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Join this retreat to bring loving attention to your internal happiness and health. Surrounded by the chaos of a fast paced world one may tend to ignore the importance of eating well and living stress-free. Grab this opportunity to enliven your life with tools to support optimum nourishment, breathing, movement and healing, and forming a strong foundation for holistic well-being. Explore body’s vibrant state of being with this program of physical cleansing and natural nutrition!
You will be staying at Bodhi Khaya Retreat Centre, a peaceful haven, nestled into 217-hectares of indigenous fynbos and milkwood forest. The center offers breathtaking views, six hiking trails, swimming dams blooming with lilies, and a labyrinth to walk in. The landscapes of Bodhi Khaya feel both wild and protected, making it a powerful place in which to connect with nature.
Accommodation ranges from two private self-catering cottages to comfortable rooms on the courtyard with ensuite facilities to beautifully appointed rooms in the original farmhouse, dating from 1791. Also available are the simple, serene rooms in the Cloister, with shared ablution facilities. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The farmhouse is a beautifully restored home dating back to the 1820s. The Cape Dutch style architecture with low ceilings and cozy fireplaces will transport you back to a time when people sat down together for meals and gathered around the fireplace to share their stories at night.
It houses the Aloe dorm and Daisy dorm, which are five-bed and three-bed rooms respectively, and are ideal for friends who want to catch up. The Aloe dorm has its own fireplace, en-suite bathroom with two showers and a separate entrance leading to the lush garden. Daisy dorm has a bathroom across the passage.
Disa is a twin room with fireplace. Once the farmhouse kitchen, the room has been perfectly renovated to create a peaceful space while still retaining the original room’s features. Pincushion is a deluxe room with a queen size bed and en-suite shower and is ideal for couples.
Located around a central courtyard, the cloister houses 14 beautiful single rooms. The first six rooms, in the front section share two showers and two toilets. Each room contains a bed, small cupboard space to hang clothes, and a side table. These rooms lead into an open plan living space that looks out across the gardens and labyrinth. The other eight rooms are situated at the back and each has a bed, side table, cupboard, and a basin. These rooms have three shared showers and toilets.
The courtyard rooms are new and modern and are conveniently situated close to both the meditation hall and the main dining room. Each room is a twin, with an en-suite bathroom. The rooms have been named after the beautiful flowers growing in the garden.
Also on the courtyard, is the garden room, a luxurious double room, with a king-size bed, a Victorian bath, and an open plan bathroom. This beautifully restored building used to be the old dairy and has high ceilings with rustic wooden rafters and a working fireplace.
This retreat offers you the opportunity to experience the deep restfulness, simplicity, and joy that may be found in the present moment, a space which you occupy far too seldom in everyday lives. This program includes physical cleansing, daily meditation, yoga, creative process, nature immersion, and the exploration of expanded states of consciousness that forms a strong container in which awareness can grow.
During the week you will have the opportunity to:
The Whole Truth Retreat juice cleanse program is a valuable support for the other processes offered on this retreat, and for your general health and well-being. The benefits include:
Juice is easily digested and assimilated. When less energy is devoted to digestion it is made available for healing and renewal.
Toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut, balance intestinal microflora, and restore full function.
Provides a break from rich foods and alcohol and the chemical and environmental pollution that overloads the liver.
A supportive environment in which to release old patterns around eating, and form new, healthy habits.
Gluten, preservatives, food additives, and even certain fruits or vegetables may cause unpleasant reactions in your body, but often the cause goes undetected. Simple, clean food for an extended period and the awareness developed, will give your body a chance to reset, so that when harmful foods come into the body they can be recognized and eliminated.
Raw food and juice retain vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes that are often compromised by cooking or processing. Everything that you ingest during this week will be of the highest nutritional value.
Weight loss is a natural outcome of a juice cleanse. During the course of the retreat, you will learn to introduce healthy practices into your lifestyle to support sustainable weight loss, if required, and maintain a balanced body mass.
Though your energy levels may dip in the first few days easy assimilation and the flood of nutrients and life force to your cells unlocks energy, giving your body a sustainable boost.
Often you live with minor complaints like sore or stiff muscles, headaches, brain fog, sinus congestion, skin rashes, bloating, and gas. These symptoms often disappear entirely during a juice cleanse. More troublesome issues can begin to be dealt with.
Major illnesses such as cancer all reveal a state of inflammation, which is a symptom of acidity in the body. Juicing and cleansing drinks restore the balance.
Fasting has been used throughout the ages to bring people into a state of clarity, simplicity, and grace which attunes your connection to spirit.
This retreat will take place in the Western Cape, South Africa, nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg, in the beautiful Overberg region. The retreat venue has a sprawling 217-hectare of indigenous fynbos and milkwood forest and is only two hours from Cape Town.
It is situated on Baviaans Fonteyn Farm, the oldest in the area. In 1791 the farm was granted to Dirk Cloete, son of Hendrick Cloete, owner of Groot Constantia and one of the Cape’s largest landowners at the time. The land has been divided, changed, and reshaped since then, but the present owner has carefully created a sanctuary for those who wish to explore the thoroughfares of the heart and mind.
During the retreat, you will enjoy a raw food menu on the first and last day to ease you into and out of the five-day organic juice cleanse. You will be consuming exquisite organic raw food meals on these two days and will relish organic fruit and vegetable juice cleanse for the remaining five days.
Raw food meals and juices are thoughtfully and lovingly created by raw food chef and nutrition expert Lisa Rae Tarr and will astound you with their unbelievably delicious tastes and variety, and inspire you to a new way of feeding yourself and your family.
The Whole Truth Retreat uses locally sourced and organically grown fruit and vegetables, providing you with high quality, fresh produce that offers the deepest and most complete cleanse, and restores your body to a state of balance and satisfied nourishment.
They grow their own wheatgrass and microgreens, vibrant with life force and phytonutrients for only-just-harvested plant power. Preferring supplements from natural sources, they wild harvest the renowned South African remedy Aloe ferox for juicing and brew their own alkalizing apple cider vinegar tonic.
Eating clean, light, and natural for full seven days will allow you to experience a state of wellness that you may never have felt before!
The retreat includes a cleansing juice fast. A pre-cleanse program will be sent to you in advance of the retreat. Implemented properly, over one or two weeks, this offers a gentle transition to live foods, reducing the detox symptoms that may be experienced during the course of the retreat and enabling a deeper cleanse.
You will ease into your fast with a delicious raw food menu. During the juice cleanse that follows, you will be served organic fruit and vegetable juices four times daily, with added supplements for intestinal cleansing, healing, and nutrition.
Herbal teas and tonics will also be given to support the cleansing process. On the last days of the retreat, you will be introduced to light raw food, followed by a raw food feast for your final meal. A delicious packed raw food meal will be provided to take away with you.
During the retreat, you will gather the tools you need to support the continuing inclusion of healthy practices in your life. You will receive a wealth of information about juicing, smoothie-making, raw food, and sprouting / microgreen growing to inspire and uplift your daily eating habits once you return home. A plan for the reintroduction of other foods will be given on the final day, assisting you in identifying and eliminating foods to which your body is reactive.
Just a few minutes drive from Bodhi Khaya are some of the most spectacular beaches on the Whale Coast. In near-by De Kelders there is a wide stretch of coast line that is protected as a national nature reserve.
Each year between the months of July and November, this beautiful bay is home to hundreds of southern right whales who spend months playing with their newborn calves. To sit on the rocks at De Kelders and watch these stunning mammals in the water is truly a wonderful experience.
A short 15-minutes drive from Bodhi Khaya is the "whale watching capital of the world" that is Gansbaai, a traditional fishing village, and bustling, vibrant center for the surrounding farms. Almost equidistant in the other direction is the charming heritage village of Stanford. Established by Sir Robert Stanford in the 1800s, there are many heritage buildings, coffee shops, restaurants. and galleries to explore. Both Stanford and Gansbaai offer visitors a long list of activities - from wine tasting, and other culinary delights, to quad biking, hiking, and even scenic flights!
Winding through 217 hectares of pristine Fynbos and Milkwood forests are six magical hiking trails. You can wander through an ancient forest and meditate under the old milkwood tree that’s been around for decades. Or follow the farm loop trail along the top of the farm for spectacular views of the valley and catch a glimpse of the ocean in the far distance.
Discover meditation circles and ponds in secluded nooks in the forest and gaze in wonder at the wild pincushions and proteas turning the hills orange in spring. Have a swim in the many dams along the way. Each trail has its own character, as it meanders through a different section of the farm.
At Bodhi Khaya there is plenty of space and opportunity to practice your yoga, deepen your meditation, or simply be at one with nature. Their beautiful meditation hall provides a tranquil, contemplative, safe, and nurturing space for your practice. Guided meditations are available on request.
Besides the meditation hall and labyrinth are two beautiful swimming dams. The first is a Lilly dam where you can bathe in the beauty of the lilies. The second dam is a tranquil and water hole that you may have to share with swallows at the end of a hot summer's day.
The labyrinth at the venue is exquisitely crafted in harmony with the floral eco-system and incorporates fynbos, aloes and other indigenous plants within its rings.
It was built by Amber McIntyre and Jesse Jessup and is lovingly maintained by all staff members.
Situated directly under the powerful mountain and surrounded by protective trees, this particular labyrinth invites you to consciously connect with the earth and elements as you walk inwards to center.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A one-way transfer from the airport to the retreat venue costs 85 USD and a return transfer is available for 175 USD. Kindly contact The Whole Truth Retreat for assistance.
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