top of page

Acerca de


Umoya Breathfest 

Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

22 - 25 September 2024

Africa's first Breathwork festival!
african drumming_edited.jpg

The Full Story

We are living through a devastating transition between the dying of the world as we have known it and emergence of the unknown future and so the theme for Umoya BreathFest 2024 unfolded as a response to the questions:

What sustains us as we stay the morbid conditions of our current time?

How does the breath anchor and hold the container for the brave conversation of what we are most afraid to confront within ourselves and between each other, for what is dying and what is being reborn?

Umoya is a joyful gathering on ancient land, with community and held by breath to discover what healing may mean for us as individuals, communities and the greater collective through this transition.

Our speakers are examples of those who embody breath and who live the paradox, who take inspired action as the death doulas, the catalysts, the healers and creatives.

Our group processes and breathing practices are powerful and grounding containers for healing sharing, learning and emergent insights.

For 4 days, the sacred land, vibrant food, joyful community and gentle breath root us back to the timeless wisdom of heart as we re-member and find the courage to hold the space for others once we part.

We feel called to gather in the Cradle of Humankind, where our collective umbilical cord lies buried, a fitting space to hold that which is ready to be birthed as systems collapse around us.  We would love you to join us at our festival that celebrates that we are one diverse species across the globe, with our roots in Africa all sharing the same common language of the breath.

Retreat Costs:
Sharing per person R17,250 incl VAT ($1,065)
Single per person R20,125 incl VAT ($1,245)

Package Includes:

3 nights' accommodation

3 meals per day

Workshops and events

Welcome Pack

*All transportation to and from venue is excluded

Day Visitor Package:
Per day R2,100 incl VAT ($135)

Package Includes:

Welcome Pack


Workshops and events


Who is this for?

Health policy makers
HR Heads
Health and Wellness practitioners
Community leaders
Wellness organistions
Mental health community
Community development practitioners

Speakers & Facilitators

Dr Ela Manga

Dr Ela Manga is an integrative medical doctor committed to healing and bringing heart back into the art of medicine. Her medical training was a step towards her true vocation as a facilitator of health and a catalyst for change.

Her healing philosophy is based on the partnership between doctor and patient who she believes are co-creators in the journey of health. It honours the inextricable connection between body, mind, heart, and nature. She works with a methodology that supports the body’s self-healing ability and that is underpinned by evidence-based principles of healing.

Through individual consultations, talks, the facilitation of workshops, training, retreats and her writing, she presents a framework of understanding illness and health through the multidimensional lens of western medicine, nature principles, neuroscience, and ancient wisdom traditions, leaving you more inspired and committed to living with optimum health and open-hearted resilience.

Dion Chang_edited.jpg
Dion Chang

Dion Chang will make you think differently. He is a professional cage rattler, a strategic thinker, a keynote speaker, and a walking ideas bank.

He is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”. Dion is passionate about assisting companies to embrace change and embedding a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems.

These qualities serve him well in the new role he has added to his portfolio, that of ‘an end-of-life companion doula’. As such he will provide the terminally ill and their families with support, guidance and companionship. This new role aligns with his business practice – after all end-of-life is not necessarily about physical death but the death of old ideas and the birth of new ones.

He has a deep passion for youth trends and subcultures, and is an intrepid traveller, global citizen and proud South African.

Rachel Adams_edited.jpg
Rachel Nyaradzo Adams

Named one of the 100 Young Influential Africans of 2019, Rachel Nyaradzo Adams is a leadership and transformation practitioner who is trained in organizational systems, ontology, neuroscience, and anthropology.

She has worked with leaders of diverse backgrounds and seniority from across the African continent and beyond. She is committed to courageous conversations and creates safe spaces for clients to explore some of their toughest conversations.

Rachel sits on the boards of MINDS, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship and St. George’s College. She has spoken and provided leadership training on various platforms to executives and emerging leaders. These include the UNDP Executive Leadership Retreat, World Bank, Obama Leaders, TEDx, L’Oreal Women in Science, EVE and many corporates and start-ups. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a Desmond Tutu Fellow, a Felix Scholar and a Mellon Mays Scholar.

Nina Callaghan_edited.jpg
Nina Callaghan

Nina Callaghan is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, at Stellenbosch University. She is seeking better questions and practice for development, politics, education, family-making and being together on this mysterious planet. She is passionate about finding ways to navigate the polycrisis our world is in to find a place for thriving and is currently a PhD candidate extending her inquiry into governance, with questions framed around embodied sustainability.

Nina serves as the Transformation Committee Chair for the faculty of Economic and Management Science at Stellenbosch University. She is a lecturer for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Nina has previously worked as a director of the NGO, Children’s Radio Foundation, as a broadcast journalist and has experience as a theatre performer.

Cradle Valley Conference Venue

cradle valley_edited.png

Cradle Valley is a beautiful and charming wedding, conference & function venue, overlooking the dam and horse paddocks on the edge of the Cradle of Humankind, west of Johannesburg.

The well designed and functional layout of the venue includes venue areas like the sunset veranda, fountain area, practical and unique bar, with a spacious buffet area and one of a kind boma, all framed with mesmerising gardens. A tranquil water stream flows softly in the background between the venue and chapel, while our adorable ducks celebrate in the water, the stream then meets our remembrance bridge before connecting the two Cradle Valley dams.

Cradle Valley sunset
Cradle Valley standard room
Cradle Valley dining
bottom of page