In South Africa, spiritual retreats can be found in many beautiful places, ideal for getting in touch with one's roots. There’s the Buddhist Retreat in Ixopo, the Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge in Limpopo, Temenos Retreat Centre in scenic McGregor… and so many more.

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While the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo works on Buddhist principles, everyone is welcome, no matter what belief system one adheres to. 

Spiritual retreats are gaining in popularity in South Africa. As we enter an age that is becoming less materialistic and more soul-searching, there is a need for places where one can contemplate life, it's meaning and our place in the bigger picture. When it comes to tourism around the world, soul-seeking spiritual journeys are becoming a huge drawcard.

In South Africa, spiritual retreats are available in beautiful destinations and combine comfortable accommodation with alternative therapies, meditation, wellbeing workshops, spiritual guidance and the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. The wonderful thing is that retreats, whilst spiritually-based, are not religion-specific, and so anyone and everyone is welcome no matter what faith you belong to.

The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo is a well-known retreat, for those wanting to contemplate life itself. Their silent retreats are a challenge for busy minds – but people keep going back for more. In a similar vein is the Emoyeni Retreat Centre in Rustenburg (near the scenic Magaliesberg) that also offers weekend retreats and simple Buddhist teachings as part of their package.

Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge in Limpopo combines time spent in nature with some powerful healing therapies such as cranio-sacral therapy (which helps one to shift negative energy), while Boondocks Mountain Lodge in Mpumalanga facilitates the Transformation Game aimed at serious personal introspection. Boondocks also has its own labyrinth on the property.

The Temenos Retreat Centre in the farming community of McGregor hosts wonderful wellness therapies, meditations in gorgeous gardens and the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people on wellness weekends.

And that's just for starters; wherever you go in the country there will be an opportunity to consider spirituality, meditate on the moment and be at one with nature at a South African spiritual retreat.

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Who to contact

Buddhist Retreat Centre
P O Box 131, Ixopo 3276
Tel: +27(0)39 8341 863
Mobile: +27(0)82 579 3037

Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge
P O Box 280, Haenertsburg, 0130
Tel: +27(0) 15 276 1131