In 2014, I was awarded a doctorate in Mindfulness, through the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. My thesis research provided the opportunity to bring together my commitments to both education and spiritual practice.
In 2010, I moved to South Africa from Botswana, where I had been a deputy principal. My eighteen years in Botswana were all connected to the education sector, at government schools, in teacher education colleges, at an educational publishing company and working as a consultant to the United Nations, particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS education. I also took a year in Thailand, to help set up the North Andaman Tsunami Relief organisation, after the tsunami.
I now run Heart-Mind and facilitate Mindfulness Africa courses, an organisation launched by Rob Nairn. Through the instruction of inspiring Buddhist teachers such as Rob, Donal Creedon, Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, I have developed a daily mindfulness practice, which has nourished me for many years .
I've been inspired by a Buddhist story about three types of bodhisattva - the Monarch, the Ferryman and the Shepherd. Monarchs develop their own strength and confidence before feeling that they are ready to help others, Ferry drivers travel alongside others in order to help everyone, while Shepherds put the welfare of others before their own. I'd like to be the ferry driver, traveling alongside fellow seekers. When I lead yoga or mindfulness practices, it feels like sharing a meal with a group of friends. Whatever I offer also nourishes me.
To listen to a podcast conversation between myself and Dr Ela Manga, listen here, or search for Threads of Healing in Spotify, Apple Podcasts etc.