Honeywood Farm Yoga Retreat 17th – 20th October 2019

Last year was such a success we are hosting another Yoga retreat at Honeywood Farm this October. Offering a variety of styles and activities.

We had so much fun last year at Honeywood Farm we are offering another fully immersive Yoga retreat this October.


You can look forward to Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Transformational Yoga and even an Aerial Yoga workshop! 

This rustic, family operated farm, less than three hours from Cape Town offers panoramic views, fresh countryside air, a variety of accommodation options and many an ideal spot for Yoga practice.

Honeywood Farm has been in the Moodie family since 1817. It borders the wild and magnificent Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve up against the Langeberg Mountains. It is a nature lover’s paradise.  With so many activities on offer. Such as hiking, mountain biking, birding, horse riding, and swimming in rivers and pools all in a peaceful and secure environment.

If you have experienced Honeywood Farm you will understand it is the most ideal Yoga retreat venue.

What to expect

  • Picturesque scenery from rolling lawns to hidden forests for Yoga practice.
  • Delicious homemade, hearty meals.
  • Morning and evening Yoga practice led by a variety of top South African teachers. Enjoy a variety of Yoga styles.
  • Daily outings and/or activities on offer.
  • An introductory course on beekeeping and honey production.
  • Plenty downtime for you to unwind and explore everything this farm has to offer.

To learn more about what we got up to last year, check out Honeywood Farm Yoga Retreat 2018

Meet your Teachers

Taryn Elise Herselman (Ma Akash Ganga)
Taryn Elise Herselman (Ma Akash Ganga)Yoga Therapist And Studio Director
Director of Shakti Yoga Therapy Centre in Johannesburg, Taryn Elise is a Yoga Teacher and Therapist with over 14 years’ experience. Taryn Elise blends her wide international influences with extensive training in India, to provide a compassionate and therapeutic approach to Yoga. Also holding a MA (Masters) in Psychology, she uses her extensive knowledge of yogic techniques to support emotional health and stress-related conditions, making use of the many physiological and psychological benefits of Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga. As a teacher, she creates an energising and inclusive atmosphere that makes her a favourite for retreats and workshops in South Africa and India.

Taryn Elise graduated in 2005 at Yoga Circle, a one year Teacher Training course in South Africa, before undertaking in-depth study in India. A student of renowned Yoga Therapist Yogacharya Vishwas Vasant Mandlik, she holds qualifications in Hatha, Transformational (500 hour) and Aerial Yoga Teaching. As well as a diploma in Advanced Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy from the Yoga Vidya Gurukul, accredited by the University of Pune, India.

Taryn Elise will be teaching a Transformational Yoga workshop during the retreat at Honeywood Farm.

What is Transformational Yoga?

Transformational Yoga is a powerful system of yogic techniques that helps us centre and balance our lives in a way that keeps us naturally happy, healthy and emotionally stable.

Based on the premise that every individual has the capacity to continuously experience pure consciousness characterised by good health, emotional balance and mental and spiritual clarity, Transformational Yoga stresses the practice and awareness of key yogic postures and techniques.  Its main aim is to purify the built up toxins lying within the five bodies and active the dormant energy (kundalini) resulting in spiritual awakening. This integral system was developed by Swami Vidyanand  in order to activate inner resources that allow the individual to live in a state of  equilibrium which lightens the pressures of contemporary living.

A carefully selected set of asana postures is practised in order to stretch the physical body.  This sequence of asanas opens and cleanses the seven chakras (life energy centres) which regulate our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. However, Transformational Yoga is much more than just asana exercises.  While hatha yogic postures are practiced to  strengthen the physical body, pranayama breathing techniques, mantra chanting, and meditation are also an essential part of this complete yogic system.  These techniques work simultaneously  in order to purify and energize the chakras and balance the subtle prana energies.  As a result, the effects of Transformational Yoga practice are felt immediately and are carried over into your everyday life bringing equilibrium and serenity into the physical body, emotions, mind, and soul.

Four key aspects of Transformational Yoga:

Asanas (yogic postures) – stretch and strengthen the body

Pranayama (breathing techniques)- detoxify and balance emotions

Mantra (chants) – focus and silence the mind while awakening the chakras

Meditation – brings awareness of our true Self through observation

Kylie Coleman
Kylie ColemanHatha and Yin Johannesburg based teacher
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita

Kylie is a 500 level hatha yoga teacher with a devoted love for everything calm, tranquil, slow and serene. She specialises in hatha yoga. But also likes to incorporate and explore the principles and techniques from gentler, introspective styles like yin yoga and restorative yoga.

Her intention? To ensure that everyone leaves class feeling a little lighter, more balanced, calm and collected. Staying fully committed to continuing down their own path to reconnecting with their true selves.

Kylie will be teaching a Yin Yoga and Yoga nidra practice during the retreat at Honeywood Farm.

Charney Engelbrecht
Charney EngelbrechtAerial Yoga Specialist
Charney has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 10 years. Walking out of her first yoga class – she was amazed at how light she felt and only half-joked that everyone should do Yoga!

This belief in the therapeutic benefits of Yoga led her to do a Sivananda Yoga Teacher training in 2006. Followed by training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, Aerial and kids yoga. Drawing from different styles of yoga, her own personal practice and experience, she offers a holistic well rounded yoga practice suited to all levels. Charney’s teaching style brings in her unique fusion of softness, breath and embodiment.
Charney runs Jai Aerial, specialising in Aerial Yoga. With the support of a hammock, to assist in a deeper practice and safe inversions. And also facilitates Om Kids where she runs Teachers Trainings in Kids Yoga and Mindfulness.
Charney will be teaching a Aerial Yoga Workshop during the Honeywood Farm Yoga retreat. Numbers are limited for this class so be sure to book early!

Suzanne Atie
Suzanne AtieAll About Yoga
Suzanne has been practicing many different styles of yoga for over 10 years.
In particular Vinyasa, Forrest,Iyengar and most recently Synergy.

Suzanne is a skilled, passionate and knowledgeable yoga practitioner. She completed her 200hr teacher training under the careful instruction of Jim Harrington– renowned ‘teacher of teachers.’

Suzanne’s extensive knowledge of the body is also sourced from twenty years experience of dancing. This, coupled with her training as a counselor, make her classes a truly unique mind-body experience.

During the Honeywood Farm retreat Suzanne will be leading a diverse slow-style, yet technically-focused class that will leave you refreshed and connected.

Catherine Leong
Catherine LeongYoga Venture SA
Catherine completed her vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2016 with Yoga Warrior. Catherine wanted to share her love for yoga in the most safe and effective way possible. She believes the mind is a powerful tool and being able to integrate that with a physical practice is key. Catherine will never stop learning. For her yoga is a modality that keeps her quite literally and figuratively on her toes.

If you joined us last year you will know to expect a dynamic, challenging yet playful sequence in Catherine’s class.

Lia Mundell
Lia MundellYoga Lova Teachers
“My little boy once asked me why I do yoga, and for a moment I couldn’t think of a straight answer.” says Lia. Initially Yoga was the one space she Lia felt blissfully alone yet surrounded by like-minded practitioners. Lia became a teacher because she wanted to do something that was so much bigger than herself. An opportunity to give something of what she had learned to others.

Born and bred a Jozi girl, Lia admits to being surrounded by the every day hullabaloo of the city. Being a single mom to a very busy and bubbly little boy and starting her own PR Company can both be demanding. Teaching yoga is a little sanctuary in her week. To connect and guide students through such a healing tradition.

Lia teaches with the utmost attention to form & detail, with absolute warmth and kindness. We are thrilled to have Lia teaching again this year at the retreat.

Theresa Moodie
Theresa MoodieHatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, International and Local Retreat Leader
Yoga Alliance accredited for 100hr/200hr and 300hr TTC

Theresa spent years working as a personal trainer. She discovered Yoga in her own self practice and recognised the benefits of combining this with her existing knowledge.

Having completed her 500hr advanced TTC with Shakti Yoga last year, she enjoys teaching a combination of styles including Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin. Theresa also lectures Yoga anatomy and Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of teacher training courses with Shakti Yoga.

Theresa hosts annual international and local Retreats.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting another Yoga Retreat at Honeywood Farm. A huge thank-you to all the wonderful teachers who have volunteered to teach classes during the retreat. This event is really close to my heart and it is amazing to see the momentum growing.”


4:30pm Welcome and Registration

5:30pm Hatha Yoga class and Yoga nidra led by Theresa Moodie

7:00pm Dinner served

7:00am Herbal teas available outside Shala

7:30am 75 min Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga class taught by Lia Mundell

9:00am Breakfast served

10:30am Aerial Yoga workshop with Charney Engelbrecht (limited to 8pax)

1:00pm: Lunch served

Quiet time for guests to walk,sleep, read or book a massage. 

5:30pm Yin Yoga 90min class with Kylie Coleman

7:00pm Dinner served

7:00am herbal teas and fruit smoothie served before class

7:30am 75min Vinyasa Yoga class taught by Catherine Leong

9:00am Breakfast served

10:30am Transformational Yoga Workshop with Taryn Elise Herselman

Lunch at the Red woods and walk to swim in the rock pools

4:30pm Silent walking meditation to the forest

7:00pm Dinner served

7:30am 75 min Vinyasa practice by Suzanne Atie

Followed by short closing ceremony & thank-you

9:00am Breakfast served

Check out by 11:30am

Cost per adult: R 2800

Included: Accommodation, Yoga classes, workshops and meals at Honeywood Farm.

Excluded: Transportation to Honeywood Farm, optional extras such as massage and entrance to the Nature Reserve.

We looking forward to having you join us.

For more information please feel free to contact : theresa@theresamoodie.com