Did you know?
Barrydale is home to an 11 circuit labyrinth and the South African Peace Pagoda.
The Little Samadhi retreat is a quiet space found on a hill overlooking the Little Karoo town of Barrydale, along the scenic Route 62. The retreat is aimed at the spiritual traveller who appreciates a little luxury combined with tranquil surrounds that inspires a sense of quiet calm one won't find anywhere near the bustling urban centres.
Wellbeing is the focus at this delightful establishment, and there are regular yoga classes on offer in a stylish studio. Both Hatha and Kundalini yoga are practised at this retreat, and even if you know nothing about either, there will be someone on hand to guide you through each class.
At this Barrydale retreat one can also try healing treatments such as Reiki and therapeutic massage – here, Kahuna massage (also known as Lomi Lomi) is used to get rid of stress and tension and to allow the body to release negative blockages.
Detoxifying programmes are also on offer, if you feel the need to 'clean up', and absolutely no alcohol is served, so temptation is out of reach. Little Samadhi is also a great place to enjoy an individualised retreat tailor-made to your needs; these last between three to five days, but there are also weekend retreats available.
This retreat in Barrydale also offers up 'themed' retreats. There is the 'conscious communication in relationships' retreat for couples; a mother and daughter relationship building retreat; a mother/parents-to-be workshop; and 'Transitions/Departures/Rites of Passage' retreats to help individuals come to terms with change in their lives. For the creative types there are also writer's workshops on offer and artistic workshops from time to time.
Little Samadhi only has accommodation for four guests at any one time, which means that your privacy and quiet space is guaranteed. Booking is obviously essential!
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)28 572 1002
Cell: +27 (0)82 823 3179
How to get here
Make your way along the Garden Route (N2) via Tradouws Pass; you can also approach Barrydale from Montagu (along the R62) or from Oudtshoorn as you drive along the plateau of the Klein Karoo (also along the R62).
Best time to visit
In autumn the weather is temperate with mild, sunny days. Spring is an absolute delight in the Klein Karoo when everything comes alive.
Around the area
Visit the Labyrinth and the South African Peace Pagoda. If you’re not on a detox programme, enjoy the pleasures of the Route 62 Wine Route.
Self-drive is the best option, there is so much to do and see in the area.
What will it cost
See the website for detailed information. There are special packages and deals available.
Length of stay
There are weekend retreats, as well as three to five-day retreats. One can also simply do an overnight stop on the way to Oudtshoorn.
What to pack
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothes for yoga.
Where to stay
Accommodation at Little Samadhi is limited to two luxury en-suite bedrooms. However, one can stay elsewhere in Barrydale and enjoy yoga, workshops and treatments at Little Samadhi as a day visitor.
What to eat
Delicious, organic, wholesome meals are served at Little Samadhi (only vegetarian fare is served). The retreat is also smoke-free and alcohol-free.