Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away
Maya Angelou

December 28th 2011 - January 2nd 2012
Living, Breathing & Renewal 
Yoga Warrior's 
New Year Retreat - Yoga, Winetasting & Contemplation
Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa

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Join Clara Woodburn of Yoga Warrior, a yoga retreat aficionado, at the beautiful Morgansvlei Vinyeyard, in the Tulbagh Valley of the Western Cape for a New Year Retreat.  Start the year as you mean to continue: living, moving and feeling.  Experience your yoga practice as a canvas for your life; gleen the wisdom already present within your body and mind, from there check your reality as the year begins, and then expand out exploring new frontiers in your life.

This yoga holiday is for yoga lovers, who love their yoga and have a zest for life.

Testimonial from attendee at last year's New Year Morgansvlei Retreat:

I wanted to drop you a line to express my appreciation for all the effort you put towards making the retreat in Tulbagh a very special time for me (and I am sure for the others also). 2010 for me was a bit of a blur; frantic, stressful and really draining. I felt this profound need to stop and reconnect. Yoga has always provided me with the means to do so. The retreat achieved that wonderful balance between introspection, connection and affirmation. The venue is beautiful, your instruction is simply excellent, I really enjoyed Andrew's input on goal setting and the wine tastings and beautiful food were reminders of how important it is to just stop and enjoy these amazing pleasures that are so freely available to us. I feel a renewed sense of self as a result. Nancy

Retreat as 2011 closes to a place of natural beauty, Morgansvlei which is nestled in the mountains of the Tulbagh Valley.   Only 90 minutes from Cape Town, South Africa, Tulbagh is a sleepy historic town bursting with Cape Dutch Architecture.  Yoga Warrior will enjoy exclusivity at Morgansvlei Vineyard for the duration of the retreat. Morgansvlei is a working vineyard so it will be possible to embrace the farm atmosphere by taking strolls through the vineyards and orchards.

There will be two daily practices of yoga available.  The practices are optional.  The style of yoga will be vinyasa.  Clara is experienced at teaching all levels of yoga.

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Each afternoon before our yoga practice, time will be assigned for contemplation.  We will begin the yoga retreat by closing the chapter of 2011, reflecting and digesting on what has past.  The next day we will literally pause to take a breath, assimilating our observances and healing our rememberance of the past year.  The remainder of the retreat will be spent preparing for 2012, with all its possibilities.  This optional part of the retreat will involve discussion, journaling and silence.

We are also wine lovers.  Like yoga, the journey of wine is beautiful and organic.  We invite you to come and taste with us the fine wines of the Tulbagh Valley (not before practicing yoga!).  Hear from the wine makers themselves the story and passion that goes in to crafting a bottle of wine.  Once we better understand this ancient process, tasting a glass of wine has the potential to become one of life's greatest rituals. 

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During our retreat we will enjoy a wine tasting and gourmet picnic at the contemporary Saronsberg Wine Estate and a 5 course food and wine pairing lunch at Waverley Hills Organic Wines and Olives.  We will celebrate New Year's Eve at the award winning Rijk's Cellar which will be a wine and food pairing 7 course dinner.  On New Year's Day, we will become Eco-Adventure Warriors as we experience pure adrenalin sliding the longest zipline tour in Africa through the mountains near Ceres.

You will receive one massage during our retreat.

The accomodation at Morgansvlei is of an international deluxe standard.  The rooms for this yoga retreat are only for sharing.  There is a choice of double cottages, each with a semi-private patio all with exquisite views of the surrounding area.  The cottages have self-catering facilities, including a fridge, as well as a Victorian styled ensuite bathroom and open fireplace.  There are also indivdual suites which include ensuite Victorian styled bathrooms and a shared patio.

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Breakfast can be enjoyed daily in the Farm Breakfast Room.  There is a spacious swimming pool with sun loungers for relaxing during the day.  As you wander around the estate it is possible to enjoy many different perspectives of the surrounding area from the tranquil dam, to the vineyards, to the historic chapel and the mountainous backdrop all around.

Vegetarians/Vegans will be catered for on this retreat.

This gorgeous New Year Yoga Retreat will cost:

  • R4750 for sharing an ensuite self-catering cottage
  • R4500 for sharing an ensuite room

 This will include:

  • 5 nights accommodation at Morgansvlei, Tulbagh, Western Cape
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 Yoga classes daily
  • Light supper& wine on December 28th & New Year's Day at Morgansvlei
  • Wine Tasting and gourmet picnic at Saronsberg on December 29th
  • 5 Course Food & Wine Pairing lunch at Waverley Hill's Organic Wines on December 30th
  • 7 Course Food and Wine Pairing Dinner at Rijks Country House on December 31st
  • 1 Massage
  • 1 Zipline Tour with Ceres Zipslide Adventures on January 1st

This price does not include:

  • Dinner on December 29th or 30th
  • Lunch on December 31st or January 1st
  • Transportation to and in and around Tulbagh
  • Any extra beverages consumed

The non-refundable deposit is R2000 and payable immediately to secure your spot.  The balance is payable by December 1st 2011.

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