Foundation works on youth’s well-being

2015-10-27 06:00
Shumiera Galiem does yoga at one of the Healing Earth Foundation centres.

Shumiera Galiem does yoga at one of the Healing Earth Foundation centres.

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Healing Earth Foundation is the non-profit arm of the holistic, natural spa and wellness brand Healing Earth, which aims to nurture and develop conscious, healthy people through opportunities that allow for connecting with the self, the environment and all beings.

The organisation works with children and youngsters in Lansdowne, Salt River, Heideveld and Parow Valley, at schools, orphanages, old-age homes, community centres, shelters for abused women and children, prison rehabilitation centres and educational facilities for underprivileged women.

The Healing Earth team hosts a variety of activities, including children’s yoga classes, personal development workshops, art therapy, meditation, pamper sessions, environmental education.

The Foundation offers a programme for jailed youngsters when they get out of prison to give them life skills for behavioural change and skills development so that they never go back to prison.

Lara Potgieter, Foundation manager, has dedicated her passion for holistic health and sustainability to the running of the organisation.

She is completing her children’s yoga teacher’s training through the Yoga Teachers Fellowship of South Africa, as well as getting certification as an emotional freedom technique practitioner through the Energy Healers Association of South Africa.

Potgieter says: “While there are many wonderful organisations serving the basic needs of our youth, the importance of their psycho-spiritual development and the finer nuances of their physical well-being should not be underestimated. My brand has always advocated a conscious, nurturing approach to wellness (and life in general), based on love for the self, all other beings and the earth we live on,” she says.

Potgieter’s dream of running a foundation was made real by Elisabeth Brandt, the founder and MD of Healing Earth, who shares her passion for wellness education.

For more information on the Healing Earth Foundation visit

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