Are you a generational gatekeeper?

Are your ready to answer the ancestral call?

Are you willing to Re-Member ancient healing traditions?

the Ancestral Call 2024

“A diviner combines aspects of the healer, social psychologist, priest and social worker”
 Hirst (1990)

Greetings! I am Sonya Welch-Moring aka Makhosi Nyoni and in November 2024 I will host the first Ancestral Call healing retreat for Black and Brown women of colour, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first retreat that I have curated and it will resonate with those who are  called to support their ancestral line. If you would like to find out more about African ancestral family traditions and their relationship with systemic constellations, this retreat will deepen your learning and knowledge.

This is a small group retreat that has just 6 spaces for women who value a guided immersion into ‘other ways of knowing’. Healing approaches that can interrupt and sooth the generational family patterns that impact Black Diaspora families and communities of colour. You will come ready to participate in ancestral constellations circles with Makhosi Nyoni and learn from  Dr Morongwa Makena, initiated Sangoma healer and teacher. The retreat will support your lineage past, present and future leaving you feeling inspired and with a deep sense of gratitude towards your ancestors.

The main purpose of the retreat is to explore at a deep level, the ancestral family field of Diaspora rooted people. There is a specific focus on African traditional healing, drawing on South African Sangoma practices that are at the core of the Ancestral Constellations process. This independent module, follows on from the Foundation in Systemic Constellations and Transgenerational Healing currently being hosted by BAATN. It is likely that participants will have attended several Ancestral constellations workshops or have a knowledge about the theory and philosophy behind the approach. 

The immersion into ancestral learning aims to support both personal development and professional knowledge. There will also be ancestral learning circles with Dr Morongwa Makena, a South African Mkhulu (teacher). She will be offering traditional African transgenerational consultations, it is an optional extra that we strongly suggest you invest in. There is also a cultural element to the retreat with several excursions that will enhance your learning about South African society. There will be a theme of self-care weaved into the programme and space will be given for reflection and relaxation.

An Immersion into Other Ways of Knowing

Retreat Overview

Workshops

There will be a variety of learning circles on offer during the retreat. You will build on your family constellations knowledge and skills. And you will learn from an African traditional healer, Sangoma and  Mkhulu (teacher) with over 25 years of knowledge in her field. 

Ancestral Learning

The immersion into ancestral learning will deepen your understanding of South African cosmology and the role of ancestors. You can receive a traditional bone reading which will allow you to compare western constellations work with African ancestral family beliefs.

Dining Options

This will be a hybrid model, with breakfast, lunches and light snacks provided. In the evening you are free to enjoy communal dining the schedule will vary. Some evenings meals are provided at the venue or you are free to explore the many restaurants nearby.

Reflection & Play

There is a strong personal healing and self care element during the retreat to support  personal learning and professional practice.  Johannesburg is a vibrant dynamic city and there there will be several cultural excursions scheduled during the retreat.

Accommodation

Participants will be staying in the main house, there is a variety of accommodation. More information will be available during the application process. South Africa has a load-shedding programme and electricity may be out for certain periods of the day.

Application & Price

There is an an application process which will give us clarity about your requirements. The price of the retreat is £1,750 including 9 nights accommodation, meals as specified and excursions. Flights are not included, a £500 deposit secures your place

Friday 8th November to Sunday 17th November 2024 (EARLY BIRD PRICE) £1750

The Retreat Space an Oasis of Calm

We will be staying at a beautiful house in the heart of Johannesburg, close to shops and restaurants. The house is in a quiet area, close to Rosebank Mall in a culturally diverse area. It is owned by an African-American woman who lives between Atlanta and Johannesburg and she has created a retreat space that is welcoming and inviting. From the African-inspired decor to the the lush grounds and swimming pool, this is an oasis of calm in a bustling city centre. We aim for a community vibe and there are spaces for privacy, to breath outside, reflection and play.

The retreat will invite you to step into South African living. Currently there is daily load shedding in may parts of the country including Johannesburg. This means that the electricity could be out for several hours at a time, although there will be generators to charge phones, computers and other equipment during the day. Please consider carefully before you apply, whether these factors would minimise your enjoyment of the retreat. There will be several  accomodation options in the main house.

Comfortable Communal Spaces

A Place to Lay Your Head

A Garden to Relax & Unwind

The Retreat Package

What is Included:

Transport to and from retreat venue

9 nights accommodation

Welcome meal and opening ceremony

Breakfast, lunch, snacks

Constellation Gatherings

Ancestral Learning Circles

Excursions as indicated in schedule

Optional:Bone Reading with Mkhulu

What is Not Included:

Flights and visas if required

Travel Insurance (Required)

Food and drink outside of the retreat

Accommodation pre and post reteat

Any activities not indicated in the schedule

 

Bones in the Constellation

The Western development of the family Constellations process draws on the ancestral traditions of Sangoma bone readings. They aren’t the same, but they are similar paths and we can honour the source and lineage of one in support of the other.

Dr Morongwa Makena will be sharing her ancestral wisdom and offering throwing-the-bone readings during the  retreat.

Ancestral Knowledge & Indigenous Wisdom

OPEN TO HEALING

 

 

  • Bringing your body, minds and spirits to the earthly wisdom that is the soil of Africa. Feel the movements that emerge and and REConnect with ‘other ways of knowing’ self and others
INDIGENOUS WISDOM

 

  • Accessing traditional indigenous wisdom that is deep within the systemic constellations method. Explore Ancestral Constellation and step into the transgenerational energy that is in your ancestral line.
ACTS OF LIBATION
  • Connecting us to the history of South Africa and the liberation struggle as an act of libation. Claim the deep roots of Diaspora cultural heritage that can be found on African soil
THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE
  • Deepening learning about the place of healing ritual in transgenerational therapeutic practice.Dance together in a journey towards a new framing of this work in a Diaspora context

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I’ve Been Called….

“I’ve been called towards bringing in the spiritual more and more into my therapeutic practice and I’ve been finding my way with this. Coming to the training (if I can call it that) let me know that I had arrived. I’m where I need to be and the support for my people exists.”

Remi Arnold – Psychotherapist – March 2024

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I have had ample exposure to and involvement with the process to know that Family Constellations is one of the many faces of ritual. We define ritual as the involvement with spirit in sacred space for our healing.”

Malidoma Some – Dagara Elder & Diviner

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