Presence & Essence

Retreat with Pema Salem

Dates: 29 December 2024 – 3 January 2025
Venue: Bodhi Khaya, Standford, South Africa

Welcome to this New Year's retreat at Bodhi Khaya:
a Truly Intimate time in the Deeply Sacred flow of Life

We welcome you to embrace the full experience of Returning Home to an inner foundation of true intimacy with your Core, body and Being, in a beautiful, safely and sacredly Held environment.

You are invited to join Pema into deep relaxation, into Presence and Essence, into intimacy and union with Reality. All the way from your Empty and pre-existential Core, over your recognition as Love and all the way into the Earth, intimacy and realisation as the Power of Creation. It is an invitation to meet yourself in Truth, which allows for a full relaxation into your innermost Being and the recognition of your true nature – as the boundless Joy of Infinity in Intimacy – fully inclusive of fulfilment in every level of our human existence.

"Welcome to the Potentiality and Wonder of your own existence - that lies in each and every moment - waiting to be uncovered through your healing, resolution and realisation - in its call Home and back to Source."

― Pema Salem

What is Presence & Essence?

Our Daily Schedule
Daily satsang session, pure transmission through meditation and a natural flow between enjoyment, rest, movement meditation, dancing, bonfires, forest walks, sauna’s and lily-pond dips…
A Truly Intimate Ceremonial Celebration

For the year-end and a guided journey through the portal of time into 2025

Pema will lead us in ceremony, meditation and movement to gently remove the masks and self-defences we have built up and leave them on the threshold of the new dawn, so we can enter the New Year unmasked and strong in our true vulnerability and nakedness.

After the ceremony we will gather around the bonfire enjoying kirtan, prayer, medicine songs, mantra and silence. Be welcome to bring your drums, shakers and other instruments!

True intimacy with your core, body and being


We cater three vegetarian meals per day and accommodate reasonable dietary needs. Bodhi Khaya has a reputation for delicious, nurturing & nourishing country food using organic, seasonal produce fresh from the garden and other locally sourced fresh ingredients, combined with the cook’s spontaneous creativity! Vegan diets are easily catered for.

Bodywork / Massage

Bodhi Khaya has a dedicated space and team for bodywork and customised holistic treatments. Be welcome to book a 60 or 90 minute session for your own account.

“Peace, Pleasure and Play - being our natural state and movement in life - is an invitation back to your vulnerability, your True Intelligence, your innocence.”

― Pema Salem

Your Facilitators

Pema Salem

Inspirator & Guide

Pema Salem, 44 years, living on Møn island, Denmark. Inspirator and guide into union with Reality on all levels of life, love and being – as realisation and full application of the Deepest of Intimacy, Wildest of Wonder and actualisation of the True Human Potential.

Pema Salem was born in Denmark by Danish mother and Egyptian father. She grew up in a smaller town, with parents owning bars and cafe’s. She educated from Copenhagen Business School with a bachelor degree and continued unto IT-University around the same time, where she got married and had a boy child. Which was when the radical journey into Truth began.

At age 22, she started dissolving all which was built up and surrendered fully to the road of Life in Love. A road which expanded her consciousness into cosmic consciousness in 1,5 years. After living as cosmic consciousness for 5 years, teaching around the world, she went into solitary retreat. To later emerge back into context after 2,5 years of immersing herself in and realising beyond the beyond; the Primordial Silence.

The journey went on to re-emergence of landing back into the ground. Embodiment, practicality, healing trauma, uprooting conditioning, ancestral work, womb emergence – human wholeness, purification of sexuality, passion and power. Years which brought Pema into Beauty of marriage, creativity, animals and much more. A journey which keeps on revealing more gifts.

Rhianne van der Linde


Rhianne van der Linde is an avid alchemist and a dedicated dreamer with a depth of knowledge and experience of transforming the mundane into the magical. Her knowing that embodiment is rooted in relaxation and that every breath is an opportunity for us to wake-up to the bliss that is our birthright, inspires her to co-create intimate spaces for vulnerable exploration and sharing in Truth.

Specialities: Breathwork, Dreamwork, Shadow Exploration & Integration, Sexual Awakening for Women, Embodiment and Somatic practices, Body De-armouring.

To enquire about booking a one-on-one personal session you can email Rhianne:

Feedback from past attendees


Prices include all accommodation, meals & facilitation as detailed above
Prices are per person (sharing or single)

From: R17,932 / month for 2 months

If you have any questions, we invite you to schedule a discovery call with us.


Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for people who wish to enter more deeply into their own healing process. Open to both individuals & couples, this retreat serves as a portal to uncharted realms of self and unparalleled potentialities. While not designed as a practitioner course, many professionals value the unique techniques and perspectives presented. This retreat is open to both male and female bodied beings. Single or partnered. Whatever your relationship status, and however your sexuality expresses, you’re welcome just as you are. 

Yes, you’re welcome to participate on your own.  Whether you’re single or in partnership / relationship, this retreat is designed as a solo experience alongside and together with others.  You will have the opportunity to deepen in intimacy with yourself and with others. There are solo, partner, small group and whole group practices included in the retreat program.

Yes, please take your time to complete the application form as it is of great support in enabling us to co-create a powerful and rich experience for all of us.  We hugely appreciate your care & consideration with this.

  • Travel to and from Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, South Africa
  • VISA fees if applicable
  • Additional Treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Gifts, curio’s & items of a personal nature
  • Fully facilitated retreat programme including mastering Tantric Body De-armouring (TBD), guided and spontaneous movement meditations, awakened breath and other transformative rituals, ceremonies and practices
  • Accommodation of your choice (single or shared)
  • All meals (vegan)
  • The closest airport is Cape Town International.
  • The drive from Cape Town to Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat is approx. 3hrs.
  • We will connect all participants for lift sharing purposes.
  • A shuttle bus from Cape Town to Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat (return) can be arranged at an additional cost depending on how many participants require this service.
  • Cancellation up to and inc. 31 July 2024: Full refund (less 5% admin/banking fees)
  • Cancellation up to and inc. 31 August 2024: 50% refund
  • Cancellation up to and inc. 15 September 2024: 25% refund
  • Should you cancel after 15 September 2024: no refund will be due to you and you will forfeit any deposit/ payment made
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