Sikhona // We are Here, 27-29 September, Umvoti Kwazulu Natal

The aim of Sikhona is not to escape life's stresses, or to retreat back into yourself. It is, rather, a weekend of showing up, of exploration of our resilience, of immersion in creative activities and learning how better to manage our daily challenges, in order to cultivate suppleness. We hope to equip you well enough  to consistently mitigate your stressors, so that you don't reach a point where an escapist retreat feels like your only option.

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Yoga & Movement

Throughout the weekend we will hold four classes, including a mixture of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. We'll also offer optional guided walks through the beautiful forest, as well as dancing meditation sessions. The beach offers a great stretch of sand for early joggers & rocky pools for ocean dippers!

Olwandle Estate

The location for the Sikhona weekend couldn't be more suited to tranquility & peace. We'll be staying in relaxed beach cottage accomodation at the old Jex Estate at the Umvoti River Mouth. The house is a heritage property amidst lush natural bush and rolling lawns, with sweeping ocean views of an almost-private beach. Boom gate access and 24-hour security means the peace won't be disturbed.

Wholesome Eating

Francesca Annenberg will be planning nutrition over the weekend, and she is sure to inspire and refresh your eating patterns, with a plant-based menu. Fran's meals are visually delightful and mindfully planned to support your body during yoga classes and mind during workshops.


From Friday to Sunday, we will host six workshops aimed at learning new skills, exploring our creative sides and focusing our intentions. Our aim with these workshops is two-fold. Firstly, we believe that immersion in any creative activity, in itself can be relaxing & restorative. Secondly, we'd love for you to be equipped with new stress-relief tools & easy-to-replicate practices to use in future.

R2750.00 - R2850.00

For more information, email

About your hosts

Your facilitators include Francesca Annenberg (nutrition & movement), Rebecca Pretorius (movement & creative workshops), Kurt O’Neill (movement & reflective workshops) & Sam Beningfield (movement & creative workshops).

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Francesca Annenberg

My journey to plant-based cooking was driven by my fascination to want to know more about flavours, nutrition and how to use my favourite fruit (a date) in as many dishes as I could find. Learning and experimenting as I went & connecting with people who know much more than I do - my approach to food is one that is joyous, wholesome & healing.

Rebecca Pretorius

As a medically trained practitioner and yoga teacher Rebecca is drawn to people & activities related to facilitating learning, developmental processes, health & well-being. She is fascinated by the mind-body connection & believes it is possible to tap into and learn to work with our innate super power to heal, maintain & enhance our lives!

Kurt O'Neill

Kurt is an everyday adventurer, a lover of the light and all-round infectiously positive human. He's using his serving hands to help heal people in Khayelitsha while he completes his community service year as a medical doctor. He's a people person, and finds joy in helping show the light so that other's may see.

Sam Beningfield

Sam discovered her love of yoga while studying medicine and ever since has been fascinated by the body & wellness, and the connection to mind. Upon revisiting Olwandle Estate three years ago, the place itself seemed to suggest it would be the ideal location for a weekend to repair the body and the mind &  create restorative habits.