08 - 10 Oct 2021 | Season of Awakening with Johann van Greunen and Glenda van den Oever

Updated: Nov 24

Soul Journey into Spring

A Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat

with Johann van Greunen, Specialist Wellness Counsellor and Reiki Master and Glenda van den Oever, Yoga Teacher

“…when it is springtime in your soul, then the rhythm, the energy and the hidden light of your own clay works with you. You are in the flow of your own growth of and potential.”

- John O’Donohue

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. A silent space to focus on awakening of the senses and spirit is especially needed as our bodies and souls are still recovering from the traumatic effects of living through a year of the COVID pandemic that affected our lives on all levels. 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.

On this retreat we will focus on the following:

Silence and Solitude:

  • The retreat will be silent from after dinner on the Friday till the Sunday brunch. We will intentionally create a structured and supported environment to support silence and deep reflection.

  • Entering deeply into silence and solitude through the mindfulness practices of meditation, yoga, movement and mindful eating.

  • Connecting with nature through a focus on the elements and garden walks.


The retreat programme will be designed to incorporate the public meditations at Temenos in either The Well or Little Way. During the retreat we will engage with the following meditation practices:

  • Seated Mindfulness Breath Meditations

  • Lying-down Meditations

  • Movement Meditations

  • Chakra Cleansing Meditations


Morning and late afternoon yoga classes will be restorative, cleansing and deeply relaxing.

The practice will be suitable for all levels of practitioners.


  • Awakening the senses through a focus on the elements to facilitate grounding and connectedness to nature and all in existence.

  • Awakening the senses through movement and mindful eating.

  • Awakening creative energy through colour and music.

  • Creative expression through drawing, painting, collaging, creative writing and journaling.

  • Creating a Spring Mandala.

You are invited to join us at Temenos Retreat Centre on the 8th October 2021 for this retreat, inclusive of brunch and dinner daily, coffee/tea with snacks the Saturday afternoon, as well as all retreat activities and materials used. Checking in-time will be from 14:00 on Friday 8th October and we will gather 16:00 for the start of the retreat. The retreat will end at 13:30 on Sunday 10th October, although the fee includes free accommodation for Sunday evening for those that can stay over. Supper on Sunday evening will be at your own cost. The restaurant, Tebaldi’s at Temenos is closed on Sunday evenings, but you can order a take away at the restaurant before 2pm, or choose to self-cater. The cottages at Temenos are fully equipped for self-catering.

The retreat fee is R 3 700.00 shared accommodation and R 4 200.00 single accommodation. An immediate deposit of R 1 000.00 secures your booking. The outstanding balance need to be paid by Friday 1st October. Please book soon as space is limited. For bookings, contact Johann at johann@johannvangreunen.co.za or 021-914 1294 or 083 764 5978.