A holistic alternative...

Often described as experiential dolphin workshops, alternatives offer opportunities to connect and get in-touch with an array of interesting people, concepts and philosophies and of course create a nurtured space for human-dolphin connecting to take place. Retreats offer meditations, yoga, animal communications, breath and energy work and play to name but a few. They create an opportunity to welcome in growth, change and transformation. 

​Over the years we have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting some extraordinary people that have continued their own special journeys with the Dolphins of Ponta! These select group of light-workers facilitate workshops combining their unique skills together with our work to offer dolphin retreats that encompass a broad spectrum of holistic and spiritually enlightening components. Please contact our special light-workers directly in order to enquire and get a better feel for what is offered during their retreats.​

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06 to 11 March​ 2020

14 to 19 August 2020

Facilitated by renowned energy healer & animal communicator, Debbie Caknis and Africa's Dolphin Whisperer Angie Gullan.  

A time to interact with wild dolphin, learn to snorkel, attend informative talks on dolphins, their behaviour and therapeutic effects on humans. A time to experience daily Kundalini Yoga Classes. A time to breathe and meditate.
A time to relax, to connect, to be free .....


Six nights accommodation at the charming Lar do Ouro with brunches and dinners included

Three dolphin encountours with a snorkelling introduction course and presentation by Angie on the local dolphins, code of conduct and the long-term monitoring of the species.

Border transfers (from Kosi Bay border to Ponta return)

4x4 Sunset scenic cruise to next village.

Activities hosted by Debbie.


Email: info@zeropointhealing.co.za

+27 83 558 2555


Date TBC

Mornings are spent either enjoying a beautiful Vinyasa yoga flow to get the day started or in the water, experiencing the serenity and peaceful playfulness of the wild dolphins that swim in the bay. We can really learn a lot from dolphins, their fluid nature and their ability to just let go and have fun. Afternoons can be spent in self-reflection, chilling by the pool, exploring or scuba diving. In the evenings we have optional Yin and Restorative yoga or just spend the evening watching the sunset with a refreshing drink and chill.


Five nights accommodation at Lar do Ouro with brunches and & two dinners included.

Three dolphin encountours with a dolphin snorkelling course and presentation on the local dolphins, code of conduct and the long-term monitoring of the species. Dolphin Tribe Tee-Shirt and video of your encounters.

Daily yoga for all levels, mindfulness practice daily.

Arial Yoga on the beach with Charney.

Sunset Lighthouse hike.

Transport from King Shaka KZN & Kosi Bay. 

Price per person sharing: R8500 (before31/12) or R9500



Date TBC with Tammy

Immerse yourself mind, body and soul in 4 days of daily meditations, opening to your intuition and developing your already inherent animal communication abilities, inner journey exploration, deep and magical connection with the dolphins both in and out the water and reconnecting with your inner child for healing, fun, laughter and adventure. 


Four nights accommodation at Gala Gala with brunches and dinners included

Three dolphin encountours with a snorkelling introduction course, gear use and presentation by the Dolphin Team on the local dolphins, code of conduct and the long-term monitoring of the species.

Border transfers (from Kosi Bay border to Ponta return)

Animal communication workshop, daily meditations and fun practice sessions


Spending money, International traveler visa costs and drinks. 

R8000.00 p/p Sharing or R8600.00 Single Supplement

To book email: admin@animal-eyes.com  



If you are one of those people who love to share you teachings and work while in the company of wild dolphins, the encountour​ is the ideal foundation for a workshop. Dolphin Retreats include a minimum of a three launch encountour that includes a confidence building snorkel workshop for  your participants who will  be properly informed and educated about dolphins and the marine environment. The lodge Lar do Ouro offers undisturbed and private facilities for those interested in co-facilitating a retreat. It is the perfect holistic retreat venue for  groups as it offers full catering and private spaces for workshops. The venue is small and exclusivity is available on block bookings to ensure no disturbance.​​ Alternative venues are available.

10 Full paying guests less: 10% 

Facilitator x 1: pays 50% of accommodation, meals & Dolphin Encountour (cover costs of snorkel tax, activity pick-ups, tee-shirt and gear use)

6 Full paying guests less: 5%

Facilitator x 1: pays 100% of accommodation, meals  & Dolphin Encountour (cover costs of snorkel tax, activity pick-ups, tee-shirt and gear use)




We believe that dolphins offer a form of healing and have over the years worked with many special people who have come to seek some dolphin help. As we are working with a wild, non-captive population of dolphins, the whole experience combined can only be a recipe for healing. The adventure of getting to Ponta via 4x4, the snorkel course to get one prepared and calm, the adventurous and fun boat ride, the sun on ones face and the wind in ones hair,  the attentive and caring crew and of course our wonderful dofriends all work together in offering a non-captive therapeutic experience. The warm Indian Ocean in itself is therapeutic, offering a natural buoyancy that creates a feeling of weightlessness that creates a relaxing a stress free space.

​Dolphin Assisted therapy (DAT) is a controversial topic that is often frowned upon by some in the scientific community and welcomed by those whom have a spiritual connection to this existence. There are as many writings for and against dolphin assisted therapy and as an organization that was founded with spiritual values we have had to embrace science in order to fully understand the delicate balance and similarities that actually exists between the two. Dolphin Encountours however does NOT support DAT with captive animals and works with Eco-Therapy which encompasses working with nature as a catalyst to healing and just being!

Our programs offer this shift if one is open and allows it. The dolphins are not miracle workers and cannot fix disabilities or deformities however they do offer enlightenment. A deep sense of content is felt after an encounter, where hours are consciously spent contemplating your experience with divine creation. Simply by being in the now and experiencing nature in all its power we feel can be a catalyst to change.

The idea that human interaction with dolphins may be beneficial was first formulated in the 1960s by Dr John Lilly, who studied dolphin-human communication and suggested that dolphins could help humans learn to communicate better with one another. Lilly’s ideas were extended into the 1970s when dolphin researchers began examining the effects that interacting with dolphins appeared to have on humans.

Worldwide research suggests that swimming with dolphins has the possibility to de-stress and relax; alleviate depression, assist with insomnia and help disabilities such as ADD, autism, muscular dystrophy and downs syndrome to name but a few. It has also been suggested that the boost of infection fighting cells stimulate endorphins and hormones as well as a change in brain wave states from Beta to Alpha and Theta states which are those of deep relaxation, increased alertness and meditation to name but a few.

Dolphins sonar is said to alter cell structure and can be clearly felt and heard when the dolphins are emitting their echolocation. The closer the range the more intense the energy. Just float in the water and feel…Ancient written records document the use of sound to heal the sick and alter states of consciousness. Philosophers Plutarch, Plato and Aristotle all taught that sound was curative. Nowadays it is accepted that sonic stimulation can be used to alter states of consciousness and heal…​


Operations: Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

T/WApp: +258 84 330 3859