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Joyful Eating: Mindfulness Retreat

JOYFUL EATING: A Mindfulness Retreat

Friday 12 October – Monday 15 October 2018

Did you know that weight gain is frequently linked to stress and poor sleeping habits? If this is true for you, dieting will not help!

Recent research shows that long-term weight loss can be achieved through managing stress levels.

This doesn’t mean quitting our jobs or running away from all our responsibilities! A different kind of response is needed – it’s called Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is usually defined as paying attention what’s actually happening right now, from moment to moment, with openness, curiosity and kindness. Really, though, what does this mean?

You can’t learn Mindfulness by reading words off a page or going to a lecture. It’s a way of training the brain and, just like developing strong core muscles, it takes practice. Some commitment is necessary before the benefits take hold. If you ever had the willpower to stick to a diet, you already have what it takes!

The Hydro invites you to take a bold step towards cultivating your own Mindfulness practice. An extremely useful tool you can use throughout your whole life.

This is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of Mindfulness in the peace and calm of The Hydro. Instead of another diet, you will be carefully directed to really investigate what motivates you to eat. You may be surprised by what you uncover in this simple, yet profound approach. What’s more, you’ll learn new habits of genuine self-care designed to help you stay calm during stressful times and see some real long term results.

The facilitator, Julie Deane-Williams ( is a long-standing dietician and Mindfulness trainer. With knowledge and experience combined with her exceptional gentleness and empathy, Julie has witnessed the transformation of many of her clients’ lives.

Places are limited to ensure the privacy and security of participants. You may choose to add it to your next stay at The Hydro. When you combine this experience with the treatments of a regular visit, you’ll gain even more value! You’ll learn new habits of self-awareness that will continue to support your best intentions.  Emerge from Winter this year with your weight under control.


Day 1

  • 10h15 – 11h45 Morning Meditation
  • 12h00 Lunch
  • 13h00 – 14h30 Free time
  • 14h30 – 16h00 Afternoon Session
  • 15h45 – 16h15 T’ai Chi
  • 18h00 Supper
  • 19h00 – 20h30 Evening Meditation

Day 2

  • 10h15 – 11h45 Morning Meditation
  • 12h00 Lunch
  • 13h00 – 15h00 Free time
  • 15h00 – 15h30 Salad Demo
  • 15h30 -17h30 Afternoon Session (Biodanza movement)
  • 18h00 Supper
  • 19h00 – Movie

Day 3

  • 10h15 – 11h45 Morning Meditation (leave in silence)
  • 12h00 Lunch (in silence )
  • 13h00 – 15h45 Free Time
  • 15h45 – 16h15 Yoga
  • 16h15 – 17h45 Afternoon Session
  • 18h00 Supper
  • 19h00 – Free Time

Day 4

  • 10h15 – 11h45 Morning Meditation
  • 12h00 Lunch
  • 13h00 – 14h30 Free Time
  • 14h30 -16h00 Afternoon Session
  • 16h00 -18h00 Free Time
  • 18h00 Supper
  • 19h00 – 21h00 Evening Meditation and closure



Room Type Single Per Person Sharing
Budget R 11 680 R 8 960
Standard R 13 160 R10 700
Executive R 16 780 R 13 440
Suite R 21 240 R 15 860

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This package  includes:

  • 3 healthy vegetarian buffet meals per day (standard Hydro nutrition)
  • mid-afternoon detox soup ~  fresh fruit
  • fresh, raw vegetable juices, cinnamon-and-ginger & rooibos teas throughout the day,  chamomile tea at night.
  • access to facilities: indoor heated pool and a well equipped gym.

Other treatments, if desired, can be booked individually during your stay.

Contact Reservations at or phone 021 809 3800 for more information.