An invitation to restore our relationship with the Sacred through the arts of dying and grieving
The only purpose of Life is Death. A man is born and before he dies he gets the opportunity to ensure that others after him will also be born and die. You may deceive yourself by thinking that there is more to life than birth, growth, mating, old age and death. But, sooner or later, Naked Truth makes itself apparent. Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa.
Consecration is a retreat and exploration facilitated by artists and healers, offering a space for conversations around death and life, and to honour the cycles of dying and living through creative, cathartic, and contemplative arts.
The sacred nature of life, reflected in the cycles of birth and death have always been honoured through the rituals and traditions of ancient cultures. We are living in a time where our global culture’s denial of death has diluted the meaning of ritual and ceremony. Our unexpressed grief is held as trauma when we lose connection with that which is sacred – perpetuating cycles of intergenerational pain.
When grief is held, supported, and celebrated for its role, the acceptance that follows become the seeds for a life of even more depth and meaning. There is a need for a renewed understanding of grieving and dying as intrinsic processes of creation and living; to resew the fit of our culture into nature, our invitation to restore our relationship with the sacred; to evoke our innate empathy and kindness and thereby addressing a myriad of symptoms of societal ills.
This retreat is an invitation to visit the human experience of life and loss on all levels – loss of identity, the loss of a dream, loss of life as we know it, and transitioning into a different phase of life. The invitation is open to anyone interested in exploring the sacred arts of living and dying for themselves and to be collaborators in the process of this exploration.
Awareness of death is the very bedrock of the entire path. Until you have developed this awareness, all other practices are obstructed. Dalai Lama XIV
Processes such as storytelling, walking the land, breathwork, ceremony and artistic expression will be weaved through the weekend. There will be time for reflection and connection. 58 in the Cradle of Humankind is a space of healing in nature. It offers pristine accommodation, open spaces, sacred land, and delicious food. Cost includes 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals, and attendance at all sessions. It excludes transport to venue and drinks
Date: From Friday, 10 September, 5pm to Sunday, 12 September, 11am
Retreat Space: 58, Cradle of Humankind (www.58.life)
Cost: R9 300/single; R7 750/sharing
A limited number of spaces are available.
Dr Ela Manga
Ela is an integrative medical doctor with an ancient vision for the future. She is a specialist, author and speaker who uses Breathwork as a tool for self-empowerment, healing, and transformation. Ela is the co-founder of Breathwork Africa and the Pneumanity ™ method. She has a revolutionary way of facilitating groups for profound transformation. She is an expert in the field of energy management and burnout. Her first book BREATHE: Strategising Energy in the Age of Burnout, is the go to guide for managing energy and optimising physical and mental health.
Rutendo is an African Indigenous Knowledge Systems holder and transdisciplinary researcher whose professional interests have spanned from clinical engineering, healthcare technology management, socio-economic development, mathematics, leadership, and fashion design, to the interface between science, culture, cosmology, and healing. With a passion for integrating art, science, and spirituality towards healing of the Collective and restoration of the Whole, she is a spiritual coach, shaman, priestess, counsellor, and facilitator of several modes of healing. Rutendo is a practitioner of several physical disciplines, including Dance, Yoga and Wushu/Kung Fu/Tai Ji, having represented South Africa as an international silver medalist in the latter. Rutendo serves on several boards, including the Credo Mutwa Foundation (as Chairperson) and the South African Wushu Federation. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Medicine in Biomedical Engineering, and is pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy of Education.
Deep environmental concern and the joy and challenges of the collaborative creative process lie at the heart of Anni Snyman’s art. Inspiring and maintaining a fluid long term collaboration process with multiple participants and contributors form the essence of her creative practice. She studied design at the University of Stellenbosch and developed the Creative Process curriculum at Vega School of Brand Communications in the 1990s. She became a full-time artist at the turn of the millennium. Selected exhibitions and projects are: The Icarus and Pandora Dialogues (with Chris Diedericks 2000/1); Searching for a Saviour (Museum Africa 2004); Ansisters (Old Fort Constitution Hill 2005); Memory of Water (UJ Gallery 2006); Disobedience Training (with Eugenie Grobler); and the Site Specific International Land Art Biennales in Plettenberg bay 2011/13. Since 2008 Anni and her brother have been creating huge earth drawings (geoglyphs) that are visible on google earth and can be walked as contemplative labyrinths