Grounded by a non-dual world view, our work combines the spirit of Ubuntu and the value of Ayni to create a heart-centred approach that honours each individual's path of growth and spiritual evolution.  

In our opinion, most, if not all issues and challenges that we find ourselves experiencing in our day-to-day lives originate in the illusory concept of separation. We have collectively bought into an idea of separation, from the Divine, from our own being, our human nature and from Mother Nature, and this causes us much suffering on a global scale. However, there always remains a constant invitation from Spirit to remember who we are and to embody this in our lives as connected human beings.

We all experience ups and downs in life – we can cultivate a deeper awareness of how we react to life and the variety of experiences it brings us. Often, an experience of seeing deeply held beliefs and choices for the first time or from a different perspective really enables us to realise that we have a choice, and no longer need to react in unconscious ways to life. This is one of the many gifts that the San Pedro medicine holds for us.

For us, it is crucial that there be no hierarchy in our relationships with our guests, as we believe we are all on the same path of growth and spiritual evolution, together navigating our own unique challenges. Each encounter is an opportunity to learn together from one another.

We have the utmost respect for people from all walks of life and all belief systems.  All healing work is an expression of Divine Grace, and we are constantly humbled to see people coming, open and willing to heal, with the understanding that this healing does not originate with us.

Ubuntu Ayni
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Ubuntu is an African concept. A state of being which refers to our humanness, our essence, who we really are.

We are both from South Africa, and have had the opportunity to work with Zulu Sangomas for our own healing. This has had a big impact on the way we approach our work and life. 

Ubuntu is about expressing and manifesting Divine Love within ourselves, among us as human beings and also as a collective. It is about community and the understanding that everyone and everything is equal and that no-one is more or less than anyone else. It is about co-existing with our brothers and sisters as humanity, nature and Spirit.

Ubuntu teaches us that we are not separate – we all learn and grow together, regardless of our gender, race and religion. It teaches us about wholeness, our interconnectedness and it shows us to love ourselves and others. By doing so, it teaches us to return to our hearts.

We believe that to live your Ubuntu, is to live from the heart and to express your being. It is through Ubuntu and connecting with our hearts, that we learn who we truly are.

I am what I am because of who we all are.
— Leymah Gbowee
Ubuntu Ayni
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Ayni is a Quechua, or specifically, Q’ero word that refers to the concept of reciprocity. 

For us, the concept of Ayni encompasses both material reciprocity as well as a deeper, energetic reciprocity. In the Andes, it is practiced by giving of time to another, and then receiving the same, so that communities are able to do more effective farming.

In the context practiced here, it may be seen as an earnest willingness, trust and openness of heart in approaching any personal or healing work, as well as a giving of ourselves to the present moment, as we believe that the giving of our own energy, willingness and trust to the process of life will enable us to receive greater healing and understanding in our path.

Coupled with Ubuntu, we have a concept of energetic and material reciprocity between people connected with their very essence which makes us human. This, for us, is a concept of incredible beauty, which is healing in itself.

Ayni is a form of equality. But it is an equality that lifts all at the same time to ever-higher common heights, instead of pulling some up and others down so that all, in time, meet in the middle and stay there
— Dorthe Steenberg