Testimonials

THE PROOF IS IN OUR PARTICIPANTS

I joined the Smiling Soul Retreat not knowing what to expect and certainly not sure what I was looking for. At this point in my life I felt blocked, frustrated, unhappy with myself and others, betrayed, hurt and LOST. I had spent my life fighting to survive and here I was feeling gutted and empty. Putting up a happy face, a mask, just to protect myself.  Gosh, did this retreat peel off the layers.  The whole experience is quite overwhelming, far was I to imagine the impact it would have in my life. Brett has a power much greater than his looks. He will give you tools to breakthrough, find yourself, most importantly show you how to channel and rebuilt yourself, or, should I say, the best version of yourself! Forever grateful I took this journey, and met the most beautiful souls. Every single one of them touched my heart leaving me vulnerable, humble and full of LOVE.

- Stephanie Jacobs, SA Women’s Retreat
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The best investment I have ever made! Ready to let go and grow! And rediscover from a new perspective!

- Rolene Van Wyk, Bali Retreat
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This retreat has taught me that everything is love. I came here seeking and now the seeking has disappeared. It's my greatest gift.

- Gontse, Bali Retreat Participant
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Brett’s message and the experience is simple and profound. Everyone gets it in their own way through experiencing the teachings first-hand. Ultimately, life is about fun, finding your joy and sharing the love with others, having a smiling soul. Simple. The Smiling Soul Retreats team are creating a ripple effect of love and it’s SO beautiful! Thank you again for life-affirming connections and the work you do! I loved every minute!

- Kerry Jordan – India Retreat
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The India Smiling Soul Retreats WILL change your life forever. It will make you truly happy again, like it has for everyone in the group I’m with. There’s nothing more to say. You have to live it.

- Jose Carvalho – India Retreat
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I had a multi-dimensional experience. It is the trip of a lifetime.

- Mark Fraser-Grant, India Retreat Participant
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The whole experience of attending the Women's Smiling Soul Retreat was unforgettable!! My soul was searching for answers, and I think many questions I had about myself became quite clear looking at it from a different perspective.  I am now able to take what I learnt and put into practice my ultimate purpose in life. Brett’s inspirational stories, told with passion, love and humour made me feel safe knowing that who I am is ‘enough’ and I have everything within me (my soul) – to continue journeying with love as the ultimate goal! Thank you to Brett, and the team at Smiling Soul Retreats. It was awesome!

- Joanne Kim Ferreira – SA Women’s Retreat
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I didn't know that inside me I was living someone else’s life. I can’t wait to live my authenticity and truth. I’m so excited, exhilarated and inspired for the new me and the life ahead I am about to ‘create’! Brett himself is an example of living authentically. And it shows me that there is no need to live in a box through his own example.

- Lavonne Mort - Bali Retreat
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I thought it would be silly but it changed my life.

- Kyla Jordaan & Tara Rabie, SA Retreat Participant
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The retreat was a journey of self-discovery and an exploration of a beautiful country, filled with spirituality and authenticity. From the logistics, food, the teachings and the different destinations we visited, everything was in flow and we couldn’t have asked for a more unique and special trip to India! Our group have remained in contact and are a family for life! 

- Clint Ducie – India Retreat
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I had an amazing time and the ‘nuggets’ are so many I would not know where to start. But more than anything to witness my 29 year old daughter absorb, grow, and smile with sheer joy and generally be amazed was the highlight for me. I wish I had learnt what Brett has to teach 30 years ago – my life would have been so different. But never too late!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Smiling Soul Retreats team for an amazing experience and one that should be on the ‘gap year’ plan of every student!

- Ann DiTella – India Retreat
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Brett has changed my life at 66. My kids are going to see
a different mama.

- Nomusa Nbanjwa – SA WOMEN’S RETREAT
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Hands down the best 2 weeks of my life!

- Trevor Waller - Bali Retreat
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I arrived at the Retreat on Friday morning with an apprehensive and fearful heart. This started to change almost immediately after being met by Tanya and Paula. I knew I was in good hands. Then Brett and Mark arrived… what followed was intense and I found myself close to tears – tears of healing – for most of the weekend. The seriousness was interspersed with exciting activities which brought balance to the weekend, my favourite being the Hojo sword fighting. Sunday arrived too soon and I left with more tears, this time tears of joy and gratitude. What a journey! Thank you Smiling Soul Retreats!

- Nicci Ford - SA Women’s Retreat
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I can't stop smiling!

- Jarryd - BALI RETREAT
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Starting all over again without baggage. The best holiday I have ever had. Every element that was part of the retreat was so well put together. It was so much fun! The best gift I could have ever given to myself.

- Carmen Sinclair - Bali Retreat
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Most incredible experience for both of us, great company, fun and so enjoyed Brett’s teachings. Cannot thank you enough for your constant help, organisation and support throughout. I’ve never experienced anything like it! Our thanks for the love shared amongst us all.

- Lyn Oldfield & Richard Gurney – India Retreat
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This is a trip of a lifetime.

- Helen – INDIA RETREAT
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Incredible trip from the beginning to end. Most amazing organisational skills. Everything was perfect. Each day was inspiring, no wonder they named it Smiling Soul Retreats, your soul definitely smiles. Beautiful friendships formed on this holiday. Wonderful teachers to guide you on your journey!

- Chantal Botha – India Retreat
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What an ultimate life experience. If you love yourself enough book on the next Bali retreat. It is every cent worth it, and not your typical retreat. Great balance between work and play. Fabulous fun experience!

- Johann Bothma - Bali Retreat
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It simply blew my mind.

- Carlos – INDIA RETREAT
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A most wonderful journey through some of the key sites and sights of incredible India with tour gurus Brett Shuttleworth and Rupali. Prepare to be welcomed and uplifted on a trip of a lifetime. After you arrive in India all admin and logistics are taken care of so that you can savour every moment in India.

- Shameela Eska – India Retreat
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Although I did not come to the Retreat with any intention, my interaction with everyone I met, and all I learned liberated my thinking in unexpected ways. I would recommend Smiling Souls to anyone - with great enthusiasm!

- Jacky Steynberg - Bali Retreat
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This was a very powerful experience for me. I'm so excited about my future now.

- Hayley – SA WOMEN’S RETREAT
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Wow what an experience. I’ve met such beautiful people and have made so many new friends and family on this trip. The team is amazing and the teachings incredible. The most unbelievable 12 days!

- Taryn Nelson - Bali Retreat
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I literally feel as though I’m floating in joy since I left the retreat, and that I have so much love to share. I believe my purpose is to be a shining light and I have realized over the past 2 or 3 years that I need to receive love in order to share it and shine brightly in a world where there is so much pain. This retreat enabled me to really see how I can start accepting love and who I really am.

- Hayley Reynolds– SA Women’s Retreat
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I came on my own and found myself.
Brett's teachings changed my life.

- Jane - BALI RETREAT
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The retreat was perfect - I really enjoyed the diversity of the participants from around the world and why they came, which enriched me. A priceless investment to be remembered forever! My husband and I are both grateful! We loved every moment! Thank you!

- Leonora Young – India Retreat
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An incredible journey of self discovery, fun, love and friendships - Thank you!

- Lee-Anne Myerson - Bali Retreat
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It's life-changing, educational and adventurous. The teachings - all I can say is - I'm going to follow Brett around the world.

- Siphokazi Nyamakazi – SA WOMEN’S RETREAT
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The Retreat was my 40th Birthday Adventure that I gifted myself. All I can say is that it truly was Incredible India!! A smiling soul and an open heart are the two most precious, beautiful gems I received. This experience was filled with so much texture, the colours, smells and tastes were more amazing than I could ever have imagined. I fell in love with the people of India. There is this constant give and take without expectation of something in return, it is like the ebb and flow of the tide...pure nature, pure love. I love and appreciate the amazing friendships I made on this retreat and the abundance of love that I received!

- Zita Tardrew – India Retreat
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I started out skeptical but after the first session, I was hooked. The teachings / miracles were fantastic and I learned a lot about me, and who I am and have to offer the world.

- Peter Ryder - Bali Retreat
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It was 10-stars. Worth every single cent and then some.

- Lynne – INDIA RETREAT
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I felt I was asleep and didn't realise it. I’m going home awake.

- Kim Morkel - Bali Retreat
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I recommend this retreat to people who are looking to remember the fun, joy and laughter in their lives while immersing themselves in the exotic spiritual nature of Bali!

- Terri Harford - Bali Retreat
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It's so well organised. It's a bucketlist dream come true.

- Naomi – INDIA RETREAT
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I was very sceptical. Everything was unbelievable.

- Peter - BALI RETREAT
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I didn't realise I was asleep. It's amazing how the Universe works.

- Kim - BALI RETREAT
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