Heart of the Womb: Nature Retreat  

Friday 11 October (6pm) – Sunday 13 October (3pm) 

with Gogo Sophia

Learn how to transform your reality and create a new life for yourself by bringing healing to your divine womb centre. This two day magical women’s retreat will immerse you back into nature, to the cosmic mother so that she can help you clear and heal from emotional heartache, betrayal, sexual abuse and ancestral karma. Anchor yourself deep within the mothers womb so that you can heal, open, receive, flow and emanate more Light, allowing everything you need to physically support your body and your life to fulfill your Divine Purpose.

The practices over the weekend will include:

*Ceremonial and Energetic Transmissions to cleanse and heal the womb: 13th Rite of The Womb and Grail gate Initiation

*Ancestral healing: Healing the Female bloodline from intergenerational womb trauma

*Working with Mugwort, a feminine sacred plant, through a tea ceremony,

*Yoga and breath work to ground and integrate

You will also be guided on how to integrate the healing as well as be equipped with new tools, rituals and practices you can do in your daily life to anchor these energies and allow for deeper healing.

*Please note that Mugwort is not a psychedelic, it is as a teacher plant that enables you the opportunity to explore and sit with the stories of the heart and to identify areas that are causing you restriction, limitation and pain. You have the chance to relax deeply and receive insights, inspiration and creative ideas that can give you clarity on the “next steps” of your life and where you can support your overall health and well being.


About Gogo Sophia

Tsholofelo Monare/Gogo Sophia is a Sangoma and ordained Priestess of the Sophianic lineage hailing from Egypt. She is qualified shamanic, soul retrieval and Chod practitioner who has over the years received multiple training and instructions through various Master Shaman Healers and Teachers from various traditions. Having her roots in African Spirituality, Tibetan and Andean Mysticism, Gogo Sophia considers herself as an integrated healer that can bring all that experience to her work. She has a holistic approach to each individual she personally works with, using the alchemical power of nature, alchemical psychology and the great elements of spirit to bring divine healing and empowerment.

See more at her website: www.awakening-spirit.com



R 2300 for accommodation in a single room. R2100 for accommodation in a shared room. This includes 2 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions.

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

Work/Play Weekend 

Friday 18 October  (6pm) – Sunday 20 October (2pm) 

“Work is love made visible.” Khalil Gibran 

Come join us for a weekend of work/play, helping in the garden, with maintenance work or cleaning.
We’ll offer accommodation, meals, morning and evening meditation and fun communal working vibes in exchange. 
No particular skills necessary, just enthusiasm.
Please do bring an offering for the kitchen and garden. 
Email lalela.place@gmail.com if you’d like to attend
Writers’ Self Retreat
Thursday 31 October (6pm) – Sunday 3 November (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.

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

Listening Bodies: Weekend Retreat

Friday 15 November (6pm) – Sunday 17 November (2pm) 

with Lerato Lipere 

During this retreat we will listen into our bodies, let go of habitually held stress, and explore creative movement. The movement sessions will be based on Skinner Releasing technique which relaxes the body and prepares it to be available to new images or creative ideas.

We’ll open to imagination by not simply releasing the excess of muscular tension but by releasing deep physical pre-conceptions as well – ideas and fears that we hold in our body. We’ll then work on re-patterning the flow of energy in our bodies so that we move from the muscles closest to the body’s centre, the “technique from the bones”. Improvisation will be used to generate new ways of moving and to stimulate creativity.

These sessions will be supported with meditation, yoga, and walks and swims in the river and natural pool.
The retreat is open to all creative spirits, no experience in dance or movement is required.


About Lerato

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.


R1850 per person in a single room or R1650 per person in a shared room. This includes 2 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions.

*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

Deepholding: A Reading Retreat

Friday 29 November (6pm) – Sunday 1 December (2pm) 

with Madibookeng – Smangele Mathebula and you, me, all of us

This weekend is an exploration of books and reading as a way to hold ourselves. We will look at certain texts, talk through our reading journeys and allow ample time for you to just read and explore the Lalela library. You are also welcome to bring a book to offer to the library. To hold space is to allow – to allow for listening, rest and for whatever medicine we require to arise.

We will provide some foundation practices: journaling, meditation, nap time, reading, conversation and walking. Be prepared to just switch off and READ 🙂

We invite you to arrive and enjoy the surrounding nature and co-create this space with us.

*this weekend is part of a broader project by Smangele Mathebula which will culminate in a multi-disciplinary exhibition. see: https://deepholding.tumblr.com/

Smangele (madibookeng) is a healer and teacher who develops projects and spaces around the ethos of courageous living and loving.

R1500 per person in a single room or R1300 per person in a shared room. This includes 2 nights accommodation, all meals and sessions.

*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