• Venue building and cottages across dam near Plettenberg Bay
  • natural swimming pool for yoga retreat near Plettenberg Bay
  • yoga hall for yoga retreat near Plettenberg Bay
  • cozy lounge in venue building with stunning view over dam
  • outdoor fire pit at venue near Plettenberg Bay
  • aloe with bee on fynbos trail
  • twin beds in self-catering cottage near Plettenberg Bay


Amara is the name given to 'Paradise' in the ancient African legends of Abyssinia (today's Ethiopia).
Retreat comes from the Latin word 'retrahere' and means ‘to pull back’.
With our Retreats package we invite you to pull back to a place of Paradise.

Expansive grounds of wild nature interspersed by indigenous gardens, coupled with spacious yet cozy wooden buildings, make Amara a beautiful base to hold any Retreat of your choice. Fresh air, flowing mountain water and tranquility set the scene for your special event.

The Retreats package sleeps a maximum of 8 people and is ideal for yoga retreats, wellness workshops, movement -, body- and healing-workshops of many modalities, as well as spiritual and metaphysical retreats of various natures.

It includes the exclusive use of all 3 cottages, a separate facilitators studio, as well as the gorgeous venue building overlooking the fresh water dam and natural swimming pool.

During your retreat, the venue building will most likely form the heart of your indoor space.

It is comprised of the dining area, Heron Hall, interlocking kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a massage/treatment room, a wood fired sauna, as well as the pool area with a large wooden deck, loungers and outdoor fire pit.

The accommodation is spread out over 3 sunny chalets, built in a semi circle around the venue building and dam, all set to maximise the expansive views; the buildings are about 30 metres apart from each other.

R4,800 per night all inclusive for 8 adults on self-catering basis

R6,400 per night all inclusive for 8 adults on self-catering basis, during peak season

(1 Dec - 10 Jan & Easter weekend)

Discounts available for Retreats longer than 5 days

Please enquire about our catering options


Facilities for your Retreat package

Dining area

  • with a large indoor fire place,
  • Juice bar area,
  • a cozy lounge with stunning views over the fresh water dam,
  • and an opulent dining table comfortably seating 8 people

Heron Hall

Heron Hall is a magnificent empty space of 66 square metres (6 x 11m) with 

  • wooden floors;
  • glass sliding doors on 3 sides for ample fresh air and an outdoor kinda feeling;
  • a fire place for chilly winter days;
  • perfect as a yoga or movement space,
  • Meditation hall,
  • Circle space gathering area,
  • or any set-up of your choosing

Interlocking kitchen

  • conveniently placed to serve out to the dining area or into the hall;
  • fully set-up for self-catering for 8-14 people;
  • has all the modern conveniences such as fridge, freezer, gas hob & oven, dish washer, double sink, toaster, kettle, pots, pans, dishes, crockery & cutlery;
  • a functional space for any chef to work his craft

Massage/Treatment room

  • Cozy 2 x 3m room that is easily kept warm to relax into any treatment given
  • massage table and crystal lamp set-up
  • towels available as per optional extras


Extra Ladies & Gents bathrooms

  • conveniently located next to the treatment room;
  • easily accessible from the hall;
  • both have toilets, basins and showers

Natural swimming pool

  • filled with fresh flowing mountain water, it's a treat on hot summer days;
  • the gradual slope towards the deeper end makes for easy entry after the heat of the sauna

Wooden deck & fire pit

  • elegantly set up to flow from the venue building out onto the large wooden deck,
  • with loungers to soak up the sunshine;
  • and a round stone fire pit, which lets you gather around an open fire and tell stories under the starry African sky

The Cottages

  • sleeps 8 people spread out over 3 chalets
  • all have twin beds,
  • private bathrooms,
  • as well as a cozy lounge and covered veranda for private down time
  • towels, linen, dishwashing liquid & body soap provided
  • for further details please refer to individual cottages

Facilitators accommodation

  • sleeps maximum 3 facilitators;
  • set apart from the retreat area to offer extra privacy;
  • open plan studio with king sized bed & kitchenette;
  • attached bathroom with toilet, basin & shower
  • separate caravan 


Optional Extras

  • Experience a wood fired sauna,
  • perfect for detoxing and unwinding aching muscles (R200 per firing session)
  • towels for treatment room at R20 per used towel
  • cleaning service for kitchen & dining area (R200 per day)
  • cleaning service for chalets (R200 per day)
  • Meander through the Fynbos paths (Free :)


  • Self-catering is possible; bring your own chef
  • Various Farm Baskets are available to pre-order which you can then prepare yourself (Breakfast, Braai, Picknick)
  • We also offer a customised in-house catering service and are happy to design a menu plan on request to suit your specific requirements


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