Step away from the demands of your busy life and into the sacred community of like-minded women on their journey of self-discovery, expression, inner healing and self-empowerment. Release Heal Renew retreat is designed to help you release deep layers of stress, tension and unresolved trauma trapped in the body, calm the busy mind, boost the immune system and to cultivate inner sense of peace, joy and wellbeing through Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises®, Therapeutic Drumming, and camaraderie. 

The build up of stress, tension and the unresolved, frozen or unspoken part of trauma can get trapped in the physiology of the body and it’s nervous system, manifesting itself through symptoms like chronic muscular tension, anxiety, auto immune diseases, IBS, tension headaches, chronic pain, depression, lower back pain, sleep difficulties and through various other, mind & body symptoms. Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises®, and Drumming Therapy can help you release trapped stress, tension and trauma in a safe, natural and effective way.


TRE® - Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises created by Dr. David Berceli, consist of a simple set of stretches that activate tremoring/shaking response in the body ( neurogenic tremors ). These gentle tremors generate in the pelvic area (Psoas muscles) and reverberate outward along the spine, effectively releasing deep levels of stress and chronic tension from the sacrum to the cranium. Neurogenic tremors are inherent, natural and safe, and can effectively relieve chronic muscle tension, unexplained aches and pains, insomnia, stomach pains, irritability, anxiety, anger, lack of concentration, tension headaches, lower back pain and various other, stress or trauma related symptoms, returning the body back to a calm, balanced and relaxed state.  


Drumming Therapy The current medical research is now verifying what shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa have known for thousands of years, that drumming creates and maintains physical, mental, and spiritual health. The therapeutic effects that use drumming rhythms to promote healing and self-expression, indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, lowers anxiety, treats depression, boosts the immune system, controls chronic pain, burns calories, synchronises the left and the right hemispheres of the brain, improves concentration, helps with ADD & ADHD, increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as many other viruses, improves focus and attention, releases negative feelings, blockages and emotional trauma, and evokes inexplicable feelings of joy, calm and wellbeing. During the retreat you will learn how to play simple rhythms that activate and increase Alpha wave brain activity, those brainwaves associated with feelings of well-being, meditation and euphoria. Everyone will be able to play with ease. 


Tension & Trauma Release Exercises & Drumming Therapy are individually effective self-healing practices, however, when they're used together they form a strong healing partnership and create a powerful way to unite and heal the body, mind and spirit on a very deep level. They can deepen your trust in following the self-healing and restorative capacities of your body, increase your ability to be present, and open you up to the wisdom of letting go and re-connect with intrinsic heart-space that can enable you to live more expansively, and with increased inner knowing and personal guidance.


Release Heal Renew retreat is best suitable for women who are recovering from an illness/cancer/ or past trauma, have recently been, or, are going through a divorce, struggle with anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, IBS, tension headaches, have ongoing lower back pain ( medically nothing wrong ), are in a difficult personal relationship, have battles with autoimmune disease or work in a very stressful environments.  


No TRE® or drumming experience required, but also suitable for those who have drummed or done TRE® before. Retreat caters for women only.


The retreat will be facilitated by Metka Zurman a life coach, Advanced TRE® Provider, TRE® Mentor, Retreats Facilitator and Djembe player.  





During this Retreat, you will be staying in an enormous, well established Natal Midlands garden, ( featured in Garden & Home magazine ) surrounded by tall flowering shrubs, sweet scented blossoms and singing birds. The Venue is safely situated within the beautiful River Goose Estate just outside of Howick, an hour away from Durban and close to many wonderful places to explore. The Estate is custodian to some of the last reimagining fields of indigenous mistbelt, grasslands and it is positioned along the banks of the uMgeni River, just below Midmar Dam and just before the river tumbles down the gorge at the Howick Falls. Umgeni Nature Reserve is five minutes away,  as is the famous Mandela Capture Site with its incredible steel architectural structure depicting Mandela’s face as you slowly approach it on the long walk to freedom..


The individual garden cottages are privately positioned in the garden spaces, each with their own comfortable outdoor areas, allowing guests to quietly soak up the peacefulness found in this special place. The cottages are comfortable and geared for a good nights sleep. You will be able to watch the stars twinkling in the sky before heading to bed.




The entire 3.5ha smallholding will be for our private use during this Release Heal Renew retreat. The beautiful and invigorating outdoor spaces will be perfect for TRE, Drumming Therapy work, and for just enjoying the space with others, if whether permitting. You will love the area beneath the trees alongside the koi ponds, with it’s tall aloes and cascading waterfall. You will also love the area on the edge of a forest,  overlooking the indigenous grasslands for our relaxing  experience at sunset. Our TRE exercise sessions will take place in a private indoor area which flows onto a covered verandah. The beautiful wooden floors and the stone fireplace have a pleasing aesthetic and you will be warm and cosy if the weather is cold. The covered verandah, which overlooks the expansive garden will be a happy space for us to enjoy our coffee whilst embracing the dawn of a new day. 


Access from the N3 highway is quick and easy but once you you are here, you will feel like you are miles away from the world we live in. This is a rejuvenating base from which to explore the Midlands.




During our stay, we will be served delicious vegetarian meals to help the body to focus on healing rather than digesting heavy food, as well as to help garner clarity and focus. All the food will be made with care and loving intention. The abundant vegetable garden is already planted out and is busy growing nutritious meals! Meals will be served outside under the trees during the day and inside around a candlelit table in the evening. 




  • Breakfast

  • Morning practice where you will be guided how to start connecting with the inner space within yourself.

  • The healing circle ( part 1 ) ( we will play simple drumming rhythms that release stress, connect to the heart, energise the mind and prepare the body energetically for a TRE® - Tension & Trauma Release Exercise session.

  • Tea break

  • TRE Session®

  • Integration

  • Lunch

  • Free time to absorb the healing and restorative energy and to reflect on the experience of the morning.

  • The Healing Circle ( part 2 - connecting to the inner and outer rhythms )

  • TRE Session®

  • Dinner

  • Evening drum circle held around outdoor camp fire ( weather permitting ) or inside around a fire place.

  • Rest 


Each day has one or two hours of free time to give you some space to assimilate the new experiences, deepen your practice, or simply relax and unwind or visit the neighbourhood. 




October 1 - 3 November 2019  The program starts at 15:00h on Friday the 1st and ends at 15h on Sunday the 3rd.




Sharing a beautiful country cottage with one or two other women, but staying in your private room - all inclusive:

Early bird - R2990 ( paid by 16th October )   |   Thereafter R3400 


Staying on your own in a beautiful country cottage - all inclusive:

Early bird: R3990 ( paid by 16th October )  

Thereafter: R4500 




  • 2 nights stay in a beautiful accommodation

  • Daily vegetarian meals and snacks

  • x 4 Tension & Trauma Release Sessions 

  • x 4 Drumming Therapy Sessions   

  • Drums hire

  • Sense of joy, camaraderie, enhanced wellbeing and improved health.


BOOKING ESSENTIAL | All bookings are dealt with on a first come first served basis. Women Only. To maintain the integrity of the retreat space is limited to 8 participants. 


Please not that the Release Heal Renew retreat is NOT a talk therapy or a QUICK FIX PROGRAM. The aim is to help you learn how to self-release the unresolved, frozen and unspoken part of stress, tension or trauma trapped in the body with natural, safe and non-drug, self-help tools, that can be used right away and long term. 


Retreat will be facilitated by Metka Zurman a life coach, TRE® provider, TRE® mentor, retreats facilitator and Djembe player. 

No TRE® or drumming experience required. Women Only. 






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