'Fully Alive' - Yoga Retreat South Africa
This yoga retreat with Sonia Taylor Bach and Suze Retera offers you an opportunity to retreat and focus on your practice, in combination with the adventure of a lifetime that makes you feel fully alive!
Both on and off the mat you get to explore the different aspects of life; from actively and consciously moving towards your physical boundaries in a challenging asana sequence to finding deep relaxation and nourishment in a yoga nidra practice. From hiking and zip lining in a beautiful nature reserve to watching the sun rise over the Savannah, spotting wildlife during one of the safaris.
Sonia and Suze are two senior teachers whose guidance will allow you to truly open up to all aspects of this journey. The practices they will offer you during the retreat are complimentary. You get to enjoy creative, challenging, alignment-based Vinyasa classes, theory that transforms sustainability from a concept to something you can integrate both in your practice and daily life, and deeply relaxing practices like yoga nidra.
The retreat itinerary offers you the perfect balance between retreating and staying in one location and going on an adventure exploring the magical country of South Africa. The owners of Pumula Retreat will be your host during the 4 days you are staying at their retreat center and your guide during your stay at Nambiti and Zulu Falls. They make sure you are completely taken care of. Scott has grown up in the area and is the best person to show you around and give you all the background information you need to get the most out of your South Africa experience!
Get ready for the journey of a lifetime that transforms you on all levels allowing you to feel what it is like to be fully alive!
Yoga Style: Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Stay 1 night at Zulu Falls
Stay 2 nights at a 5-star game lodge overlooking the savannah
Stay 4 nights at a beautiful retreat center close to the beach
Enjoy daily yoga, meditation and sustainability classes with two senior teachers
Visit a local NGO that supports sustainable development and creative education
Go on adventurous trips like hiking and zip-lining in Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, spotting whales from the beach and hiking at Zulu Falls
Enjoy no less than 4 game safaris in Nambiti where you can spot the Big 5!
Delicious vegetarian meals
Relax deeply, enjoy the pure nature and feel fully alive!
Beach, Culture & Safari
This retreat offers you so much more than yoga and a beautiful retreat location. Besides a complete and intensive yoga program, you get to truly experience the many aspects of South Africa that make this country so beautiful. From the beautiful beach to the breathtaking wildlife on the savanna, or the inspiring local efforts to make a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle available for everybody, you get to experience it all.
Day 1-2 at Zulu Falls Waterfalls and Hiking
From Nambiti we travel to Zulu Falls where you get to enjoy the view over the stunning waterfalls right from your accommodation. Here too, our guides take us to the most beautiful spots as we go on a hike in the area and visit the waterfalls.
Day 2 - 4 at Nambiti The big 5 Safaris
After 4 nights at Pumula Retreat, our local guides take us to Nambiti where we get to enjoy no less than 3 game safaris! One in the afternoon, one in the early morning and one in the early evening, giving us the highest chance to see the different wildlife that lives in the area as well as enjoy the magical African sunrise and sunset.
Day 4-8 at Pumula Retreat Center Whale watching at the beach, Zip-lining, and supporting a local NGO
While staying 4 nights at Pumula Retreat you can enjoy the beach and spot whales if you are lucky as they are frequently visiting the coastline. But the area has more stunning nature to offer! We take you on a day trip to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve for a beautiful hike and a zip-lining adventure. With Global Flow Retreats we always include a local sustainability project that offers us insight and education on the issues the local population runs into, the initiatives they start to create change and awareness and how we can take the teachings they offer us with us when we go home. For this retreat, we will visit Thanda (https://thanda.org/), a local NGO that supports children and families in learning creative and sustainable skills that allows them to create a life that fulfills their potential while supporting the environment.
SONIA TAYLOR BACH
Sonia Taylor Bach is the director of movement culture at the Yogaloft cologne. With a masters degree in philosophy and a former professional jazz musician, Sonia became deeply involved in yoga & movement over 20 years ago.
Her goal is to drive you to extract more from your practice and more from your life: an honest you, built by new insights, resulting in a clear-cut representation of who you truly are.
As an authentic, poetic and persistent instructor, she guides us through an informative practice of delicate movement with fierce, grace and focus; while inspiring attention to the details, transitions and to the precious subtleties of movement culture. To the not obvious beauty of this specific elegant & liberating flow. Each session focuses on innovative combinations of poses and exercises, mind introspection, and offers new challenges, new perspectives and is composed to build momentum for the next experience to come. In these moving conversations she prioritizes transitioning and mobility; rather than being obsessed with the arrival, we are led to focus on the quality of entry and exit from one form to the other.
The metaphysics of yoga or movement may seem ‘complicated’ yet, our bodies have heroic potential, natural intelligence and in combination with quality conditioning, can brilliantly navigate us through life.
Sonia insists that we: Work. Dig Deep. Transition. Cut Clear.
Suze is a diverse yoga teacher with a background in Psychology. Based in Amsterdam, she has been teaching since 2006. Suze is a certified TRE® (Trauma Release Exercises) provider and Yoga Nidra facilitator. As a coach, she also includes family constellations and breath work in her sessions.
Her passion for travel, a conscious lifestyle, and (self) healing, inspired her to create Global Flow in 2010. Global Flow offers global yoga events, with international yoga teachers, that combine a deep yoga practice with sustainability and self-care.
Suze believes strongly that the holistic approach of combining yoga asana with disciplines like mindfulness, breath work, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and trauma- and stress release practices, offer all the tools we need to not only find inspiration but to gain insight and find the healing that can alter the course of our lives.
Her yoga teaching style is a combination of challenging asana sequences, focus on alignment, deep embodiment, and self-healing. The challenging parts of the practice are met with humor and clear guidance that keeps you safe and grounded. Suze's Yoga Nidra and meditation teachings offer you a relaxation that goes beyond just the physical and allows healing to take place on a deeper level.
LOCATIONS & ACCOMMODATION
Day 1 – 2 | Zulu Falls Lodge
The last night you spend at a beautiful Zulu Falls Lodge. The lodge consists of twin, en-suite rooms and quadruple Rondavels. The lodge is situated in a secluded hideaway 36 km from Mooi River. It overlooks the impressive 83 meters high Zulu Falls and it is located at the Mooi River which has 5 waterfalls in total. It offers double and quadruple rooms. At this location single rooms are not an option.
Day 2 – 4 | Nambiti
The next two nights you get to stay at the beautiful Nambiti game, from where you get to enjoy 3 safaris. Nambiti is a luxury 5-star private game reserve in a malaria-free zone. It is also the only reserve in the area that has the big 5, along with 40 other game species. It’s 22000 acres of land offers incredible biodiversity, with grasslands, riverine bush, Savannah, and thornveld. The accommodation is an African farmstead, which has been completely renovated into a homely lodge. It offers double rooms and single rooms.
Day 4 - 8 / Pumula Retreat, KwaZulu Natal
You will stay the first 4 nights at Pumula Retreat. Pumula Retreat is situated 120 km south of Durban, in the Uzumbe area. The large property boasts breath-taking sea views, offers direct access to the forest and is only 1 km away from the beach. Enjoying the silence, the nature and wildlife surrounding the retreat center, including duiker, bushbuck, and birdlife, you can truly dive deep in your practice. The glass yoga studio, surrounded by trees, provides the perfect setting for the yoga classes. The accommodation consists of the main house and a cottage. The main house offers 4 double rooms and one en-suite double room, with private or shared bathrooms. All double rooms can be set up with two single beds or one double bed. The cottage offers a single room and a double room with a shared bathroom.