Inviting Aphrodite – A women’s retreat

A deep dive into the succulent wild woman within – 3-7 July 2019 Ponta Malongane, Mozambique



You are invited to press pause and take yourself away to a little slice of ‘Heaven on Earth’- the meaning of Ponta Malongane.

Your inner wild woman is calling you to spend some time with her, re-connecting and deepening your relationship with her.
As women, we have strong instincts that are inherent. These can all too easily be quieted by the fast paced demands of life in the 21st century. We are expected to carry the same responsibilities that our fathers had and still be all woman.

It may be the moment to sink your toes into warm beach sand and take time out to connect to the profound feminine within.
We will be working with the feminine archetypes to inspire movement into discovering the incredible beauty, compassion, power, sensuality and pleasure that resides in true femininity.

We meditate at sunrise, journal, swim with wild dolphins in a pristine nature reserve, dance, create, connect , walk,, share, heal and play within the sacred circle of sisterhood.
No movement, meditation or writing experience required whatsoever. A safe space is created for you to explore and express freely

She invites you….

Absolutely no artistic or dancing skills are required as each invitation is process and is not results driven. We create a safe space for you to explore new creative possibilities as a beginner, with curiosity and playfulness.

4×4 Transfers from the border to camp
4 night’s accommodation / SHARING in large 2 man safari tent on wooden decking, with beds and bed linen ( 2 per tent) A surcharge is available if you want your own space.
3 x Educational, respect and awareness based Dolphin Swims guided by Courtney
Snorkeling course, Code-of-conduct, Boat safety
The Artery “creative exploration and discovery ” with Verity including all materials
Sound journey and indigenous drumming experience
Private gathering space for activities beautifully decorated with lanterns, mats and cushions
Photographs of your ocean experiences

Transport to the Mozambique border and home (we co-ordinate lift shares)
Drinks (Bore hole water available)
Visa (ONLY for non-South African passport holders)
Food- self catering

What participants said about the last one:
“Verity is an incredibly strong, powerful and inspiring woman and the environment she created as well as her support and gentle wisdom has done wonders in helping me to cope with the premature passing of my awesome father. The people and safe space allowed for some exceptional people to emerge, and share some of their wisdom. Her dance and the amazingly appropriate music helped to facilitate a reconnection with the world through the body, and to create and reawaken a connection with life, as well as a zest to thrive and create new and beautiful aspects of your life, and rekindle forgotten dreams and desires. I highly recommend this course to anyone who feels sad, sore, lost, lonely or stagnant in their lives, and especially for anyone who wishes to do some deep soul searching…
Thank you Verity!!!”
-Jennifer Baker

“It was indeed a wonderful combination of different modalities brought together into a fun and deeply nurturing process. The snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins was amazing experiences specially for someone new to it like me. Courtney I was very present to the way you stepped into the spirit world of the sea to call for all to happen in such a special way.
For me the biggest beauty of my time with you was the pauses in between. On their own they flow into each other to nothingness. But as part of this process it allowed also for life to happen. It allowed the dance of life to be part of your wonderful process. Almost an integration playground in its own.
To you as facilitators. Wonderfully well done. Verity the dances was special as always and Courtney you do a very powerful sound journey.”
– Derek Bekker

“I found it an enthusiasm infusion, CPR for the soul!”
Carmel Ives

“To swimming with wild dolphins each morning, words cannot even explain this experience. Courtney Ward I am privileged to know you and see your magic with these dolphins, you are doing AMAZING things with Halo Gaia. Breathtaking to be in the midst of such conscious and special beings, who have so much insight into the TRUE meaning of life…play, love, be curious, have balance, be present. I feel so touched by these dolphins and it’s something which I bring back home with me as a shift within the core of my energy.
Then the TRUE show of our souls through the dance as collaborated by Verity Maud, you are a master of your art and I loved having so many special moments with such POWER women. My soul feels rejuvenated and I feel more in touch with myself than ever before. I will endlessly promote your biodanza as it is an brilliant way for anyone to create a shift in their lives by moving into their energy through dance. Thank you for bringing me back to myself and giving me the tools to move my life forward to the next step that I know is on the horizon.”
Sian Johnson

Your facilitators:

Verity Maud
Verity is an artist, interior designer, Biodanza facilitator and plays an active role in Afrikaburn- an arts festival in the Karoo- as a contributing large scale installation artist, performance artist and costumer. Passionate about connecting people to their creative potential, she has been running The Artery workshops in South Africa in both the corporate and private sector for the past ten years and incorporates the transformational training that she has done globally into her method. She has traveled extensively and done training in places such as The Esalen institute in California. Verity is deeply influenced by various conscious dance modalities she has encountered on her travels, having experienced the incredibly transformative power of movement to shift and inspire. She has also collaborated on workshops in Brazil & Portugal.

Courtney Ward
‘Essentially a performer in the great arts of the divine’, Courtney is a talented artist, actor and musician. She is especially gifted in her spontaneous ability to apply her artistic gifts and musical talents to a group dynamic in aid of personal transformation and creativity.Since 1999 Courtney has worked passionately and intensively with the resident pod of Inshore Bottle Nose dolphins of Southern Mozambique as Halo Gaia’s owner, Ponta Malongane`s Ocean Safari guide, leading Dolphin Swim Facilitator and data collector. Through her intimate relations with the dolphins, her love of people and her love of the ocean, Courtney offers an extraordinary Ocean Awareness program.

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