Sacred Spaces: Womxn only retreat

Friday 21 February  2020 (6pm) – Sunday 23 February 2020 (2pm)

The Nest Space weekend away. Reconnect to the sacred spaces within. 

 

About The Nest Space

Healing, growth, transformation, self-discovery, inspiration and collaboration take place at The Nest. We believe in the power of holistic wellbeing and have created a space that can be your escape, giving you the space and time to slow down, connect and heal yourself (in every way) from the inside out. Come grow, move, breathe, eat, shop and explore with us. We welcome you, just as you are – perfect, whole and complete just by being you.

For more information contact The Nest Space: www.thenestspace,co.za

Self Retreat for Writers 

Thursday 27 February  2020 (6pm) – Sunday 1 March 2020 (2pm)

 

Over this period, we invite writers as well as others who would like to use the space for their own quiet practice. There’ll be no guided writing practice, rather we offer a space to facilitate creativity through:

– 3 vegetarian meals a day
– morning and evening meditation sessions
– guided walks
– silence from after dinner until after breakfast

Amidst the wild silence, lalela offers the perfect environment for resting, settling and getting deeper into your work.

Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room (R620 a night) or R1560 per person in a shared room (R520 a night). This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals.

*Limited discounts/work exchange possibilities are available to those who need them.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com

African Centred Vision Quest

Friday 20 March 2020 (2pm) – Wednesday 25 March 2020 (10am) 

*Preparation sessions for this retreat start in January 2020. Bookings are due by December 1.

 

with Mbali Marais

A vision quest is a powerful process that involves spending time in solitude in nature and includes fasting. Vision quests have been undertaken by people in diverse cultures for millennia and are a profoundly important practice that enables us to slow down so that we can actually feel the connection between our inner and outer nature.

Our busy lives challenge us to stay connected with why we are here and who we truly are.This gift you are about to give yourself, will take you into the realm of re remembering, re dreaming and re visioning.

The practice is an invitation to indigenous traditions of Morning star work (self) Rainbow work (working with another) Medicine Wheel work (working with three or more). It draws from an African perspective that looks deeply into our creative cosmology, Fire, Water, Earth, Mineral and Nature, all profound catalysts for reclaiming our personal power. Nature offers a bridge between indigenous knowledge and the wisdom of our ancient ancestors to living in modernity. It is a pathway to finding the genius within often sabotaged by a contemporary world.

Though impossible to list them all, there are a few broad categories describing why people undertake a vision quest: As a rite of passage. To discover their direction, gifts, purpose, or vision. For renewal or reconnection to something they’ve lost. We invite you to step into the unknown to experience the mystery and the magic of this Healing Quest.

The quest includes:
*4, 30 minute preparation sessions with Mbali (via whats app or skype)
*First night camping in community on the land
*2 days and nights camping in solitude in nature with a fasting solution
*Supported process work led by Mbali Marais.
*Healthy meals for the days you are not out on the quest
*2 nights in comfortable accommodation upon return
*2-3 assistants supporting your profound experience

 

About Mbali Marais
Mbali is a global medicine woman and wisdom keeper, a voice for and awakener of the ancestors. She is an initiated stick diviner in the Dagara tradition and an initiated Igqira in the South African Xhosa tradition. Her 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

 

Your Contribution: R4275
A 50% deposit is due by 1 December 2019. Balance must be paid by February 1st 2020.

Preparation sessions with Mbali via skype or whats app will happen from November 10 2019.

To book a space or any queries in relation to accommodation or payment, email lalela.place@gmail.com
For further info re the quest contact Mbali at waterspirit18@gmail.com and go to www.ourdivinemedicine.com

Meeting Wild Silence 

Friday 24 April (6pm) – Monday 27 April (2pm)

Close the door of words
that the window of your heart may open.
To see what cannot be seen
turn your eyes inward
and listen, in silence.

~ Rumi

When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.

~ Rumi

 

with Maia Marie and Niel van Zyl

On this Freedom day weekend retreat, we will use silence as a ground for practice to listen inwardly and connect with nature. We will explore how silence is an entry point into our full experience of the wild and wonderful within and around us.

Through the mindfulness practices of sitting meditation, walking in the veld, stretching, eating and working, we will come to rest and listening.. All practices will be guided and gentle.

We offer an opportunity to retreat in a natural setting that is beautiful and quiet, to unplug, connect and rest. This retreat will be held in (joyful) silence, allowing us to be together while listening deeply.

 

About Maia and Niel 

Maia and Niel are besties and co-founders of lalela. a place of listening. They both love living and practising amidst the wild silence of the valley at lalela. 

Niel has maintained an meditation practice over the past 11 years. Previously he was a cellist and then a diplomat for the South African government, before following his calling to live as a buddhist monk and meditate. Which he did as a novice monk at the Chithurst Monastery in the South of England for about a year. After that he cycled around South Africa for 9 months exploring places to live and practice. This journey led him to meeting Maia and finding a home at lalela. Here he’s a maker of things and peace. He’s grateful for this life everyday and values every opportunity to share meditation and silence with others.

Maia’s spiritual practice is as diverse as her identity, including meditation, writing, yoga, chanting and communing with her ancestors and nature. She has worked with people in a variety of ways and contexts, in schools, NGOs and on retreats, facilitating storytelling, self-expression and listening to bring about connection within ourselves and within our environment. Her aim is to create spaces of gentle holding and kindness where we can all just be ourselves. At lalela she is a dream maker and guides their programmes. 

 

Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room (R620 a night) or R1560 per person in a shared room (R520 a night). This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals. Teaching on this retreat is offered freely in accordance with the buddhist tradition of dana (meaning gift).

*Limited discounts/work exchange possibilities are available to those who need them.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com

Self Retreat for Writers 

Thursday 28 May 2020 (6pm) – Sunday 31 May 2020 (2pm)

 

Over this period, we invite writers as well as others who would like to use the space for their own quiet practice. There’ll be no guided writing practice, rather we offer a space to facilitate creativity through:

– 3 vegetarian meals a day
– morning and evening meditation sessions
– guided walks
– silence from after dinner until after breakfast

Amidst the wild silence, lalela offers the perfect environment for resting, settling and getting deeper into your work.

Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room (R620 a night) or R1560 per person in a shared room (R520 a night). This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals.

*Limited discounts/work exchange possibilities are available to those who need them.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com

Homecoming: A Celebration of Earth and Belonging 

Thursday 24 September 2020 – Sunday 27 September 2020 

 

They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” Unknown

 

with Mbali Marais and Maia Marie

Being born is validation enough and yet our sense of belonging and home is often sabbotaged by our not enoughness, our need for validation, and a feeling of being lost in the world. We often walk the path of the homeless looking for an identity a recognition and a place to bring our gifts to our community. Consumerism and scarcity has replaced nature’s law of abundance.

Following the Dagara tradition of 2020 being a significant earth year we invite you to be nourished and nurtured, held and seen in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountains at lalela. a place of listening.

In community, we will open a space for ceremony, meditation, storytelling and creative expression.

Together how might we support each other to bring forth this deeper life alive within each of us so that we all thrive? When we thrive, not just exist, we are better able understand our great earth story and participate in the greater good, essential in our times. This is a gift to yourself, you deserve it.

About Mbali

Mbali is a global medicine woman and wisdom keeper, a voice for and awakener of the ancestors. She is an initiated stick diviner in the Dagara tradition. Her teachers include, gifted Diviners in the Dagara tradition,  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

About Maia

Maia is co-founder of lalela. a place of listening where she is a dream maker and guides their programmes. Her spiritual practice is as diverse as she is, including meditation, writing, yoga, chanting and communing with her ancestors and nature. She has worked with people in a variety of ways and contexts, in schools, NGOs and on retreats, facilitating storytelling, self-expression and listening to bring about connection within ourselves and within our environment. Her aim is to create spaces of gentle holding and kindness where we can all just be ourselves.

 

Contribution: R4050 per person in a single room  or R3750 per person in a shared room. This includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions. 

*We have one discount space available for this retreat.

If you would like to reserve a place email lalela.place@gmail.com