Connecting To The Elements Yoga Retreat

Relax and restore yourself at a special weekend retreat where you will be connecting to yourself, nature and the elements.

Surrounded by an amphitheater of expansive nature, yet cocooned within the tranquil gardens of a small retreat. Unwind and centre yourself practicing the nurturing art of Yoga, while exploring the elements within our bodies and within nature.

This three-day retreat is open to both beginners and advanced students. Over the course of the weekend Pahara Yoga teachers Saskia van Leeuwen and Rose Hay will guide you through a yoga practice that will help you to connect deeper with yourself and the Earths elements.

We are going to take a magical journey through an area of pristine mountain wilderness. We explore how the Elements work within us and our natural environment. We connect deeply to our breath allowing it to move us.
We engage the senses: hear, see, smell, touch and taste. Walking mindfully and learning to tread lightly on the earth, becoming more aware of our physical and energetic impact. We will walk to a beautiful waterfall where we can enjoy natures healing power in all its glory. Then a short-guided Meditation while absorbing the sounds of the waterfall.

If we have a rainy day, we will have a workshop instead. We will discuss practical tips on how you can make small lifestyle changes to make a big difference to the Earth. The Theory of the Elements within our bodies and within nature will be explored.

The aim of the retreat is to nurture both body and soul and enable you to install a healthier lifestyle, by connecting deeper with the elements.
By choosing practices like Yoga, healthy eating and being a conscious being; you also choose to live lighter, feel like you have a clearer mind with more energy and to be happier!

“When we walk like we are rushing, we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth. Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

R4000 per person (sharing or single)

(Includes accommodation, all tuition, materials, carefully prepared meals and refreshments)

The Hideaway 5 star Bed and Breakfast.

Your accommodation
The most charming Bed & Breakfast in Swellendam on South Africas Garden Route. This beautiful guesthouse is situated in the heart of the historical town of Swellendam. The Hideaway has a beautiful lush green garden, sauna, jacuzzi and eco pool.
Imagine relaxing in your temperature controlled suite or enjoying the warmth of the heated floor percolating up form your toes.

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About The Instructor

Saskia Van Leeuwen + Rose Hay

Yoga instructors

With 200hr YTT’s in Vinyasa yoga and Sivananda yoga. Expect vibrant and energetic morning flows with Saskia and relaxing and restorative afternoon yin classes with Rose. Both Saskia and Rose integrate yoga, creativity and mindfulness that nurtures personal transformation. They believe that Yoga is a powerful healing tool and therapy for our modern life stressors.

Rose Hay

Nature and Connecting with the Elements

Rose Hay is a qualified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) Nature, Marine and Trails Guide. She has always felt a strong connection
to Nature and is passionate about Wildlife Conservation and Animal Communication. Rose is delighted to be sharing this magical landscape and nature with you.

What To Bring
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Notebook, Pen & Pencil
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Lotion
  • Hiking Boots, Walking Shoes or Trainers Swimming Costume (optional)
  • Jersey or Shawl
  • Rain jacket
  • Small Daypack
  • Water
  • Snacks
Course Dates

26 June – 28 June 2020 (weekend)


– 14:00 – 16:00 (arrive) – The Hideaway Guesthouse
– 17:30 – 18:30 (60min Yin Yoga) – Rose                – 19:30 – (supper) – Saskia and Rose


– 08:00 (smoothie) – Saskia
– 08:30 – 09:30 (Morning Yoga Flow) – Saskia
– 10:30 – 12:00 (brunch) – Stephen and Jackie
– 12:00 – 14:00 (rest, explore town)
– 14:00 – 17:00 (Nature walk and connecting with the elements) – Rose                                                  – 17:30 – 18:30 (Yin Yoga) – Rose
– 19:30 – (supper) – Saskia and Rose


– 08:30 (smoothie) – Saskia
– 08:30 – 09:30 (Morning Yoga Flow) – Saskia        – 10:30 – 11:30 (brunch) – Stephen and Jackie
– 12:00 (depart)

R4000 per person


Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

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