WELL-BEING

UPCOMING RETREATS

Slow down and breathe - End of year full moon yoga retreat with Banesa and Anesu

The full moon is an ideal time to let go of things that no longer serve you so you can create space for something better. Join us for a weekend retreat that serves as a form of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical decluttering.

Gently unplug from your busy daily life and rejuvenate the mind and body through our immersive 3-day retreat.

3 days of conscious rest and movement in the Cradle, involving mindfulness practices, such as conscious meditative walks in nature, delicious food, sacred sound and self-healing practices that will allow your mind and body to wind down a recuperate from, the stresses that came with this passing year.

OUR FACILITATORS

Banesa Molauoa Tseki is driven by an innate purpose to serve others which has been encapsulated in her entrepreneurial journey thus far. Banesa in Sesotho means “Turn on the Light” , a divine purpose that guides her spiritual journey today.

She is a qualified Kundalini Level 1 and Level 2 teacher and recently entered the 30H teacher trainer academy under the stewardship of teacher trainer Ravi Roussous. She is a qualified kiddies yoga teacher as well as being certified in HIV yoga therapy and addiction yoga therapy. She initially sat on the forming board committee of the NPO Kundalini Africa Rising and now works as a core member on the Communications and Fundraising Committee.

Currently, she manages the B.Creative Group that encompasses a creative agency and wellness group as its flanker brands. In African culture, a child is said to inherit the meaning of their name – Banesa is Sesotho means ‘turn on the light’, a divine purpose that guides her spiritual journey today.

Anesu Mbizvo is an adventurous, passionate and driven 29-year-old young woman and qualified medical doctor currently working as a yoga teacher and small business owner in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She is a 700hr qualified yoga teacher who has completed a 200hr Vinyasa based yoga teaching training as well as a 500hr hatha, ayuveda and yoga based teacher training, both with Yoga Alliance registered yoga studios. Anesu has a wealth of yoga teaching experience and has been teaching vinyasa, hatha, meditation and yin yoga for roughly 4 years.

Anesu currently teaches both studio based yoga classes and private yoga classes with both able bodied students and students with medical challenges that inhibit them from practicing in group settings. She also has a wealth of experience teaching yoga and meditation for corporate clients, events and retreats. Her teaching style is not only focused on the physical practice of asanas. Instead, drawing from her own personal experience, Anesu teaches yoga as a journey back to Self and a learning that the real purpose of life is to rediscover one’s true Being and the fact that we are all connected.

WEEKEND ITINERARY

Friday 1 7 December 2021
3pm – 6pm : Arrival
6pm – 7pm : Tune in & Welcome
7pm – 8:30pm : Dinner

Saturday 18 December 2021
7am – 7:30am – Guided meditation walk, to end at Waterfall
7:30am – 8:30am – Morning breathwork and meditation at the Waterfall
9am – 11am – Breakfast & rest time
11am – 1pm – Inner child healing workshop
1pm – 2:30pm – Lunch
2:30pm – 5pm – Rest time
5pm – 6pm – Sunset yoga
7pm – 8:30pm – Boma Dinner
8:30pm – 9:30pm – Fireside storytelling

Sunday 19 December 2021
8am – 9am – Morning yoga
9am – 10:30am – Breakfast
11am – 1pm – Guided vision boarding
1pm – 2:30pm – Lunch
2:30pm – 4:30pm – Rest time
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Full moon gathering
5:30pm – 6:15pm – Sound healing
6:15pm – 6:30pm – Closing

Retreat Price
Includes 2 nights accommodation with 3 meals included and all activities.

Premium Room:
R7800.00 single,
R10,500.00 sharing

Deluxe Room:
R7,500.00 single,
R10,000.00 sharing

Standard Room:
R7,000.00 single,
R9,500.00 sharing

PAST RETREATS

Qi Gong and Hiking Retreat with Michelle Levy

Taking place on 3 – 5 December 2021, we welcome you to join a retreat with Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Hiking Guides to offer a weekend of body movement, hiking, acupuncture treatments, farm-to-fork cuisine, immersion into nature, relaxation, learning and inspiration in a space where you can connect with yourself and the natural world around you.

In the quest for balance, the ancient sages of China would wander the woods in order to attune themselves with nature. The wisdom uncovered during these walks was simply called Tao, ‘the way’.

Qi Gong — the practice at the heart of Taoism — is dedicated to harmonising body, mind, and spirit with the elements of nature. In this age when so many of us feel disconnected and overwhelmed, nature remains a powerful healer and teacher, and qi gong can bring us back to the center.

Join us for a weekend retreat to learn more Qi Gong whilst immersing yourself in the ancient and beautiful Cradle Valley. We begin each day by practicing morning breathwork. After breakfast, we will set off on a hike to mindfully explore the rich biodiversity of the Cradle. All along the way, we will explore qi gong as a means of returning to a grounded and revitalised state of being, in harmony with nature.

After being introduced to Tai Chi in 2008, Michelle has become a closed-door disciple of Dr. Lin Feng-Chiao (Dr. Lin is a second-generation student of Yang Feng-Chu) and has opened her own practice and school under Sung Healing. Through Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Michelle has maintained concentration, balance and discipline in all her work activities.

Through extensive experience and training, Michelles possesses an innate ability to offer meaningful insight and inspiration for those seeking to better their lifestyles, working environments, health and wellbeing

The retreat includes 2 nights of accommodation with meals included on each day (view the itinerary below for a breakdown of each day) 2 guided nature walks incorporating Qi Gong, 2 breathwork sessions, and 2 Tai Chi sessions.

hiking sunset
outside area
waterfall again

WEEKEND ITINERARY
Relax at the pool, situated adjacent to The Lapa.

Friday
2pm – 3pm – Arrival
5pm – 6pm – Sunset Tai Chi
7pm – 8:30pm – Dinner
8:30pm – 9:30pm – Introductory Talk

Saturday
7am – 8am – Morning Breathwork
8am – 9:30am – Breakfast
10am – 1pm – Hike (with Qi Gong)
1pm – 2:30pm – Lunch
3pm – 5pm – Rest time (optional acupuncture treatments)
5pm – 6pm – Sunset Tai Chi
7pm – 8:30pm – Dinner

Sunday
7am – 8am – Morning breathwork
8am – 9:30am – Breakfast
10am – 1pm – Hike (with Qi Gong)
1pm – 2:30pm – Lunch
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Closing conversation and a session of weekend reflection
3:30pm – Checkout

* Guests have the option to book acupuncture treatments at an additional cost of R450.00 (1-hour treatment)

PACKAGES
Premium Room: R9,800.00 single, R14,500.00 sharing

Deluxe Room: R9,500.00 single, R14,000.00 sharing

Standard Room: R9,000.00 single, R13,500.00 sharing

BRING ALONG
Comfortable gripping shoes for the hike and sunblock.

OTHER AMENITIES TO ENJOY
Dams, pools, complimentary access into Nirox Sculpture Park.

All other food and beverages are on your own account, connect with enquiries: here.

CONSECRATION

consecration

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
Bookings: marj@breathworkafrica.co.za
A limited number of spaces are available.

Facilitators

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 Ngara
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.

Anni Snyman
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