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Diary

After giving many workshops in Europe, this is the first 5-day, local workshop in SA given by portrait artist , Mariè Stander. The workshop will take place during April in die quiant, picturesque village of McGregor. Situated in the mountains of the Western Cape, next to the Breede river and surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Robertson valley.

n this retreat we focus on the power of the stories we tell ourselves. This includes those we hear, share and the stories we need to become aware of to open us to creativity and innovation. There is something fictional about human beings. We are the stories we tell about ourselves. We love stories for we are stories. A story can trap us…a story can liberate us. Stories help us witness our lives and shift us from judgment to compassion. Stories open hearts, challenge minds and stir bodies into action. Rediscover the lost art of story-telling. Experience the joy, presence, mindfulness and transformation that arrive when we engage with a tale, learn how to craft it and inhabit it. We begin to see our lives as a story, keeping pace with the rhythm of our hearts, balanced between the in and the out breath. Be enchanted by Zen and other tales from many paths. Beginners are welcome for we live this retreat weekend in beginner’s mind.

Integrating the principles & practice of Alexander Technique, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Natural, Conscious Walk-ing, Marguerite guides us into the shared perspectives of these significant Arts. Embedding Movements from these disciplines to let go of strain and tension, force and effort, allows the body’s natural EASE & design, to operate. Our attitudes and intentions toward ourSelf and our relationships can be seen, felt and sensed – EMBODIED in what we do and ‘be’. Taking home practical, gentle, self-care Life skills: Centreing, balancing, grounding our Self into Effortless Activity, Alertness, and Vitality - so that our actions flow from
the BodyMind’s natural intelligent co-ordination and EASE.

Winter is the ideal season to retreat into silence and allow the weary soul to rest. Through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation this retreat aims to provide the nurturing and healing space needed for the necessary journey inward, entering the threshold of mystery through silence that will to allow body and soul to restore. I will offer additional Reiki sessions on this retreat to further enhance the body’s own restorative and balancing properties and support inner healing.

Inner Wellness Retreat with Celeste Du Toit Holistic Wellness starts Within….

A 4 day healing, growth and balancing retreat.

Perhaps you are…

  • Feeling unfulfilled, stuck, in a rut or trapped

  • Constantly making the same mistakes

  • Experiencing major life changes or trauma

  • Convinced you’re destined for more in life

  • Lonely and unhappy inside

  • Questioning your spirituality and want to deepen it

  • Longin...

This is an invitation to come into stillness and do some internal work - to meditate, move gently, declare yourself a learner and immerse yourself in a creative process that will help you gain clarity on what is truly important to you - to re-connect with your true essence. And most importantly, to do this with self-compassion.

Spring is the Season of Awakening to new possibilities and new life. For the soul a journey into spring can entail undertaking new projects, giving attention to desires and hopes that stir up after the slumber and sleep associated with winter, or even making some important life changes. This silent retreat will create the sacred space for solitude and deep reflection to facilitate this soul journey into spring through the practices of mindfulness, meditation, yoga and movement.

Integrating the principles & practice of Alexander Technique, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Natural, Conscious Walk-ing, Marguerite guides us into the shared perspectives of these significant Arts. Embedding Movements from these disciplines to let go of strain and tension, force and effort, allows the body’s natural EASE & design, to operate. Our attitudes and intentions toward ourSelf and our relationships can be seen, felt and sensed – EMBODIED in what we do and ‘be’. Taking home practical, gentle, self-care Life skills: Centreing, balancing, grounding our Self into Effortless Activity, Alertness, and Vitality - so that our actions flow from
the BodyMind’s natural intelligent co-ordination and EASE.

Regardless of the career path we follow, all of us experience at some point of time a “creative block” and loss of inspiration. Whether it is due to unreasonable demands on our time, work pressure, obligations, fatigue or a combination of it all, it is a challenging and sometimes very unhappy space to be in. We might feel that we are just living a rat-race to manage deadlines and ensuring that our lives stay more or less intact. But our souls might remind us that we are lacking. It is the kind of Dark Night of the Soul that brings to awareness that we have lost imagination and creative inspiration, and that it is time to retrieve it. This retreat aims to help us develop tools that we can use in our daily lives to recall the Creative Muse and keep our inspiration alive.

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