On Tuesday 28th February 2023, our hearts were filled with joy and gratitude as we launched our newest classroom and yoga space at Ntwasahlobo Primary School in Khayelitsha. The launch was a beautiful celebration of yoga, children, community, sacred space, and a longstanding relationship between Earthchild Project, The Shala Yoga, and Ntwasahlobo Primary School.

For the past five years, the Shala Yoga community has rallied together to raise funds for Earthchild Project to build a Yoga and mindfulness classroom at Ntwasahlobo Primary School in Khayelitsha. We are immensely grateful to the entire Shala community for their support, dedication, and generosity towards this project that began in 2019.

The newly created space will serve as a sanctuary where the team at Earthchild can teach and share yoga, mindfulness, life skills, and holistic education, alongside the regular curriculum of the school. This initiative represents a crucial step towards promoting a more balanced, healthy, and harmonious lifestyle among children in the community.

Tamsin Sheehy – proud Earthchild Project Ambassador, owner of The Shala Yoga Studio in Cape Town and warrior of Seva yoga said, “In 2007 I had the honour of meeting Noks – she is a woman that inspires me everyday to give of myself to keep my heart open and to stay grounded. She is my dear friend and has vision that propels us all to a better future. Janna Kretzmar, my friend who encapsulates selfless service, tenacity and focus. She is a light in this world. The whole Earthchild team who work everyday on the ground to inspire children to root into themselves and nature and to connect and cultivate kindness and resilience. They support the teachers and the heads of all the schools they are involved making a daily difference to the school environment.

It was an inspiring event that highlighted the power of collaboration, compassion, and collective action in creating positive change in our world. Thank you to Tamsin, the entire team at The Shala, and to our most beloved Shala Yoga community for this INCREDIBLE gift that will bring joy, peace, happiness, yoga, a sanctuary and SO MUCH MORE to thousands of children and teachers. Our gratitude is immense. We look forward to using this space at Ntwasahlobo Primary School – to create a brighter future for the children of Khayelitsha. Thank you to everyone who made this dream a reality, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact this space will have on the lives of the children who attend the school.