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Tue, 06 Jun



Unleashing Your Creative Self

A 22-day online ritual

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Unleashing Your Creative Self
Unleashing Your Creative Self

Time & Location

06 Jun 2023, 19:00 – 27 Jun 2023, 21:00



About the event


Can you feel it?

It's there, just underneath the surface of your skin, something that's indigenous only to you.

I imagine it as a jungle: wild, untamed, dark and messy; filled with diversity. It’s the slow heartbeat at the bottom of your life.

This creative force longs to reveal itself. It wants to find expression through you; to be seen, witnessed and validated.

Soul is a willful expression of what it feels like to be yourself.

But our inner wildness is under threat.  To protect ourselves from the primal fear of being ostracized or ridiculed by our tribe,  we routinely tame our souls and stay small, watered down versions of ourselves. Much like the destruction of the natural world, I believe that this diminishing is a violence we inflict upon ourselves. The wild self would rather fail at its own creative life than live somebody else’s.

The archetype of the Fool offers us clues as to how to jump the  garden gate. Her pure heart, sense of adventure and courage shows us how to unleash a life drenched in magic, depth and meaning. Contrary to what the world would like you to believe, that life is your birthright.

Unleashing Your Creative Self is a 21-day online workshop that aims to widen what we perceive to be creatively possible in our lives, loosen the bonds of the cultivated mind and release it once more to roam free in our inner Wild Places.


We unleash the Creative Self when we are able to move outside the boundaries of our usual interactions with the world. This retreat will offer you ways in which you may be able to do this via prompts, visualisations, a workbook, homework assignments etc.

You are able to engage with the material as deeply or as marginally as feels appropriate and doable to you.


  • An enlivened creative spirit
  • An illuminated sense of wonder in the world around you
  • Tools to stay on your creative path
  • An experience of what it feels like to transcend your normal frame of reference
  • Seeing the world like a ‘positive deviant’


  • Weekly check-in on a Tuesday night 7pm till 9pm SAST on Zoom (6, 13, 20 and 27 June)
  • Admin only Whatsapp group to share my prompts, visualisations, quests etc.
  • Facebook Group to share homework results


  • Full Price: R1,450
  • Early Bird Price: R1,250 (before 10 May)
  • Current Creativity Group members: R1,100 (before 15 May)


Anel Hamersma

Standard Bank

Branch: 022 209

Acc: 07 202 9218

(Email confirmation so that I have your name and contact details to


Anél Pieter Hamersma is a performer and since 2001 a sangoma, initiated into the Ngonyama Lodge based in Botswana.

One of the roles of the sangoma is to mediate between the natural world and the human world. Through the use of her training as a performer, Anél translates this knowledge into her workshop processes in a way that is both accessible and practical.

She facilitates meaningful encounters with the Self by drawing on a variety of different modalities, including art, performance and indigenous practices. Combined they deliver an exhilarating experience - out of the constraints of urban living and back into the leafy green depths of the soul.


Ecstatic to have participated in this workshop. It's a very unique and incredibly inspirational experience to say the least. An unforgettable, almost magical, time I will always treasure.  Daisy Bezuidenhout

I attended a Retreat at Greyton ( 2022) entitled ‘Proclaim your work ! which was facilitated by the very thoughtful Anel Hamersma. Part of the process in getting us to proclaim our work was to begin to proclaim our voices. ‘When we give it a voice we give it life’ became the mantra of the 5 day retreat.

I want to thank Anel for putting together more than a writer’s retreat but a programme that equips us for life and to remember our voice. She introduced us to Nancy Kline’s the ‘Thinking Brain’ in which we were introduced to 10 amazing components of a thinking environment and it is these components that set the tone.

Anel it was special, you connect people, you introduce respect and appreciation into a space. It was wonderful and I would happily attend anything else with your name on it. And oh it was such a lot of fun too….

Thank you!

Yellavarne Moodley

Dear Anel,

I hope you have been keeping well?

I just want to take this opportunity to send a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything I was able to take away from the retreat. In addition to all the very useful pointers that you brought to my attention, I left inspired, motivated and with a new sense of being, holistically.

You were exceptional, enthusiastic, beyond amazing and I can’t stop having flashbacks of those insightful sessions.

You know your story and keep thriving!

Best regards,

Gaopalelwe Mathiba

Dear Anel,

​I hope you have been keeping well.

I just want to take time to say thank you for the wonderful work you do.

​My experience with your work is a once in a lifetime experience. I went to the retreat with so many questions that I needed answers to and clarity on. I really did not think that I would be able to get all those answers - which are from within - within such a short space of time. You made it possible. I am now clear on my journey in my career and my personal life.

Thank you so much. May you continue touching more people’s lives with your wonderful work.

​Yours sincerely,

Zikhona Ndlebe

I was deeply enriched by the process as a whole and came to recognise the vital importance of giving voice and  body to one's wild fantasies. This is in fact our life blood and the force behind longevity of spirit.

Anel Hamersma held our group with strength, humour and vitality. The emphasis is on accessing your own magic that over time often becomes dulled by the everyday reality of life. I loved it and left feeling very empowered and motivated to give voice to certain aspects of me that I have left dormant for far too long.

Gabrielle Raaff

This is an amazing workshop! I was at a low point in my career and it’s managed to revitalise me!! Facilitator is simply wonderful!!​


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