Author and communications guru Wanda Hennig is an award-winning travel, food and lifestyle writer/photographer—print and online—and a certified co-active life coach (CPCC) with a niche focus in creative mindfulness strategies, personal awakenings, self-empowerment, life transitions, and physical and emotional health and well-being. As a long-time mentor to many writers (including while editor of magazines in both South Africa and California) and with a meditation practice going back 30-plus years, she offer a treasure trove of wisdom to those who engage with her in her memoir and mindfulness workshops and allied teachings.
Wanda is also the author of Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). The revised and updated (second) edition of Cravings was published in August 2017.
*ISBN 978-0996820523 (paperback); ISBN 978-0996820530 (e-book).
A long-time meditator, Wanda began writing Cravings—a travel-ignited inner journey with a powerful and pragmatic self-help focus—during the three-and-a-half years she lived and practiced at the San Francisco Zen Center.
See a selection of her foodie articles and culinary travel links on the Facebook page Wanda Hennig: Cravings.
As a writer, editor, photographer and communications professional Wanda has notched up more than 25 years hands-on experience on consumer magazines and newspapers and in corporate and nonprofit communications, both in South Africa and the United States. She specializes in print and online editorial, has good social media credentials (including setting up long-term strategies and training) and can provide creative, strategic and branded content for websites.
Wanda has post-grad degrees in psychology (BA Hons) and education (HDE—Counseling and English) from the former University of Natal, now the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She trained and certified as a co-active coach at the Coaches Training Institute in California more than 10 years ago having experienced the value of coaching. To augment her coaching and in support of her clients, in 2012 she completed a 40-hour training course for family mediators with The Mediation Company in Durban, South Africa.
Her work experience includes stints as director of communications for a Durban–based nonprofit and in corporate communications at San Francisco–based Bechtel. She has a National Diploma in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. She is an experienced presenter, speaker, publicist, facilitator, manager and creative strategist.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Wanda’s first job in journalism was at The Daily News. She subsequently spent six years on the Sunday Tribune writing hard news and features before becoming the editor of the paper’s Sunday lifestyle magazine. (She is still a contributor.) Her time on The Trib was followed by five years as bureau chief on the South African edition of Cosmopolitan where she was also editor of Cosmo Man.
While on these publications and freelancing for others—and in her personal capacity—she got to travel extensively around South Africa and internationally. She flew to San Francisco in the Nineties with a one-year return ticket. But as we all know, life happens, and the Bay Area became her home from home. As the daughter of a Pole who settled in South African after WWll, she also has a strong affiliation with Poland. Link here to some her Poland travel articles.
See her 2016 solo travel Thailand and Laos blog posts here.
Wanda’s first California job was as special features editor on the now defunct Appellation magazine (Wine Country Living) when it was an international glossy headquartered in Napa. She was subsequently editor in chief at Diablo magazine in the San Francisco East Bay and editor of the former Black Diamond Living.
She also worked for a time on the Oakland Tribune copy desk and has been a regular contributor on both Oakland and Alameda magazines. Bigger events she has covered have included South Africa’s first democratic elections (for the Sunday Tribune), FIFA World Cup 2010 (city of Durban focus), the 123rd International Olympics Committee Session, COP17 and many others. COP17UpdateBiD
For more than six years Wanda Hennig published regularly on examiner.com, where she was the South Africa Travel Examiner and the SF Culinary Travel Examiner. She writes the monthly Delicious Life column with a culinary travel focus for California-based Cuisine Noir magazine and is the regular culinary travel contributor for Cuisine Noir print.
Wanda is a longtime freelancer and a widely-published photographer (she has a national diploma in photography from the former Technikon Natal, now Durban University of Technology, where Obie Oberholzer was a teacher and mentor). Her extensive freelance portfolio includes corporate clips, lifestyle features and profiles, culinary and travel stories and more. She has been copy editor on a number of publications.
In 2009 Wanda was hired as a consultant / coach by Oakland Zoo marketing and PR director Nancy Fiilippi to plan and advise on the implementation of a custom social media strategy.
Her 2010 focus included writing extensively about Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, targeting U.S. audiences. She spent 2012 in Durban, South Africa, among other things writing for international and local publications, including Business in Durban magazine and the Sunday Tribune, working on the Independent News copy desk and on a book.
In 2013 she successfully completed (merit pass) a TEFL/TESOL advanced Certificate in English Language Teaching. She does volunteer TEFL/TESL teaching with Talk English.
Her intention with this site is to embrace the possibilities of the virtual world using the web, social media including blogs, the written word and the magazine format to connect and communicate. Her life, interests and work are reflected in the stories (and services) she offers.
She has a meditation practice extending back to the 1980s, visits the Buddhist Retreat Centre at Ixopo whenever she can when in South Africa and her Zen practice, which informs her life and her work.
Some story links:
Wanda Hennig: Cravings: Food and food-related stories by Wanda Hennig
Cuisine Noir August 5, 2016 — Cheers to South Africa’s most eccentric hotel and ancestral home of the Zulu Blonde
Sunday Tribune July 2016 Travel News: Gay Rights KZN coming out as gay tourism spot
Taste Magazine May 2016 — Scene Stealers: 10 Dishes to Eat in Durban Now. (See clip right)
Cuisine Noir July 15, 2016 — Stars, stripes and U.S. consular chef Sandile Ncobo cooks in Durban
Cuisine Noir November 29, 2014 — Time to relish the Poland culinary renaissance starting in Krakow
Cuisine Noir August 30, 2014 — Mozambique: Africa’s trending delicious destination
Cuisine Noir October 10, 2014 — Celebrity chef Siba Mtonga: she eats, she prays, she loves food and travel
TASTE magazine South Africa October 2013 — Ten (foodie) reasons to visit San Francisco = (PDF)
Cuisine Noir October 1, 2013 — Why you should put Durban on your South Africa travel itinerary
Cuisine Noir September 29, 2012 — Yes you can! How to Make Wine at Home
Cuisine Noir August 31, 2012 — Chocoholics Unite — Know this About Chocolate
Sunday Tribune / Independent Online September 19, 2012 — Fantasy Really Is the Female Viagra (Every woman … who has picked up one or more volumes of EL James’s earth-shatteringly successful 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy and who has actually read it and found it a turn-on… their sex lives just got hotter…)
Oakland Magazine March/April 2012 — Word play, Amharic symbols and art
Sunday Tribune Travel / Independent Online, April 11, 2012 — Aw, Shucks — Kayaking and eating oysters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sunday Tribune Travel / Independent Online, March 15, 2012 — Tipple at the Top
Oakland Magazine February 2012 — The Dating Game by Wanda Hennig
University World News December 2011 — South Africa: Local research on show at COP17
Sydney Morning Herald November 2011 — Dreams now in limbo, say shocked students
Sunday Tribune May 2011 — Meet the man showing there is life and hope in Msinga
Sunday Tribune and Independent Online November 2011 — Sex and the Big ‘C’
Sunday Tribune and Independent Online June 2011 — Cue those taxi violins
Sunday Tribune and Independent Online June 3, 2011 — Moving Lessons: On the Durban Ricksha Bus
Sunday Tribune and Independent Online May 19, 2011 — Cake Dharma
“Fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal and vegetarian – all sprinkled with a sense of humour. This, delightfully and appropriately (have you heard the Dalai Lama’s giggle?) is the flavour of The Cake the Buddha Ate: More Quiet Food (Jacana), the new cookbook from the Buddhist Retreat Centre (BRC).
Sunday Tribune and Independent Online, May 2011 — Get a coach, get a life
Sunday Tribune August 29, 2010 — Who put the trash out? Who cares!
All4Women — How a personal coach can help you
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