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Spiritual Places in Kwazulu Natal
February 4, 2014
Spiritual sites in the Midlands and Drakensberg include the Buddhist Retreat Centre, the charming Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Chatsworth, the majestic hills of the Drakensberg mountain range as well as spiritual Zulu culture and San rock art.
Spiritual tourism is growingand and KwaZulu-Natal in particular the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg certainly have a lot to offer soul searchers. Whatever your choice, you are in for an uplifting experience as you travel through spectacular scenery, from the balmy coastline to the mountainous interior.
Spiritual paces in Kwazulu Natal especially Drakensberg and Natal Midlands)
The Drakensberg Mountains leave little to top when it comes to natural beauty. With the soaring rock formations that have inspired all manner of spiritual and mystical experiences all you have to do is wonder off to the top of a hill and you will feel the spiritual energies that these mountains exude. The Drakensberg Mountains contain many rock-shelters with the largest collection of San Rock art in the world. The rock paintings are outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings. They represent the spiritual life of the San people who no longer live in this region.
Gxalingenwa Cave Hike is a two day hike in the Southern Drakensberg whhe yo pass through one of the most spiritually rich places in the Drakensberg, Pinnacle Rocks, where the San Rock Art depicts spiritual ceremonies and the Sharma's transformation to other forms.
In Chatsworth outside Durban, you'll find a local landmark in the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding built in the shape of a lotus flower. The architecturally beautiful Hare Krishna temple and its gardens are conducive to meditation, contemplation and prayer. You can go on a guided tour and enjoy a meal at the vegetarian restaurant at the temple.
More inspiration from the East can be found at the Ixopo Buddhist Retreat Centre, 90km south of Pietermaritzburg. This venue runs an annual programme including Buddhist retreats combined with yoga, the arts and even cooking. Alternatively, you can simply book a personal retreat to imbibe the peace of the rolling hills and the meditation spots, and tuck into tasty vegetarian cuisine. What’s more, Ixopo is a birder's paradise.
Focusing on traditional belief merged with contemporary healing, the award-winning Fordoun Spa near Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands cooperates with a local inyanga (medicinal healer) and sangoma (spiritual healer), Elliot Ndlovu. Elliot offers traditional treatments that use extracts from indigenous healing plants, consults guests at the spa, and has been instrumental in developing a range of natural products.
Lesotho, when under snow, is a magical place where angels surely live. There is a peaceful tranquility about this place that gives you a spiritual connection and reassurance that there is a higher place, and will undoubtedly become one of you faverout places.
The Natal Midlands is home to a number of spiritual retreat centers. Satori Farm has been createdas a place for contemplation, creativity and for opening awareness of the calming influence of the beautiful natural landscape. Solitude in the Dargle valley offers spiritual retreats every month and for the rest is a place to find calm
Awakening Circles offers the largest labyrinth in South Africa. Organised meditative labyrinth walks are available every full moon and on other significant days when spiritual energies are high.
Whether you are interested in one of the world's great religions, traditional healing or ancient hunter-gatherer philosophy, KwaZulu-Natal, with its multitude of cultures and influences, has plenty to offer anyone embarking on a spiritual journey.