Private healing getaways

Sometimes, when life runs away from you, it's nice to get away to a safe and tranquil haven to regain your sense of balance and equanimity in the presence of kind and compassionate friends.

Going to a commercial hotel gives you a good, relaxing break but it lacks the support structure for you to heal. Yvonne and Thomas open their home to you for personal retreats.

Protea Ranch is secluded, quiet and yet only a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The property has two separate guest cottages, one with one bedroom (queen-sized bed), the other the other with two bedrooms (one queen one king-sized bed). All three suites have private bathrooms, coffee stations and fridges.

There are lovely, secluded meditation spots, short bush walks and a swimming pool. There's plenty of time for self-reflection away from intruding television and the pressures of daily life. The emphasis is on mind and body health — no alcohol on sale.

During your retreat, your hosts help you plan your daily programme and you may elect to receive a 1½ personal counselling session at any time throughout your stay.

Yvonne comes from a family of Swiss hoteliers and studied hospitality and the culinary arts at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. A scrumptious breakfast, light lunch and a delicious dinner (divine vegetarian option available) is served daily in the privacy of your cottage.

Fresh coffee, a variety of teas, juices and home baked cookies tempt you to put your feet up and relax. Watch the sunset from one of several secluded vantage spots.

Daily rate: R1,300/person/night all inclusive.

Optional 90-minute one-on-one therapy session: +R850/session.

Single supplement: +R250/night.

Flexible arrival and departure times.

Most credit cards accepted.

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