About Waterfall Day Retreat Centre


Situated on 28 acres over the Nkutu Valley in the Kloof area of KwaZulu Natal. The centre offers a nurturing day retreat venue in tropical surroundings with views and walks through the indigenous rolling landscapes of the preserved natural environment.


The Waterfall Retreat & Environmental Centre is committed to

Deepening our understanding of the mind

Preserving the wildlife and indigenous environment of the Nkutu Nature Reserve



The practice of mindful awareness is at the heart of all the activities at the retreat. The centre hosts a variety of gentle day retreats and Mindfulness Association study opportunities for all students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice. Through creating a nurturing space for the practice of mindfulness we hope to deepen our understanding of the mind. The centre also provides a venue for visiting facilitators both local and international.

We are also the venue for The Samye Dharma Pratice Group of the Karma Kagyu Lineage in Durban. For more information on the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism please visit: http://kagyu.org.za/


Waterfall Retreat song written by Ken Holmes, November 2016

Water falls

No trouble at all

In the valley secretly

Heading for the sea

Where four streams flow

So many good things grow

Friends learning to be kind

Caring for their minds


Through forests green

A python slips unseen

Flat-topped native trees

Make music in the breeze

In the temple’s transparency

We learn to be free

Eagles circle high

Above this place sublime


Haunting, tinkling bells

Dance with wildflower smells

A bamboo ladder leads

To a glade of mysteries

Here is where being still

Embraces nature’s thrills

One can simply be

In great simplicity


The Indian ocean brings

The weather as we sing

Ancient wisdoms thrive

Blown in by Indian skies

Beyond all time and space

Eternal truths await

As water falls

No trouble at all


                     Ken Holmes


Pathway to the meditation studio