Itinerary for April Spirit Safari in Knysna

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Over the course of 10 days, 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.

While on 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.

These 10 days form the beginning of a 90 Day Transformation Programme in which you can literally create a new you between 90 and 365 days! Your team of dedicated retreat facilitators will share with you how to do this and you will receive ongoing support on your journey for 3 months after you have departed.

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Destination

With its temperate climate, breath-taking views, unspoiled beaches, indigenous rain forests and abundance of wildlife, Knysna continues to grow in popularity as a perfect paradise destination. Our gorgeous 4-star lodgings are located 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.

Facilitators

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.

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Meals

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.

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

Included treatments:

Kinesiology consultations

Nutritional consultations

NLS and Iridology assessments

Yoga

Meditation and Breathing exercises

Massage treatment

Emotional healing interaction of Equine Therapy

Elective treatments:

Additional massages

Beauty pampering treatments

Rife treatments

Ozone treatments

Symphony of Cells

Brain Tapping

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Outward Adventures

After each morning’s inward, soul-deep processing, we will venture “outward”, exploring the very best that Knysna 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.

Included activities:

Beach walks

Forest walks

Kayaking

Visit the Knysna Seahorse

Emotional healing Equine therapy with Dr Christa Boschoff

Fat wheel scooter Knysna town, waterfront and Thesen Island sightseeing exploration

Paddle cruiser trip across the Knysna Lagoon, visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve Eco experience including lunch

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Elective activities:

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.

Take a boat trip onto the ocean to find dolphins and whales frolicking in the surf.

Explore the Wine route between Knysna and Plettenberg bay.

Zip lining or bungi jumping at Storms River.

Cultural township tour or tour of our Rastafarian community village.

ITINERARY

April 23 Day 1

On arrival in the afternoon, you will be shown to your room, where you can settle down and unwind. You can elect to take a nap or enjoy a stroll around Leisure Island. In the evening, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the next 10 days unfolding, meeting all the participants and facilitators over a scrumptious, healthy dinner. You will also receive your personal journal and manual for the Gateway to Wellness 90 Day Transformation Programme – this retreat forming the first 10 days, where you will be lovingly guided, supported and motivated by your facilitators. Weather permitting, we will then gather around the fire pit for some light, open-hearted discussions and laughter.

April 24 Day 2 to April 27 Day 5

We greet the day with Iyengar yoga and set our intent for the next few days. After a light breakfast, we will start with one-on-one kinesiology and nutritional consultations with guests. While some are in consultation, the rest of the guests will have free time to take a beach stroll, venture into town, or take part in an elective activity.*

At midday, we gather for a healthy lunch and then continue with kinesiology and nutritional consultations. The guests who have completed their consults can now take free time for the rest of the afternoon, relax or take part in an elective activity* or a scheduled treatment*. We will share a dinner – weather permitting, an outdoor braai (barbeque) – and then have time to watch mindful movies, take a moonlight meander on the beach, or take part in the evening guided meditation, which will include exploring our spirit animal.

April 28 Day 6

Another opportunity to greet the beautiful day with Marion and Iyengar yoga and then after a healthy breakfast, some will continue with one-on-one kinesiology and nutritional consultations while others will receive massages or some free time or take part in an elective activity.*

After lunch we journey to the farm of the Eden Empath Initiative where you will get the rare opportunity to see yourself through the eyes and heart of the majestic horse. Facilitated by Dr Christa Boshoff, our Mirrors and Mindfulness equine workshops harness the horse’s innate ability to reflect our deepest emotions, drawing our attention to what is needed in our lives and demanding that we become fully present.

In the evening we will enjoy an early dinner and beach meditation a group discussion.

April 29 Day 7

We greet the day with Iyengar yoga and set our intent for the next few days. After a light breakfast, we will start with one-on-one kinesiology and nutritional consultations with guests. While some are in consultation, the rest of the guests will have free time to take a beach stroll, venture into town or take part in an elective activity.*

At midday, we gather for a healthy lunch and then venture into town to Thesen Island and Sanparks, where we will get to see the famous Knysna seahorses, the Spirit Animal of Knysna, and enjoy a fun outing kayaking on the Knsyna Lagoon. We will share a dinner – weather permitting, an outdoor braai (barbeque) – and then have time to watch mindful movies, take a moonlight meander on the beach, or take part in the evening meditation.

April 30 Day 8

After our morning yoga and breakfast, some will have kinesiology and nutritional consults, while others will have scheduled treatments.

After lunch, we will all head out for a fun group outing on fat wheel scooters to explore the beautiful Knysna Waterfront and Thesen Island.

We will share a dinner – weather permitting, an outdoor braai (barbeque) – and then have time to watch mindful movies, take a moonlight meander on the beach, or take part in the evening meditation.

May 1 Day 9

After our morning yoga and breakfast, some will have kinesiology and nutritional consults, while others will have scheduled treatments.

Then we head off to Featherbed Nature Reserve, a pristine piece of land situated on the Western Head of Knysna, only accessible by ferry. This 4-hour outing includes a ferry cruise, 4×4 vehicle drive a 2,2 km guided nature walk. The views are breath-taking, and the knowledgeable nature guides will share their insights of the area, fauna and flora. Once completed you will be treated to a spectacular outdoor buffet food experience included in the tour.

May 2 Day 10

After our morning yoga and breakfast, you can elect to do an activity before heading home or to the airport. Those wanting to stay on longer will do so and continue in their programme – or elect to take some holiday time and explore the area further.

Travel Arrangements & Costs

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. From there, you will be transferred to our lovely 4-star island accommodation, African Breeze, where we will handle your entire 10-day experience.  Self-drive and fly-in packages are available.

The entire 10-day experience is only R23 000. *Flights, travel, elective treatments and elective activities not included in price.

Early Bird Discount! The first 2 bookings will be discounted to R20 000.

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

For bookings:

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

For enquiries:

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!

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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.

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