Pumula Retreat - The Dream House with the Magic Garden
After meeting 15 years ago in South Africa and many years travelling and working overseas together, we (Lucie and Scott) have decided to settle down in Scott’s home: his beloved South Coast of Kwazulu Natal . We have dreamed about an amazing property in the neighbourhood for years and decided to make our dream come true by starting a yoga and wellness retreat. Pumula Retreat is situated on the subtropical East Coast of South Africa, 120km south of Durban, in the Umzumbe area. The South Coast boasts sunny weather all year around with warm water in the Indian Ocean, allowing for a variety of outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving, horse riding, hiking, paragliding and more. Pumula Retreat offers a beautiful and unique experience with lush surroundings, breath-taking valley and sea views. Situated 1km away from the beach and nestled in the lush jungle of Pumula, our resident neighbours are duiker (small African antelope), bushbuck and vervet monkeys.
In Isizulu, (the provincial language) Pumula means “place of rest” and you’ll definitely experience this feeling as soon as you enter the property. Stroll around our 5 acres of well wooded garden and find peace among the trees. The garden blooms different colourful flowers every season. Relax by the pool side and bask in the sun unwinding in one of the loungers. If you visit during the winter months, watch the whales breach and play with one another as they pass by up the coast.
In addition to relaxation, Pumula Retreat offers a dedicated space for yoga teachers to run retreats with their students in a peaceful and safe environment, enabling fellow practitioners to gather and work on their personal development and practice. We also invite well-trained, professional instructors to offer retreats on other self-development topics such as meditation, tai chi, and art. Pumula Retreat is also open as a guesthouse when retreats are not booked, for individuals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and other activities. It will also be available for smaller group weekend getaways. The glass yoga studio built at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by the trees provides a unique yoga experience among nature.
As passionate yoga practitioners and experienced managers, we are very confident in the success of our project. In 2015, Hatha Yoga Studio, Yummy & Healthy (vegetarian take aways) and Natures lovers (B&B) were created and are very relevant to our experiences, by running the three companies together, we were already offering a private yoga retreat for our guests. The feedback has been very positive: we are listed as 5-star host on Airbnb and we have received bookings based on the excellent reviews about our vegetarian food and hospitality.
I am (Lucie) a 500hrs certified teacher, I completed my trainings in India (Iyengar, Sivananda, Multi-style and Yoga Therapy). Learning and integrating the numerous aspects of yoga into my daily life has had a very positive impact and seeing the benefits on my students have been really fulfilling and satisfying. I have participated in numerous yoga retreats: India, France, Spain, USA and South Africa. These experiences enabled me to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of how retreats are run and what makes one better than the other. Surroundings, facilities, accommodation, food, teachers and management are paramount to a successful retreat.
We are very excited about this new adventure and look forward to sharing our beautiful space with you.