Practicing the Pause - Winter Warmer Retreat, 26-29 July, Gansbaai


Nicci, Leli and Zingisa would like to invite you to join them end of July 2019 on their three night Winter Warmer Yoga retreat at beautiful Bodhi Khaya.

They aren’t going to make lofty promises about awakening, enlightenment or levitation, but they will give you their solemn pledge to lead you in yoga twice daily in the cosy and warm meditation hall, with ample time to explore meditation and pranayama. Sound artist Quentin Dibley Green, just back from the Tankwa Artscape project, will offer a meditative sound journey on Saturday evening, caressing your ears with subtle and unexpected sounds.

Part of the retreat will be held in noble, friendly and supportive silence.
Whatever brings you to Bodhi Khaya, they would love to welcome you with open and kind arms, and to take good care of you as you take good care of yourself.


Twice daily yoga, meditation and breath work is complemented by ample free time in which to recharge your batteries in whatever way serves you best.

You need do nothing but relax: we will prepare you delicious vegetarian meals, keep the kettles boiled for all the tea and the fires roaring in the meditation hall so you are warm and snug. This time is for you, so if you choose to join us for all or just some of the activities, or if you prefer to stay snuggled up in your crisp white bed linen reading a good book or going for hikes in the fragrant fynbos, breathing in the freshest mountain air, all as your heart desires.

There will be massages on offer for those wishing to take their TLC to a deeper level.

The central theme that Nicci will be exploring through the yoga, meditation and breath work on this retreat is slowing down and “practicing the pause”, teaching you some simple, practical exercises that you can take home with you as tools to embrace the second part of the year with ease. It will include dipping into the idea of creating a tried and tested morning routine that she and millions of others worldwide use to set themselves up for a day feeling poised, empowered, and at ease, despite the frenetic activities that the day may hold (based on Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning).

About the venue:

Bodhi Khaya is a peaceful meditation retreat set on 217 hectares of the spectacular Overberg region of the Western Cape, close to Stanford and Gansbaai. The area is famed for its fynbos – indigenous flora found nowhere else in the world. A great variety of birds inhabit this area – some such as the Cape Sugarbird and Orange Breasted Sunbird are only found in this environment. Accommodation:

6 Cloister rooms next to the meditation hall:
Around a central courtyard, we have 6 beautiful, monastery style single rooms with shared bathrooms. Each room contains a bed, small cupboard space to hang clothes and side table and some of the rooms have a basin in the room. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Courtyard rooms:
The courtyard rooms are new and modern, and are conveniently situated close to both the Meditation Hall and the main Dining Room. Each room is a twin, with an en suite bathroom. For single occupancy, there will be an additional R250 surcharge per person per night.

Proposed schedule (Saturday & Sunday full days):

6.30am Wake up gong
6.45am Morning meditation sitting
7.15am Yoga – mindful sun salutations
8am Breakfast
9.30am Yoga – gentle flow
10.30am Tea
11am Session 1: Breathing exercises & creating a morning routine
1pm Lunch
2-4pm Free time
4pm Tea
4.30pm Yoga – yin (fascia release & mindful stretching)
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Guided meditation / yoga nidra & breathwork for deep sleep
9pm Lights out

Rates: R4490

Please contact Caron at Bodhi Khaya directly
+ 27 (0)7238 56978,

Please contact Nicci ,
+ 27 (0)7856 38152


About your hosts:

Nicci Cloete-Annette
Nicci Annette has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness and massage from her studio in Stellenbosch. Her first teacher training was in California, USA, in 2007. More recently, she did her advanced teacher training in Yin yoga in Goa, India. Her 200-hour teacher training was obtained from Ananda Sangha, South Africa, where she also gained her advanced pregnancy teacher training. She is a internationally certified infant massage therapist and M-Technique touch therapist. She believes that the body possesses an ability to heal and restore itself, if given the opportunity. Nicci’s teaching style is gentle, relaxed, accessible and welcoming.

Leli Hoch
Leli is a renowned land artist, spectacular cook and respected yoga teacher who lives in Stanford when she is not traveling the world and creating magic in deserts far and wide. Zingisa worked with Leli at Camphill for six years becoming a formidable force in the kitchen.