Kopanya was started by a team of facilitators, change agents and artists with a passion for social justice and personal growth. From our offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, we offer coaching, training and facilitation services to effectively navigate and connect more deeply with our personal and collective past, our present moment and our individual and shared futures. This means being more connected to yourself, to others, and to what is happening in our world – but in a way that leaves you feeling empowered and inspired, rather than overwhelmed.

Our Upcoming Offering

Of Skin, Soul, and Soil: A Healing Space for People of Colour

Join the Kopanya Institute on a nine-week journey exploring individual and collective healing and liberation from the legacies of oppression written onto bodies of colour. With embodied and intersectional awareness, we will together create a safe-enough space in which we can explore the ways in which being born into bodies of colour has shaped our lived experiences and oppressions, and build pathways to restoring our psyches, bodies, and souls, back to ourselves and this earth.

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Dates to be announced in 2021

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Our Current Offerings

Being Fully Human: Dismantling Race and Racism in Conscious Communities

Join the Kopanya Institute on an eight-week online journey exploring race and racism in spiritually and socially motivated communities – from communities of practice and non profit organisations, to spiritual and religious communities, to yoga and therapeutic communities and spaces.

The course provides an opportunity to hold a mirror up to the narratives and practices that exist in these spaces that seek to connect people to themselves, each other, and often ‘the Divine’ or ‘greater good’ – yet can lead to experiences of alienation, exasperation, disconnect and trauma. We will present a range of models, reflexive exercises and practical tools to support you in working through the energy and emotions of race and racism in an embodied and integrated way, so that you can find right relationship to your heart, gut, and own expression, building pathways to healthy communication and connection with others.

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Dates to be announced in 2021

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Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

Join the Kopanya Institute for an 8 week online course exploring how to talk to kids of all ages, and other adults, about race and racism. The course is designed for anyone who is curious about how to have these conversations with kids, from parents and teachers, to caregivers and aunts/uncles – whether you have kids or not, this course is for anyone with an interest in a simple and accessible way of approaching what can be an intimidating subject!

The energetics of racialised encounters are challenging at the best of times, affecting us in profound physical ways. In interactions with children these can be even more difficult and confusing. Through practical tools and reflective exercises, and looking at real examples of the difficult questions kids ask, and the racialised situations they find themselves in – we help you to become equipped to support young individuals in their own task of meaning-making in a complex world, in a way that is true for them.

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For more information about this course or our other offerings, please contact kopanya.courses@gmail.com

Dates to be announced in 2021

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Testimonials

Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

“This journey changed me! I started the course with a fair bit of anxiety but almost immediately could experience the warmth and professionalism of the facilitators – the course is extremely well structured, researched and facilitated with great care. I really enjoyed the format of the group conversations and found practical tools for immediate use in my life as well as made some truly life changing insights. Although it’s ostensibly about how to talk to children about race and racism it is really about discovering how we all need to do this. Thank you for an incredible experience! I highly recommend this course and look forward to repeating it one day.” – Jane Visser-Birch, Architect

“This is a great course for people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to build a country that is united and embracing of one another. The course offers a platform where you can just be yourself without fear of being judged and being put in a certain box.” – Rose Nkomo, Head of Diversity Curriculum

“I would like to express my gratitude to Kopanya in putting this together and having such dedicated, willing and passionate individuals.  A real breath of fresh air … It is a course that helps you grow as an individual no matter your history or identity.” – Mazlan Govender, Contract Manager

“This course was absolutely brilliant! It helped me understand myself and others better, and made me determined to continue unpacking the past and continue with these important conversations with fellow South Africans. Every South African should do it!” – Patrick Lees, Headmaster

“I loved this journey with Kopanya and am immensely grateful for this work, the learning community of committed people determined to repair and change the world and themselves. Kopanya offers such skilled facilitation with so much tender care, love, attention to detail, openness, fragility, vulnerability and no judgement. What struck me and what I didn’t expect is to learn how to manage the political with the felt-sense in my body. Such vital timely important anti-racism personal and professional development, helping us grow together, heal from racism and unlearn and breakthrough racism…learn to have better inter-generational dialogues, and helping us work towards what can perhaps be called a ‘trans-racial’ world where we can celebrate difference without perpetuating inclusion and exclusion.” – Tania Katzschner, Senior Lecturer

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Being Fully Human: Dismantling Race and Racism in Conscious Communities

“This journey has been profound and deeply life-changing for me! The content was so thorough, user-friendly and well-researched, the facilitators were great and held the space so safely.To be truly seen, heard, held and witnessed in whatever we were sitting with, free from any shame or judgement – that is the only way to truly do this difficult and beautiful work.There are no words to express the depth and extent of my gratitude to Kopanya. Thank you.” – Megan Moll, Trauma Release Practitioner

“This course offered a healing space to process generational trauma that racism has bequeathed to black people.” – Anonymous

“This course has helped me to be in touch with my feelings, and gave me the strength to go against my own internalized oppression.” – Anonymous

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Conversations about Race & Racism: An online course for Leadership and Management Teams

“I started this course with the outlook that maybe this is not really for me but soon realised with the guidance of the facilitators, material in the workbooks and exercises that I have lots to learn. The course also made me aware of facts I did not know regarding history facts and changes in our country, and gave me a sense of responsibility. It has been a very interesting and eye opening experience for me. What struck me most is the impact we still see today of past events, and how slowly the wheels of one’s mindset turns with regards to this. I am walking away uplifted, motivated, more informed, open minded and eager to make a difference in my own capacity.” – Finance manager

“Insightful and inspiring. I walked away with hope as well as a feeling of empowerment on how to deal with complex transformation and diversity challenges in the workplace.” – HR Executive, Retail

“What stood out for me was the manner in which we could freely discuss racism, which is something I think we would have never have been able to if we had not gone through the course. I also got a chance to see thing from another person’s perspective. I liked the work books because they were rich with information and some real life examples/case studies of things that we can also apply practically. I appreciated the willingness of the facilitators to go the extra mile in supporting us through the journey.” – Mill manager, Forestry and Lumber

“It has been brilliant. I am walking away with more empathy and a better understanding what racism actually means. My light-bulb moment was finally understanding the difference between racism and hate/exclusion. I would happily recommend Kopanya’s online course on Race & Racism for Leadership and Management teams to any organization or business. The course facilitators navigates complex and sensitive topics with a aplomb that can only come from years of experience and a genuine passion for what they are doing. The course is well structured and I not only found it illuminating, but also enjoyable.” – Plantation Manager, Forestry and Lumber

For more information about this course or our other offerings, please contact kopanya.courses@gmail.com

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The Future

As founding members of Kopanya, our lives have been deeply ingrained and informed by the struggle to dismantle the architecture of racism in society and in our own psyches. We are the children of anti-apartheid activists, domestic workers, immigrants and exiles, and all apartheid ‘race’ groups.

Our flagship course, ‘How to Talk to Kids About Race’, explores how race actually has less to do with skin colour and more to do with historical relations of power and oppression to serve economic and political means, as well as interpersonal domination. We explore the embodied reality of being ‘racialised’, and the legacies of trauma that sit in our systems as parents and individuals.

And we look at how to work with our own bodies, our brain and heart and guts, to find centred and grounded ways to meet our children’s difficult questions without transferring our trauma onto them anew, so that they can live the liberation we hope for.

Sarah Ping Nie Jones, Mpho Tsekwa, Jennie Tsekwa, Jean Meeran

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