Sacred Music and Dance Festival McGregor 2023

Fri Oct 27, 19:30 - Sun Oct 29, 16:00

Temenos Retreat Centre and Wisdom School


“It is in the sacred essence of sound and silence that true happiness is found”

Welcome to this great celebration of peace and unity. Last year's Sacred Music and

Dance Festival in McGregor was much loved and a big success. We are excited to

be hosting this year's upcoming festival with several new performers and group

facilitators, together with much loved ones from the previous festival. The

festival, which was born out of a deep love for music, spirituality, humanity,

and a reverence for all of life, will be held on the weekend of 27-29 October,

2023. As we come together to sing and dance in this way, through sound,

movement, meditation and consciousness we touch something deeply within our

beings. In such moments it is the soul which is dancing. In those rare moments

of recognising that it is that great Love which is present behind all that

exists, one experiences a kind of ecstasy. So it is with the experience of

sacred music and dance in the unity of community, the unity of being.


This festival is a celebration of all spiritual paths. The time we find ourselves in

at present reveals that there is a greater need than ever before to find common

ground, to unite and bring peace to the world. By coming together we can learn

about, open to, and sing and dance the unity of creation, while respecting and

honouring each unique spiritual path toward the One. This is a journey of

creativity and joy through sharing heart songs, simple chants, and peace dances

accompanied by live music. Various facilitators, local as well as

international, will lead us in dances and songs from various traditions. You

are welcome to participate as much or as little as you wish. There will also be

performances which encompass everything from indigenous African music to contemporary dance and conscious world music. We have endeavoured to involve the local community and will include

performances from McGregor. For a more detailed list of events please see below.

Coming together in community for the weekend in celebration of life doesn’t mean there

aren’t opportunities or spaces for quiet contemplation. On the contrary, our

venues have unique spaces for being alone in meditation. There is a meditation room adjacent to the Wisdom Hall which is open to everyone. And the “Garden of the Beloved” at Temenos is renowned for its beauty, its shrines, and hidden



Our very special venues for this event are Temenos Retreat Centre and the Wisdom

School in the village of McGregor, Western Cape, South Africa. McGregor is

approximately 2 and 1/4 hours drive from Cape Town. So please do join us in this coming

together for an amazing weekend of sacred music and dance, a place to meet

like-hearted souls.

The festival is a not-for-profit event. Ticket prices have

been kept to a minimum to allow people with all size pockets to attend.


Please note that ticket prices include all events and a shared vegetarian/vegan lunch on Sunday,

but exclude accommodation.

Space is limited so it is advisable to book early.

If you are able to sponsor an extra ticket for someone without the financial

means to attend but would love to be there, our deep gratitude to you!


Temenos Retreat has self catering cottages set in a beautiful garden. 023 6251 871

The Old School has large renovated self-contained rooms, with common spaces including a garden area. 072 224 7674

You can also book online for both of the above.

Contact McGregor Tourism at [email protected] tel. 27 23 625 1954 or Robertson Tourism at [email protected] tel. 27 23 626 4437. All sorts of accommodation options are available, including on farms or basic camping just next to the village.

If you can’t find what you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Harold: 072 836 5142

[email protected]


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This event is about community, healing, sharing, honouring, loving, co-creation, spirit,

beauty, and most of all the positively transformative energy of sacred music

and dance. Wonderful that you are part of this beautiful journey we are

creating together.





CRALLAN, Conscious World Music.

Expansive, gentle, powerful. A sonic bridge between the seen and unseen. Crallan has shared the stage and collaborated with a number of top South African Musicians, including Tananas, Landscape Prayers, Louis Mhlangu, Zolani Mahola, and was a founding member of the band, Naked, which enjoyed very much success as well as a SAMA award nomination.

ANCIENT VOICES, Indigenous African music with Nomapostile and Siya.

Ancient Voices performed at our festival last year with Nomapostile and Lungiswa and was much loved. This year Siya will be joining Nomapostile which will bring in a new dimension in Ancient Voices music.

THE TREE OF LIFE - Poetry in Motion

A collaboration of First Step Ballet and Hip-Hip Hooray Circus Project presenting a tapestry of circus skills, dance and poetry. This performance is loosely based on Baba Credo Mutwa's Poem of Creation. Each year we endeavour to include locals from the area of McGregor who are involved in creative projects somewhat related to sacred music and dance. This year we are proud to include the above performance in our programme. The show is produced and directed by Nqaba Mafilika (dance teacher working with Dancescape), Conny Mater (founder of Hip-Hip Hooray Circus Project), and Mary Silver (founder and director of First Step Ballet).




Opening Fire Ceremony

African Dance, with Mthetheleli 

Taize Chants; Christian Zulu Songs,with Christel

Songs of Light, with Ashleigh

Biodanza, with Zephne

Kabbalah Tree of Life: Holy Name chants, with Christel

Cacao ceremony & Sanskrit chants, with Maya Joy

Dances of the World, with Fleur and Phil

Kundalini yoga and meditation, with Ginette

Songs That Reconnect, with Rachael and Joanna

Dances of Universal Peace, with Anja, Rukmini and Harold

Healing Sound Journeys, with Anna 

Shakti Flow, with Maya Joy

Monochord Morning Attunement, Introduction to Sufi Practices, with Hamida Anja

Jewish and Sufi Chants, with Patricia and Harold

Men's and Women's sharing circles 


Sacred Music and Dance Festival McGregor 2023
Temenos Retreat Centre and Wisdom School
Cr Bree Street &, Voortrekker St, Mcgregor, McGregor, 6708
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