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Details: Creativity ProgrammE

Upcoming Seminar:

SHAMAN: April 23 to May 6, 2023


All Seminar Dates

23 April - 6 May 2023

25 June - 8 July 2023

16 - 29 July 2023

13 - 26 August 2023

3-16 September 2023

24 September - 7 October 2023

15 - 28 October 2023

Why is shamanic practice becoming relevant again in contemporary art?

Psychogeological views of place and space are concerned with how our minds are shaped by our surroundings and the technologies we use. Living in postindustrial times – in which the machine (digital technology and media) has become God – has produced a sense of disconnection and alienation with many people. Similarly, covid has brought a condition of cocooning and withdrawal, as well as an intensification of online and virtual existence. In times of crisis, people look for solutions to transcend their current state of being. They try to find alternatives to transcend from what they are experiencing at that point in time. People are also worried about the future of planet earth; rumours of another world war; surging crime; and economic decline. In the modern world, the artist has taken over the role of the shaman. The roles of the shaman and the artist have always been tied to vision and a position of being between two worlds: That of the visible and the invisible. Shamanism has roots outside of the West in the cultures of indigenous peoples across the world extending through Siberia, Australia, and Africa, as well as the Americas and pre-modern Europe. But shamanism itself is not a formalised system of beliefs or an ideology, but rather a philosophy and an outlook. Artists have always been engaged with making the invisible visible, and the artist as shaman is primarily aimed at healing, transformation and transcendence.

With the aim of remedying such as condition, this Seminar offers revitalisation of creativity and innovation through an investigation of modern-day shamanism as a philosophy of life, a way of thinking and reconciliation with raw nature. Within the context of global competition and the continual emergence of new products, it has become critical for survival and success to be able to think creatively and innovatively. The Seminar offers an unforgettable experience in South Africa aimed at therapeutic self-discovery and takes place in safe, luxury environments. It is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their own creative thinking and problem-solving skills; for budding and professional artists; and for those wishing to reconnect with nature. 

The Seminar aims to rekindle creativity in thinking and doing, and nurture problem solving skills through the use of raw materials using primal natural artmaking processes and materials. Our approach in the creativity and innovation programme includes methodologies such as brainstorming; synectics; lateral thinking; morphological analysis; and inventive problem solving. Advanced experimental thinking will be cultivated and developed. Participants will be encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and to become shamanic in their thinking. There will be focus on each participant’s individual art production, techniques and thought processes. The Seminar also promotes collective consciousness and collectivity.

The Seminar mentor and Tour guide is Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, well-known arts academic, curator and artist with more than 30 years of experience in the South African arts industry. She leads the practical Seminar and act as tour guide in the Cape. She also provides discussion sessions on contemporary art; Ephemerality in artmaking; African Modernism;  the South African arts industry; and more. Read more


Creative development | Innovation | Psychogeograhy | Raw | Nature | Healing | Transcendence | Transformation | Earth consciousness | Cosmogram | Bodygram | Masking | Collectivity| | Recycling | ­­Deconstruction | Journey

Cost etc.

PRICE  $3400  (EARLY BIRD, until 28 February 2023)   $3500  (NORMAL PRICE)  

DEPOSIT $2000 on booking to secure your spot  

BALANCE 30 days before the commencement of your Seminar

DURATION 13 days    


IDEAL PARTICIPANT Those seeking creative development, problem solving skills and/or reconnection with nature; Professional and emerging artists; Art enthusiasts; Postgraduate Art students or students in their senior years

STARTS IN Mbombela, Mpumalanga    ENDS IN Cape Town

OPERATOR  CAP International  

TOUR CODE   #20231

What's Included

Accommodation: 7 nights in Mpumalanga on a game research farm owned by a veterinary scientist; and 6 nights in Cape Town including stays at the V&A Waterfront, Stellenbosch and Yzerfontein on the West Coast

Meals: 3 meals per day at Ngongoni Lodge; 2 meals per day (breakfast + either lunch or dinner) in the Cape

Flights: Only the flight from KMIA to Cape Town International Airport is included

Transport: To and from venues is included

Guide & Mentor: Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, well-known arts academic, curator and artist with more than 30 years of experience in the South African arts industry.

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Materials: Art materials are included

Entry fees:  Entry fees to galleries and museums are included

Other:  Limited wine is included


Day 1: Arrive Sunday, Mbombela (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, KMIA). Starting Point  Ngongoni Farm Lodge, Mbombela. You will be fetched from the airport. Most of the Course take place out in nature. Evening: Get to know each other around the fire; welcoming drinks and dinner at the boma; introduction to the Course. Make your own charcoal.


Day 2: Monday – Masking & Figuration Narrative and Event. Spirit animal.  Art/Life;. Taking stock of your Life. Transmutation.


Day 3: Tuesday – Papermaking Make your own organic paper. Drawing with natural materials. Afternoon: Visit Khoi San cave drawings.


Day 4: Wednesday – Mapping Walk the Labyrinth. Create your own trail. Map your personal journey.


Day 5: Thursday – Ephemerality Collect ephemeral materials in the fairy forest and transform into a sculpture or installation (nests, hides, shrines, lanterns etc) in the forest. Elephant briefing by veterinary scientist: Participants are briefed on the state of Kruger’s elephant population and see for themselves what the importance is of management in a fenced ecosystem.


Day 6: Friday – Artist Visit & The Burn Morning visit to a local artist. Afternoon: Building the Fire and Burn.


Day 7: Saturday - Kruger National Park Full Day Kruger Park Visit with guide, lunch.


Day 8: Sunday – Reflection, Flight to Cape Town Unpack the kiln. Reflection. Flight to Cape Town, settle in at accommodation close to V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Sunset Cruise & dinner at V&A.


Day 9: Monday – The Norval Foundation & Groot Constantia Visit Norval Foundation (one the most important art institutions in SA) & Groot Constantia, an award-winning wine farm and a beacon in colonial South African history. Visit artist Lionel Smit in Somerset West. Evening: Discussion on the histories of South African art.


Day 10: Tuesday – Zeitz MOCAA & V&A Waterfront Visit another cutting-edge art institution. Visit the Victoria & Albert Waterfront with its Silo District, the Harbour and Victoria Wharf. Market day. Optional: Tour to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. 


Day 11: Wednesday ­– Stellenbosch Visit art galleries in the picturesque university town; Tokara Wine Farm and Gallery; and Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden,  SMAC Gallery and others. Rupert Museum.


Day 12: Thursday – Franschhoek Visit historical Franschhoek with its Huguenot Memorial Monument; many top-notch art galleries and shops. Galleries: Grande Provence, Everard Read, Tokara, Pierneff at La Motte. Afternoon departure for Yzerfontein, West Coast; visit to Khoi San Ikhwatu Cultural Centre.


Day 13: Friday – West Coast Beach If weather permits, land art on the beach enjoying the beauty and splendour of the West Coast beach and ocean; otherwise discussions on Modernism and Postmodernism in Africa. Optional: Visit Melkbosstrand and surroundings.


Day 14: Saturday – Return flights End Point  Breakfast at Toversee and return flight.



Course content is based on  an open university model of teaching visual arts


The course content integrates art practice, art theory, history of art and professional art practice.


Elfriede Dreyer


Certificates are issued on completion of the Certificate and each Short Course that reflects the content of the course as well as the CPD hours completed

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