About Us

About Makona

Makona Philosophy

Makona aims to create an inspiring holistic concept by combining yoga, nutrition and natural beauty. That will help you to recharge your energy away from everyday life and to find new inspirations for your personal growth and a more balanced conscious lifestyle.

The word “Makona” means to be satisfied in Maori language. Simply being satisfied is one of the most desirable goals in life – Makona is all about balance, peace and satisfaction.

About Retreat

Makona Holistic Retreat

Makona Holistic Retreat is a unique holistic well-being vacation experience dedicated to giving you space to rediscover yourself in an intimate & stunning environment and to create a place to connect with like-minded travellers.

No matter whether you are a “yogi” or simply want to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a unique environment, Makona aims to give you peace and satisfaction in order to create an authentic holiday experience in a feel-good oasis that will give you lasting memories that you will cherish for life.

About Founder

Lara Pfleiderer

Lara grew up in Germany and lives part time in Cape Town since 2005. Coming from the corporate field (B.Sc. in business administration) Lara realised the importance of balance: she has always been an advocate of a healthy lifestyle and the regular practice of yoga helped her to balance her daily stressful life.

In 2017 she decided to follow her passion and changed her career into the wellness industry. During a gap year she experienced different kind of retreats and wellness concepts (yoga hotel in Germany, yoga retreat in Bali, clean eating retreat in Mallorca, an ayurvedic cur). This jouney inspired her to create her own holistic retreat in her second home, South Africa. For her Cape Town / the Western Cape is a really unique place with a special energy.

After also having worked for a natural cosmetic online-shop in Berlin, Lara’s vision is to create an holistic wellbeing & lifestyle concept incorporating natural beauty in addition to yoga and healthy nutrition – offering the best out of her experiences at unique places around the world. She completed her 200hours Vinyasa teacher training (RYT200) at the Shala in Cape Town in September 2019.

Lara has also a passion for interior design, the right design can give a place such a magical atmosphere and character (Icaria). She loves to explore new hidden places and shares her favourite authentic spots in and around Cape Town, always seeking for conscious & holistic business concepts.

Being natural, grounded and authentic is one of the most importance things for her. It is always facinating to connect to like-minded people from around the world and listen to their individual life stories… that inspires her the most.