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POSTPONED. New Dates in 2022 TBC. Freedom & the Nervous System, a 7-day Retreat for women (Cape Town – South Africa)2

September 1 - September 7



In this retreat for women, we invite you into a gentle and profound experiential exploration of safe ways for releasing the memory of and response to trauma. Whereby we reclaim renewed freedom to live fully embodied lives…personally, professionally and intimately.

This retreat will be valuable for those individuals who wish to enter more deeply into their own healing process and also for practitioners who are interested in deepening their skills and understanding of trauma.

The inability to be fully present where we are, is one of the symptoms of trauma. How do we move from dissociation, over association and hyper vigilance into gentle presence exactly as and where we are?

It is remarkable how many people have had some traumatic experiences in their lives which have left them stuck in some form of incomplete defence response – whether conscious and/or unconscious. Experiences ranging from falls, accidents, neglect, direct sexual invasion to emotional incest or sexual innuendo can be too much for us to process at the time they occur. As we are unable to defend ourselves, we often find ourselves stuck in fight, flight or freeze. We often find ourselves fixed in repeated emotional or physical responses, which leave us feeling helpless and stuck. The time for finding our freedom is NOW. The traumatic event is over, let us do the work and reclaim our right to choice.

During this retreat you will get a basic experiential understanding of how the nervous system processes traumatic experiences. You will also receive group coaching support in releasing the trauma held in your nervous system, enabling you to relate more intimately with your body. Opening to a deeper level of energetic experience there will be a natural expansion of consciousness.


“Ever since participating in this retreat in 2018, I move a little bit slower than I used to. My nervous system now doesn’t like the intense levels of rush that I used to be OK with. Prior to the retreat, I was doing too much in the name of productivity which started taking a huge toll on me. I can no longer push myself like I used to without noticing immediately, which is great. My range of awareness has definitely increased. I was also really surprised at what came up for me on retreat that my body was still holding on to. My body and being opened up to more aliveness. I Feel blessed to have witnessed and been a part of such a beautiful dance of powerful facilitating with Rhianne and Karin. Such lovely nurturing wise gifted women. Also, could have not asked for a better venue nestled up in the hills. And the food!!! Oh my! I literally looked forward to every meal. So much love put into the food. Some of the best food on Retreat I have ever tasted. The guardians of EcoTara make you truly feel at home and cared for. Such beautiful people as was the whole experience!!!!” ~Tiarra (Participant on this retreat in 2018)

Your facilitators :

Karin Ritchie

Karin is a lover of life, a gentle warrior woman, passionate about growth and well-being. She draws on her journey of transformation from a traumatic life to one of grace. She is an Indian trained Kundalini Yoga teacher and a Trauma Healing Practitioner (SEP). She specialises in the interface between trauma and the portal that trauma offers to well being and true aliveness. Her ongoing studies include sexual trauma, global high, eye of the needle 1 & 2, Authentic Relationships, Conscious communication, Mind and Meditation and Beyond Addiction. Her extensive travels include assisting in training somatic practitioners in Hong Kong and assisting Dr Peter Levine at Omega Institute in New York. As a passionate healer, Karin seeks to create a conscious authentic life for herself and her clients. More about Karin at www.karinritchie.co.za

Rhianne van der Linde

Rhianne is an avid alchemist and a dedicated dreamer with a depth of knowledge and experience of transforming the mundane into the magical. Her personal explorations have led her into working with dreams, as a companion to those busy with their journey of dying, exploring the breath as a thread connecting us directly to source & processing and ritual with groups in wild nature. Truth as emptiness and Truth as embodiment – as consciousness expressing in form, in beautiful bodies of love…it is this language of the heart, this feminine language of embodiment & feeling that Rhianne is most interested in learning and sharing. More about Rhianne at www.shaktishiva.academy

The Venue:

Situated approximately 1 hour drive from Cape Town, Fynbos Estate covers 320 hectares, which is about the size of inner Cape Town. Of these 20 hectares are wine-grape vineyards and olive groves, 30 hectares are open farmland, and 270 hectares are granite mountain. (https://fynbosestate.co.za/).


7 Nights in Shared Accommodation including all Meals & Facilitation

$960 (Paypal or credit card)
€880 (Paypal only)
R13,740 (SA EFT’s only. Please contact Rhianne directly for Bank Account Details for EFT’s in ZAR.)

7 Nights in Single Accommodation including all Meals & Facilitation (note single accommodation is limited so first come first serve)

$1,060 (Paypal or credit card)
€970 (Paypal only)
R15,140 (SA EFT’s only. Please contact Rhianne directly for Bank Account Details for EFT’s in ZAR.)

Accommodation is limited to 14 women.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. We require a minimum number of 8 women participating to hold the retreat. If the minimum number of women required do not sign up, then all deposits will be refunded in full.

Balance of payment is due by: tbc.


DATES:  2021 Final Dates to be confirmed.
Starting: 6pm on Sunday
Finishing: 1pm on Sunday


Our menu will be vegetarian. Fynbos has a reputation for its delicious country food using local and seasonal ingredients including, wherever possible, their own vegetables and fruit and they’re always excited to prepare vegan food for participants too.


A shuttle bus from Cape Town to Fynbos Estate (return) is available at an additional cost of R350/person for 7 people sharing.

To Book:

 Rhianne van der Linde: +27 (0) 83 679 1297 / rhiannevdl@gmail.com


September 1
September 7
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Fynbos Estate
Paardeberg Road Western Cape 7300 South Africa
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Rhianne van der Linde