Headline »

September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

Read the full story »
Lifestyle Features

Relationships. Cultural creatives. Living the age wave. Subjects & items to inspire.

Culinary Travel

Exploring tastes, traditions and cuisines while traveling and savoring other cultures.

Travel Writing

San Francisco, South Africa, Poland, Laos: The World! Solo travel. Seeing with new eyes.

Conscious Living

Sustainable lifestyles. Self-coaching and life coaching. Mindfulness matters. Zen. Breathe!

Social Media Plus

Blogs, tweets and Facebook. Reaching out through stories. Endless possibilities.

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in South Africa Travel

Plentiful: The Big Book of Buddha Food launch notes

December 10, 2016 – 1:10 pm
Picture: Alan Wilson

Plentiful: The Big Book of Buddha Food (Jacana) is the Buddhist Retreat Center’s third cookbook. Plentiful was launched at Adams Bookstore in Durban by journalist and longtime Zen student Wanda Hennig. Plentiful’s chef is Paul Atkinson. Editor is Chrisi van Loon. Photographer is Angela Shaw.

Foodies and yogis head for South African Buddhist Retreat

December 9, 2016 – 1:23 pm
Paul Atkinson at the Buddhist Retreat

Pudding and Prana had us do a lot of yoga with Amy Best and cooking demos (followed by eating) with Paul Atkinson. Vegetarian curries and a Moroccan stew. A beet and feta salad. A “bejeweled’ cous cous. Poached pears in a yummy rich chocolate baked pie topped with whipped cream blended with double-cream yogurt. All were recipes he had perfected while working in the Buddhist Retreat Center kitchen and were destined for Plentiful: The Big Book of Buddha Food (Jacana).

The Chairman in Durban: South Africa’s best jazz bar?

June 10, 2016 – 9:00 am
People clap in appreciation at The Chairman.

Some Durban businesses rev up after dark and even after midnight. Meet Ndabo Langa, architect, entrepreneur, Renaissance man and founding …

A bush escape from Durban to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park

September 7, 2015 – 10:07 am
Smile and then crunch.

When you’re in Durban and need a getaway, going ‘wild’ — and to a bush camp — is an easy …

The Chairman Part 2: Ndabo Langa in conversation

May 24, 2015 – 11:46 am
Ndabo Langa at The Chairman in Durban.

An “in his own words” Q & A with founding owner, architect Ndabo Langa, published here for the first time.
By …

Buddhist Retreat Center on CNN top 10 list

December 9, 2013 – 9:01 am
Meditation hall BRC.

The Buddhist Retreat Center in rural Ixopo, South Africa, has been named by CNN as one of the world’s Top 10 meditation retreat centers. Those who know the BRC, which opened in 1980 and attracts mindfulness enthusiasts from around South African and internationally, are not surprised.

Antony Osler’s Zen Dust takes you on the road in South Africa

May 6, 2013 – 2:50 pm
Zen Dust — by Antony Osler.

Poetry, politics, mindfulness, laughter, tears, the story of the Buddha and Zen wisdom weave through Antony Osler’s journey ‘home’ along the …

Zen and The Art of Sheep Farming

April 13, 2013 – 4:41 pm
Antony Osler, author and zen monk

Human Rights lawyer, sheep farmer and Zen Buddhist — Antony Osler is not your average Karoo inhabitant.
Story and pictures by …

Searching for Christian Grey

February 13, 2013 – 1:42 am
Fifty Shades fever at The Bedroom

Fifty Shades fever is alive and well — but clone the hot guy if you really want to perform a …

Buddhist Retreat Center celebrates 30 years

November 6, 2012 – 8:18 am
Brown lentil shepherd's pie lunch

Letting go of thoughts; being present in the moment. Tolle — Zen — Oprah’s favorite Buddhist Pema Chödrön — Louis …