Namaste, we need your help to realize our dream of the worlds first MIXED-ability retreat center!
brave is a registered non-profit in the Mother City of Cape Town, South Africa. We are in our 15th year of supporting those in recovery from serious physical trauma, including head & spinal cord injury, stroke, disability and chronic illness - all on a donation basis. our recovery regime includes breathing practices for pain management, remedial yoga therapy, meditation, Ayurvedic nutrition & pancha karma, Homeopathy, Yoga Nidra, Natural supplements and peer to peer trauma support.
So many at brave come from harsh, cramped inner city environments, its hard to believe that many an African Child has never seen a forest, a wild animal or the ocean. So, our center will be based at the entrance to the most beautiful, protected, World Heritage Marine Sanctuary, ancient Forests & mountain range that is Tsitsikamma National Park, on the Eastern Cape Coastline. Its home to the Ado African Elephant Sanctuary, rare plant species, dolphins, the highest Bungi Jump in Africa, our longest suspension bridge and the start of the internationally renown Otter Trail. Did we say that the National Park is disability friendly?
Now, most of us are unaware that there are currently only 30 retreats world wide that are disability friendly - let alone all-ability inclusive, in a disability friendly National Park, AND on a donation basis :)
Given thechallenges in South Africa post Apartheid, we aim to use our center not only for those in Recovery, or those with all mobility issues to transform their recoveries into life changing opportunities (as we have done for over 2000 people) but also to do the same for under privileged, marginalized rural living youth - for whom the unemployment rate is around 30%
How will we do this? brave has run a much loved, very successful rehabilitation and empowerment program for around 100 HIV/TB patients weekly, in the informal settlement (shanty town) of Nyanga, for 11 years. Its allowed us to acquire valuable skills, hands on experience, community building tools and governmental support. We have also developed, packaged and produced over 50 natural, organic, ayurvedically blended products - made by the brave for the brave, For each one sold, one is donated to a brave in need...
Drawing on these experiences, we want to act as a catalyst and enabler of a well-being economy in the surrounding villages & National Park. brave will host and facilitate workshops, skills development courses and training in wellness, Yoga for recovery, Natural medicine, permaculture, growing food and businesses, as well as, crafting using sustainable natural resources. We have strong relationships with other NPO's we can partner with in order to deliver on our dream.
Much like we do in the city, we will serve the modern 'state of the art' private hospital 20 mins from the Park and the 9 small state run clinics in the surrounding mountains with rehabilitation and recovery support. At present,these do not even have a physiotherapist, let alone rehabilitation support. We hope to engage those living with disabilities hidden in the mountain shadows.
we need your help to relocate existing equipment, purchase our chosen property and renovate it for all!
we are a sustainable, experienced and self-sufficient organization, not dependent on external corporate funding.
brave hopes to host 4 ten day mixed- ability retreats annually all donations of $300 - $500 will receive a hand made, all organic brave gift pack
and donations of over $1000 a voucher for any one of our brave retreat in our Ammazing little slice of Nirvana...(airfare not included)
you can also contact the brave through our website
and facebook group - brave recovery warriors
please let us know if you would like us to email our formal proposals, budgets, trust registration, annual reports and audited financials to anyone requiring them.
we hope to share our mats with you soon,
Om Namah Sivaya!
love the brave