A Retreat in Collaborative Poetics 

Thursday 9 January 2020 (6pm) – Sunday 12 January (2pm) 


with Kathy Engel, Refilwe Nkomo and Maia Marie

*Collaborative Poetics is a lyrical process of experiencing the making and living of poetry as something shared, interconnected and generative.

In this three day retreat we will experience making and living poetry individually and collectively. Grounding ourselves in the land, we will offer practices – writing, movement, meditation, walking and storytelling – to listen to and co-create with the land and each other. We also invite you to bring your own practice to share and explore with us.

What does it mean to listen to the land and to listen to ourselves and each other through the land? Can we allow ourselves to be channels through which stories from the land are shared?

The poetry we create together may take many forms including word, movement, sound and song.

This retreat is open to anyone who has a desire to listen and create – no experience with writing or poetry is required. We invite you to listen in and co-create with us.


About the facilitators:

Kathy Engel is a poet who has worked for nearly forty years at the nexus between social justice movements and art/imagination. Founder of the women’s human rights group, MADRE, she has co- founded numerous other groups and projects. She is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Refilwe Nkomo is a Johannesburg based multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator and community organiser creating cultural and artistic interventions, programs and installations using various mediums including performance, video, text and dance at the intersection of arts and social justice.

Maia Marie is co-founder of lalela. a place of listening. She works with storytelling, self-expression and listening to bring about connection within ourselves and our environment. Her aim is to create spaces of gentle holding and kindness where we can all just be ourselves.


Contribution: R1860 per person in a single room or R1560 per person in a shared room. This includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals.
All facilitation on this retreat will be offered freely.

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

Listening Bodies Retreat: Music, Dance and Relaxation

Friday 7 February  2020 (6pm) – Sunday 9 February 2020 (2pm)


with Lerato Lipere and Mabeleng Moholo

In this particular ‘Listening Bodies Retreat’ we will be quiet most of the time and immerse ourselves in a sound bath experience led by ethnomusicologist Mabeleng Moholo’s musical meditation.

We will experience open floor movement guided by Lerato Lipere with live percussion and indigenous instruments. We will practice life through dance and create a relaxation response supported through sound.

This will be enhanced with restorative yoga sessions, which will allow for anything that has been woken up in the body to be beautifully settled.

If you want to fall in love with yourself again, get to know yourself a bit better and to really understand what is going on in your body, mind, and heart – and if you are willing to listen, to deepen your presence, then this retreat is for you.

About the facilitators:

Mabeleng Moholo is a musican and music educator with a focus on African instruments and percussion. He studied at the Madimba Institute of African Music (Funda Centre, Soweto), as well as the Zimbabwe College of Music, majoring in fields including but not limited to Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Marimba, Akadinda, Mbira, and Ensemble work. Since 1998 he has been featured in music projects across the globe. He also teaches music to youth and children in communities across Gauteng including creating instruments from recycled materials.

Lerato Lipere is a dancer and yoga teacher. She studied dance at the London Contemporary Dance School from 2002-2005 where she was exposed to a variety of alternative forms and complimentary styles including various yoga forms, Alexander technique, Feldenkreis, Graham technique and Release technique. She has performed with dance companies in the UK and South Africa, before founding Amandla Dance Company which aims to empower, educate and inform learners from under-served communities through the arts. She is also the founder of Yoga Monkeys, a mindfulness program that offer a unique opportunity for, supporting and nurturing children to discover their own path to self-regulation, and inner calm.

Contribution: R2500 per person in a single room or R2300 per person in a shared room. This includes 2 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions. 

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