Welcome to 2022 !!! I thought I should start off the year with this specific blog/review because it is my first post after the writing retreat that I attended, at Khula Dharma.
I am still learning and working on my writing skills. The blogging journey, that I started 4 years ago, is a serious path for me and I really want to be, much more at it and also grow in it. It is still a challenge (which I enjoy) and a means of taking me out of my comfort zone and learning and improving. That answers the why, I decided to attend the writing retreat.
The retreat was a combination of writing sessions and morning yoga sessions
Khula Dharma Retreat Centre is located in Haga Haga, which is an hour’s drive from East London (59km). The road from East London to Haga is easy to travel on and easy to navigate from East London to Haga. When you get to the gravel road in Haga, that too is manageable. Once you get to the first entrance to Khula Dharma and leave the main gravel road, it gets tricky. Haga Haga is rural and undeveloped, which means that cars with low ground coverage, like mine ….. it was a struggle ( this was my second trip and on the I came with my car, which unfortunately is still recovering, I left parts of my car, on that trip). So I would advise one travels to Khula Dharma driving a car that has an above average ground coverage (4×4).
The Centre is amazing, it feels like you are not in East London. The place reminds me of home, where I group up, in Libode. The accommodation fee includes food and they serve plant based foods which are grown on the property. The property is nestled in lush,dense green vegetation.
Once you settle in you lose yourself to the new noises, of silence shouting through, the purity of the air, bees, birds, all the sounds that are swallowed up, by the buzzing sounds of modern, city, town life.
There are modern facilities available such as wifi, electricity and charging station (for laptops, phones etc) but only in selected areas. the rooms have electricity and outdoor showers and outdoor toilet facilities.
I’m not a vegetarian or used to 100% plant based meals. The meals prepared by the host and chef (Angela) are filling and tasty.
The first hours of the mornings are strictly reserved for silence. Guests are free to walk about the property or and have breakfast in silence. If you are in the Eastern Cape, around East London and in need of a disconnect and reconnect to nature and self, this is the place the body and mind needs.
Rating – Accomodation 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 , food – 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾, Value for money – 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾