For the past year we have been wanting to help people connect in a deeper way to themselves through movement practices. It’s what we practice at our home CrossFit Knysna every day. To bring this vision to life in a different way we are hosting our first retreat in the paradise South Africa’s most beautiful town, Knysna.
The retreat is perfectly timed around the middle of the year so that you can come and enjoy some intentional time away and leave feeling recharged, connected and ready to take on the rest of the year with a new sense of self.
Co-hosting the event with us is a dear friend Lisa Claudette Lawson Davis. Lisa is a natural healer that carries immense energy and speaks through experience in her own practice. Having worked with Lisa before she was the natural choice to help guide the weekend into a space that you can feel open to all the experiences we have planned.
So what exactly is a wellness retreat? We have built a weekend away that will be filled with activities to get you centred again, as well as have lots of fun along the way rather than needing another holiday after going on one (which is often the case).
Some of the things you can expect:
A heart opening Cacoa Ceremony
Lessons on meditation
Beautiful forest walks
Variety of Yoga sessions
Blood pumping workouts (for all levels)
Conversations with like minded people
Cold water submersion
And all this set in what we believe to be one of the most beautiful settings in the country. The Black Water River Lodge is a 4-star resort that will host us through the weekend. They have arranged a special introductory price for us to enjoy our first retreat. This will be a one time offer and includes both nights stay as well as ALL of your delicious meals.
R2499 pp Sharing (double or twin rooms available)
R2999 if you would like a full room to yourself.
Elmay Bouwer, Chairperson of Knysna Tourism has been awarded the Karl Twiggs Floating Trophy by Skål International South Africa, in honour of “a valuable contribution to the tourism Industry”.
The award was made at a gala dinner at Vendôme Wine Estate in Paarl on Saturday night, 10 March, which was attended by Skål members from across the country, including Cape Town, the Winelands, Garden Route, Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban and Pretoria, all of whom are tourism and hospitality business owners and professionals.
Spokesperson for Skål, Pam Snyman, who was the recipient of the award last year, said that the floating trophy was awarded to Bouwer because of her passion for tourism, and Skal International which she works tirelessly to promote.
Said Snyman: “I’m delighted that Elmay won. She has done so much for Knysna Tourism and I think it is wonderful that Elmay has been recognised.”
Contenders for the award do not have to be members of Skål International South Africa, but must be involved in tourism. The adjudicators are Skål National President, National Vice President, International Councillor, National Secretary and National Treasurer.
Elmay Bouwer is a member of Skål Garden Route Club. Skål International Garden Route won the club of the year for 2018.
Bouwer said that she felt very honoured to receive this award and “very, very proud. My tourism journey this past year was not easy and was filled with challenges in my personal life, my business life and as chairperson of the Knysna Tourism board. But two things kept me going: my amazing life and business partner Paul Theron and the support, passion and spirit of our town's people.
“I’m also extremely grateful to my fellow Skålleauges, who gave so much support to Knysna and myself during the fires of 7 June last year. Their support was my inspiration.
“My wish is that winning this award will be an inspiration for others. Our passion is our strength,” she said.
Looking for some child-friendly outdoor entertainment during these balmy summer evenings this holiday season? We suggest you make your way to Blackwaters River Lodge near Knysna, were you can view old movie classics under a blanket of stars.
Starting this Saturday 26 November, and on several days over the month of December, Skyview Open Air Cinema will be setting up their outdoor theatre on the manicured lawns of Blackwaters River Lodge. Situated on the banks of the pretty, cola-coloured Goukamma River and surrounded by a variety of indigenous trees, Blackwaters is a perfect setting for an event of this nature, where you can enjoy a relaxed summers' evening in the company of friends and family.
The Earth & Fire Restaurant will be open and the normal menu will be available to those wishing to dine in the restaurant. The restaurant has a fully licensed bar and movie goers are not permitted to bring their own alcohol to the venue.
There will also be a take-away “MOVIE MENU", for those that want to eat outdoors, including the following items:
Chicken or Barbecue Burger: R50
Chicken Strips with tomato sauce: R40
Pizzas - from R55 to R85
Boerewors Roll: R35
Picnic baskets are available to order and include the following delectable fare:
• Fresh baguette (8 x slices) & butter
• Cheeses (blue cheese, Camembert, cheddar)
• Meats – Parma ham & Boere ham
• Chicken Liver Pate
• Olive tapenade
• 2x Vegetarian quiches
• Homemade onion marmalade
• Stuffed Eggs
• Garden Salad with Salad Dressing
• Something Sweet – 2x slices of chocolate cake
• 2 x Four Flowers Naturally Flavoured Water
• Cutlery, crockery & a blanket
(the cost is R280 - Serves 2 and needs to be ordered before 09:00 on the day of the movie)
Tickets are R50 and can be bought on the evening at the venue.
Checklist for Movie Goers: blankets, chairs, insect repellent, warm jacket, holiday spirit.
Event is weather dependant
Screening of films between:19:30 and 20:00
R30 to hire air sofas
Parking is limited.
Visit: www.skyviewcinema.co.za for the movie line up!