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Once upon a time Fabrizio, a five year old boy from Milan jumped into the waves of Liguria and tried to surf on a mattress. Five years later Tania, a girl was born in Durban and learned to swim with her siren-like Mauritian mother. At the age of 9, living in the desert of Arabia, the girl continued to love nature, and began to believe she could fly like the wind or run like a cat, sometimes visiting the shores of her ancestors she wrote her first book: The Fate of Atlantis. Many years later the boy, now a man who had studied alternative practices in India and grown bored with the European fitness industry moved to Mexico in search of waves and found the wisdom of the local healers, finally inventing an aquatic form of bodywork called The Massage of Atlantis... The boy had transformed from a surfing karate fighter into a meditator with hands that could melt pain away, a man who felt the pulse of the ocean drumming in his ears like a shell, whispering him to follow his dreams. The girl grew from a thesaurus-reading tree-dancer & swimming dreamer into a woman who spun poems to her beloved ocean, sang and danced to the ecstatic beat of her seaward heart and then taught others how to do so too. One day the boy and the girl met as man and woman in the sea and began swimming together around the wild waters of this world from Italy to the island of Mauritius and the shores of Cape Town...
So, what happens when a Mauritian-German-South African poet and an Italian martial artist meet by the sea in Sardinia in 2010? They fall in love and turn their lives upside down and inside out, trying to figure out that crazy thing called love ( a work in progress!) They combine their passions: martial arts and body work collide with poetry and voice work. Movement practices merge with meditation techniques. They begin living, creating and working together around their common muses: the water, education & wellbeing... body, mind, heart, culture and nature... Together, in Milan, from 2010 to 2016, under the umbrella term of CreatiVita, Fabrizio & Tania developed educational programs (EduArt, Play-Fu, English like Water), a holistic coaching practice and began exploring ecstatic artistic expressions via live collage performances and socio-cultural programs like La Piazza di Leggiadria. They have been working on a collaborative art project called The Technology of Tenderness for the past 3 years. After delving into wild waters all around Italy, Tania & Fabrizio combined their love of water with their professional experiences and studies to bring a healing practice called Oceanic Somatics to Mauritius in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZeKSVGw27w5pSwA8FMudRw During their first year on the island, they presented this aquatic meditation-movement-bodywork practice at the Spa & Wellness Association of Africa's 2016 conference, as well as offering wellbeing services at various hotels around Mauritius and to a wide range of private clients in collaboration with other professionals such as an osteopath and psychologist. These are links to local press articles about their approach: http://www.cotenordmag.com/le-mag/association-creativita-mauritius-oceanic-somatics-pratique-reparatrice-alternative/ http://www.objectifsante.mu/fr/sciences-conscience/spiritualite-therapies-holistiques/coaching-holistique-le-coaching-de-lame In 2017, due to a growing wish to use their knowledge to empower and teach a wider population and a growing disillusionment with the commercialisation of well-being practices as well as the exploitaiton of human and natural resources by giant hotel groups, Tania & Fabrizio decided to focus on further developing their English like Water method & programmes in 3 strategic places: Milan, Mauritius & Cape Town as well as on-line . It is their goal to not only empower private clients, but work with schools and institutions spreading the learning of English, as well as well-being in learning and a deeper sensitisation to the wild waters of this planet. Both English & water are crucial tools in surviving and thriving in today's globalised world.
Tania Haberland (BA, HDE, MA) is a poet, artist and teacher. Half Mauritian, half German, born in South Africa, she has lived in the US, UK, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Mother-tongue English, she also speaks French, German, Italian & Creole. Her first book Hyphen won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Tania currently works between Mauritius, Milan and Cape Town as part of CreatiVita, offering services in the art of well-being & learning.
She has taught in public & private schools, shelters for abused women & refugees, centres for the learning disabled and head-injured as well as to a wide range of private clients.
Her approach is experiential, creative & sensorial, always learner-centred.
Her performance work has varied from slams to performance art to collaborations with musicians: from Bristol to Milan to the Congo & Mauritius. She has featured at many internatonal literature festivals at the Parliament & National Gallery of South Africa and is even known to perform a mean punk song in the shower. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCquSsvaZKfr5iG5sMMg7ggg
Career Timeline: 1994-2017
Career Timeline: 1984-2017
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Patrick Haberland & Yemaya Adventures (adventure company offering sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and team building activities for all levels) www.yemayaadventures.com
Shabeela Kalla Monasch, Ralco Monasch & Alumno Astralis (Quality Internships & Cross-Cultural Experience) www.alumnoastralis.mu
Romina Tello Soberones & Mauritius Conscious Guide (The Guide for Sustainable Travelling & Ecotourism) www.mauritiusconscious.com
Dini Lallah (story writer, graphic designer & activist; teaches English & Mauritian Creole and works as a translator)
Brigitte Haberland (yoga teacher & visual artist)
Daniel Tristão & Brilliant Journeys (English Services, Voulunteer & Sustainable Travel to South Africa) http://www.brilliantjourneys.it/site/
Simona Cesana, Dome Bulfaro & Mille Gru (Cultural Association for poetry, events, publishing & education) www.millegru.org
Giorgia Ugo, Marcello & Laboratorio 16 (architecture, design, graphics, illustrations & urban ideas) www.laboratorio16.com
Professor Imraan Coovadia, (award winning writer & director of the Creative Writing Programme at UCT) & The University of Cape Town's Creative Writing Programme http://www.english.uct.ac.za/creative-writing-programme
Patwant Rhodes (Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master & Writer)