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Soulful Christmas in July & Hiking Trails @ The River House Breede River

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[16 Going – Fully Booked] -- Soulful Winter Weekend Away – Friday 13th – 15th July 2018 – The River House Rawsonville on the Breede River and our annual Christmas in July. Anyone is welcome to join as long as you have done one of the regular Sunday Walks. One of the highlights will certainly be the delicious 3 x Course midyear Christmas dinner, prepared by Inge a regular on the walks, a tradition that dates back to 2010 ;-) at various venues.

On the Saturday we will do one of the hiking trails on the Eensgevonden Vineyard Guest Farm in Rawsonville. The farm includes 400 hectares of mountain nature reserve, with scenic hiking trails through the fynbos with stunning views in all directions, a long list of birds and a nearby secluded crystal clear mountain rock pool for swimming. The mountain and the lower farm land have an interesting selection of bird species. Ninety seven different birds have been spotted so far! In the Winter, the mountains are snow-capped, a beautiful sight as they ascend majestically out from the valley of vineyards. Black Eagles nest in the mountains nearby. Fish eagles, Buzzards, Falcons and many other raptors can be spotted. On the Sunday we will do a shorter trail on the banks of the Quaggaskloof dam near Worcester, which will offer some more spectacular mountain views.

"VERY IMPORTANT" -- Please email first or call me directly (Do not just mark yourself as going on Facebook / Meetup) to check for availability and to book on - [masked] or for more info, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] - When making a booking, please can you send me your cell number, email address, name & surname and number of people going. You can also send me a message on "whatsapp

The venue is perfect for our next Christmas in July in 2018 after our Pat Busch Nature Reserve experience in July 2017. Since offering these events since 2003, The River House on the Breede River, was one of the best and luxurious affordable accommodation options that suited all our needs just perfectly. With the stunning river and mountain views from the lounge and river decks, this weekend away certainly offered so many wow moments, to enhance this soulful weekend away. A recommended favourite by all that were there in May 2017.

There are only two requirements to join this event. One is that we have spoken on the telephone, so that I can to give you a sense of what is on offer before you book. The other is that you need to have done one of the regular Sunday walks that I offer in the past 6 months or at least one of the regular walks in the six months leading up to the event. This structure / qualifying requirement has been put in place, so that I can gauge your fitness levels , meet you in person and determine whether you will be able to cope with the hike on offer. Joining in on at one of the walks before the event, also enhances the sense of soulful connectedness, as you will know some of the people going. The weekends away offer a combination of adventure of soulfulness, relaxation, group sharing of the day’s experience and time out is allocated for quiet time. By joining a walk I also get a chance to meet you and you will get to know what is on offer in person. This weekend away will be suitable for most levels of fitness. This extra time on the trails on these weekends away provides time to connect with the beauty of nature, including plenty of opportunity for taking pictures. There is also own time allocated on these weekends to explore the beauty of place where we are staying. Often there is an opportunity to swim, if it’s warm enough.

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Cost: R 1,[masked] per person or if you are not able to pay the full amount, then a R625.00 deposit to secure your booking with the balance of R625.00 to be paid on the 1st of March 2018. This will be a self- catering option, with shared communal lunch and dinner.

This will be a 3 day / 2 night away trip, starting on the Friday from 12.30pm, with arrival no later than 3pm for the start of the event and our opening sharing circle and ending on Sunday afternoon 4pm for our closing circle get together and sharing. VERY IMPORTANT -- Please check that you can commit to these times before joining. It is recommended that you take the Friday off to be there on time and to make the most of the Autumn Weekend away

Included in the payment will be your self-catering accommodation for both nights, Saturday nights Delicious 3 x Course Christmas Dinner and the permits for the various guided activities on offer. Suitable for Most Levels of Fitness, but some minimum fitness is required – This soulful weekend away forms part of our annual traditional MID-YEAR CHRISTMAS Group celebration weekend away The 13th of July 2018 is also on the new moon the New Moon, so it will be a perfect opportunity for our evening star gazing experience and evening walk.

The self-catering accommodation where we are staying at is located 12km just past Rawsonville or 90min from / 120km Cape Town. Wherever possible we will share the Transport in getting there.

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What is on offer:

What is on offer: Two trails – On the Saturday we will doing the 7.5km trail at the Eensgevonden Vineyard Guest Farm. Within 400ht of Private Nature Reserve, there is a lot of mountain and a lot of open space! With incredible views in all directions, the trails pass through very diverse scenery. Our farm lies between two bioms – the Western Cape Fynbos and the Succulent Karoo which in itself adds to the abundance of biodiversity.

Bird watching is popular and so far 97 species have been ticked off on the farm and mountain. Black Eagles nest in the mountains nearby. Fish eagles, Buzzards, Falcons and many other raptors can be spotted. The Views are said to be breath taking in every direction! The farm is surrounded by mountains and vineyards. If we are lucky we might have views of snow-capped mountains. The perfect white Christmas ;-)

We will also do a shorter trail on the Sunday on the banks on the Quaggaskloof dam, which is just past the Brandvlei Dam with special permission given as we will be going through the prison gates. We did a short section of this trail in May 2017 and I am looking forward to exploring more of this area. The mountain views are going to be awesome ;-)

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Laid back country style accommodation. One of the nicest things about visiting the Boland is how unhurried it feels... yet you don't have to travel far to get there. A mere hour's drive from Cape Town and you are in Worcester, the heart of the Boland and home to The River House, which offers self-catering accommodation, conference and function facilities. Perched on the banks of the Breede River, which meanders through the Boland, The River House is a sanctuary for tired souls. Blending old farm house accents with a refined southern African colour palette, its spacious, high-ceilinged lounge area offers a welcome respite after a day canoeing on the Breede. If lounging in the pool is more your thing, the one at The River House is the perfect place to cool off.

The house is perfectly situated for canoeing, fishing, bird-watching, golfing and wine tours.

I look forward to you joining us. Love and blessings. Iain

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"This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task. - Thich Nhat Hanh

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ABOUT THE RIVER LODGE

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Six comfortably furnished en-suite rooms. All of the six en suite double rooms open onto a vine-covered central courtyard, with the scent of fynbos and the sound of birds reaching every room. There is nothing better than walking out of your room straight into dappled sunlight and fresh air.

Sliding doors, running the length of the lounge, bring the outdoors in at The River House. Veranda and lounge merge seamlessly into the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cuppa as you watch the Breede slide by against the backdrop of the Boland's majestic mountains.

In the evenings, there is no better spot to relax and enjoy a braai, washed down with one of the region's many fine wines.

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ABOUT THE EENSGEVONDEN VINEYARD GUEST FARM & TRAIL

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Eensgevonden is a working wine farm in a stunningly beautiful spot! 360 degree views stretch across the great expanse of the Breede River Valley and the magnificent mountains that surround it. The farmstead – a National Monument is – the oldest in the Valley, dating back to the 1720’s. The farm has 400ha of mountain Nature Reserve with scenic hiking trails through virgin fynbos. Queen Victoria Peak is the highest part of the mountain, at a height of 1307m.

The mountain and the lower farm land have an interesting selection of bird species. Ninety seven different birds have been spotted so far! A five minute walk from the cottages is a gorgeous secluded mountain swimming pool – a wonderful way to cool off in the Summer.

In the winter, the mountains are snow-capped – a beautiful sight as they ascend majestically out from the valley of vineyards

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Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life ~ Steve Jobs

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If you are not sure of the level of fitness required or would like to find out more about this adventure or to check for availability and to book on - contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked]

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This meet-up group forms a combined part my websites http://www.intuitionwalks.com and www.awakening-intuition.com (http://www.awakening-intuitio.com) and the online Facebook section – https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks . I have been offering these walks since 2003 and with a subscriber list in Cape Town of over 2500 people. This group offers a great alternative to meeting like-minded people.

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The scenic surroundings will provide an ideal space for relaxation and re-connecting within. Not to mention connecting with like-minded people who share similar soulful interests

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==> TOTAL COST & HOW TO BOOK

Cost: R 1,[masked] per person or if you are not able to pay the full amount, then a R625.00 deposit to secure your booking with the balance of R625.00 to be paid on the 1st of March 2018. This will be a self- catering option, with shared communal lunch and dinner.

Included in the payment will be your accommodation for both nights, Saturday nights Delicious 3 x Course Christmas Dinner and the permits for the various guided activities on offer. We will be doing a braai on the Friday night.

Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis with payment, so book early to avoid disappointment.

==>My Banking details are listed below. Payment secures your place.

Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis with payment, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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MY NEW BANK DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

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Please email full details with confirmation of payment including - [masked] ([masked])

STANDARD BANK / Iain A. Macdonald / Current Account / Account number -[masked] /Branch Code -[masked] / Corner Lower Long and Hans Strydom Street / Cape Town – South Africa / Please email full details with confirmation of payment including / Full Name and Surname / Contact numbers / Number of People / Occupation / Level of Fitness

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PLEASE NOTE NEW TERMS OF BOOKING.

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As all payments are done for accommodation and Permits, no refunds are on offer. If something should come up at the last moment and you are not able to join, between 7 and 14 days prior to the date and only if I have a wait list of people and the spot can be refilled with some-one who has been on one of the regular walks before, will a refund will be offered if I can refill your spot. Anything less than 7 days prior to our departure day, NO REFUNDS on offer and your spot will NOT be re-advertised. People tend to make other plans and bookings in the last week are very hard to refill and I normally don’t have a waiting list.

For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] or [masked] - Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis with payment, so book early to avoid disappointment.

“Please note -- no Pets or Children allowed on this Soulful Weekend Away”

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It is my intention to offer activities or weekends away / retreats in different part of our beautiful country that offer a sacred soulful space to connect like-minded people who share similar soulful interests. Below is a list of various events planned.

For a list of previous weekends away, events, nature walks, Multi-day hikes and retreats that have been on offer - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/?past or for a list of up and coming events - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/

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Hosted by - Iain Macdonald - From Awakening Intuition Nature Walks, Retreats, Soulful Weekends Away, Events & Hiking – Connecting Like-minded people - From – http://www.intuitionwalks.com /&/ http://www.awakening-intuition.com - your online Free Resource Centre for practical tools to enhance & support your awakening Journey. Over[masked] Body Mind Soul Consciousness Articles, Relationship Advice Articles, On-line movies, E-books, Quotes & Sacred texts are listed.

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MORE INFO ABOUT YOUR STAY

==> ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION

This large self -catering farmhouse is perfect for large groups of friends or families! It has its own private garden, an outdoor braai area and indoor fireplace. It can sleep up to 16 people in total, between 6 bedrooms. There is one large lounge entertainment area and a beautiful large kitchen which is fully equipped with incl. detergent, microwave, large stove and oven as well as 2 fridges. There is an outdoor braai area plus an undercover patio area with tables & chairs. Bedding, towels and bed linen (extra blankets in winter, equipped kitchens with crockery, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, kettle, fridge, oven & stove, microwave, dish cloth, dish washing liquid, dishwasher tablets and toilet paper

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==> LEVEL OF FITNESS

@ -- For this Soulful Weekend Away on the 13th – 15th of July 2018, this will be suitable for most levels of fitness, as the walks will be not be longer than 90min

@@ -- If you have any doubts about the type of walk or pace in terms of fitness level, please call and I can advise accordingly.

@@@ -- It is always my aim to offer routes that are accessible for most people, but some minimum level of fitness is always required.

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ITINERARY – Summary

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FRIDAY

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=> Meet from 12.30pm or later if you are coming from Work / => Please no arrivals later than 3pm********* / => Check into our accommodation as allocated /=> For those arriving at 2pm time to relax and time to explore the reserve and see what is on offer /=> 4pm Opening Circle and Group Sharing – Start of Soulful Weekend Away / => 5.30pm Short Sunset Nature walks / => Approx. 6pm - Start fire around boma area / => 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Communal shared vegetarian delicious self-catered dinner / => [You are welcome to bring meat for yourself but we will not be doing a braai] / => 8.30pm – 20min Evening walk --- Star gazing and sounds of nature / => (Star gazing walk / experience – will be weather permitting)

SATURDAY

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=> Breakfast – provide your own / => 8am – Group Morning Check-in circle / => 8.30am - Depart for our hike / => 9am – Start of the hike – 7.5km / => 12pm – Lunch on route / => 2pm – Depart back to Accommodation / => Afternoon of Soulful own leisure time / => 6.30pm – Christmas Dinner celebration feasted prepared by Inge and sharing celebration / => 8.30pm – 15min Evening walk --- Star gazing and sounds of nature / => (Star gazing walk / experience – will be weather permitting)

SUNDAY

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=> Breakfast – provide your own / => 8.00am – Group Morning Brief Check-in circle / => 8.30am Depart for a Guided Nature walk in the Brandvlei Reserve / => 12pm – Lunch Back at accommodation / => 3.30pm - Group Closing Circle and end of Weekend Sacred Experience / => PLEASE NOTE: To join weekend you will need to be part of the end closing group get together / => 4pm Depart back to Cape Town

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@=> What is included:

Accommodating 16 guests comfortably in 6 rooms with twin or single beds. One of the rooms has 4 x single beds. The house has an open plan kitchen. Bedding and bed, bath towels, equipped kitchens with crockery, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, kettle, fridge, oven & stove, microwave. Saturday night’s Delicious 3 x Course Christmas Dinner and the permits for the various guided activities on offer.

@=> What is not included:

Food for meals. You are welcome to bring your own coffee / tea / soft drinks / alcohol / snacks

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Fully equipped Kitchen with stove and oven, microwave, kettle, fridge, crockery and cutlery.

Electricity: YES / Bathroom: Warm/cold water available / Pots, Cutlery and crockery supplied: YES / Linen supplied: YES / Towels Supplied: NO / Fireplace: YES / Swimming: YES / Walks/Hikes: YES / Special interests: Fynbos, birding, / Braai facilities: YES / Bathroom Facilities En-suite, Shared bathroom. / No Smoking in Rooms: / Stunning Mountain Views and private garden: / Cell Phone Reception: YES /

MEALS ---

Breakfast and & lunch each person will organise for themselves.

The first night will be a vegetarian shared communal meal and drinks, wine, ect. However we will each bring a side vegetarian dish to share with the group. The Saturday night we will be having our Christmas dinner

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==> DIRECTIONS

FROM CAPE TOWN

Take the N1 through the Huguenot Tunnel (du Toitskloof Pass) turn right at the R101 Rawsonville turnoff. In Rawsonville, turn right into Van Riebeeck Street and continue 12kms to Nekkies Resort turn left to Worcester over Breede River

Just before Worcester, take the R43 to Villiersdorp continue 12kms, across the Breede River and turn left into High Africa. Continue over the canal, the road forks take right fork to The River House

– More details to provided closer to the time

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* For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] or [masked]

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About Iain Macdonald and your Host for this Soulful Weekend away

I have a great passion for personal growth, spiritual development and holistic living. Inspiring others and encouraging their development brings me great personal reward and satisfaction

I am an event organiser connecting like-minded people and facilitating a sacred nature experience and enhance sense of community since 2003. I organize Nature walk on Sundays - http://www.intuitionwalks.com ) around Table Mountain Cape Town and surrounding areas for those who are looking to calm the soul and rejuvenate the body, or who enjoy meeting like-minded people who share similar soulful interests. Also on offer are Monthly Group Activities, Two Yearly Sacred Retreats, Multi Day Hikes & Relaxing Group Weekends Away. These walks are ideal for spiritually minded folk to meet and connect and enjoy a nature experience. My extensive previous experience as a Guest Manager in the hospitality industry has been in valuable in this regard. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

For a list of previous weekends away, events, nature walks, Multi-day hikes and retreats that have been on offer - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/?past or for a list of up and coming events - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/

I am also a reiki practitioner and have an advanced internationally recognised counselling skills diploma.

I promote conscious networking through the Awakening Intuition Network ( http://www.awakening-intuition.com ) which I founded in 2000. This listing also offers you an article-update and words of wisdom shared from Intuition - Your online Free Resource Centre for practical tools to enhance & support your awakening Journey. Over[masked] Body Mind Soul Consciousness Articles, Relationship Advice Articles, On-line movies, E-books, Quotes & Sacred texts are listed.

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