De Hoop Collection’s Nourish Retreat

Posted on 1 April 2021

One of the most beautiful and tranquil areas of South Africa, De Hoop Nature Reserve, a short three hour’s drive from Cape Town, is the perfect setting for a long weekend to nourish your mind, body and soul.

De Hoop Collection – the first private/public partnership in the South African hospitality industry – opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007.  The Reserve in the Overberg region, a short three hour’s drive from Cape Town along the world-renowned Garden and Whale routes, is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples, groups, honeymooners and wedding parties, family reunions and birthday weekends and an ideal stop-over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation designed to suit all budgets. The staple of De Hoop’s dining scene is The Fig Tree Restaurant which overlooks the beautiful vlei with its spectacular bird life; and you can enjoy an exceptional variety of wines from the Silo Wine Cellar. De Hoop, a World Heritage site offers world-class whale-watching and is paradise for bird enthusiasts with its more than 260 species of birds including the endangered Cape Vultures. As a colony of almost 200 vultures roost and nest in the Potberg Mountains, exciting Vulture hikes and viewing opportunities are offered; other activities include interpretive marine walks, hiking and mountain biking trails, eco boat cruises on the vlei and Nature drives, tennis or boules. De Hoop – a nature lover’s paradise of unparalleled peace and tranquillity in what may well be one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems

Join yoga teacher Marianne Wiid, together with her daughter Anya and her friend Maria at a NourishRetreat from Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May 2021 at De Hoop Collection’s Melkkamer in the pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve.

De Hoop Collection's Nourish Retreat

The Nourish Retreat offers an enriching and life-affirming yoga and nutritional experience. A retreat where you can get back to basics and truly get away from it all – where you can connect with nature, deepen your yoga experience, soothe your soul, soak up rejuvenating energies, quieten your mind, and make time for your inner-self.

Marianne Wiid is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a qualified reflexologist, a wine connoisseur and an avid traveler. For her, yoga is a continuous journey of learnings and surprises, and she satisfies her curious spirit by doing yoga all over the world, immersing herself in local cultures and cuisines. Her passion for yoga and the ‘ bringing of joy to others’ lets her compassionately guide her students towards fulfilling a vision of a joyous and peaceful life.  Marianne will conduct two yoga sessions each day.

Marianne’s daughter, Anya Tiepelt is an English and History high school teacher who cannot keep herself out of the kitchen. Her passion for food is contagious and has led her into a world of fermentation. She loves making the Kimchi as it is a wonderful way to learn the art of fermentation. This Korean cuisine staple – a traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables – is packed with beneficial micro-organisms and probiotics and scores highly on the nutritional scorecard.  Anje will conduct a hands-on Kimchi workshop.

Anja’s friend Maria van Zyl, the owner of her own artisanal butter and dairy business Cream of the Crop in Cape Town, learnt the fascinating art of butter and cheesemaking in the Italian Alps in the summer after the completion of her studies at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Northern Italy. Maria will conduct a Cultured Butter-making workshop.

The De Hoop Collection/Nourish Retreat Package:

Date: Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May 2021

Price: R5 975 per person sharing in the Melkkamer Vlei Cottage & R7 775 per person sharing in Melkkamer Manor

The Package includes:

  • three nights’ accomodation at De Hoop Collection’s beautiful Melkkamer
  • two yoga sessions each day – invigorate your body and relax your mind with Marrianne Wiid
  • a Kimchi workshop with Anya Tiepelt – you will leave with your own jar of kimchi
  • a cultured butter-making workshop with Maria van Zyl – you will leave with your own block of cultured butter
  • all vegetarian meals (dinner by Ania and Maria; breakfasts and lunches by De Hoop Collection’s superb chefs)
  • a guided marine walk with one of the amazing De Hoop’s guides (at low tides) along the spectacular rocky shores at Koppie Alleen with a picnic lunch on the dunes

Booking: email [email protected]

Contact: 021 422 4522

PICTURE: Supplied

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