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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - December 2022

Mbali Marais
20/12/2022
Almost a year to the day since Return to Origin’s Sustainable Together Project, the ‘Coming Home Project’ was born out of the same land and community. The reverberations of one of their themes, Khula Nam (“Grow with me”) was indeed the result of the original work of the community - a gift that keeps on giving. What was incredibly exciting was that our vision and dream of engaging the next generation was realised.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - August 2022

Mbali Marais
05/08/2022
The story of the origin of the human relationship with fire is one which ignites mythological systems across all societies, and is a central concern of paleo-anthropology as key to the making of human culture. The theft of fire from the Gods for the benefit of humans is a recurring mythological theme across cultural contexts globally: from Prometheus in Ancient Greece to Maui in Polynesia.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - May 2022

Mbali Marais
05/05/2022
We have updated our website to showcase our latest ventures, including our second exhibition at Amazwi South African Museum of Literature and our presentation at the Literature, Heritage and Ecology Conference 2022.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - December 2021

Mbali Marais
06/12/2021
The Sustainable Together Exhibition and Celebration was opened on November 12th to a feast of images, voices, and visibility of the Ekhupumleni community’s rich heritage, of their connection to stories of healing, vivid memories of connection to the land and food, and sustainability that carried the origins and hidden histories of lineages and ancestors, of those who came before.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - October 2021

Mbali Marais
02/11/2021
In collaboration with Ingcungcu Community Development Projects, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Return to Origin [...]
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - May 2021

Mbali Marais
04/05/2021
Every day is Earth Day. I find myself going more and more to the Earth for solace, comfort, to invoke, make prayers, speak and, above all, listen[...]
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - February 2021

Mbali Marais
09/02/2021
Water then has come in a slow droplet way, with rain in certain parts of the country where we definitely needed it. The silence, the vastness of Bergplaas gave me an opportunity to really lean into the elements and to feel into water’s qualities. Its peace, our need to reconcile, surrender, love.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - December 2020

Mbali Marais
21/12/2020
As we transition from an Earth year to a Water year in the Dagara tradition, I cannot help but be drawn back again and again to this image taken in the Cedarberg mountains.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - September 2020

Mbali Marais
14/09/2020
I am preparing to leave my beloved Western Cape, Muizenberg after 7 years. I am a great believer in honorable closures, after a wise teacher, now passed, Dr Angeles Arrien, reminded us, Honorable closures opens up to magnificent beginnings.
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Return to Origin Newsletter: Earth Stories - July 2020

Mbali Marais
31/07/2020
My love of nature came very late in life. Having left South Africa to live in London at the age of three until my late 40s, nature was something that we only “did” on summer holidays or weekends with friends who lived outside London.
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