Our Spring workshop 20 – 24 September,
with a touch of Qigong .
Yesterday when I was walking in the
veld, I saw the first tracks of a tortoise,who has woken from his hibernation,
and my heart jumped with joy seeing this messenger of spring. We have decided to
have this workshop over a long weekend, to give Nature a chance to touch us with
her new growth.
From the consultations I do
over the phone, I have noticed that more and more people complain about backpain,
neck – and pain in the joints. Most people sit the whole day at work and the
body was not designed to do so much sitting. For this workshop we have invited
Katja Abbot to do one hour of Gigong early in the morning for those who are
interested. If people want to lie in or go for a quiet walk they are welcome to
do that. The herb sessions will start after breakfast and it will include a
short walk to look at herbs in the
There is still a few places
available, so if you want to give yourself a gift , bring yourself to the Karoo
this Spring !
Deep in the heart of the Great Karoo of South Africa, at the foot of a mountain
without an official name, a Griqua herbalist is teaching a white woman to heal
people with herbs. Oom (uncle) Johannes Willemse, already in his nineties, was a
little annoyed that it took well-known Afrikaans actress Antoinette Pienaar
nearly 40 years to find him - he had been dreaming for decades that she would be
the one to help him pass on his knowledge.
When she arrived at Theefontein, the sheep farm owned by her second cousin
Jacques Pienaar, in 2001, Antoinette was severely weakened after contracting
cerebral malaria in West Africa - but she decided to stay on at the farm to be
healed by the Karoo and its herbs.
"Doctors prepared me for an early death because my liver and kidneys had
sustained serious damage, but I have experienced firsthand how Karoo herbs
strengthened my organs and now I am completely healed. Conventional medicine, in
many cases, takes over the function of the affected organ, but herbs strengthen
the organ to do the work it is supposed to do by itself. Herbs work on the
physical and emotional level inside the body and therefore also relieve symptoms
associated with post traumatic stress," says Antoinette.
At Theefontein, Antoinette learnt the art of living off the veld (field), its
herbs and how to prepare herb mixtures. She also discovered how the 'old people'
(previous generations) lived and the wisdoms that gave them endurance and
"And so the sun shone warm over my head and the blue sky became a cloak that I
wore every day. As the balance of nature enveloped me I eventually also found
balance in the landscape of my soul," says Antoinette.