“Mbali is able to create a sacred space that nurtures profound healing and insight. Her loving wisdom and intuition are catalysts for journeys into the deeper recesses of heart and spirit.” T.T
‘Your one wild and precious life’: A Visioning Retreat
Friday 28 June 2019 (6pm) – Monday 1 July 2019 (2pm) , Magalisberg Mountains, Johannesburg, South Africa
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
with Mbali Marais and Maia Marie
We all carry dreams in our bones. This 3 day retreat, in the Magaliesberg mountain region, is a journey into remembering, re-visioning and re-imagining those dreams so we can live more fully through them.
We will begin by creating a space of holding to excavate the stories that have kept us stuck and on automatic – stories that have been passed down ancestrally and those that have been nurtured in this life.
Going into deeper territory and being held by stunning natural surroundings, we will immerse ourselves in gentle practices to reconnect to the thread of our own story, the diamond in the rough and uncover the gifts within us, that we long to share with our communities.
Lastly we’ll integrate these visions into the present, so that we may follow this thread as we bring our dreams into how we live our new story and re-imagine our relationship to our world.
You will be guided in this journey through a range of holding practices: Rituals in nature; Guided Meditation; Poetry and storytelling; Writing; Artwork: Sculpture; Vision boarding; Circle sharing; Nature immersion; Restorative yoga (optional)
About the facilitators:
Mbali is a global medicine woman and wisdom keeper, a voice for and awakener of the ancestors.
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Mbali is a descendant of the Khoi Khoi peoples and the Amaghebe, Xhosa clan. Her ancestors are also French Huguenots, Bushmen, Dutch and Portuguese.
At three years old she was taken by her parents to live in London and in 1998 she moved to the USA. She is an initiated stick diviner in the Dagara tradition and worked with Dr. Malidoma Some from West Africa, who is a brilliant transmitter of African cosmology in the west. She is an also initiated an Igqira in the South African Xhosa tradition. Other teachers include, the late Dr Angeles Arrien, cross cultural anthropologist, and Michael Meade, mythologist and storyteller.
For the last 15 years Mbali has facilitated workshops, retreats, and deep nature quests that draw from ancient African practices. She has also spoken and taught internationally on holistic health and indigenous medicine. She is a writer, sacred journey, ritual and ceremony leader. Read more about Mbali on her website: ourdivinemedicine.com
Maia is a co-founder of lalela. a place of listening and guides its retreat programme. Her spiritual practice is as diverse as her identity, including meditation, writing, yoga, breathwork and being in nature. All these practices are vehicles for listening – to her body, spirit, ancestors and nature so that she can practice living with an open heart in her daily life.
Maia has worked with people in a variety of ways and contexts, in schools, NGOs and on retreats, through storytelling, writing and self expression to bring about connection to the Wild in ourselves and our environment. Her basic aim is to create spaces of holding, gentleness and kindness where we can all just be ourselves. Lalela is a living dream for her – beautiful and challenging
R2997. This includes: 3 nights accommodation in a shared room and all meals, tea, coffee, snacks; a teaching fee and contribution towards the travel of the teacher.
We have one discounted space available for this retreat. Please get in touch if you would like to attend and this is beyond your means.
“Many Shamanic traditions hold the belief that any solitary time that is spent in nature for purpose of reflection and guidance reawakens us to our own life purpose and reremember the original medicine that is ours to offer to all creatures and human beings.” Angeles Arrien Ph.D
One of the most nurturing gifts you can give yourself is to spend three days and three nights in nature where timelessness releases you of the burden of the modern world, a place where you can rejuvenate and gain strength, a nurturing vortex into the divine.
“The Vision Quest experience was amazing, and I know will bear fruit for many years.” T.T
Next Vision Quest: Cedarberg Mountans, near Cape Town, South Africa December 2019
*4 people maximum
When: December 13th-18th 2019
Contact Mbali: firstname.lastname@example.org if this calls you. More details, cost and preparation will be sent on request.
Indigenous cultures called this Morning Star (work with self) Rainbow (work with another) and Medicine Wheel (work with groups/community). It is the work where we can reconnect with the losses of the Western world where we can find roots in a rootless society. Where nature teaches us about authenticity, change, transformation and the beauty of the cycle of life.
Although often associated with Native Americans, vision quests have been undertaken by people in diverse cultures for millennia. Drawing from African indigenous medicine this quest in South Africa is created for deep connection to self, Nature and the bringing of our gifts to the greater whole.
WHO GOES? AND WHY? — Though impossible to list them all, there are a few broad categories describing why people undertake a vision quest: a) As a rite of passage b) To discover their direction, gifts, purpose, or vision. c) For renewal or reconnection to something they’ve lost.
One’s gift or “medicine” reveals itself when an individual discovers his/her passion and a profound sense of purpose in serving their larger dream, in being a conduit or vehicle for its expression in the world. Realizing one’s calling provides a direction and compelling path that can hone one’s skills and develop one’s capacities. As the gift that keeps on giving it reverberates into the community.
As soon as I set up my tent, created my earth shrines, and sat down, I slipped into the ancestral memory of being barefoot on homeland. In the forest I felt like a fish taking to water. I could feel this ancient existence moving within my body,an old ancient African woman filled with wisdom, filled with knowing the mountains, the forest, the animals. I was completely at home. Praying. All day long I prayed. And I loved praying everyday all day in such a way. With such attention to my life, I realized that the only way to heal and connect to life is to be with nature, to connect to the elements of life —fire, water, earth, nature and minerals. I walked the earth around my area, feeling ordinary, yet filled with the presence of the talking creek and the rustling of wind beneath my dress. I heard in the wind, “Be divine in your own way. Listen and you will know.” Zenju
The Outline of the structure cannot fully describe the power of a vision quest. It is a vehicle a portal that transcends time. Two /three nights alone with a natural world that is precise, authentic and transformational cannot help but change you. A community is formed and the bond is indescribable. Work with self, another and community is the thread that weaves throughout the quest. Day one is spent together outside, we create a leaving behind ritual.
Day 2-4 is out on the land solo. Those at base camp pray 24 hours to support your visioning. Fasting opens the mind for visioning with no distractions. We welcome you back where your stories and wisdom are heard and held and reflected back. Practices of Integration/thru creative art and expression are shared.
Quest Guide: Mbali Marais – has facilitated several Vision Quests in South Africa and the USA. As a guide she is able to tune into one’s gifts and through a variety of tools, that includes the natural world she gently draws them out to shine.
Masks we have been wearing gently fall away and we are left with our essential true nature. A threshold beckons you, are you ready to meet the warrior, the wise woman, the healer and the genius within? We share epiphanies, food, stories, and laughter mostly at ourselves, and a healing happens. And you are prepared to return to home.
Whatever path brings you here, hunger to go deeper, loss, crisis or maybe it was a sudden decision, or something that you knew you must do a long time ago, it is a message or call to mark a change a transition and renew the spirit. Thank you for hearing the call and taking action. The journey into the divine has already begun.
For information: Contact Mbali
Re- ignite the fire in your life and reconnect with ancestors as allies and your fire and passion. Immerse in the waters of your life to find peace and reconciliation that cleanses and heals the losses. Root yourself into mother earth to transform scarcity mentality and not enough-ness into the abundance that is rightly yours. Journey with ancient rocks, bones and minerals to re- remember what we came here to do and our life’s work and re-awaken into the magic and mystery of our true nature to re-discover the beautiful authentic essence of our being.
Drawing from the healing wisdom of Africa and your creative cosmology, in a sacred space we explore the magic and mystery of our lives. Deepening your connection to the five elements Fire, water , earth, mineral and nature, and transformative arts, ritual, poetry, dance, art and journey, you step into your sacred beingness and unveil your dynamic potential. Integrate all that you are to bring to the world your divine medicine so the community can thrive.
Divine Medicine Retreats: We Will
- Build community
- Re light our creative fire and reawaken our passion
- Immerse into the flow of the water of our lives for healing, peace and reconciliation
- Return to the earth and transform homelessness into homecoming
- Move from scarcity to abundance
- Reconnect to the natural world and to our true nature
- Journey with rocks, bones and mineral to re-remember our purpose and the medicine we came in with to share with the world.
December 21st 2012, Timbavati White Lion Home Lands;
Lighting of the Lights Ceremony
Our prayers were spoken into a bowl of water which held in it the Waters from the Sacred Womb of the Great Mother near Kuruman, South Africa and two very special crystals. One was known to clean waters and the other held the oldest waters from the Namibian desert. The powerful channels in the group reported a spiritual traffic jam, when the invocation began to welcome all worlds! Everyone wanted to come to the party, including a leopard that had been spotted quietly observing us! After all the prayers were collected we poured a libation, seeding the prayers onto the sacred homelands of the White Lions.
November 4, 2012
About 25 people gathered at Zuma Beach, Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles where many water rituals have been performed by Mbali Creazzo, Medicne Woman and Mandaza Kandemwe for personal and global healings. Our prayer on this beautiful balmy evening were for the healing of all waters, so that our waters may run clear of pollution, and contamination . That our Earth is nourished and nurtured. We sent our prayers to all the waters of the world.
Equinox Sunset 22nd September 2012
At Sunset on the the Spring Equinox, Mbali a decendant and healer of the Khoikhoi and Grique peoples of South Africa led a Lighting of the Lights Ceremony, as part of Watersonline’s global Ceremonys with others around the world for our waters and our Great Mother Earth. About 40 People showed up. Some of the group were with the Sacred Site Foundation Tour. http:/www.sunpath.co.za/
We were at the Great Motherstone on Logies Rocks Llududno,Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa, along with WaterSongline Mother Water Rising Awakening our Vision Circles, along with others around the world… Prayers were seeded for renewing our contract to take care of earth, each one spoke their intentions into a bowl of Ocean water which was then returned to the Ocean. We were graced with the voices of a local group of exquisite singers led by Vusi Tsham whose spirituals and acepella carried prayers across the waters.