What to do on a wellness retreat
Beautiful Knysna Villas

If you are looking for a tranquil setting, restful endless views, space for exercise or relaxation, delicious nourishing food, and endless comfort then, Knysna, and Alkira Lodge, in particular, offers the ideal location for a wellness retreat. You can rest and rejuvenate in a beautiful setting while gathering new life tools, reinforcing positive practices, and celebrating all that is good.


If you decide to join us for the wellness getaway of your dreams, you can rest easy knowing that we have numerous wonderful teachers and professionals to choose from to suit your mood and needs. Get your besties together and start planning your next wellness getaway with five of our ideas on what to include in your retreat.

1. Healthy eating


Part of staying healthy is eating healthy, and what better way than to feed the soul with a healthy eating cooking class. Rope in a professional for some tips and tricks on how to improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing through eating. You can use these skills at home long after your retreat is over. You can also decide to dine on delicious plant-based foods for the duration of your retreat or enjoy a seasonal detox with a liquid fasting day.

2. Practice some yoga


Yoga promotes a sense of calm and helps to reconnect us to our physical environment. It also helps open up our airways, realign the spine and find the natural rhythm of our bodies. People who regularly practice yoga are more inclined to find peace and contentment in their daily lives. And on a wellness retreat at Alkira, you can practice yoga poolside or fireside, with views of the ocean or overlooking the vast Knysna lagoon – a sure-fire way to clear the head and focus on the present moment.

3. Book a spa treatment


What’s a wellness retreat without some revitalising spa treatment? Book a treatment that will add relaxation; reflexology uses pressure points to balance the nine systems of the body or opt for a hot stone massage with the stones’ warmth said to aid in healing and stress relief.

4. Take time to meditate


Early mornings or before bed on your wellness retreat are the ideal times to meditate. Meditation will help reconnect you with yourself, others, and the world around you and to enjoy delicious sleep. If you struggle to focus, a professional can assist you in unlocking your wisdom and creativity through meditation.

5. Explore the natural world

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Getting out into the natural world is the ideal way to calm your mind and soul. Look for an exclusive venue for your retreat where it will just be you and your group, so you’re not disturbed by others, and try and find somewhere removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. At Alkira Lodge, we’re surrounded by fynbos, which you can explore on foot and just down the road are unspoiled beaches and lagoons for peaceful walks or lazy kayaks down the river.

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