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The Lion’s Gate Portal is a cosmic event that occurs every year between July 28 and August 12, and peaks on August 8 (8/8). According to astrologers it takes place when the sun is in Leo, the Earth, Orion's Belt and the star Sirius are lined up, which is activated by the rising of the star Sirius.


Sirius is one of the brightest stars in the sky and is known as the Spiritual Sun.


Our ancestors believed that the Sirius occurrence was the gateway to heaven and the home of higher vibrational beings.


In Egyptian cosmology, the Lion’s Gate is the dawn of a new year and a period where they set new resolutions for the future. The Dogon Tribe of Africa affirmed this practice in their sacred indigenous practices that display a wealth and expertise of wisdom and knowledge about the cosmos.




The number 8, as per numerology stands for infinity and abundance 


The high-frequency Lion’s Gate 88 Portal energy is powerful and should only be used to open our energy centres, inspire new ideas, raise our consciousness, and enhance our ability to receive healing knowledge from the light and cosmos


What to Bring:


Yoga Mats 

Bottled water 


What to wear:


Comfortable attire for easy movement




8-9 August 2023


Day 1 (Tuesday 8th August)


3pm - 5pm: Arrival, and check-in

5pm - 6pm: Lion’s Gate opening ceremony

6pm - 7:30pm: Golden Link/Chain graduation ceremony

7:30pm: Dinner

Day 2 (Wednesday 9th August)


8am - 9am: Breakfast

9am - 9:15am: Introductions and room checkout

9:15am - 10am: Anesu and Banesa | Morning practice and official opening: healing the feminine divine

10am - 11am: Morning Sessions: 1) Kundalini yoga: 108 Sun salutations 2) Power Vinyasa 3) Breathwork and Meditation: Morning Sadhana 

11am - 12pm: Inclusivity in yoga & decolonising the practice talk + Q&A

12pm - 2pm: Lunch and relax

2pm - 3pm: Afternoon sessions:  1) Yoga & African contemporary dance 2) Emotional release with hip openers  3) Somatic dance and movement 

3pm - 4pm: 1) Restorative Yoga 2)  Sound Healing Journey 3) Yoga Nidra 

4pm - 5:30pm: Mindfulness walk and closing ceremony

5:30pm: Depart


Guests have three booking options:


Night Only Package (Tuesday 8th August): Includes dinner and all night experiences

Day Only Package (Wednesday 9th August): Includes lunch and all day experiences


Overnight Package: Includes 1 night accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and all retreat experiences


The Nest Space Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, is built around the ethos of inclusivity- showing our community that yoga is for all bodies regardless of color, ability, size, age, gender or sexual orientation. The studio offers daily yoga and meditation classes as well as holistic therapies such as reiki, reflexology, massage and hypnotherapy to their clients and is the first of its kind in South Africa. The Nest Space also consists of a vegan cafe and zero waste grocery offering Nest clients a holistic conscious living lifestyle that is affordable, sustainable and convenient all in one.

The business is co-run by Dr Anesu Mbizvo and Banesa Tseki who both believe that a sustainable lifestyle (both in terms of diet and waste reduction) is no longer a luxury but instead a necessity for the survival and functioning of the plane. Due to this they have made sustainability a key facet to both of their own personal lives and the running of their business.

The Nest Space also provides an inclusive yoga teacher training program focused on decolonizing yoga and increasing the representation of yogi’s of colour in the wellness space. The studio has completed 4 successful cohorts so far with over 50 graduate yoga teachers of colour.

Anesu, Banesa and The Nest Space have been featured in The Mail & Guardian, Destiny Magazine and Bona Magazine as well as on Netflix, ENCA, Newsroom Afrika, Power FM and Metro FM for their work to make yoga and conscious sustainable living accessible to people of color and their community as a whole, and the pair were chosen as two of the 200 Mail and Guardian Inspiring Young South Africans for 2023 in the category of Entrepreneurship.

Banesa Tseki

Anesu Mbizvo

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