to visit other places except if on a personalized retreat as Pathways Country Yoga Retreat will gladly offer transport.

Distances

  • Pietermaritzburg, 30 minutes
  • Amanzimtoti, 30 minutes
  • Durban, 45 minutes

Food

Pathways Country Yoga Retreat caters for, and embraces all dietary requirements:

  • Nutritious
  • Fresh
  • Delicious
  • Healthy
  • Filled with love in every bite

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Other services such as wellness spas, mountain bike, running trails, hot air ballooning, skydiving, clay pigeon shooting, etc. are available in close proximity (within 8 - 15 kilometers away).

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All delicious nutritious meals
  • All workshops and materials
  • Yoga sessions twice daily
  • Laundry facilities

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Insurances

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Durban (55 minutes)

  • Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg.
  • Take the camper down off-ramp.
  • At the top of the off-ramp turn left.
  • Follow the road for about 3 kilometers to a T-junction turn left onto the R603 toward Umbumbulu. Pass Tala Game Reserve and Eston Farmers Club.
  • After about 15 kilometers, you will pass a Caltex garage on your left at the Eston cross roads, you are 5 kilometers from the Pathways sign, continue along the R603.
  • After about 5.3 kilometers, you will see a signpost - Pathways Country Yoga Retreat, turn left at this sign off the R603, and proceed along a gravel road.
  • The road will come to a fork, take the left side of the split and follow the white painted arrows on rocks on the side of the road.
  • Before the end of the road, there is a small rock with a white arrow turn left.
  • Follow this road until you come to a T- junction and turn right.
  • Follow this road to a small sign post Yoga Retreat, turn right.
  • Proceed with this road until you come to the homestead front gate.

Driving directions from Pietermaritzburg (30 minutes)

  • Proceed along the N3 in the direction of Durban.
  • Take the R603 Umlaas Road / Umbumbulu / Richmond off-ramp.
  • Follow the Umbumbulu sign on the R603.
  • Proceed down the R603 towards Umbumbulu.
  • After about 15 kilometers, you will pass a Caltex garage on your left at the Eston cross roads, you are 5.3 kilometers from the Pathways sign, continue along the R603.
  • After about 5.3 kilometers you will see a signpost - Pathways Country Yoga Retreat, turn left at this sign off the R603, and proceed along a gravel road.
  • The road will come to a fork, take the left side of the split and follow the white painted arrows on rocks on the side of the road.
  • Before the end of the road, there is a small rock with a white arrow turn left.
  • Follow this road until you come to a T- junction and turn right.
  • Follow this road to a small sign post Yoga Retreat, turn right.
  • Proceed with this road until you come to the homestead front gate.

Driving directions from Amanzimtoti (35 minutes)

  • Take the N2 towards Port Shepstone.
  • Take the Kingsburgh / Umbumbulu off ramp (R603).
  • Turn right in the direction of Umbumbulu on the R603.
  • Proceed along the R603 for about 43 kilometers.
  • Pass the Mid Illovo signpost and continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  • There will be a signpost Pathways Country Yoga Retreat, turn right at this sign, off the R603 and proceed along a gravel road.
  • The road will come to a fork, take the left side of the split and follow the white painted arrows on rocks on the side of the road.
  • After about 5.3 kilometers you will see a signpost - Pathways Country Yoga Retreat, turn left at this sign off the R603, and proceed along a gravel road.
  • The road will come to a fork, take the left side of the split and follow the white painted arrows on rocks on the side of the road.
  • Before the end of the road there is a small rock with a white arrow turn left.
  • Follow this road until you come to a T- junction and turn right.
  • Follow this road to a small sign post Yoga Retreat, turn right.
  • Proceed with this road until you come to the homestead front gate.

Driving directions from the South Coast (N2)

  • Take the N2 towards Durban.
  • Take the Kingsburgh / Umbumbulu off ramp (R603).
  • Turn left in the direction of Umbumbulu on the R603.
  • Proceed along the R603 for about 43 kilometers.
  • Pass the Mid Illovo signpost and continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  • There will be a signpost Pathways Country Yoga Retreat, turn right at this sign, off the R603, and proceed along a gravel road.
  • The road will come to a fork, take the left side of the split and follow the white painted arrows on rocks on the side of the road.
  • Before the end of the road there is a small rock with a white arrow, turn left.
  • Follow this road until you come to a T- junction and turn right.
  • Follow this road to a small sign post Yoga Retreat, turn right.
  • Proceed with this road until you come to the homestead front gate.
Airport: King Shaka International Airport Airport transfer available: King Shaka International Airport (US$26 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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