Month Long Mindful Giving and Receiving Retreat

  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat Bodhi Khaya Retreat
  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Grootbos Road, Baviaansfonteyn, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Ongoing package (29 days)
  • R 7,000.00 - This is a Month Long Mindful Giving and Receiving Retreat

About This Event


This retreat is available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Our new Month Long Deep Retreat began as our very well attended and appreciated Volunteer Program. It’s a special opportunity to serve, to work with the land, to learn (or deepen) the art of meditation practice, and rejuvenate in the clean air and wilderness of Bodhi Khaya. We will explore the boundaries between self and other, between the domesticated and the wild, between the sacred and mundane. We will find and open the gates to wholesome communication, compassion and community. Our newly initiated reforestation project in this beautiful valley will beckon to your hands and hearts, inviting you to reforest earth and self.


Meditation Instruction with spacious opportunity to practice in sanctuary. GUIDED MINDFULNESS TRAINING. Hospitality & Service. INTRO TO PERMACULTURE. Community Living. HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS. Fire-side Talks and Story Telling. COUNCIL TRAINING. Off-Site Community Volunteering. REFORESTATION & NATURE CONSERVATION. Comfortable, Single or Shared Accommodations. 3 VEGETARIAN MEALS PER DAY. And so much more…


The month long retreat is held in the spirit of the buddhist practice of Dana (mindful giving and receiving). To make this opportunity affordable to everyone we invite the reciprocity and dana exchange of 36 hours per week (6 hours per day) of mindful labour in gardening, housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen, landscaping, retreat preparation and hosting. All tasks are simple, easily grasped, and require physical ability as we work the land and perform daily housekeeping functions. 100% Scholarships available on application. Priced below cost at R7000 (R250 p/d) which includes accommodation, all meals, guidance and instruction, and access to the safety and fullness of Bodhi Khaya Retreat.


Self-motivated, alcohol & drug free. A stable couple or single person. Curious. Conscious. Kind. A Good listener and communicator. Socially engaged. Deep interest in land, earth based spirituality, meditation and conscious living. Environmentally ethical. Open to learning new approaches to health and well being. Able to work diligently and follow simple instructions. Willing to tell and create your new story. Bring your songs and a musical instrument if you have one!


2 Hrs from Cape Town and Cape Agulhas. In one of the world’s most diverse and species rich floral kingdoms. Wildlife, birds, flowers, reptiles galore! Min from Stanford and Gansbaai, with Hermanus another 20min down the road. Southern Right and Humpback whales just 10 min away. In the heart of the Walker Bay Nature Conservancy. Under billions of stars. With fresh, clean air & an abundance of delicious mountain spring water. Hiking trails. Swimming in ponds, pools, and ocean. And a fully stocked library and best reading/relaxing porch south of the Zambezi!


7am – 8am     Meditation Instruction (Noble Silence Observed)

8am – 9am     Breakfast (Noble Silence Observed)

9am – 12am    Mindful Work

12am – 1pm     Lunch

1pm – 2pm      Rest Practice

2pm – 5pm      Mindful Work

5pm – 6pm     Meditation Instruction

6pm – 7pm     Dinner

7pm – 10pm    Personal/Instructional Time

10pm – 7am    Noble Silence


After completing this retreat you may, depending on availability and alignment, be …

able to engage in an additional month long retreat exchanging your leadership and responsibility with new incoming retreatants

invited to join our training intensive through our BORN as the EARTH Mystery School – (a work / study mentorship program) – free and inclusive for Volunteer Program and Month Long Graduates


The retreat can only accommodate an intimate group. We will be living and working and healing in community and therefore ask all applicants to complete a detailed application. Click here to fill out the application form. Once the application is received and reviewed we will be in touch with you for a video interview to confirm that the Month Long Retreat is a good fit for everyone. We look forward to hearing from you.


The retreat is for 28 days – attendees start and end their month together.

Month long retreats begin on the FIRST OF THE MONTH and end on the 28TH OF THE MONTH.

We are accepting applications for 2020 (please select your choice of month).


Bodhi Khaya is pure magic. A place of deep healing and introspection. Truly a place for renewal. ~ Tanya Hagen, guest & facilitator

Venue Highlights

It is the land that provides the sanctuary, the air the clarity, the water the healing. Our faculty, programs and community provide the support and security for your unfolding.

The land sustains us naturally. The water here is pure and unfiltered. We operate a bio-digester and biomass generator to recycle waste and supply all our energy. The vegetable garden and wilderness provide abundant nourishment. We are committed to all beings and their future generations.

Living, working and connecting with the land, these are the people who hold the space whilst you explore your surrounds and inner landscape. You will experience a coming home to community and nature, of which we are all a part.


After a good day of deep transformative work there is nothing like being held in a cosy, comfortable room for one's journey through the night world. Our beds and linens and spaces exemplify a simple zen aesthetic and our commitment to service. Bodhi Khaya has 5 different styles of lodging , each unique and satisfying particular needs. We believe the spiritual sanctuary of Bodhi Khaya can be accessible to everyone, we have therefore valued all our beds equally.

Around a central courtyard, we have 14 beautiful, monastery style single rooms. The first six rooms, in the front section of the Cloister, share two showers and two toilets. Each room contains a bed, small cupboard space to hang clothes and side table. These rooms lead into an open plan living space that looks out across the gardens and labyrinth. The eight rooms at the back (rooms 7 – 14), each has a bed, side table, cupboard and a basin. These rooms share 3 showers and 3 toilets and a treatment room for soaking baths.

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. We have named them after the beautiful flowers growing in the garden: Orchid, Poppy, Fern, Wild Olive, Morning Glory, Rose, and Honeysuckle.

Also on the Courtyard, is Garden Room (usually reserved for teachers), a luxurious double room, with a king-size bed, a Victorian bath and 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.

Aloe Dorm, with 5 single beds, has its own fireplace, en suite bathroom with two showers and a separate entrance leading to the lush garden.

Being under the stars, on the earth, and in a location you have found most inviting, can only be experienced by camping. We have a number of locations where we encourage your interface with the wilderness abounding Bodhi Khaya. Join a retreat, or design your own family or personal retreat. Bring your sleeping, tenting and cooking gear and set yourself up in the mountains. Showers and ablution facilities are available.


  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Our food is imbued with love and prayer by our mindful kitchen crew. We believe food is central to health and well being. Our organic garden gifts our vegetarian menu delicious, fresh veggies every day. Wherever necessary, we supplement with the finest quality ingredients from local purveyors. We adapt our menu according to source and seasonality and are happy to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. Important to note and often overlooked, the water here (an essential ingredient in food growing and preparation) is alive, fresh, clean and very, very tasty and comes from our own mountain spring.


We are 2.5 hours from Cape Town by car and are able to organise a private shuttle service if need be.


From either the City, or the Airport, take the N2 towards Somerset West / George. Continue on the N2. After Grabouw, at Bot Rivier, turn off the N2 onto the R43 towards Hermanus.

Continue on the R43, through Hermanus and follow signs towards Stanford. Continue past Stanford (for 13 km), and then turn left onto the road signed for Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Follow this road (which becomes a dirt road) for 3.5 km until you see the sign for Bodhi Khaya.


From either the City, or the Airport, take the N2 towards Somerset West / George. Continue on the N2 until Caledon. At Caledon Take the R316 towards Bredasdorp.

After 26km, turn right onto the R326 towards Stanford. At Stanford, turn left onto the R43 towards Gansbaai. After 13 km, turn left onto the road signed for Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Follow this road (which becomes a dirt road) for 3.5 km until you see the sign for Bodhi Khaya.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE (in case of wet whether/car concerns)

Instead of turning at the Grootbos sign continue straight to Gansbaai (6.9km). Go through town and back onto the R43 for 7km. Turn left to Elim/Baardskeerdesbos.

Continue on the Elim road for another 7km and take the first left turn at the De Uijlenes sign onto the gravel road. Follow the road for 2.7km and turn right at the sign to Bodhi Khaya.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Renée Jacobs Bishop   September 02, 2019

      The Art of Deep Listening and Mindful Speech

    I really enjoyed the retreat. Julie was a great facilitator/retreat leader and the material was very relevant for me. The venue was great. I was comfortable and really enjoyed the surroundings and being close to nature. I would've appreciated a kettle in the inner cloister - it would've made quite a difference. Otherwise, I was happy with everything and the food was superb! I look forward to returning to this venue again.

  • Marian Shinn   July 22, 2019

      Photography with Gary van Wyk

    Gary is a most generous teacher. The course was well balanced between theory and practise. I would have liked more time - and better Wi-Fi - to get hands-on guidance in the use of Lightroom. Perhaps next time participants should be asked to come with it already installed on their laptops. Despite the dreadful freezing and wet weather Gary made sure we were keen to head outdoors to practise taking pictures and stretch our familiarity with our cameras. When the weather was really against us, we learnt the benefits of using available natural light, the lights in the rooms and from the fireplace to get some superb portraits.

  • DG Bosman   June 18, 2019

      Bodhi Kahya

    A tranquil relaxing beautiful environment .The food was wonderful.

  • Hanna Botz   February 21, 2019

      Heaven on Earth

    Bodhi Kayha is like heaven on earth, holistic and authentic retreats, soul food, lush nature, supersafe adventuring and hiking, real people, abundance all aorund. Come explore!

  • Natasha Nel   February 01, 2019

      A very special space

    Thank you for a beautiful stay last weekend. The food was nurturing, and felt like love on a plate. 😊 The setting is beautiful. And I am always touched by how the Bhodi Khaya community open up their home with so much generosity and grace. You are all the custodians of a very special corner of our county, may many good things unfold there. Love to you all, Natasha

  • Penny Klann   January 24, 2019

      Harmony and Tranquility

    Bodhi Kayha is nestled in amongst the most southern remnants of afromontane forest on the continent of Africa and has a secluded, protected feel. Its gracious whitewashed buildings offer comfort and sanctuary. There are several lovely communal areas, yet it's always possible to find a secluded spot if you're looking for time alone. The catering is taken care of by a conscious, caring crew who are committed to giving guests a memorable experience.

  • Caron Gie   January 24, 2019

      Sublime atmosphere created by the powerful land of Bodhi Khaya

    I attended a sacred ceremony with the Huni Kuin at Bodhi Khaya. The ceremony itself was world-class... the beautiful Opa in which it was held combined with the sacred chants and medicines allowed for deep, transformative healing to take place. I was blown away by the level of connection and healing that took place even outside of the ceremony... I account this to the potency of magic that is tangible in the trees, the mountain and the waters, and the subtle yet efficient holding of the Bodhi Khaya Community. Deep gratitude for this special place on earth.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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