#FindYourEscape: Renew yourself with a Water Reflections Trail retreat in the Garden Route

The Garden Route is South Africa's very Garden-of-Eden nook offering a diverse selection of landscapes, spanning its N2-laced inland and coastal routes.

Recognised globally for its exceptional natural beauty, The Crags in Plettenberg Bay is one such example.

Why not consider heading off to a five-day renewal of spirit programme set in The Crags. It allows you to tap into your natural intelligence and reignites your essential creative spirit so that you can reset to optimum. If you've been needing to relax and recharge - redesigning your living experience starts right here. 

  • When: Water Reflections Trail Retreats run monthly - from June to October - depending on accommodation preference
  • Where: The Crags, Garden Route - Minimum group size – 4 participants   
  • What: 'The Way of Water' and 'Alchemy of Spirit' 5-day Trail retreat 
  • Cost: Lodge option – R14 950.00pps, single supplement +30%
  • Contact:  info@venturebeyond.co.za or call their office: 064 654 3284
  • Extras: Venture Beyond Airport transfer to and from Plettenberg Bay Airport

As part of the Venture Beyond portfolio - their vision is to provide the ordinary traveller the opportunity to explore the hidden and less well-known jewels of this ecological wonderland.

The Adventure Beyond portfolio of trails and tours traverses the full spectrum of the natural and cultural environment, including marine biology, ornithology, wildlife and endangered species, palaeontology, history, art and spiritual awareness. 

Venture Beyond the ordinary and mundane

Venture Beyond in partnership with Michele Bestbier will tap into offering two unique experiences. 'The Way of Water' and 'Alchemy of Spirit' integrates 5 essential keys to facilitate crystalline living.

These topics will be presented in various forms over the 5-day trail and offer an innovative and natural approach to activate transformation. You will immerse yourself in the surrounding natural world as you participate in creative access and interpretation, yoga, meditation & story telling.

Water Reflections 

"We occupy 3 bodies; our physical, the earth and a metaphysical place of spirit. How do we navigate balance and harmony within the landscape of our ever expanding horizon’s? Be reminded and inspired by the super intelligence of nature and its master alchemist; WATER."

Offering a fresh new method of transformation that will inspire your adventurous self and enable you to explore your inner creativity and wellbeing so you can reach your full potential – physically, mentally and spiritually.

‘The imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

Expert naturists and nurturers

Venture Beyond has co-opted a fine blend of naturists and nurturers to host the 5-day program, including Michele Bestbier who is trained in meditation techniques by Deepak Chopra (5 years), Sacred Geometry, Vedic Knowledge, Anthroposophy, Egyptology, Fine Art, Yoga and the Spirit of Water.

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” 

"This is your opportunity to relax, refresh and rejuvenate your inner being in the pristine Tsitsikamma wilderness surrounding Plettenberg Bay, where you can breathe in this sacred world of rugged coastal landscapes, pristine forests, fynbos, flowers and silence, with easy access to stunning country lodges and spa treatments to pamper your physical self.

The Water Reflections Trail is offered with luxury accommodation at selected four star country lodges in the greater Plettenberg Bay area or alternatively as a luxury camping option at selected pristine locations in the Diepwalle Forest and Nature’s Valley.

The Five-Day Water Reflection Trail itinerary:

Day 1- Arrive Lily Pond Lodge

  • 18.00  Evening Presentation by Michele – introduction The Way of Water and on nature meditation 
  • 19.30  Dinner
  • Overnight Lily Pond Lodge

Day 2, Lily Pond Lodge

  • 07h30 Yoga session
  • 08.3h00 Breakfast
  • 09h30 Nature Valley coastal walk with Venture Beyond
  • 13h00 Picnic lunch in the forest. 
  • 15h00 - 17h00 Spa, Life Design Consultation & time to reflect
  • 17h00 - 18h00 Meditation hour with Michele
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 20.30 Story telling time – The value of silence
  • Overnight Lily Pond Lodge

Day 3, Redford House

  • 07h00 Yoga session
  • 08h00 Breakfast
  • 09h00  Diepwalle forest walk with Venture Beyond
  • 13h00 Lunch at Packwood Country Estate 
  • Road transfer to Redford House
  • 15h00 - 17h00 Life Design Consultation & time to reflect
  • 17h00 - 18h00 Meditation hour with Michele
  • 18.00 Time out for reflection
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 2030 Story telling time
  • Overnight Redford House

Day 4, Redford House

  • 07h00 Yoga session
  • 08h00 Breakfast
  • 09h00 Robberg peninsula trail
  • 13h00 Lunch at Quarry  restaurant 
  • 15h00 - 17h00  Life Design Consultation & time to reflect.
  • 17h00 - 18h00 Meditation hour with Michele
  •  18.00 Time out,
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 20.30 Story telling time
  • Overnight Redford House

Day 5

  • 07h00 Yoga session
  • 08h00 Breakfast
  • 09h00 Group interactive session hosted by Michele
  • 10h00 - Forest Bathing & Sound journey.
  • 13.00 Farewell picnic lunch
  • 13h00 Homeward bound, transfer to the airport

Please bring your own equipment to express your creative medium for inner reflection is an essential part of the process. Suggested equipment - pencils, paper, paint, writing equipment, cameras etc

Your 4 Star Country Lodges & “Glamping options”

NB: Accommodation at the above lodges cannot be guaranteed due to high demand during the southern Cape high season. Venture Beyond will however secure accommodation of similar grading.


Redford House is a 4 Star historic country guest house located in The Crags, set against the backdrop of the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.

Redford House is a 22-hectare estate with lakes, ponds, streams, gardens, and a nature reserve. Redford was an original English settler's farm and the old farmhouse and barn have been sympathetically restored, forming part of the present guest house complex.

Here you will be able to enjoy the tranquility and magic of the estate while being conveniently situated to Plettenberg Bay, beaches, golf, and a myriad of other activities. Nature's Valley Beach is about 13 kilometres away and Keurbooms Beach about 11 kilometres.Accommodation is provided in spacious bedrooms and suites with heating, a TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Hearty breakfasts are served in the farmhouse kitchen or on the patio, with candlelit dinners in the old settler's dining room with stories of the old days also available.Features include a pool pavilion and art studio next to the pool and tennis court. Guests can take full advantage of our beautiful weather and laze next to the pool, play tennis, fish or canoe on the lake, or read and picnic under the ancient spreading oaks in the garden. At the end of the day, watch the sun go down in spectacular style in harmony with nature's evening sounds.

Lily Pond Lodge

This lodge offers a heated outdoor jacuzzi and an edgeless pool set in a landscaped garden in Nature’s Valley. Surrounded by dense forest and lily ponds, the lodge offers aromatherapy massages. Lily Pond boasts luxuriously decorated rooms and suites fitted with country-style furniture and deluxe bedding.

Each room’s patio has a gravel floor and comfortable deck chairs. A restaurant is available on site and a full English breakfast with eggs, bacon and sausages is served on the spacious patio. Guests can also relax here with a glass of wine or beer and enjoy views of the lily pond. Lily Pond Country Lodge is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Nature Valley Beach. The natural rock formations at Arch Rock are less than 20 km away.

Glamping Water Reflections Trail 

The  “Glamping option” for the Water Reflections Trail is be based out of the Diepwalle Forest and at a secluded campsite on the Tsitsikamma coastline. Our luxury Glamping camp accommodates 2 guests per dome tent that includes 2 comfortable beds with fresh linen, bedside table and lamp. Dinner and full breakfast, picnic lunches are provided on the trail each day. The established campsite has ablution blocks and heated showers and undercover dining area. 

What you need to know if you plan on going: 

Costs: Lodge option – R14 950.00pps, single supplement +30%

Minimum group size – 4 participants

Cem Air and SAF Air offer direct daily flights to Plettenberg Bay and George from Johannesburg and Cape Town. We collect you at the Plett airport

The following costs are included in the itinerary as prepared:

  • All accommodation at 4/5 star country lodges/hotels as specified
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners.
  • Gourmet picnic lunches.
  • Professional guides throughout
  •  Presentations by Michele Bestbier.
  • Spa treatments at Lily Pond Lodge, two maximum.
  • All internal transfers.
  • Collections and returns to Plett Airport
  • Wine tastings if requested
  • Yoga sessions
  • Cape Nature entrances

Departures Lodge Based

  • 1st – 5th June 2018
  • 6th – 10th July 2018
  • 3rd – 7th August 2018
  • 7th – 11th September 2018
  • 28th September – 2nd October 2018
  • 11th – 15th October 2018

Glamping based: 

  • 8th – 12th June 2018
  • 13th – 17th July 2018
  • 10th – 14th August 2018

Bookings:  info@venturebeyond.co.za or call their office: 064 654 3284

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