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Join us for this 4-night retreat from Wednesday 9 August (public holiday) to Sunday 13 August with Vera Hey. You are also welcome to come for a shorter stay – email us for options. Men also welcome!

You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world. In order to defeat the darkness, you must bring it into the light.”― Seth Adam Smith

We all have our “demons”. They are parts of ourselves that we don’t approve of, don’t accept, don’t like, deny, hate, fight, and do our best to conquer. What if we were to try the opposite? A different approach would be to invite, get to know, accept, and turn into allies!

During this four-day retreat, starting on Women’s Day (9th of August), and ending on Sunday 13 August, we’ll be meeting our “demons”, giving them physical form via art materials, conversing with them, and befriending them.

This retreat will use techniques from the mindfulness toolbox such as relaxation, meditation, reflection, gentle yoga, and walks in nature.

Your Facilitator:

Vera Hey is a mindfulness practitioner and an experienced mindfulness facilitator. She uses the insight and awareness gained from her mindfulness practice in her personal life and in her career as a psychological counselor. She is a student of Rob Nairn, international Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, and has completed his facilitator training course.


The cost of the retreat includes accommodation, and all meals from Wednesday (or Friday) supper to Sunday lunch. It includes a facilitation fee and a voluntary environmental levy of R60. It excludes staff tips.

  2 nights   4 nights
  Camping (own tent)   R1,200   R2,400
  Dormitory   R1,400   R2,800
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):   R1,700   R3,300
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):   R2,000   R3,900
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R2,200   R4,300
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R2,400   R4,700

To Book:

To book, please fill in the online booking form.

A 50% deposit confirms your booking. The deposit is not refundable but is transferrable to another retreat or person, or can be used for up to a year.

Insomnia is just another word for chit chat with demons during bedtime.” – Daniel Saint

Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit. Each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest.” – Joseph Campbell

Everybody has flaws, everybody has demons, everybody has ghosts, but I think you watch people and you see everybody trying to do their best.” — Jason Katims

Sometimes the worst place you can be is your head.

We stop looking for monsters under the bed when we realize they are inside of us.

Sometimes, you can’t defeat the demons you enjoy playing with.”

I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim.

Some of my demons left me, some are just asleep.

A few always travel with me, others haunt me from the deep.

The little ones are charming, they are allowed to stay.

The big ones tear up inside, I just wish they’d go away.”

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Overcome the demons with a thing called love.” – Bob Marley

When you feel my heat, look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide. Don’t get too close, it’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide.” – Imagine Dragons

“She looked her demons right in the eye and said “don’t you worry…” we will become the best of friends.” – N.R. Hart