Reconnect on The Rest Farm, Nieu Bethesda

The Rest is a free range cattle farm high in the Sneeuberg mountains of the Karoo, not far from Nieu Bethesda.

At the top of this important water catchment, you will find refuge from the endless buzz of digital devices and information, far away from cell phones, cars and deadlines.

This is where you can truly rest, where you can disconnect to reconnect.

Come here to relax, to stoepsit, to wander through the Karoo veld, to walk the stone-lined labyrinth or explore a tree-lined river.

Alternatively, you could come here for another, even more therapeutic purpose.


Farmer Paula Kingwill is a renowned dramatherapist and holds regular workshops in The Space, a remarkable light-filled building on the farm, with sprung wooden floor – perfect for movement and stillness.

The next workshop, to be held from 2 to 4 September 2016, focuses on Life Writing. This workshop on Memoir is facilitated by Dawn Garish.Life writing is not only about developing technical skills. It is also a way to reflect and grow awareness. The tools we need to write about what we imagine we know best – our memories and desires – are also tools we need to live more creatively, less anxiously. If you are writing fiction or poetry, life writing skills help to deepen observation.Labyrinth, The Rest, Karoo



We each have life motifs or themes that are more or less unconscious. Yet a distinctive and evolving pattern binds our journey from birth to death into a whole coherent piece. Getting to know more about the story we are living helps us to ride our stories with curiosity and compassion, rather than our stories riding us.

Imagination is an extraordinary tool. Over three days at this beautiful residential retreat we will reclaim imagination as a means to release ourselves into awe and creativity, connectedness and purpose, awareness and pleasure. Through identifying and engaging with the images that shape our time on earth, we will find refreshing approaches to put our personal stories down on the page.

Beginner writers are welcome.

A deposit of R500 secures your places.

  • Contact Paula on, Whatsapp 073 169 2716 or phone 049 8411 351 for more information or to book.