South Africa November 2020

Yoga + Cosmic Astrology

South Africa Yoga Retreat

November 2020

With guest instructor Marisa Benasutti, and your guide Jaina Portwood

  • 7 days and 6 nights outside of beautiful Cape Town
  • Three organic, healthy. meals per day with a private chef
  • Daily yoga and meditation practice
  • Astrology and star gazing
  • Optional excursions including surfing, horseback riding, spa treatments and more
  • 50 hours of optional yoga teacher training certification


Set in Noordhoek, Sacred Mountain Lodge offers you suites and cottages in a tranquil setting surrounded by the the beauty of the Silvermine Mountain Range & Chapman’s Peak Drive. All of the accommodation at the Sacred Mountain Lodge features 100% cotton bed linen, satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities, wifi and a bar fridge. Some rooms include fully equipped kitchenettes, private braai facilities and indoor wood-burning fireplaces. 

Sacred Mountain Lodge offers various breakfast options including a selection of farmhouse breakfasts, omelettes and traditional French toast and health breakfast options. Free-range and organic produce is used where possible and breakfast is served, either in the comfort of your own cottage, the garden or the dining room. The guesthouse also offers lunch and and dinner, as well as picnic baskets for guests wishing to take day trips. The Sacred Mountain Lodge’s spa is set in a private forested clearing, and features a sauna and jacuzzi and offers a range of treatments. There’s also solar-heated swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Meals can be served in the beautiful forested garden or swimming pool area, as well as our library dining area. For our guests who book wellness spa treatments, our tranquil spa is also accessible to guests.

Noordhoek Farm Village is within 8-minutes walk from Sacred Mountain Lodge, while Noordhoek Beach is 2.7 km away. The area is popular for horse riding. The Sacred Mountain Lodge prides itself on its environmental friendliness with low energy lighting, water-saving showers and separation of waste for recycling.

Noordhoek is a well-established area, surrounded by beautiful natural settings, as well as having many superb restaurants and cafes for guests to enjoy. The beach is just down the road, and there are many fabulous hiking and cycle trails close by!



Tentative daily schedule:

7:00am Meditation and Asana Practice
8:30am Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm Optional Yoga Study
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm – 5:00pm Free Time or group excursions
5:00-6:00pm Yoga practice or workout
6:00pm Dinner

**Double Occupancy $2500
**Single Occupancy $3500

Tuition includes all meals, accommodation, and certification. Airfare and ground transport not included. Check-in is on Saturday 4:00pm, check-out is Saturday 11:00am.

$500 deposit required to reserve your spot.

Certification and hours go toward Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Requirements

**For more details on location, accommodations, or to register contact your guide Jaina Portwood 612-845-8175 or**



For double occupancy, will you be able/willing to assign rooms if I am not signing up with a friend?
Yes, if you don’t have a friend to share a room with I will be assigning roommates for any double occupancies (by gender).

Is the sample schedule just an example or is it the exact same schedule each day?
The sample schedule is indeed just an example, but it’s pretty close to timing. We will enjoy group excursions throughout the week. With all of our retreats the training portion (lecture and discussion) is optional, but I’ve found that everyone ends up wanting to fully participate! We will also have a special ceremony & dinner the last night.

Is there any kind of pre-retreat meeting or will we meet everyone once we arrive?Although most of the participants are from Minnesota, some are from around the USA so there will not be an opportunity for everyone to meet prior to our trip. We will, however have a Facebook group where students can share packing lists, questions, etc.

What if I want to go on the retreat, and enjoy the morning yoga & meditation classes, but not necessarily get certification or attend the lectures / training?

That’s just fine! The week will be extraordinary, and there is no pressure to sit in on lectures. Participate in activities as little or as much as you like.