November 22, 2019

All Africa Anthroposophic Training at Kufunda Learning Village

Kufunda Village is a an African Learning Village, learning our way into how to create healthy vibrant community in Zimbabwe and beyond. August 27 - September 3rd of 2019 we hosted the second All Africa Anthroposophic Training at Kufunda. A seven day residential conference that brought together 115 people from across Africa. This piece is a reflection on the experience.

When people think of Anthroposophy they probably don't immediately link it with Africa. But we were recently together 115 people from several African (and European) countries for the second All Africa Anthroposophic Training. It is an intensive introduction to the ideas of anthroposophy...

October 31, 2019

I am about to graduate as a movement medicine teacher.

A week after completing my Movement Medicine dissertation we hosted the first of a series of annual Kufunda planning sessions. We run them every year. With what was emerging from my movement medicine exploration, I knew that I could not do the same old sessions. We work with the Art of Hosting at Kufunda which is a wonderful approach to participatory leadership and yet it is still primarily dialogical: Head and heart, but little body.


I brought the dance in fully: Dance to support people in arriving into themselves, dance to support them in connecting with each other. It was a joy-filled dance in a joy-filled Dare (our African meeting space); Dance to connec...

September 12, 2019

A friend of mine summarised what this speech is about, so warmly and generously. So I will let her words introduce this video: "Maaianne Knuth gave this inspiring lovely speech on a Biodynamic congress in Switzerland. She vibrates in such a natural powerful way that inspires and invites all of us to stand up and be courageous in our ordinary extraordinary ways. Please sit down and listen till the end, she completes her message with a song directly from her heart to yours. She bring a story of individual sovereignty as a path to African self-reliance and it feels for me much more embracing and inviting each of us African and non-African, perpetrator or victim, hero and ordinary woman or man to dare to change our...

August 7, 2019

Obtaining my teaching certificate and honors degree was a great achievement for me. Little did I know that fate had bigger things for me. The Waldorf calling started, when I left Zimbabwe for South Africa due to economic hardship. I got a job at Hermanus Waldorf School in the Cape Province. I had two very excellent mentors Louise Oberholzer and Marrian Penfold. I received a lot of in-house mentorship which greatly helped me to have an insight into the Waldorf methodology of teaching. When the situation became better in Zimbabwe I came back. I got a teaching vacancy at a Waldorf inspired school. I was all alone with no mentor. I felt exposed, nervous and unsure of what to do with the children. Visitors from abro...