Friday, 16 October 2020 12:29

Treats for the body, mind and soul

Afro Botho is set to roll out a series of contemplative practices dubbed ‘Afro Treats’, which are Body, Mind and Soul sessions curated for clients. The desire is for the client to pause from their busy schedules and take a much needed time to  Relax, Rejuvenate and Reset. These services will be offered in Maun and the greater Gaborone.

The event comes amid the many challenges that many are faced with due to the COVID-19 pandemic, activating a lot of anxiety and fear. The events are to take place in October and according to MotherK Masire, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed or stressed as we navigate all of the changes simultaneously. It is during these times when self-care is crucial to good mental and physical health, she explains.

She further says that they have identified two beautiful spaces, and collaborated with them to offer these mental health sessions. An environment and its energy is critical for Afro Botho in providing holistic’ value added service hence the collaboration with Kana Jang at African Casa in Ruretse and Baratani Lodge in Otse to cater for clients in the greater Gaborone zone. Both  places offer serenity and peace of mind.

They will host the inaugural Tea Meditation at Kana Jang   at African Casa in Ruretse on October 25th. The second event is penciled to take place on November 1st at Baratani Lodge in Otse. Masire explains that Tea Meditation commune is an intentional time and space where they gather and enjoy tea primarily in silence, with time for discussion and questions.

“It is a quiet place to contemplate and grow ourselves, to detach from modern anxieties and stressors, and enjoy the moment. Just as one might use sound or movement as a focus for contemplation, tea facilitates physical awareness, stillness, and community,” she explains.

She further notes that the experience will afford their clients with time to enjoy meditative community experience, while learning skills and insights that can deepen their own contemplative practice and appreciation of tea. “It is beginner friendly, inclusive and trauma-sensitive - no previous tea or meditation experience required,” she explains.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:47

Pre–festive mind retreat scheduled

Afro Botho is pencilled to host end of year Mindfulness Retreat in Maun. The event is scheduled to take place on November 30th - December 2nd. It will be held at the Afro Botho farm in Boro, located 10 kilometres from Maun.

The place, according to organisers, is of tranquillity surrounded by natural beauty and beautiful lagoon that is fed by the great Thamalakane River. The place, says the organisers is designed to promote personal rejuvenation and offer an escape from daily routine. In an interview with one of the organisers, MotherK Masire tells this publication that the retreat specifically focuses on unplugging and connecting with one’s inner selves.

“It gives participants a chance to get away from the struggles of daily life, and a chance to get out of your heads and allow your bodies, minds, and spirits to heal. What could be better than that,” she says.She explains that the retreat is ideal for individuals who would love to give themselves some self-care before the festive season madness or for corporates to reward or give incentive for deserving employees.

Those who are interested can look forward to practical mindfulness tools that can be implemented in everyday life for a positive change that can be sustained. “Individuals are guided on how to use mindfulness tools with a follow-up self-evaluation system that enables them to monitor their progress based upon their personal self-effort,” she explains. The price for the retreat is P2500 (inclusive of accommodation per person sharing and meals but excludes transport to Maun)

Afro Botho is conceptualised by Dr. Didi Biorn and Masire. The duo is presently based in Maun. In the past, Afro Botho organised events such as marking the World Mental Health Day under the tagline Heal the Healer. On top of these, they hold a number of retreats through-

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:45

Afro Botho hosts retreat session in Maun

Afro Botho will host an intimate session this weekend in Maun. The retreat seeks to give about 15 participants a chance to rejuvenate their bodies, tap into nature and meditate, breath and be able to reset their lives for the next quarter of the year. The session, titled Pause, Breath & Reset Mindfulness weekend, will start on Friday evening, and end on Sunday after brunch.

According to the organiser, MotherK Masire highlights that the event will include meditation at a special spot along the river, as well as other activities that will rejuvenate them. Masire points out that this is a relaxed retreat, and that those who are attending it, don’t have to worry about being exhausted or doing anything hectic. She explains that they want the session to be as intimate as possible. “The retreat comes on the backdrop of the fact that people lead hectic lives nowadays, chasing deadlines and doing a bit of this and that.

This often means that they never get time to do a simple thing such as breathing,” she says.

Mindfulness is a state of active and open attention on the present. When one learns about mindfulness, it feels like having an out of body experience, but it happens on your mind. It allows one to study their own self, mind, study their thoughts, feelings, friendships and your environment. Once one is in sync with everything around them, they gain spiritual fulfilment and can find peace. “The practice of Mindfulness helps us recognise our thought patterns as we learn to be the observers of our minds,” she said in a previous interview.

Afro Botho is conceptualised by Dr Didi Biorn and Masire. The duo is presently based in Maun. In the past, Afro Botho organised events such as marking the World Mental Health Day under the tagline Heal the Healer.

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