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The Body Temple: Yoga and Meditation retreat

 A weekend in the countryside to nourish body and soul

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020

 The Blue Butterfly, Tulbagh Valley

 “My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers” ~ B.K.S Iyengar 

This weekend retreat is an opportunity to drop into stillness and nourish The Body Temple. Heather and Danielle will guide you in an exploration of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation – the yogic way for recharging and balancing your body, mind and spirit.

We will work with the energies of the Autumn Equinox, which falls on Friday 20th March. Autumn is a time of harvest – reaping the growth from the summer months and giving gratitude. It is also a time of actively letting go what you no longer wish to take forward on your path. These themes of reflection (harvest and gratitude) and release (shedding) will guide our practice.

The facilitated sessions will be supported by reflective solo time in nature, as well as free time to relax in the garden, explore the nature reserve, swim in the dam or walk the labyrinth. To further nourish your being, you’ll be treated to delicious, Ayurvedic food.

About the Yogic Way

The Yogic Way combines yoga, pranayama, meditation and chakra work to inspire heart-centred, conscious living. Our workshops and retreats offer a set of principles and practices, based on the eight limbs of yoga, to nourish and strengthen you on your path. To enhance the experience of a yogic lifestyle, we have introduced specialist Ayurvedic catering at our retreats.

About the yoga

Facilitated by Danielle

Working with the themes of reflection and release, the yoga asanas will encourage gentle strengthening, opening and release. The focus will be on deeply relaxing the physical body and preparing the body-mind for reflection and meditation. Pranayama will be included in the yoga sessions.

Suitable for all levels, no prior yoga experience necessary.

About the meditation  

Facilitated by Heather

Meditation can be seen as the wings of yoga: the part of yoga where we fly free of thought and distraction. Building on the themes of reflection and release, we will explore a variety of meditation techniques to release mental chatter and drop into stillness and presence. Depending on the weather, the meditation practice will be both indoors and in nature. Suitable for all levels.

Dates & times

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2020 (Autumn Equinox)

Check in: Friday between 3pm – 4pm (afternoon tea on arrival)

Retreat programme starts: Friday at 5pm

Retreat programme ends: Sunday at 4pm

Retreat package includes:
  • Exclusive use of the Retreat Centre at The Blue Butterfly.
  • 2 nights’ shared accommodation (garden rooms or loft rooms)
  • Facilitation by Danielle Rittell and Heather Linn
  • Specialist Ayurvedic meals, teas & snacks (fully catered by Tharien Pieterse)
Retreat fee (all inclusive)

R4 100 (loft rooms) – 4 sharing, en-suite bathroom

R4 350 (garden rooms) – 2 sharing, en-suite bathroom


For enquiries or bookings, please contact Heather at

A 50% deposit is due on booking to reserve your place

Balance is due by no later than Friday 13th March 2020

Early booking recommended as space is limited to 16 participants.

About the venue

The Blue Butterfly

The Blue Butterfly is nestled in the heart of the Welbedacht Game and Nature Reserve in the Tulbagh Valley. Surrounded by the majestic Winterhoek Mountains, this is a beautiful, natural setting to drop into retreat space. There are trails through diverse and indigenous plant lands, with wildflowers for every season, an abundant variety of birdlife as well as small and large game species that roam within the Reserve. Just an hour and a half from Cape Town, the tranquillity and beautiful scenery alone are food for body and soul.

Facilities include:

  • Secluded Retreat Centre, with yoga studio for facilitated sessions and large private garden
  • Shared accommodation in garden and loft rooms (linen & towels provided)
  • Walking trails through the Welbedacht Nature Reserve
  • Labyrinth
  • Swimming in the dam
  • Secure parking.

Garden rooms – The garden rooms are next to the Centre and around the garden. Each unit has 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom. Suitable for 2 people sharing.

Loft rooms – There are 2 loft bedrooms in the upstairs section of the Centre and each one has a separate entrance, 4 single beds and an en-suite bathroom. Suitable for 4 people sharing.

About the facilitators

Danielle Rittel

After studying law and archeology, Danielle soon found out that practicing Universal law best suited her spiritual quest. In 2010, she embarked on her three-year Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Training programme and taught full-time in Franschoek for five years. In 2015, she gained her Junior Intermediate Level 1 certificate, through the BKS Iyengar Institute of South Africa, and is currently studying for her Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Now based in Riebeek Kasteel, Danielle teaches weekly group, private and remedial yoga classes in Riebeek Kasteel, Tulbagh, Mooreesburg, Ceres and Wellington. She has co-facilitated workshops and retreats in Tulbagh and does regular locums in such exotic places as Hermanus. Assisting people to find their inner and outer liberation is what inspires Danielle to keep spreading the Iyengar concept of ‘My body is my temple and asanas are my prayers’.

Heather Linn

Heather’s calling is to offer spaces for transformation and spiritual exploration. She has trained in several modalities in South Africa, England and the United States and has many years’ experience in the healing arts. She is an accredited Energy Healer with the School of Intuition and Healing, based in London and Cape Town, and was a tutor with the School in Cape Town for five years. Since 2010, she has had her own full-time energy healing practice and has taught regular workshops and courses. Prior to 2010, she co-facilitated Wilderness retreats in the Little Karoo and a Yoga & Massage retreat in the UK. Heather’s meditation experience spans more than 30 years and includes formal courses as well as immersion in numerous silent retreats in the Buddhist, Zen and Vedic traditions.