24 November 2011 by Denise Slabbert

Retreat to Sanity

December is upon us and the end of year rush is energy-sapping to say the least. So, now might be as good a time as ever to plan a sanity retreat for the first half of next year.

A sanity retreat can be anything you want it to be - from a weekend away in the country to a few days in nature.  In South Africa, there are numerous places to retreat from the noise of the world.

Head off into the Richtersveld and follow the big skies as far as you can see (make sure you have enough petrol in the tank before you go). Book an overnight stay at Bakkrans Cave - no tourist traps anywhere in sight and lots of place to simply focus on the environment. The lush greenery of Mpumalanga may do it for you and the Summerfields Rose Retreat in Hazyview is still one of the best places on the planet to park your chattering mind and ignore the world.

You could take a leisurely trip along the exquisite Whale Coast in the Western Cape or opt for a walk on the wild side along the Elephant Coast in the far reaches of KwaZulu-Natal. For organized retreats consider Temenos in McGregor (Western Cape), Emoyeni Retreat Centre (North West Province) or the Kurisa Moya Lodge in Limpopo province. Of course, going into the bush is always a good antidote to big city stress and in South Africa there are over 20 National Parks to choose from, all with accommodation options that won’t break the bank. Booking early is a good idea.

If you feel the need to retreat while in Joburg, then book a weekend of silent meditation and contemplation at the Nan Hua Buddhist Centre in Bronkhorstspruit - it’s a little bit of Taiwan in the heart of a farming community.

Whatever your needs, there’s a retreat designed to allow you to press pause on life, even if it’s just for a weekend.


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