She has a great social media track record and is a certified co-active 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/muse to many writers (including while she was editor of magazines in both South Africa and California) and with a long-time meditation practice, she confers wisdom, insight and inspiration running her Memoir and Mindfulness workshops (to date in California, South Africa and Europe).
Wanda is 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).
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 in the Nineties.
As a writer, editor, photographer and communications professional she 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.
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.
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 an occasional contributor.) Her time on The Trib was followed by five years as bureau chief for 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 then flew to San Francisco with a one-year return ticket and for several years 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.
She is a regular culinary contributor, from Durban, to TGIFood — Thank God It’s Food — the Daily Maverick food section. Link here to some of Hennig’s TGIF Daily Maverick culinary stories.
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 18 months 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
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 Fillippi to plan and advise on the implementation of a custom social media strategy.
She has written extensively about Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, targeting U.S. audiences.
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. She is a full member of SAFREA, the South African freelancers association.
Among her intention with this site (Wandalust online) 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.
- Wanda Hennig on Instagram.
- Wanda Hennig on Twitter.
- Wanda Hennig on LinkedIn.
- Wanda Hennig on Travel Massive.
- Wanda Hennig YouTube Channel.
- Wanda Hennig on Facebook.
She has a meditation practice extending back to the 1980s and visits and runs workshops at the Buddhist Retreat Centre at Ixopo whenever she can. Her Zen practice informs her life and her work.
Some story links:
Daily Maverick TGIFood August 21, 2020: Salt, water, fire: Food and the Circle of Life in fine balance.
Daily Maverick TGIFood April 24, 2020: Food fears: Deliver us from lockdown.
Daily Maverick TGIFood June 28, 2019: KZN Zen: Retreating to flavour and mindfulness.
Cuisine Noir January 24, 2019: Joseph Seeletso unites Botswana and Poland on a plate.
Perceptive Travel August 2018: Assignation with An Assassination.
Berea Mail July 2018: Mbongeni Buthelezi—The (Environmental) Art of Plastic.
Saturday Independent July 2018: Mbongeni Buthelezi—The Art of Fantastic Plastic.
Travel Examiner September 2018: An Appetite for Lisbon. (This story was first published in Sunday Tribune Travel.)
Cuisine Noir August 2018: Ntsiki Biyela Uncorked: South Africa’s First Black Female Winemaker Delivers. (First in Cuisine Noir print magazine.)
Cuisine Noir August 2018: Nigerian Filmmaker Akin Omotoso Blends Race, Gender and South Africa in Colour of Wine.
Cuisine Noir June 2018: Chef Tiyan Alile’s Quest to Bring Nigerian Cuisine to the World.
Travel Examiner April 2017: A Lisbon Affair with A Famous Tart. (This story was first published in Sunday Tribune Travel.)
Travel Examiner January 2017: Culinary Poland in the Time of Chopin.
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
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
Sunday Tribune / Independent Online September 19, 2012 — Fantasy Really Is the Female Viagra
Sunday Tribune Travel / Independent Online, April 11, 2012 — Aw, Shucks — Kayaking and eating oysters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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 August 29, 2010 — Who put the trash out? Who cares!
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