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Umoya Breathfest 

Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
18 - 22 September 2022
Africa's first Breathwork festival!
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The Full Story

The crises of our time have catalysed a global rise in consciousness, inviting questions of what it means to breathe, to live, to die, to be human, to transform and to heal.


We invite you, as part of a community who hold a shared intention of healing, whole-heartedness and hope to find ways to re weave the heart of humanity that has been fractured by pain and intergenerational trauma using breath as a thread. 

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 inaugural 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.


The Umoya Breathfest is the first of its kind event, a gathering of breathwork and health practitioners, academics, artists, activists who work on the intersections of social sciences, humanities, health sciences, arts and activism to meet in person to learn, grow, share, connect and co create. It is forum of learning and shared experience for all those interested in discovering the potential of breath for personal healing, an agent for societal change and means to inspire a healing informed society.


This 5-day experience has been curated to offer the option of an introduction to a deep dive experience of conscious breathing through talks, workshops, immersive nature experiences between ancient land and timeless stars inspired by the energy of the African land and wisdom of its people.


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

Prof. William Gumede

Associate Professor

School of Governance at

the University of the Witwatersrand ...more

Sisonke Papu

Creative storyteller using music, writing and photography to share ideas of our humanity


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Marcus Blacker

Integrative Coach and Breathwork Therapist


Simon Kehagias

Operations Manager at Breathwork Africa,  and Breathwork Practitioner

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Dr. Sara Matchett

Associate Professor and Director of The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies...more

Marj Murray

Managing Director at Breathwork Africa

Marisa Farinha-Lloyd

Adaptibility coach, curator of Future_Shift, Business Performance Consultant

Dr. Ela Manga

Integrative Medical Doctor, Author and Founder of Breathwork Africa...more

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Dr Kelly Gillespie

Political and legal anthropologist ...more

Audrey Redmond

Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor, certified breathwork practitioner

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Shungu Chirunda

Integral Coach, Founder and Director of SenseSana


Dr Lucy Draper-Clarke

Research Associate at Drama for Life, Wits University and Mindfulness Facilitator...more

Natalie Zeid

Certified Breathwork Practitioner and Yoga instructor

Cradle Valley Conference Venue

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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