Day Retreats

Charming Eco Cottage Available to Rent

Ideal for self retreat or couples retreat (self catering)

View or book the Charming Eco Cottage on air bnb    (Minimum 2 night stay)

No pets permitted on the property - All bookings can be made via airbnb

Mindfulness Based Living: The 8 Week Course

With Mindfulness Africa; Carey Would and Kerri Martinaglia

Begins: Saturday 1st September 2018, 9am - 11am (Every Saturday evening for 8 Consecutive Weeks and a Full Day Retreat)

Cost: R3600

This programme is a comprehensive training in mindfulness, over 8 consecutive weeks, suitable for both beginners and for those who already have a mindfulness practice.

 “Although assumed to be subject to our conscious control, most of the time our minds shuttle endlessly between the past and the future. Little time is actually spent living in the present. Yet, our capacity to effectively handle stress, to make informed decisions, and to access previously untapped resources and apply them in challenging, fast-paced business situations all rely on our capacity to be present. Quite literally, only when we are in the present can we optimise our capacity to consciously respond to situations rather than simply react, bring greater concentration and focus to work, and to monitor our level of stress and take effective steps to address it.”Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.


Participants will be taught progressive skills in mindfulness and compassion through presentations, guided practice and enquiry sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing. Each session runs for 2 hours, once a week, over a two-month period.


1) Starting Where We Are

 2) The Body as a Place to Stay Present

 3) Introducing Mindfulness Support

 4) Working with Distraction

 5) Exploring the Undercurrent

 6) Attitude of the Observer

 7) Self-Acceptance

 8) A Mindfulness Based Life

 Cost includes instruction, detailed notes and a flash drive of mindfulness practices. A 50% deposit secures your place.

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Mindfulness & Compassion Full Day Retreat

Saturday, 21st July 2018

With Mindulness Africa Facilitators Kerri and Carey

10am - 4pm

Cost R550 plus teachers dana (includes lunch and teas)

Mindfulness is defined as knowing what is happening, while it is happening, with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. In the beginning, we notice how our attention is like a butterfly flitting from one thought to the next. So we start by slowing down and settling our mind. We then introduce practices that ground us allowing our attention to drop out of our heads and into the sensory awareness of the body. We learn to rest in the present moment getting used to disengaging from our habits of compulsive doing. During the retreat we will be coming home to our body, heart and mind; applying curiosity, and compassion to whatever we notice. This attitude of openness, kindness and acceptance to whatever is there helps us to live with greater clarity and resilience. The weekend will be experiential and is designed as a helpful first step in developing your own personal Mindfulness practice or as a way of refreshing your existing practice.

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Nature Walk with Tree expert Richard Boon & The Ethekwini Municipality Climate Protection Department

Saturday 7th July

Cost R150 (includes teas and vegetarian lunch)

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8-Week Compassion-Based Living Course

with Kerri (CBLC Facilitator with Mindfulness Association UK)

Begins Feb 2018, Dates to be confirmed

9am - 11am each week over a two month period

For those that have already attended the 8-week Mindfulness Course, you are eligable for the next stage in the Mindfulness journey.

This course follows the Mindfulness Based Living Course and is ideal for those who wish to continue to develop their Mindfulness practice so as to hold inner experience with warmth and kindness.

It aims to enable participants to develop their Mindfulness practice by training in Compassion.

The themes of the 8 weeks are:

Why Practice Compassion?

The Compassionate Mess

It is not our fault: An Evolutionary Perspective

Creating Conditions for Safeness

Befriending the Self Critic

The Compassionate Friend Within

Day of Silent Practice

The 4 Immeasurables

Compassion for Others

For more information on the Compassion Based Living Course please email the office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Facilitators

Please see the teachers page of the website for more info on each facilitator.

Booking Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event, please consider offering your registration as a donation to the environmental work done by The Waterfall Retreat Centre in the Nkutu Valley. If you would prefer a credit toward a future event, contact us by 5pm at least two business days prior to the event by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Credits can be transferred once towards another event and must be used within 6 months of their date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel after the deadline. 

To use your credit, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book for a future retreat. We are unable to process credits online.

Retreat Pictures

If you would like to see recent pictures of the several retreats we hold per year, please visit us on facebook


Photo from the KZN Kundalini Yoga Festival we hosted in April 2018


What to bring to a retreat?

  • A hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat
  • Warm blanket/shawl for meditations
  • Layered clothing for winter
  • Good walking shoes
  • Chairs and cushions are available; but if you have a favourite cushion, please bring it.
  • You will be asked to remove your shoes prior to entering the studio; you may want to wear or bring warm socks.
  • Please wear layered clothing as the studio temperature can vary from cool to cold.