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Holistic Wellness Retreats

We are a small, personalised, retreat centre. High Hopes recently celebrated our 14th anniversary since opening on the 20th of May 2005. High Hopes proudly specialises in Individual Personalised Wellness Retreats, while also offering variety of Themed Retreat programmes and workshops over the years.


Choose from our Basic Health Balancing Retreat or our Intensive Personal Journey Programme, and build your own best programme with our input from there.

The Basic Health Balancing Retreat gives you: * accommodation in a very comfortable, private, garden-entrance, en-suite room * delicious plant-based meals prepared from freshly-sourced local ingredients by High Hopes co-owner and chef extraordinaire, Sharon Peddie
* an intake assessment session with kinesiologist and counselling psychologist Ange Craig
* nutritional assessment
* daily massage or reiki * * an aroma-steam
* an infra red detox treatment
* an ozone treatment
* a mandala session
* a Way forward consultation on departure day.

BASIC HEALTH BALANCING RETREAT COST: R3470 per day for the above programme

MAY 2019 Testimonial from Julie Seccombe, Age 42, Accountant, Johannesburg, attended Basic Health Balancing Retreat
“More than 100 percent happy with what I have had
Got more than I expected
I am walking away today so pleased that I came here and that I got to experience the retreat in the way that I did.
Everything was just spot on – the massages, the walks, the yoga, the mediation, the mandala painting …
I feel like a wondrous child again, a truly amazing experience. THANK YOU Ange, Sharon, Bev, Simone and team.
I never realised the setting was so beautiful, so great. Fits in with the retreat.”

The Intensive Personal Journey Retreat:
This is a wonderful retreat to embark on if you have come through a loss or trauma, or are facing a personal crisis of any kind. This programme supports and nurtures you with first class nutrition and relaxation at the same time as offering emotional and spiritual nourishment and insight. The Intensive Personal Journey Retreat takes you on an intensive personal journey back to centeredness and well-being through a primary focus on the inner you. The daily focus is to come back to self through in-depth kinesiology, counselling and mindfulness sessions, while enjoying the support of a superb relaxation programme.

The Intensive Personal Journey Retreat gives you the following (minimum booking 5 nights):
* accommodation in a very comfortable, garden-entrance, en-suite private room * fantastic nutritious meals
* an intake assessment session with kinesiologist and counselling psychologist Ange Craig
* nutritional assessment
* daily massage
* daily kinesiology/counselling sessions
* a mindfulness workshop
* daily meditation practice sessions
* an emotional freedom technique session
* your choice of yoga or guided mountain walks
* an ozone treatment
* a Way Forward consultation on departure day

Intensive Personal Journey Retreat COST PER DAY R5100 (minimum booking 5 nights)

APRIL 2019 Testimonial from Thomas Mpho, age 39, Company Director, attended Intensive Personal Journey Retreat
Comment by Thomas after attending for recovery from loss and trauma:
“I feel we have done well. I believe that even though the grieving is still going to be a journey, thanks to the team at High Hopes I feel lighter, I know where to go from here. The stuck position I thought I was in, and the overwhelming grief, now I feel I can handle it.”

High Hopes offers the option to personalise either of the above programmes by adding therapies of your choice.
Choose from our menu of offerings on a pay as you go basis any of the following:
yoga; guided mountain walks; meditation instruction sessions; NIA dance; connecting and communicating with horses; counselling; mandala drawing; oil or acrylic or water-colour painting; vegan/vegetarian cooking class; ozone therapy; kinesiology; emotional freedom technique; attunement session; infra-red detox therapy
(See price-list at the foot of this page)

High Hopes is open for personalised retreats at certain times throughout 2019. Please book your space timeously, as we are often fully booked, with only five garden-entrance private rooms at the centre.

Please write to us with your requested dates and needs to secure your booking in advance. Kindly note High Hopes is fully booked for retreats until the 21st of JUNE 2019. Send your details and request to to book your retreat.


We bring in additional teachers, facilitators and therapists to offer you a variety of special retreat experiences.

Menu of 2018-2019 Winter and Spring season:

21 June – 8 July 2019 Detox & Weight Loss Retreats R4270 per day all inclusive
* Private or shared accommodation in a very comfortable, garden-entrance, en-suite room
* Nutritional Assessment
* Juicing (ingredients typically include cucumber, spinach, celery, baby marrow, nettle, parsley, apple, pineapple, pear, ginger, lemon, orange, carrot, beetroot)
* Delicious Plant-Based, mostly organic, meals
* Optional HCG comprehensive Weight Loss Programme
* Ozone Therapy
* Daily Infra-Red Therapy
* Steaming
* Alternating Massage and Reiki daily treatments
* Emotional Toxicity Clearing
* Truth Inquiry Workshop
* Mindfulness Coaching
* Choice of guided mountain walks and yoga classes.
* Consciousnes-raising videos and small group workshops.

Testimonial DEC 2018 from Emmanuel Kapera, Age 34, Tanzania, Corporate Senior Consultant
“As soon as we drove in knew this is the right place I needed to be.
People greet you.
It feels like this is the way life is supposed to be: innocent, a relaxed environment to live in every day, I didn’t even notice that i was losing the weight i came to lose, i enjoyed myself so much. I lost 4.5 kilograms in my first week, and another 4 in my second week.
I am so grateful I was led to choose this retreat!”

25-28 July 3 DAY Writer’s Workshop R7840
3 Day memoir writing workshop with skilled author, teacher and GP Dawn Garish and the Life Righting Collective
* Accommodation at High Hopes
* Deliciously nourishing food by High Hopes
* Reduced rate therapies available only to participants of this course over the three days (all therapies less 25%!)
* Non residential option R3400 course only, includes all meals

8-22 August 2019 10 DAY Personal Growth Retreat R4100 per day
Private room en-suite accommodation
Delicious Nutritious Plant-Based Meals
Superfood smoothies (including organic macadamia and almond nut butters, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sesame seed, pumpkin seed, maca root, spirulina, cacao, flax and himalaya salt)
Mindfulness Instruction
Silent Walking
Daily Aroma-Steam and Massage Therapy
Clay Work

Testimonial APRIL 2019,Personal Growth Retreat, Lucretia, Age 51, Durban, Mother and Small Business Owner
I was scared, so far from home, to take myself into a different setting an environment I don’t know
We get so set in our ways…
Travel the same routes.
I felt relaxed the moment i arrived and was met with smiles and a sit down tea.
From that moment the retreat just got better and better.
There were tough moments too, of facing things in myself and in my past…
Ange and her team helped me face them together.
It was transformative, this retreat is transformative.
I am grateful I could give that gift to myself, it is the greatest gift I have given myself”

16 – 20 September 2019 and 2 – 6 November 2019 4 Day Walking & Visioning Retreat R16 500 all incl.
* 4 nights accommodation
* private facilitated visioning sessions
* meditations
*three day outward-bound and homeward-bound walking in the picturesque mountains surrounding Greyton
* walking in silence for parts of your journey
* massage before departure and again on return to the retreat centre
* accommodation at High Hopes, in mountain cottages and at Temenos Retreat Centre
* all meals
* walking guide throughout

Testimonial, NOV 2018, Clint Jacobs, Psychologist and Leadership Coach
“One word for this whole experience of the High Hopes Mini Camino: SUPERB”

The Walking and Visioning Retreat
Join us for a soulful four-day retreat that includes a meander through the breathtaking Sonderend Mountains between Greyton and McGregor. This restorative escape and special vision walk includes all meals and tranquil accommodation in idyllic settings, along with massage and other therapies and your own personal facilitated visioning process. Walk in mindful connection. Enjoy magnificent views and shows of endemic fynbos. Rejuvenate your spirit and stretch your legs!

The Concept of the Walking Pilgrimage:
This is a spiritual pilgramage consisting of a four day guided walk through the mountains, to our sister retreat in the neighbouring village of McGregor. We look after you and guide you on a journey of discovery and re-connection.

The Opportunity:
This retreat offers a rare opportunity to be safely guided on a spectacular inner focus walking journey on an ancient picturesque mountain trail. As you trail through nature you will be guided into the heart of a question, a quest for self, and on a spiritual quest.

Book your journey to self, through an ancient mountain trail, between two retreat centres – by writing to / phoning +27 28 254 9898 / sms +27 60 82 80 884.

Optional Extras Available on site to book on a book and pay basis on all retreats: detox juices; ozone; rife; infra-red therapy; reiki; counselling; coaching; cycling; guided mountain walks (& mountain pool swims!); natural remedies; superfoods


R950 per hour
CBTS (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia)
Combination Sessions (Ozone-Rife-Infrared / Massage-Kinesiology / Reiki-Kinesiology)
Vision-Work Sessions
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique Session)
Couple’s counselling
Steam and Massage
Connecting and Communicating with Horses Session

R750 per hour
Chi Massage
Kahuna Massage
Ayurvedic Massage
Insight Meditation & Journaling
Nutritional Coaching

R350 per hour
Mandala Painting
Guided Mountain & Village Walks
Yoga Classes
Ozone Therapy
Rife Treatment
Infra Red Dance Classes
Vegan and HCG Cooking Classes
Clay Work
Alpaca Visit (at a nearby farm)

R250 per 15 minutes

R100 Juices to Order
Green Juice Spinach, Nettle, Celery, Kale, Apple, Cucumber
Red Juice Beetroot, Carrot, Kale, Ginger
Orange Juice Orange, Butternut, Celery, Carrot

Add: Turmeric, Flaxseed Oil, Blueberries, Ginger, Strawberries, Cayenne (R15 per shot added)

R25 Home-ground percolated hob coffee

Add: Black Maca / Superfood Combo

R100 Superfood Smoothies to Order (choose 5 ingredients):
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, granny smith apples, goji berries, pecan nuts, organic macadamia nut butter, organic almond nut butter, organic cashew nut butter, organic peanut butter, organic sesame butter, banana, pineapple, lucuma superfoods, spirulina, organic cacao, flaxseed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, lime or lemon juice, raw organic honey or stevia as sweetener

High Hopes stock a range of superb natural remedies, along with BACH and South African Flower Remedies and a range of Weight Loss and Superfood Formulas. We also stock our own small range of aromatherapy soap, shampoo and nourishing body lotion.

Laundry service is available (ask Management for price list)

We hope to be welcoming you to High Hopes this season.

Yours in Wellness,