Who We Are

iDwala Retreat Centre (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned and run Franciscan Retreat Centre, with wife and husband team Heidi and Hermann Kuschke as owners and managers of the facility.

There is no official denominational involvement, although both Heidi and Hermann are practicing Anglicans and professed members of The Society of St Francis, an Anglican religious order. Spiritual oversight of the activities at iDwala is given by these organisations.

Both Heidi and Hermann are qualified and experienced Spiritual Directors, having completed a course in Spiritual Accompaniment in 2014, offered by the Centre for Spirituality, Meditation and Prayer of the Dutch Reformed Church in South-eastern Pretoria. In addition Hermann is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church and an honorary Canon in the Diocese of Mpumalanga. He serves as priest in the Chapel of St Paul in Belfast, Mpumalanga.

What Is A Retreat?

A retreat is a response to God’s invitation to come aside and rest with him. God is the host, the one who plans what will happen. There will always be an element of the unexpected on retreat - but it will be in the context of an encounter with a loving and gracious God.

A guided retreat

Includes optional presentations on a given topic, prayer time, possibly with rituals, and Eucharistic liturgy.

Preached Retreats

Usually have a theme. Each day there will be a talk in the morning with suggestions for prayer during the day

A Directed Retreat

Is a time specifically designed to help an individual experience the presence of God in their life


Our iDwala Journey

“How do we discern the voice and call of God amongst so many other voices in our lives demanding immediate attention and action?” This was the question Heidi and Hermann struggled with during 2017. This in short is their story…

God wants us to do What? Develop and open a retreat centre? You must be joking! Yet that was the call. Almost like Abraham “…leave and go to the place I will show you…” After many visits to many possible locations, God showed is the place He had in mind for us. Both of us clearly remember that 21st of September 2017 when we first set eyes on the property and we both instantly knew this is the place God promised to show us.


Things To Look Forward To

iDwala caters for a wide variety of interesting things to enhance your retreat experience.


Spectacular scenery and varied terrain will keep even the most demanding photographer entertained for hours – whether it’s the birds or the plants or the rocks or the water – you will find that special and perfect image to capture.

Boer war history
Pre-colonial peoples
San people

iDwala boasts its very own examples of rock art, evidence of ancient people treading the ground before us.

iDwala Retreat Centre

Currently three well-appointed, en-suite double guestrooms are available, inclusive of all meals.

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