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Earth School one-O-one: All Three Parts Combined

  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat Bodhi Khaya Retreat
  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Grootbos Road, Baviaansfonteyn, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Nov 23 - Dec 13, 2020 (21 days)

About This Event

As we find ourselves in a profound moment of change, we are gathered on what appears to be a significant evolutionary threshold where everything is in question. Governed both internally and externally by constriction and fear, are we able to find the space to reacquaint ourselves with our deeply encoded capacity for expansive curiosity and the freedom to wonder? Can you imagine a more authentic life for yourself and confidently step forward into the new year and a newer you?

This retreat is a trilogy comprised of 3 related but distinct weeks: The first is Inspired Transmutation(click) where you'll re-ignite your relationship with your inner fire - your passionate spark for living a unique life. Second comes Clear Channel, Open Flow(click) when we get to explore the lessons of our natural human sensitivity, our capacity to heal, cleanse, and come into balance. The third week is Natural, Grounded Presence(click) and we learn how to use the ground beneath our feet in a graceful two-step dance between our passions to explore new possibilities, and our sensitivity to not hurt ourselves or others on the way. This interlinked trilogy naturally gives way to an embodied inner knowing that the same ground we use to push off or away from is the very same ground that receives us when we return having discovered something new about ourselves.

A 21-day retreat created for you in the magical valley of Bodhi Khaya. A rare opportunity to re-orient and re-find your inspiration. What or who may begin to re-emerge when feeling safely immersed in a natural biome of intact intelligence, and energetically cleansed by ancient trees and flowers, sweet mountain water, and highly oxygenated air?

One-O-One is a conscious hop, skip or jump at this threshold of a new year. It ends a remarkable year of our lives and invites in the best of possibilities for ourselves and others. More information about this retreat is described in each of the three individual retreat weeks. Come for the whole journey, or for one of the parts. Each retreat is a complete journey unto itself, and is held within a context of a larger experience.

The retreat will have a spacious daily schedule and rhythm with lots of free time. Although encouraged to engage the scheduled pathway with others on retreat, you may opt in or out depending on your own needs.

Space is limited and this retreat is expected to fill up fast. Please refer to our website for room descriptions. 

The Program includes:

Guidance in meditation, mindfulness and indigenous wisdom teachings

A significantly accessible way of working with dreams, visions, and the purpose and function of the language of symbols and living myths/stories

Comfortable Lodging

3 Nourishing vegetarian meals a day

3 Massages

21 Trees for you to plant - a gift for each day

Guided walking trails through rare fynbos and ancient milkwood forests

Guided yoga sessions

Daily meditation and instruction

Salt and fresh water swimming

Abundant free time in an organised yet optional schedule

E-bike around the mountain valley and vineyards

Healing ceremonies

Fire side talks

... and so much more, or less, as you prefer

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.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Eric Turck   March 02, 2020

      Huni Kuin 2020

    A warm welcome and comforting surroundings made for a memorable and cherished weekend. Great food and beautiful setting. Will definitely like to return.

  • Helen Van Stolk   January 18, 2020

      A Sanctuary to feed the Soul

    Quiet peaceful space surrounded by nature. A few days away to feed the soul. Accommodation is basic but perfect - clean and comfortable. Staff wonderful, I was made to feel very welcome and the food wholesome, nutritious and abundant. Feel I need to make this space my refuel zone at least a couple of times a year. Thank you for a beautiful few days. Highly recommended for anybody looking to feed their soul and have some time out.

  • Peri VP   December 17, 2019

      Beautiful, calming and great for relaxation

    We had a different type of retreat experience because we did my birthday party there. But we couldn't have chosen a better place for our friends and family to come together and relax, eat good food, swim, walk and just hang out. Caron and her team were awesome and looked after us really well. They did everything they could to make it a great experience and we all left there wanting to go back as soon as possible. Thank you Bodhi Khaya. It's a very special place you have.

  • Regan Koopmans   December 01, 2019

      Completely eye-opening

    I went on a short weekend personal retreat, and I was taken back by the hospitality and kindness of the people there. There are many spots on the property to sink into quiet contemplation, or to commune with others and talk. The food and facilities were excellent.

  • 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.

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