The Gathering

October 22 – October 29 2018 (6 Nights)


A 6 night – WILD Dolphin retreat
With Jeanne Booth, Bennie Naude and Courtney Ward


Life is full of ‘shoulds’.
You should be at work or pick up the kids on time, should avoid junk food and eat healthily, should meditate more and stress less – and so it goes. Yawn…


Want to go to a beautiful place where you get to have fun, swim with dolphins, and do some more serious stuff like meditation if you feel like it? Where everything (I mean, everything) is handled for you – from airport pickups to dolphin excursions to your bed made for you?


Get to enjoy delicious and healthy food, thoughtfully prepared with love and where you get to pick your level of engagement, activities and accommodation? Join the group for early morning meditations or sleep in, partake in the facilitated group sessions or go for long walks on the beach, and join us for an evening movie or lie outside and ponder the stars – this is a retreat all about choice.


Hang out for 6 days with meaningful beach-side conversations in a beautiful setting with other people who can (and do) talk about more than politics and the weather and two internationally skilled facilitators who can (and do) listen between the lines to find out what’s really going on.


Seriousness has a place. When we consistently choose it over fun and play, it comes with a cost, and a huge one at that. Most of us don’t allow ourselves to or have forgotten how to play and have fun just for the sake of it. In that, we lose something very precious. Come and rediscover the power of adventure, play and fun to re-energise and reconnect with yourself and perhaps, your forgotten or neglected dreams.


With so much information available on-line and in books, why come away for a week on a retreat?

Well firstly, it is because you are getting away.
Getting out of your routine and daily grind or run of things sends a message to your brain that things are different – bringing new insights, resolutions and allowing things to change. Being away from what is familiar makes you much more aware and receptive to all that is going on around you – allowing for new connections and the opportunity for shifts to happen, be integrated and remembered, so that things can change for good.
We are not designed to be alone. Our whole unconscious program is to be in community.

Living on the edge and challenging yourself while being held in a safe and nurturing environment goes a long way to create those new neural pathways.
And the essence of The Gathering has always been to nourish and nurture. It’s just what we do and is also why we have always chosen our locations and activities with such care.

Being out in nature sends healing messages to the immune system. It calms your brain waves. You sleep better, feel better, eat better, digest better – your body feels grounded and a miracle myriad of changes happen on a chemical level that you don’t need to do anything about or even know about that can impact your health and well-being.

Retreats are really advances. It’s a going out to go within that allows everything to expand.
We have been running The Gathering Retreats for the last 5 years. Over months of deliberation, careful planning, intention and experience of what works we (Bennie and Jeanne) have created an experience that is profound.

We’re used to working with the best, and this time we’ve joined forces with Halo Gaia and the powerful experience of swimming and being with wild dolphins in their natural habitat off the coast of Mozambique. Ponta Do Ouro is a partial Marine reserve and the dolphin encounters are consciously and respectfully facilitated.

And then there’s the ocean and the beach and swimming with the wild DOLPHINS…….

“There’s just one thing you need to acknowledge; the dolphins encounter you on their own terms. This is possibly the crux of why a Halo Gaia retreat is so liberating; you have to let go of control – completely. You cannot dictate a thing; not the time, the place, the weather, the duration. Nothing is in your power any more. But it turns out that the dolphins are just the conduit for a much deeper connection – the one with yourself. The Halo Gaia concept is all about bringing people into a state of tranquility, respect and deep inner listening. ‘We all have the ability to intuit,’ says Courtney, ‘and if invited into a space to enable it, people come away with all sorts of experiences.’”  – Pippa Tuckwell, Safari Tart

Jeanne Booth

Jeanne Booth

Fondly known as the Energy Doula, Jeanne is a deeply compassionate healer. Safely and gently, she supports you to go within to rebirth lost parts of your Inner Self. Her work is honouring and transformational. All who leave her workshops feel moved and inspired to be their greater selves. Co-creator of the Gathering Retreats, creator of Spirit Rising Women’s retreats, and Energy Psychology trainer.

Bennie Naudé

Bennie Naudé

International master teacher, trainer, facilitator and presenter: Has the uncanny ability to connect dots that you didn’t even know were there. Realises that his main job is to help you feel great about and believe in yourself because once you do, you know what’s right for you and everything else takes care of itself. Co-creator of The Gathering Retreats, creator of Fall in Love with Presenting and many other programs; has (co)presented and facilitated over 200 events in 15 countries in the last 20 years.

Whether you want more energy, to (re)discover your true passion, refocus your life, believe in yourself more, let go of the past or just get away from the rush of a busy world, the Gathering is the opportunity to take time out, reflect deeply, be skillfully and lovingly facilitated and supported, and to be inspired to connect with your own greatness.

Courtney Ward

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.

Accommodation Options


Two single-bed tents on wooden decking, right on the beach and privately tucked away. Nestled in the forest canopy with hundreds of birds, butterflies, bush babies and monkeys. Communal bathroom facilities.

R19 900.00
(approx $1,681)

R21 350.00
(approx $1,803)


Large 2-person safari tent on wooden decking. Communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Two beds per tent.

R20 790.00
(approx $1,756)

R22 490.00
(approx $1,899)


Spacious and airy tents built on wooden platforms. En-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, electric fans and ‘walk-in’ mosquito nets. Shaded wooden walkways link each tent with the main deck, pool and lapa area, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

R22 890.00
(approx $1,933)

R24 390.00
(approx $2,060)


  • Dinner and overnight single accommodation Durban (22 Oct ’18), including shuttle from Durban International Airport to accommodation
  • Dinner in Durban (22 Oct)
  • Bus shuttle Durban to Mozambique Dolphin Coast (23 Oct ’18), including Kosi Bay border transfer
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at Ponta Malongane resort
  • 6 x 2-course brunch at resort
  • 5 x 3-course dinners at resort
  • 1 x dinner in village
  • Return bus shuttle back to Durban (29 Oct ’18), including Kosi Bay border transfer
  • Drinking water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling course, code-of-conduct & boat safety; includes snorkeling equipment (or bring your own)
  • 3 x educational, respect and awareness based dolphin swims guided by Courtney Ward
  • Sacred shamanic sound and drumming journey
  • Photographs of your ocean experiences
  • Group experiences, exercises and excursions facilitated by Jeanne, Bennie and Courtney


  • Return travel or airfare from/to Durban
  • All drinks except water, tea and coffee
  • Visa (ONLY required for non-South African passport holders)
  • Personal purchases and excursions
  • Travel insurance
This is my first day of my new world. I look forward to stepping into the unknown, confident to explore new options for me! I became aware of the traps that keep tripping me up and I was able to identify this very clearly. I choose to release myself from jail and I feel confident to soar into a new world knowing that I deserve the joy that I choose for myself. It takes great courage and commitment to look at making lifestyle changes but it’s so worth it!

What a blessing it is to meet up with such wonderful human angels that inspire and uplift us with such positive vibrations and warm feelings. It was such a privilege to be a part of all that feminine energy and the dolphins and whales were a bonus.

Thank you for the opportunity to appreciate the simple things, for the realisation that I need not fear change if it means making your dreams come true, for allowing me to share in this wonderful, indescribable journey with people that have touched my heart forever.