An artist, mystic and visionary, writing music as new myths, infusing sound with themes of hope and empowerment. Deya was born “behind the veil”, inside her intact water membrane. According to folklore, these people inherit a connection between the worlds. This otherworldly-ness and deep mysticism exudes from Deya’s extraordinary vocals, music and presence. With Hamilton Barnett, they fuse ancient songlines with the futurism of Global Bass music. Blending the divine frequencies of Deya’s voice with organic beats and the sacred instrumentation of world infused sonic tapestries. The visually captivating live show has evolved as a collective ceremonial, unified field dance floor immersion. An ecstatic primal experience evoking the full range of human response. Journeying from ancient earth to the stars.
Anton is a co-founder and Director of GuruRamDas. He is the carer, the nurturer, the giver and the chai wallah. His aromatherapy back ground has given him the knowledge and understanding of natural blends and food remedies to assist people on their path. His gentle nature will make you feel safe and right at home. He teaches yoga in a centered, safe and balanced way that is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners to go deeper. “I believe that there are things in life that unite and divide us, Kundalini Yoga is one of the uniting tools that brings the courage, wisdom and love to open to our full potential.”
Tamsin dynamically weaves together elements from diverse yogic traditions and therapeutic schools of thought to offer alignment based yoga classes that work on strength and body intelligence. Over and above simply instructing poses, Tamsin emphasizes the importance of helping students find the subtle, internal connections that make up poses through conscious breath and movement. She encourages students to ‘move in the direction of yoga’ – to develop a sustainable self-practice and integrate the teachings of yoga into all aspects of their lives to find greater balance of mind, body and spirit. http://theshala.co.za
Ilana has the ability to draw out things you never knew existed; from tears to laughter. She began a formal practice in her teens, and has gone on to train under such esteemed teachers as Yogi Bhajan, Gurmukh and Richard Freeman. She continuously expands her personal practice with numerous disciplines as well as assisted in numerous International KRI Teacher trainings and trainings at her GuruRamDas home studio.
A Kundalini Yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and licensed acupuncturist known for his sense of humor, music, and extensive knowledge of the healing field, he offers a direct and fun approach to the healing dynamics of Kundalini Yoga. Amanbir currently shares his in-depth understanding of energetic and physical anatomy in Kundalini Yoga and therapy trainings worldwide including GuruRamDas Yoga Teacher trainings. He teaches at many major yoga festivals including Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, Yoga Journal conference, Kripalu and now SpiritFest. He has produced many tracks to inspire and uplift others that captures his modern embrace of the ancient sound current of mantras. He holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
For the past 15 years I have had a dedicated practice of breath work, music, yoga, self-development studies and Sudarshin Kriya. I started teaching children’s yoga when I joined Janna in the first year of Earthchild Project in 2007. The benefits of all of these practices drew my interest, eventually leading me to complete my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in 2017. I gained deeper interest in teaching parents and school teachers and within my own community. I aim to nurture and inspire the children with whom we work by making a difference in their lives.
Michelle is the co-founder of Sacred Ibis, Hout Bay, a gathering space for Conscious Events, Sacred Ceremonies and Organic Gardens. She is a trained Shamanic Practitioner, under the tutelage of a Native American Grandmother Elder. Sacred Ibis will be offering Sacred Sweatlodge Ceremonies to the SpiritFest Family. This is a Purification Prayer Ceremony which is deeply transformational on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels. www.dancingheart.org
Mukesh has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for more than 15 years. Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Mukesh has been conducting monthly Happiness Programmes in Cape Town where participants learn the Sudarshan Kriya, an advanced breathing technique. He was made Cape Town’s first Art of Meditation /Sahaj Samadhi teacher, being able to initiate seekers into an ancient and beautiful mantra meditation practice. In 2016 he was made the first resident Advanced Course/Art of Silence teacher of the Art of Living. Art of Living is a not for profit international NGO and its mission in Africa to empower individuals and create a stress-free, violence-free society.
VALENTINA LEO – (a.k.a. Mrslove) is a Dakini -embodied teacher – from the Traditional Tantric lineage of Kashmir Shivaism that recognise the body as Vibration and Space. With grace, charm and humor, she will guide you into traditional practices of “non-doing” that will allow for the intimate experience of Spanda – the Sacred Tremoring of Reality. From this point, there is no split between the inside and the outside, an we can taste the true essence of Love as ultimate Freedom – which is at the heart of all Tantric teachings .
I'm a ceramicist, dancer, inner-cosmonaut on a lifelong journey of healing and awakening. Biodanza and meditation have been central to the creative expression of my path and I love to share these modalities with others. Join me this Spiritfest for a session that introduces the joy and heart-opening qualities of Biodanza: integrated movement full of meaning.
DJ Eppelsauce works as a composer for: film, international commercials, documentaries for national and international television and animation. He also works as a post-production sound engineer and music producer. Daniel received a scholarship to study performance, film scoring and music engineering at the prestigious Berkley College of Music in Boston, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2003. In 2002, Daniel was the 1st Runner Up in the American Mid-South Grammys Showcase hosted in Memphis, TN his home town. www.danieleppel.com
Nadine McNeil’s mission as a yoga teacher, speaker, transformational coach and humanitarian is to ignite infinite possibility in people around the world and share yoga with diverse underserved communities. Over the last few decades, Nadine has travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These and other experiences rooted Nadine’s continued devotion to activism. Inspired by her firsthand encounters with both the resilience of the human spirit and also its suffering, Nadine’s talks, workshops, yoga sessions, Women’s Circles and retreats are continually described as powerful, moving and insightful.
Gerlinde is a volunteer and teacher for The Art of Living Foundation. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for more than 15 years. Together with her husband, Mukesh she conducts monthly Happiness programs in Cape Town, where participants learn an advanced breathing technique, the Sudarshan Kriya - promoting an integrated way of life, allowing people to become more aware, connected and contented.
She is one of two Advanced-level Sri Sri Yoga teachers in Africa, facilitating yoga retreats which incorporate knowledge on the Yogic scriptures and Ayurvedic cleanings practices.
Gerlinde draws on her enthusiasm and love of life and sharing to inspire a holistic and healthy lifestyle combining yoga, meditation and breath-work.
Hamilton Barnett is a facilitator, producer, DJ, husband, father of 3 children, and initiated man through the Mankind Project. He has lead movement and dance for the last 10 years and is also a touring artist, co producing and performing with his wife Deya Dova. Over the last 7 years Hamilton has been highly active in Men’s work, leading Men’s circles in his own community as well as offering workshops at festivals internationally. Hamilton's facilitation is grounded through his own broad life experience, his mentors, the archetype work and his willingness to be present with the energy in the room.
5Rhythms Wave Teacher since 2014. Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands world wide, 5Rhythms is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement dance practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself.
Bringing mindfulness to heart You, your yoga mat, your breath, your heart…and me… A psychologist, mindfulness trainer and yoga teacher, Linda is passionate about teaching the simple capacity to be present as one of the most powerful abilities we can develop to transform the ways we relate to our lives. With a focus on bringing compassionate awareness to the moment, she will guide you through mindfulness movement and meditation, offering the opportunity to literally catch your breath from the hustle and bustle of life, to touch base with yourself in a way that is gentle and heartful. Open to individuals at any level of yoga or meditation practice, an opportunity to gift yourself with your own presence.
VIKTOR VAN DER KLEIJ
Viktor’s foundation studies included the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda and Dona Holleman, a student of Krishnamurti and Scaravelli. Born in Holland and have resided in South Africa for the last 10 years, Viktor helped co-create Maluca Marruma, a permaculture/Yoga community project in Pemba, Mozambique. He established an education centre, based on self-sustainability and transformation. He is a regular guest teacher at Yoga schools in Europe and conduct retreats, courses and workshops there, as well as in India. The teachings will include meditation, asana, pranayama, chanting, kirtan and satsang (enquiry).
Harmonic Sound Healing: a deep restorative gentle sound journey using a monocord bed and Yoga Nidra.
Triveni started teaching children’s integral yoga in 2011. After running a successful children’s yoga program at Ananda Kutir Ashram she started working for Children of Light School: an NPO that infuses the principals of integral yoga with mainstream education. Every child is born with a divine spark and purpose in life. It is our job to nurture that divinity in order for the individual to reach their highest potential.
Lance’s love and passion for the last 17 years has been QiGong, Life Coaching, NLP, Nutrition and various other self development practices which have led him to develop the company, EnerQi. He left behind a corporate background in pursuit of a life where he could enable others to make sustainable shifts in realising and expressing their wholeness. Lance has had the opportunity to personally use and teach these methods to private students, rehabs, corporate organisations and at variety of conscious and mindfulness events. As a result he as decided to make this his life pursuit because of the impact and change it’s had on the lives of others.
GINETTE DE FLEURIOT
Ginette has a teaching background but her move into marketing and the corporate world led her to deepen her yoga and meditation practice as a way to still the mind and restore the soul. Ginette explored Hatha, Bikram and Iyengar before finding “her home” in Kundalini. She teaches at Gururamdas Yoga Studio in Gardens, at The Source in Bergvliet and in Newlands as part of Body Mind Breath Community Yoga. She has also taught at AfrikaBurn, Space of Love and Learning Man.
In a previous life Kali was a corporate brand strategist heading up advertising agencies in JHB, London & CT. She gave that up to focus on her love of Truth through the healing modalities of Advait Tantra & conscious dance. She trained in Biodanza & BlissDance, & holds weekly BlissDance classes in Cape Town as well as Red Tents & held “Wild Women” retreats outside Robertson called Eve-olution. Kali also DJs at AfrikaBurn, Biodanza Festivals & Learning Man, as well as originating a Sunday morning conscious boogie called Spirit Dance at ColorBox Studio www.luminouslivingandloving.com
Specialising in the application of Anatomy and Physiology for the practice and teaching of Yoga Asana and healthy living, Thomas runs courses and workshops aimed at demystifying the complexities of the human body. At SpiritFest he will be guiding us through the main principles of keeping our practice safe and sacred. Thomas teaches teachers at The Shala in Cape Town.
SpiritFest is privileged to welcome Atma into our yoga family! Atma’s Yoga journey began almost 5 DECADES ago, during which time she learned from a variety of styles until she finally “came home” to Kundalini Yoga in the late 1990’s. She established Kundalini Yoga in Cape Town before moving to Barrydale in the Little Karoo where she lives and runs Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat. She is a teacher trainer, a certified Health Coach and Ka Huna bodywork practitioner.
I’m a qualified graphic designer with experience in the advertising and fashion industry. I know stress, and I know pressure, but most importantly I know no one likes it. That’s why I made it my mission to find a solution that I could help everyone who suffers from the stress of life. Creative Laughter or Laughter Yoga helps ease tension and relieve anxiety, restlessness and stress build-up. I qualified as a laughter leader in 2012 with Dr.Kataria’s school of laughter yoga and have been spreading laughter through NGO’s, schools, offices and employee wellness programs around South Africa. Kids and adults of all ages welcome – laughter is for everyone! LAUGH NOW
Freedom through health, skill and wisdom depends on self-sufficiency, self-defense ability and self-knowledge. Martial arts training is a way of developing these faculties.
Marissa is an AcroYoga instructor who believes that turning yourself upside down can change your whole perspective on life – and that anything and everything is possible! Come Fly! You’ll sample and explore the foundation of AcroYoga in a safe and supportive environment. This class is accessible to all levels of practice and will share the foundational techniques and skills that will allow you to enjoy the limitlessness of the practice. You will have first-hand experience of the joy of AcroYoga and will work within the support of different partnerships with new and old friends as you experience the three roles in AcroYoga of base, flyer and spotter. No experience necessary, no partner needed. Just bring your willingness to play and have fun!
Kundalini Class for Kids Ages 3-7 (with parents) We will go on a journey together that combines music, movement, song and dance and that will leave you laughing and glowing. Class for Kids Ages 8-14 (parents welcome) Join us for a beautiful Kundalini Yoga class exploring the life lessons and wisdom of Nelson Mandela. We will learn some of the things he taught that help us along in life – like laughing at ourselves at times and also becoming still. The class will combine Kundalini Yoga chants with movement and meditation. We explore what gives us strength and how to be in our power. We also practice letting go and letting be. See you for an unusual experience!
Ofer is a breathwork facilitator and a therapist, together with his wife, he holds Shamanic breathwork groups around the world.
Kathleen has a passion for teaching the reputable "Absolute Beginners Course" which runs twice a year. She strives to encourage all yoga practioners to be mindful about their alignment and foundation and to take the time to develop a self-practice. Kathleen also feels strongly about the importance of addressing health issues through movement and meditation and continues to use yoga as a tool to help students with depression, anxiety and other illnesses. In 2015 she completed her 200hour RYT at her home studio "The Shala - Cape Town Yoga School” where she teaches and manages. If you are new to yoga - Kathleen is a best place to start.
Maya Pratt has taught vinyasa yoga for over 10 years and is the owner and founder of Unraveled Yoga in Cape Town. Her flow classes are inspired by fun, creative and playful movements while incorporating Bhakti tenants of storytelling, mantra and devotion along the way. At SpiritFest, Maya will be leading a Bhakti inspired flow where students will get to meet, play, dance, flow and sing to some of yoga’s most prominent myths and deities.
CRALLAN RAY VEGA
The composer of exquisite Spirit Songs. The potency of his sound lies in the simplicity of the music. The vibration is expansive. Gentle yet powerful, simple yet intricate. Part mantra, part song, a bridge between the seen and the unseen. Close your eyes and allow the sounds of his warm and gentle melodies to take you on a journey of honouring Mother Nature and the elements, self-reflection, surrender and bliss. Crallan's music is a kind of quality sound journey like no other. Using voice, guitar, medicine drum and singing bowl with skill, passion and intention, this is an experience you don't want to miss. Facebook and Website
Joelle Sleebos is an international yoga teacher and a proud ambassador of The EarthChildProject. She also hosts the yearly charity event @internationaldayofyogasa - I am honored to present a heart-opening Vinyasa Flow at Spiritfest ♥️ lets open up our hearts so we can reconnect with ourselves and connect with others from a place of love and recognition
Nunaisi is a qualified Yoga teacher, breathwork facilitator, Holistic health consultant, author, Reiki master, Therapist and spiritual intuitive.
Bruce’s practice and teaching is multi-layered and influenced by the ongoing studies, both with teachers and through self, and uniquely the experiences and connections he has had through his globe-trotting.
His teaching style varies depending on the class he’s leading, the energy of the students, and his own frame of mind on that particular day. But whether the class is dynamic and energising, or grounding and nurturing, you can be assured that Bruce offers intelligence in his offerings that encourage awareness and introspection.
The Feldenkrais Method® is taught in two modalities, Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) & Functional Integration®. ATM® is the verbal guided teachings which help one gently improve the physics of function. Functional Integration® is the hands on modality, which is taught on a low table in a bodywork environment. Mariamne has an extensive background & training in Contemporary Dance, The Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga & Pilates. She runs a Healing Arts Practice in Cape Town & Los Angeles. Mariamne is the founder of Shamanessenece® Products & Services, and practices the alchemy of Vibrational Medicine, health & healing. www.shamanesseence.net
Sharni believes that every woman is meant to shine, to live their best life and to share their light… without burning out & losing themselves in the process!
As an international Yin & Hatha Yoga teacher, speaker, facilitator and online Life Coach - she empowers women to ‘Redesign their Life’ and transform from burnout to bliss and from feeling trapped to being free. After hitting rock bottom herself and ultimately redesigning her own life - by creating more freedom, bliss & inner-sunshine - she now lives in Bali; works only 3hrs a day; has regular massages and is passionate about inspiring other busy women to slow down, tune in, let go, wake up….and live their best life! www.sharniquinn.com
Brian has been practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness for 19 years and has been practicing conscious dance for the last 10. He is a veterinarian, Dancing Freedom facilitator, and holds a PG Diploma in Yogic Studies. Drawing from the many paths he has studied and lived over the the years he created Dance Awake as a platform to spread conscious dance. He currently teaches yoga and mindfulness inside South African prisons, as well as weekly Dance Awake classes, events, and longer retreats. He also vets at an animal welfare clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Dancing has helped him move with grace through some tough places and interesting spaces. Find him at awakehumanbeing.com
Jani is the co-owner of Blissful Kids Holistic Living. She teaches Kids Yoga, hosts Teacher Trainings, Parent and Child YogArt Workshops and Holiday Programs. She has a passion for the holistic development of children, creative yoga, play, discovering the inner child, and being in nature. She is dedicated to inspire connection through being present, self-love in all that we do and a mindset of peace and acceptance. She invites you and your children to experience bliss with her, if only for a few moments, by aligning with your innate joy, connecting to your heart, body and breath. Come and play! www.blissfulkids.co.za
After training in Shakti Dance™ and Bliss Dance (as well as hatha and kundalini yoga), Maya will be offering Shakti-Flow at Spiritfest 2020; an embodiment practice using free-movement yoga and conscious dance. Maya has also trained in shamanic counselling and constellations therapy and combines into how she shares and teaches embodiment practices like yoga, dance and music. For more information about Shakti-Flow yoga-dance and everything else Maya is also offering in the Cape as regular classes, workshops and kirtan/sound healing, see her website https://mayajoy.co.za
Vanessa Holliday, an official Gong Master at the Pyramids of Chi in Bali, has been working with Sound & Music for over a decade, starting her career as a professional global DJ/Producer that then later flourished into a Sound Practitioner. She describes her transformational music journey as a return back to the Origins of Sound. She quotes: “everything in life comes full circle” Vanessa aspires to making ancient sound remedies available to everyone. Her journey through the voice has been a powerful tool for transformation in every facet of her life. She loves teaching people how to fully connect to their voice so they can feel more radiant, confident and free. Her sound medicine is deeply nourishing and transformative.
I am passionate about building communities through the practice of yoga. I've been practicing yoga since 2010 and completed my YTT through Africa Yoga Project (2013) and The Shala (2016) and forever grateful for their teachings. Through my work with Earthchild Project, I gained so much through teaching kids, parents, teachers and in my own community. My love for people drives my love in teaching. @yourtruenorth