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An Indigenous Worldview: The Four Nations of Ancestors


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Course dates: 
Monday, 14 September, 2015 to Friday, 18 September, 2015
An Indigenous World

With Colin Campbell

Facilitated at the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall.

This course is a deep and rigorous immersion in the traditional indigenous ways of South Africa. It is for those who are interested to explore and participate in the methods and rituals relating to this particular indigenous cosmology, aimed at bringing balance and health at both the individual and collective levels.

Colin Campbell is trained in the indigenous practices of southern Africa and is currently a ‘practitioner in residence’ at Schumacher College’s Elmhirst Programme. He will be facilitating this week-long process that that introduces the ‘four nations of ancestors’ known to this particular indigenous cosmology, each attributed to the four elements of the creative cycle. A dynamic relationship with these four nations is considered to be of utmost importance in maintaining a balanced and healthy life.

During this process you will learn both experientially and theoretically about the ‘four nations of ancestor’ and their role in the process of life. You will learn some of the key practices and invocations that accompany a structured relationship with each nation of ancestral spirits and their related energy. Rituals are performed both as a group and individually to awaken and open dynamic relationship with ancestors and the spirit world. The material covered during this week can be incorporated safely and easily into any existing spiritual practice.

Full participation in all processes is essential throughout the week. It is recommended that participants have some prior experience of participating in experiential ritual.


Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. His grandmother was a famous healer, whom people voyaged to see from far afield.  On formative childhood travels with his father he slept under stars, learned from traditional San people and ways of the desert, awoke beside lion paw prints, and regularly fished cobras out of his bedroom draw. At the age of  eleven he was diagnosed as having the illness of calling, which ultimately led to his being trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma. Through the time of his upbringing he acquired a deep knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices.

Colin is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell.


£ 690.00
Fee includes basic, private accommodation, freshly prepared meals and all course materials and any field trips. Facilitated at the Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall.