Healing Earth Foundation Supports Fire Victims

Imizamo Yethu residents are working hard to rebuild their lives after the devastating blaze that destroyed over 3,000 shacks last Saturday.

It has been an honour and a privilege for us to offer our assistance by donating bulk Healing Earth body wash and shampoo for the suddenly resourceless residents.

We are filled with such admiration for all the people who have rallied together to donate and sort clothes, food and toiletries.

Well done for facilitating the project, Ambleside School of Hout Bay!

Experiences of a Healing Earth Foundation Intern: Part 2

“I’m grateful for the opportunity of assisting the Healing Earth Foundation’s work at
the iHatha Shelter. After an introduction to the women and children and
observing the yoga classes, I got the chance to do classes for personal
development with the teenagers and moms in the second week. As I recently
finished my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in Berlin and have been
part of a diagnostics and research team for trauma, I was excited to make
first experiences here in Cape Town and furthermore at such a special
place as the shelter. I was impressed by how deep the classes got into
very intimate and touching issues and by how open the groups were to work
with me. This was one of the experiences that assured me on becoming good
at what I’m learning and sharing it. Thank you very much, Healing Earth, for
letting me have that experience!” – Mira Assmann

A Visitor’s Experience of the Healing Earth Foundation

It’s always nice to hear an “outsider’s” thoughts on the work we do through the HHealing Earth Foundation. The lovely Liesl G joined us at our workshops at IHATA Shelter for Abused Women & Children last week, and wrote a beautiful blog post about the experience.

Healing Earth Foundation in Premier Magazine

What a stunning feature on our special little ‪Healing Earth Foundation in the Feb issue of the Bidvest Premier Magazine! Always rewarding when our efforts are recognised and shared with others who may also be able to make a difference in their small way…

An Afternoon with the Healing Earth Foundation

Yesterday the ‪Healing Earth Foundation‬ team enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at iHata Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Heideveld. We conducted a mindful art therapy session in which the little ones coloured the most beautiful manifestation mandalas, and then took the older children through a series of Yoga4Kids gratitude exercises and a Heal Your Life workshop in which they unearthed all the limiting beliefs they’ve been brought up to believe, exploring how they can consciously turn these around to create an original sense of self and society. The afternoon ended on a really high note, with everyone leaving filled with love and inspiration. We can’t wait to take the same program to the SA Children’s Home on Friday!

Experiences of a Healing Earth Foundation Intern: Part 1

Nineteen-year-old Gina Brandt has joined the Healing Earth Foundation as an intern and assistant, and has already learnt a great deal in her very first week with us. Here she recounts her introduction to our three 2016 beneficiaries:

“My first experience as an intern with the Healing Earth Foundation was fun, exciting and a real eye opener. I learnt about the Heal Your Life program by Louise Hay and the Yoga4Kids program which we do with the kids. These are aimed at bringing balance, focus, direction and joy to the little people that we work with. In Ihata Shelter for Abused women and children the children streamed in, all ages and backgrounds but all with a willing and excited mindset. They learnt about what it means to be a ‘yogi’ and the values they entail, like kindness, selflessness and discipline just to name a few. The little ones were engaged in our presence and enjoyed using different crayons to express themselves; they drew beautiful things like being in nature, the sun, flowers, angels and as far as their imagination could travel.

On Fridays we travel to SA Children’s Home in Gardens. These children are precious little beings, they all showed much happiness with large smiles and open hearts. They thoroughly enjoyed the different ways we can conserve our environment by drawing people planting plants, throwing away litter and saving water. With the teens we did some personal development, where they shared the doors they want to close in their lives and the ones they would like to open, in this way opening up their possibilities and dreams for the future. Our third beneficiary is St George’s Home for Girls in Wynberg, which has a very special and unique energy to work in. The girls have go-to energy and really began to understand the positive affirmations we did with them. They loved doing the word shower, where they compliment each other with positive words like ‘you are kind, you are beautiful and you are perfect,’ for example. They enjoy the love that their friends give them, which helps them release negative thoughts and breathe in positivity.

In the months to come we will be doing more exciting things like starting the yoga program where we work on their breathing, their flexibility and balance as well as their strength and also becoming more relaxed. This is highly beneficial to their schoolwork, relationships and development as little people in this big world.” – Gina Brandt

First Healing Earth Foundation Workshops for 2016

Yesterday we conducted our first Healing Earth Foundation Yoga4kids and Heal Your Life South Africa workshops at iHata Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Heideveld. We introduced the children to the non-physical aspects of yoga, beginning with a (kiddie-friendly) exploration of Yama, or the first of the eight limbs of yoga. The children explored the power that their words have to affect themselves and others, the difference between attaching to wants and appreciating needs met, ways in which to give back to the earth, the concept of discipline and what they do every day to respect and take care of themselves, and the importance of honesty and enthusiasm in their lives. As is tradition for our Foundation, we started the teens off on their personal development journey by examining all the things in their lives that they would like to “close the door on”, and all the “doors” that they would like to open for themselves going forward. All the participants were fully engaged in the workshop, and we left safe in the knowledge that our weekly workshops are positively influencing these important little lives. What an incredible way to start the year!

A Big Year for the Healing Earth Foundation

We couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for the Healing Earth Foundation in 2016.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response and results we saw with our Yoga4Kids, Heal Your Life and Emotional Freedom Technique workshops, we have decided to focus primarily on these offerings, with a bit of mindful art therapy thrown into the mix to keep the creative juices flowing. In addition to this, we will be offering exciting new Nia dance classes to our beneficiaries in the latter half of the year.

Although we were supposed to start the year with a completely new set of beneficiaries, one in particular stood out as being the perfect partner for our efforts, and we will thus be continuing our Wednesday workshops at iHata Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Heideveld. Wonderful new centres we have added to our schedule include St George’s Home for Girls in Wynberg, and the South African Children’s Home in Gardens. We couldn’t be more excited to meet the new little souls, and can’t wait to kick-start the program next week!

Healing Earth Recognised as a “Brand Making a Difference”

We’re honoured to be recognised as a Spice4Life Champion of Change, with our gift to the world this Christmas being shared on the informative and inspiring site.

Healing Earth Foundation Partners with SA Children’s Home

Next year will see the start of our Healing Earth Foundation workshops at an exciting new beneficiary – the SA Children’s Home in Gardens, Cape Town.

Home to 44 children, the centre is the oldest in South Africa, and aims “to care for, nurture and develop children in need, in order for them to become balanced, well-adapted and independent adults.”

We can’t wait to start our weekly Yoga4Kids, Nia dance, Heal Your Life personal development, meditation and Emotional Freedom Technique workshops with the residents!