Wherever you go, there you are ...

“I have spent almost a year relating to people through screens and every time I step outside the walls of our sanctuary, I cannot shake the absurdity of the world as it is now.  But, as an existentialist I must remind myself that, despite how much seems to have changed, the age-old challenge remains: What does it mean to be human? 

I long for the tangible presence of other people and yet I am still filled with trepidation about what the future holds for us all.  “How did we get here?” I find myself asking, and “Where are we heading?”.  This time last year, Fiona and I had hosted our first successful retreat and we were set for a year full of exciting events at the Centre.  In some ways, it feels like 2021 is simply 2020 still in recovery.  How can we make it more than just that?”    –     Jason Ross

For most of 2020 we became increasingly committed to feeding the nearby communities.  This led to our #Foodfirst project that has grown into an official NPO.   We plan to continue expanding on this project while rekindling our desire to connect with others in the project of exploring human consciousness.

As we restart the Centre’s activities, we are excited to invite you to join us in building a community interested in what it means to be fully alive in our times.

Please consider joining us for:

  • Being Creatively a Ceramic Mindfulness Retreat – 19th to 22nd March 2021
  • Yin Yoga with Despi, a fund raiser for the #Foodfirst Project – 20th Feb 2021
  • Weekly Yoga with CareyLiveSimply – weekly,  ongoing


“Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened. The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, “Now what?”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Upcoming Retreat

Being Creatively with Jason Ross and Jess Merle

Date:               19 March 17h00 – 22 March 14h00

Location:        Centre for Purposeful Living, La Mercy, KZN

Cost:               R 4 850 pp including shared accommodation

R 4 000 pp excluding accommodation

All refreshments, meals and materials included

Strict Covid regulations will be followed, limited to 6 retreatants.

We are thrust into a world not of our own choosing, posing the delicate challenge of intentionally shaping our own lives whilst, at the same time, life inevitably makes a shape out of us. More than ever, the task ahead of us is to try and respond creatively to that which is out of our control. On this retreat you will discover how working with more traditional ceramics can be a way to practice finding beauty in uncertainty & spontaneity

What the Retreat entails:
The retreat will combine the craft of ceramics, saggar firing and meditative techniques. On Friday evening Jess and Jason will introduce the theme and approach of the retreat. Jess will provide a bit of insight into the historical and cultural context of the craft of ceramics and saggar firing and Jason will guide us into some basic, Zen inspired, meditation. Saturday will be spent making with clay using the pinch pot technique. We will utilise two different types of clay and be mindful of how each type feels and responds differently in our hands. Jess will bisque fire these pieces overnight. On Sunday we will prepare our saggars using newspaper and various organic combustible materials like eggshells, snake sheds and feathers that we have collected for the workshop. In the evening we will build a fire for our pieces and hand them over to the chance and spontaneity of the fire for the rest of the night. On Monday morning we’ll unpack our work, clean it up and take in the surprising and unpredictable results of our firing. Jason will provide some basic movement and sitting meditations throughout the retreat in order to bring us present to the processes happening within and outside of us.

About the Retreat Centre:

No experience is necessary, ‘Come as you are’. The centre, home to Jason and Fiona, has comfortable basic accommodation for retreatants; 2 twin rooms with a shared bathroom and one double en-suite available. Towels for bathing and swimming are provided. There is a lovely studio and meditation hall which are open 24hrs with refreshments and a library. The centre has swimming pool, large garden, and many places to sit quietly or in a social distance gathering. It is safe to walk around the neighbourhood and is a 10 minute walk to the beach.  Food is nutritious and delicious, mostly plant based.  

Jess Merle has been passionate about clay since her first ceramics class in 2010. Her journey with clay continued as she specialised in ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and completed her Masters in 2016. Jess loves being able to share the joys and excitement of the ceramic process, and is especially interested in hands-on, low-tech firing techniques such as saggar firing and pit firing. 

Jason Ross is a psychotherapist with an appreciation for how therapy should not be limited to the traditional consultation process. Jason has a particular interest in merging psychotherapy with Buddhism and existential philosophy.

Bookings:  Contact Fiona on 061 497 3551 or fiona@untwisted.co.za

#Foodfirst Fund

Yin Yoga online with Despi Forbes

Despi holds space for facilitating and cultivating awareness and sustainable wellbeing. She is a 500 hr certified yoga teacher, mindfulness practitioner (MBSR) and registered psychologist. She teaches different styles of hatha and yin yoga.

As a practice yin yoga is a slow, quiet and meditative practice, designed to ease and release deep tensions in the physical body, to improve the flow of prana/chi (vital energy) of the body through energetic channels to nurture overall emotional wellbeing , joint mobility, immunity and organ health. It supports a quiet, slow, nourishing and grounded practices where we stay in shapes between 2-5minutes, so we can both physically target the not so pliable connective tissues and also cultivate awareness of the quieter and subtler qualities with a kind approach.

Despi Forbes

Weekly Yoga

LIVE SIMPLY with Carey Would

Over the years people have asked me, in varying forms, how I manage to put my ear to the tracks of human anguish for the greater part of every day without losing all hope? I am often asked questions like, “Don’t you get bored of hearing this?” To that specific question, my reply remains that: the moment I feel bored is the moment I realise I have stopped really listening. Because, if you truly listen to what people have to say, you will be amazed at just how unique and rich their stories are. But if you had asked me this morning if I was tired of this whole being human thing, I would have said yes. Then Fiona and I had the privilege of a yoga class with Carey Would. Thank you Carey for bringing with you, before the sun could even show itself, the freedom to move beyond ourselves. For a little more than an hour my mat was a small interior Universe and I could greet the day with a bit more courage and understanding of myself. Your sense of humour, your own willingness to be vulnerable and your dedication to your practice is good medicine.

Jason Ross
Contact Carey directly on carey.aber@gmail.com  in order to book your slot.  R100 donation per session.