Spirit Safari Retreats


Gateway to Wellness Spirit Safaris

Energise. Explore. Expand. Evolve.



“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.” – Rumi.

No matter where you come from or what your story, Gateway to Wellness Spirit Safaris have been created to remind you who you truly are. And what life is all about!

Join us for the spiritual adventure of a lifetime, as we immerse body, mind and soul in the magical energies of the Garden Route, South Africa. A place of beauty, tranquility, healing and wonder.

We will provide you with a nurturing environment where you will be guided, encouraged and supported in the release of physical, emotional and energetic blocks, healing from pain and trauma, and letting go of limiting beliefs. All this with the shared intention of helping you live your very best life.

During this holistic retreat, we will set in motion the various steps required to reset your body and restore your vitality, while reinforcing your connection to your higher self. We will talk and laugh, connect and explore, as we bring about healing and growth at the deepest level.  We will also provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and tools required to continue your journey well beyond this gathering and into your daily life. A life to which you are sure to return with a deeper sense of peace, joy, love, gratitude, purpose and fulfillment.


With its temperate climate, breath-taking views, unspoiled beaches, indigenous rain forests and abundance of wildlife, the Garden Route continues to grow in popularity as a perfect paradise destination. You will stay on the serene Leisure Isle – Knysna’s natural island – where we enjoy easy access to lagoon swimming and beach walks, as well as spectacular views of the famous Knysna Heads, where the lagoon meets the sea and The Elephant Park.


You will be lovingly guided and supported every step of the way by our local team of wellness specialists. Nutrition expert Dr Melody Fourie, Specialised Kinesiologist Gillian O’Shea, Naturologist André Slabbert, and Iyengar Yoga practitioner Marion Witte.


All meals are specially prepared for you by our Doctor of Nutrition. Made entirely from scratch using the freshest, locally sourced, organic ingredients, with menus tailored to your specific health needs and tastes. As we nourish the body, we nourish the soul.

Inward Journeys

Every morning, after breakfast, we will embark on an inward journey of discovery, growth and awakening. Deepening our connection with God/Source/The Universe (whichever description you are most comfortable with) and opening us to the realm of infinite possibility that exists when body, mind and soul are brought into alignment.

Your stay will also include yoga, meditation, treatments with a kinesiologist, massage therapist and naturologist. You will also get the opportunity to experience the healing interaction of equine therapy and engage with Elephants

Supplementary options such as Ozone therapy, Rife therapy and brain tapping are also available.

There will also be quiet time, where you can simply process, absorb and connect.

Outward Adventures

After each morning’s inward, soul-deep processing, we will venture “outward”, exploring the very best that the Garden Route has to offer. We will stroll along endless beaches, walk through the ancient rain forests, and seek out Knysna’s Small 5 – the Knysna Loerie, the Knysna dwarf chameleon, the Phantom moth, the Brenton Blue butterfly, and Knysna’s spirit animal, the Knysna seahorse.  All the while deepening our discussions, processing the morning’s inward journey and preparing for the next day’s transformative interaction.

There are also many customised options available to you. These include (but are certainly not limited to) visits to internationally acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries, where you can get up close and personal with Africa’s big cats, delight in the kaleidoscope of birds in the world’s biggest free-flight aviary, or walk among dozens of playful monkeys and other primates. You can take a ferry across the lagoon to admire the indigenous fynbos vegetation and learn about the history of Knysna. Kayak up one of the beautiful Knysna rivers. Or even take a boat trip onto the ocean to find dolphins and whales frolicking in the surf.

Travel Arrangements

Our travel partner will assist you with all the arrangements and will provide you with a comprehensive itinerary. All you need to do is arrive and relax. You will fly to South Africa, to be collected from George or Port Elizabeth airport.

Self-drive and fly-in packages are available.

For bookings and full itinerary:

The Travelling Agent, Heather Sands +27 (0)84 225 9330 heather@steltrav.co.za

Gillian O’Shea +27 (0)65 924 7332 gillianosheamail@gmail.com

Numbers are limited to 8 people for this unique, life-changing experience. Don’t miss out!


Knysna’s Spirit animal is the Knysna Seahorse, only found here. We have chosen this lovely creature as our icon for these retreats and you will definitely get to view them while you are on retreat with us.

Full itinerary


Why consider Knysna as your wellness travel destination?

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