Spirited Happenings Yoga Retreat

  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat Bodhi Khaya Retreat
  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Grootbos Road, Baviaansfonteyn, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Jan 6 - 12, 2020 (7 days)
  • Communal Farmhouse Double Occupancy - R 11,000.00 Communal Farmhouse Single Occupancy - R 13,400.00 Communal Farmhouse Single Room - R 11,000.00 Camping - R 9,800.00 Cloister Inner - R 11,000.00 Cloister Outer - R 11,000.00 Communal Farmhouse Dorm -

About This Event

Together we hold ourselves in the present and celebrate the start of a new year, and welcome the truth that we are always beginning in each moment. Through the principles of yoga and meditation, movement medicine, nourishing our physical and emotional health and finding connection to the whole we hope to cultivate a sense of freedom and adventure with which to begin our year. All while surrounded by beautiful South African nature.

We will spend six nights and six days together eating local organic food lovingly prepared by the residents of Bodhi Khaya, giving back to the land with mindful service, walking in nature within fynbos-sprinkled hills and when our skin is warmed by the summer sun, there is wild swimming to enjoy and stars to gaze at as the nights draw in. All levels of yoga practitioners as well as beginners are welcome, this is an inclusive retreat and all sessions can be adapted to allow everyone to practice wherever they may be in their bodies. 

The retreat program will include: • Sunrise dynamic yoga • Sunset restorative & yin yoga • Daily mindful service • Creative inner exploration and meditation sessions • An evening of sound healing • Essential oils integrated into practices • A Saturday night celebration and cacao ceremony under the stars 

All sessions are optional, you are welcome to relax at any time in the amazing retreat centre and nature.

Talitha is a teacher originally from South Africa now based in London for the past eleven years. Ellie is a dedicated and experienced yoga educator and founder of the Lisbon Yoga Institute in Portugal. They have been close friends since they met in Ellie’s teacher training in 2016 and have since been joyfully running together in Spain, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. 

Together we offer in-depth and explorative journeys in dynamic, restorative and yin yoga as well as multiple facets of meditation and creative forms of internal enquiry. Combined we bring a wealth of knowledge, playfulness and creativity to explore the body, the internal universe and our connection to the whole. 

To bring this new year yoga and meditation retreat to you in Talitha’s home country, and such a beautiful setting as Bodhi Khaya, will be a magical creation.

Visit us on Instagram to get a feel for their offerings – Talitha @lightwayyoga and Ellie @lisbonyogainstitute

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About the teachers

Ellie is an accredited Yoga Teacher Training director, running sold out teacher trainings in London, Sweden and Portugal. She holds a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance, a Masters from UCL and continues her PHD studies through UCL. Talitha has been teaching and running retreats and workshops in Europe and has trained in yoga therapeutics in Toronto, Canada. She is currently studying a BA in psychology and continues studies and exploration in meditation, mindfulness and eastern philosophy. 

Retreat Detail 

Please see Bodhi Khaya for pricing options varying with accommodation choices, guiding price R11,000 based on twin sharing/single room.

Included in the retreat price:

Bodhi Khaya will be open to you from 5pm on the 6th Jan to 2pm 12th Jan

Transport from Cape Town on the 6th Jan and return on the 12th Jan 

Comfortable accommodation with all amenities – see choices available for pricing variances 

Three locally sourced, organic vegetarian meals per day, with tea and coffee throughout the day 

All yoga sessions, props, essential oils and group activities

Sound healing

Saturday night celebration and cacao ceremony

Talitha will be on hand to help with all your travel queries. She has some lovely local guides involved too who you will meet. It is best to book your flights in advance as they can get pricey around that time. You can fly direct to Cape Town with Thomas Cook or other airlines. There is 1 hour time difference from UK / Europe to South Africa.

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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