Digital Detox – A Women’s Re-wilding Retreat

3 – 6 MARCH 2022

3 Night Mountain Retreat

With Sandy Hughes & Courtney Ward

The wilderness is calling YOU!

Step out of the city & into your SOUL!

Cabin fever yearns for a post lock-down breakaway – a chance to get the wind in your hair & the raw earth beneath your feet.

Our “Re-wilding” intention for this retreat is to encourage you to take a complete digital detox!

We are dominated by our online presence – addicted to our devices & the dopamine “high” we acquire having our phone always in hand.

Explore freedom in this majestic terrain – here ancient ruins dated back to 600AD scatter the mountain sides of this powerful & sacred land.

Join us on this prodigious retreat designed by women for women & embrace that which roots you to the very pulse of this mother planet.

Soul medicine we will share on this retreat
• Morning Yoga & Meditation
• Nature Hikes & Ancient Ruin Exploration
• Nature Art
• Lifestyle & Wellness Coaching
• Indigenous Sound Journey
• Bonfire Circles
• Delicious Meals
• A Community of Woman

This retreat will be held at the spectacular Malapeng Lodge at Cranes Nest Mountain Estate in Mpumalanga.

Sandy Hughes

Functional Medicine Coach

I have always been deeply passionate about the magnificent functioning of the human body and the role healthy lifestyle plays on our quality of life. My studies into health and wellness began in 1998 at the Institute of Natural Health in Johannesburg with many courses and modalities following over the years. I entered the world of design in 2004 and have had a successful business in this space for the past 10 years.

I graduated from The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (USA) in 2019.
I am thrilled to find myself back in this exciting field at this time! I believe that health is true wealth and that by living in a “healthful” way in tune with the cycles and rhythm of nature and by knowing our own unique bio data and how to work with it that we can create vibrant health, abundance of energy and the clarity of mind required to achieve our greatest dreams and truly live as the best version of ourselves.

Courtney Ward


Essentially a performer in the great arts of the divine’, Courtney is a talented artist, actor and musician. She is especially gifted in her spontaneous ability to apply her artistic gifts and musical talents to a group dynamic in aid of personal transformation and creativity.

Since 1999 Courtney has worked passionately and intensively with the resident pod of Inshore Bottle Nose dolphins of Southern Mozambique as Halo Gaia’s owner, Ponta Malongane`s Ocean Safari guide, leading Dolphin Swim Facilitator and data collector. Through her intimate relations with the dolphins, her love of people and her love of the ocean, Courtney offers an extraordinary Ocean Awareness program.

Malapeng Lodge

Nestled in the Kwena Valley Basin between Lydenburg & Maschadodorp.

The beautiful Malapeng Lodge, where we will host this woman’s retreat is respectfully built on sacred land – the lodge is surrounded by ancient prehistoric ruins that form part of the ruin complex celebrated in the Adams Calendar discoveries..

Your shared accommodation will be in quaint semi-luxury, tented chalets surrounded by a nature-rich biodiversity boasting breathtaking views.

Each tented chalet has its own en-suite bathroom. We have 4 chalets on the estate – thus we are only able host 8 lucky ladies on this retreat experience (each chalet accommodates 2 guests).



  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Semi – Luxury tented chalets – en-suite bathroom – beds & bed linen – 2 per chalet.
  • Stunning Lodge facilities with rim flow pool overlooking the Kwena Valley Basin.
  • Delicious health conscious catered meals ; Brunch, Dinner and Desert – includes – teas, coffees and morning rusks.
  • Daily Yoga & meditation with Sandy and Courtney.
  • Wellness & lifestyle coaching with Sandy.
  • Sacred Shamanic Sound with Courtney.
  • Nature hikes and Ruin exploration.
  • Daily quiet time and journalling.
  • Bonfire circles.
  • Re-Wilding Woman bonding.
  • Digital Detox encouragement.


  • Transport to Malapeng – Cranes Nest country estate and home – we will however assist with lift share coordination.
  • Personal Drinks.
  • Towels.

The Women’s Rewilding Retreat was precisely this – a chance to let our hair down and engage with the elements – grounding in the earth, swimming in lakes, harnessing light in our sun salutations, journeying into sound, dancing around a fire, sharing insights, experiences, dreams, and spectacularly divine food. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Sandy and Courtney.


My soul has been re-wilded! Every little bit of this retreat felt like a collection of all the secret wishes I’ve been making for a long time now. As soon as I saw the mountains, my entire body sighed with relief. A place so naturally beautiful that I felt humbled, peaceful and excited all at the same time.
The experiences and stories that were shared on this retreat will feed my soul for years to come, and have taught me to embrace both the wild and the polished parts of myself. I am forever grateful for my time in the magical mountains of the Kwena Valley Basin. Thank you Shield Maiden Sandy and Mermaid Courtney 


I would highly recommend that any women attend this retreat. The facilitation is gentle, firm and spot on. The functional medicine, yoga and sound journey sessions are perfectly balanced with enough free time to rest and restore to your core. The ultimate highlights are the feasts – food made with so much love, attention and the freshest ingredients, and the wild swimming… The dances under the stars, the connection to each other and nature, and the beautiful lodge space to do it make this retreat a simple must-do. It was a high value for money exchange, and I will do it again in a heartbeat, and take more women with me to share the experience.


This is a beautiful part of the world – the breath taking views and peaceful tranquility have stolen my heart. Sandy and Courtney are both incredible women and hold a magical space. Wellness and music combine effortlessly to create this incredible retreat experience.


Melissa-In-The-Kitchen is not a sight, she is an experience… Never before have I felt so nourished – my body and soul – through the loving preparation, presentation and combinations of dishes that Melissa had served us. Her dishes reminded me of the blessings of food, the blessings of nourishing your body and the power of passion for what you do. I have been moved to change my relationship with food and nourishment, and it is all because of this magical woman’s creations. Thank you, Melissa, you create magic. The three of you is a thing of utmost beauty.


I’ve never delved so deeply into an experience holding such authentic, loving, joyful & compassionate Truth. Showing up exactly as I am, and being embraced with unconditionally loving support – opened up the most massive internal space for healing to express itself through grace. There was not a moment that went by where I tried to (even subconsciously) avoid deep presence, every second held such power. And, not only did the space provide light to be anchored at a given point in time but it has served as an eternal flame, and an everlasting love.
Thank you deeply to everyone involved.


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