Programme Overview

The particularities of South Africa and the momentous events – both inspiring and traumatic – that have shaped this land and its people lend itself to a reflection on this subject through the lens of the wisdom and kindness inherent in a mindfulness-based approach.

24 CPD points have been approved for the conference programme.

Conference Themes

Considering mindfulness as an essential ingredient in building a just society.

Exploring “ground-up” applications and contextual adaptations of mindfulness in diverse communities.

Considering mindfulness as a social activist movement in service of enhancing connectedness and understanding amongst diverse groups.

Examining effective and ethical methods of training mindfulness teachers.

Considering mindfulness and compassion as foundational qualities from which to skilfully engage with diversity.

Considering the evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness and compassion in healthcare, education and the criminal justice system.

Friday 22 March – Workshops

12h00 – 17h00 Insight Dialogue: A mindful conversation on Race Nolitha Tsengiwe and Chandasara
12h00 – 17h00 Mindfulness Supervision: A Masterclass for Established Teachers Rebecca Crane
12h00 – 17h00 Mindfulness at Work / in Business / in Leadership Casper Oelofsen, Linda Kantor and Megan Reitz

Saturday 23 March – Conference Day 1

08h15 Honouring the Earth; Welcoming the Ancestors Mandaza Kandemwa
08h30 Welcome Simon Whitesman
09h00 Keynote: Mindfulness in Context: Past, Present and Future Mark Williams
10h00 Keynote: Inhabiting the Tensions: Balancing Fidelity and Creativity in Adapting Mindfulness-Based Programmes Rebecca Crane
11h30 Lekgotla Gathering 1: The Value of Mindfulness in an Increasingly Troubled Society Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jay Naidoo, Nobantu Mpotulo

Moderators: Simon Whitesman

14h00 Breakaway Sessions

No. 1: Workshop: Meeting Crisis with Consciousness: From Emergency to Emergence

No. 2: Mindfulness in Health

No. 3: Mindfulness in Business & Leadership

No. 4: Mindfulness in Education & Parenting

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Moderator: Janine Kirby

Moderator: Anneke Kirsten-Barnard

Moderator: Mark Williams


16h00 Keynote: Waking Up to Who We Are: Healing Ourselves, Each Other and The Planet Mandaza Kandemwa
17h15 Keynote: Being Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out Ruth King
18h30 Poster Session
18h30 Welcome Reception

Sunday 24 March – Day of Practice and Enquiry – Day 2

09h00 – 17h00 Facilitators: Mark Williams, Nolitha Tsengiwe and Rebecca Crane

Tea Break at 10h45 – 11h00

Lunch at 13h00 – 14h00

17h00 – 18h00 Silent Walk through Maropeng Museum (Optional)

Monday 25 March – Conference Day 3

08h00 Silent Mindfulness Practice (optional)
08h30 Keynote: Inimba – Embodied Compassion and Mutuality Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
09h30 Keynote: Mindfulness, Identity and Social Justice Rhonda Magee
11h00 Lekgotla Gathering 2: Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Presenter: David Treleaven

Panel: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Paula Ramírez

Moderator: Pete Milligan

13h30 Breakaway Sessions

No. 1: Workshop: Freedom Through Non Dual Mindfulness

No. 2: Mindfulness & Social Justice

No. 3: Mindfulness & Trauma

No. 4: Mindfulness in the Community

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Moderator: Nobantu Mpotulo

Moderator: David Treleaven

Moderator: Diana Sanchez Betancourt


15h30 Lekgotla Gathering 3: The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Mindfulness in an African Context Panel: Pateka Mtintsilana, Linda Kantor, Thanissara & Sinethemba Mkanya


Facilitator: Lucy Draper-Clarke

17h00 Closing Words & Closing Practice Mark Williams
17h15 Honouring the Earth, Gratitude to the Ancestors, Releasing the Energies Mandaza Kandemwa