Going on a retreat is about escaping the strains of everyday life and taking the time to focus on yourself. When we become too used to looking outwards for our well-being, we can lose touch with our internal wisdom and innate balance. Going on a retreat encourages us to experience the aliveness of the present moment, where we can find freedom from our limited perspectives and discover that wholeness is always and already here.

Sure, you can optimize conditions in your own life to create a non-negotiable writing routine or yoga practice. But if you’re trying to squeeze time into an already full schedule, creating those conditions at home can take years. Establishing them on a retreat is easier. As opposed to having to fight through your routine to form a creative schedule you go on retreat and get encouraged by the example of others. You go back home and re-establish your life in a new way.

6 Reasons we think retreats are important:

Pull Back

You withdraw from your regular life, pulling in all the energy that’s otherwise fanned and thinned out in multiple directions. You gather your forces to focus them on something you love. From this place, you get a new perspective, you regroup and re-energize. You find inspiration. Then you put inspiration into action. You bring that thing you love to fruition. Getting away from it all gives you focus on what it is that inspires you.


You step out of your structured scheduled day-to-day routine and step into space and time. Time on a retreat is different, fluid. There’s no more rush! You find a space where you can give yourself time to connect with flow, genius, inspiration. ‘The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past’ ~ Marie Kondo.


How it comes is different for everyone, but one thing’s for sure: Inspiration won’t strike out of nowhere, while you blindly do the same routine stuff every day. It’s a frame of mind that can come from a change of landscape and outlook. We’re all creative. Creativity and inspiration happen when you take the time away from your day job to remember your day dream. You play with what inspires you, whether it’s crochet, writing, jogging, sculpting, cooking or a little bit of everything.

Remember Who You Are

Society wants you to be the mother, father, sister, wife, husband, friend, lover. On retreat you can drop all the roles. You can just be you… maybe for the first time in decades! Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth, even if they don’t. ‘The only way to truly love yourself is to remember who you are.’ ~ Madilyn Paige

Find Your People

We’re all the same/different. You meet other people in the same position. They’ve all gone through life doing whatever they have to do to keep their creative flame alight, stealing opportunities to get a little word in here, a sketch in there. Here, no one has to justify their “hobby”- it’s actually taken seriously. That inspires you to do more of your own thing. You allow yourself to be different because the people around you are.


One of the biggest advantages of going on a retreat is that it offers you proximity to nature and its healing touch, which can’t be matched by a simple vacation. Being close to nature has shown to reduce the production of cortisol – our primary stress hormone. Moreover, clean air, calm surroundings, and plants allow you to unwind and be thoroughly rejuvenated so that you can have a fresh start to your life upon return.


Digital Detox Retreat - Come Disconnect to Reconnect!

This beautiful Retreat Centre is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountains, bordering on the Cradle of Mankind, about 100 km northwest of Johannesburg.

Yoga Nidra and mindfulness practices.
Enjoy a day hike.
Daily Dynamic and Restorative Hatha yoga and meditation sessions.
Fresh and delicious seasonal vegetarian/ meals daily.
1-3 nights accommodation.
Groups of 6 - 10 people.

Emoyeni is a Zulu name meaning ”Place of the Spirit”

Enjoy some time for yourself and reconnect with nature, finding balance and ground with the natural rhythms of the season. A safe space where the weary can find a moment of rest and peace away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Beautiful and unique setting surrounded by trees and gardens where you can be in good company and let go and immerse yourself in yoga and mindfulness practices.

The accommodation and other facilities are simple and basic, with the emphasis on functionality rather than luxury. In order to encourage introspection and inquiry, no facilities in the form of swimming pools, games, television, wifi, etc. are provided.

The retreat is suitable for all levels of yoga practice; beginners and those with more experience.

Retreats are important because people leave retreats fitter, rested, happier and clearer