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

Talitha and Ellie have joyfully been running retreats together in Europe for the past 2 years, and to now bring this new year yoga and meditation retreat to you in such a setting will be a magical creation.

Ellie is a senior yoga teacher with 11 years teaching experience and an accredited Yoga Teacher Training director, running sold out teacher trainings in London, Sweden and Portugal. She holds a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and a Masters in Effective Learning and Teaching from UCL. Talitha has been teaching and running retreats and workshops for 3 years, while continuing to study yoga therapeutics, psychology and yoga philosophy.

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.

The aim of the retreat is to 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, movement, healthy eating and meditation we can cultivate a sense of liberation and adventure with which to start our year. All while surrounded by beautiful African nature.


6 nights 6 days • African nature • Local organic food • Wild swimming • Stars

7 dynamic classes • 5 restorative & yin classes • 6 inner exploration sessions

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

£600 / R11 000 per person includes:

– Arrive 5pm 6th Jan – Leave 3pm 12th Jan

– South Africa travel guidance

– Transport to and from the retreat location

– Double / twin room sharing (accommodation options available)

– 3 locally sourced, organic vegetarian meals per day

– All yoga sessions, props and group activities

– Sound healing session

– Saturday night celebration and cacao ceremony

– All levels of practitioners welcome

– Max 20 people

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 no jetlag too as only one hour difference.

* Please note that a min of 5 attendees is necessary for us to deliver this retreat. Therefore, we reserve the right to cancel by 1st Nov 2019 if needed and so please make sure you include the possibilty to cancel and receive refunds for your travel plans *

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.

Thank you!

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

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