Winter has well and truly arrived in KwaZulu-Natal.
Days are dry, sunny and warm and the nights are very cold but with beautiful star strewn skies.
Everything takes on a golden hue with long dry grasses, yellow ochre which beckon harvesting.
Now is the time of year when thatching grass can be harvested for the home and the long strong grass that is made into traditional grass mats known as uCantsi can be taken.
Here at Africa Shaman Experience we received wonderful news; confirmation of being able to re-locate to the Drakensburg area.
At last we can move forward with building a retreat space for all those wishing to come and stay in KZN and visit us as Sangomas, participating in the workshops, rituals and ceremonies which is our work. It has been a long time dream of the founders of Africa Shaman Experience Makhosi Sarah Wager and Makhosi Muvo Ngcobo to offer such a traditional space to visitors and to create a space where African/Zulu Shamanism is fully empowered, sustained and appreciated.
We will be able to build sustainably and honour the skills of traditional mud, wattle and thatch techniques of the African peoples. We will also explore other building techniques that are so abundantly available in today’s times.
We will be looking to raise funds for the retreat project and if you are interested to be involved in anyway or have any ideas; please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The area we are moving to belongs to the Amahlubi tribe. This means that part of our negotiations for a land site was to meet the King; a gentle man in demeanour that obviously holds within his heart great love for his tribal traditions.
The Amahlubi are part of the Nguni tribes which migrated from the North into Southern Africa.
Our elder Makhosi Mkhulu Baba Radebe and Sangoma teacher to Makhosi Sarah Wager is a descendant of the Amahlubi and spoke as an elder for us, which is the traditional way and also visited the site close to where we build the retreat to talk to the earth and connect with the land ancestors there.
It was a beautiful moment as he strode across the earth and then looked up at us with a smile as he confirmed that the ancestors were happy.
We hope to see some of you at the retreat as its built and grows, we would love to share the Sangoma traditions with you and the culture of the Zulu and Amahlubi people…
“A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.”
For anyone wanting to learn more about African Shamanism and their
relationship with their ancestors and how
to work with them; the mentorship correspondence course is for you… http://africashamanexperience.com/the-african-zulu-shamanism-mentorship-program
For anyone wanting a personal reading and consultation with a Sangoma; http://africashamanexperience.com/consulting-a-sangoma-reading-divination-and-ancestral-spirits