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Shannon Dawson

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Shannon was first exposed to Londolozi as a guest when she was a young girl. Straight away she was in awe at the warm feeling she got from the people and the place. After growing up in Johannesburg she graduated with honours in ...

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on Martha Beck And Londolozi: A Journey With The GWF & The African STAR Retreat

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Martha has been an invaluable asset to the Good Work Foundation and has helped with the formalization of the contribution/donation process in the US.

I agree with you, Vin – she is a phenomenal woman!

Shannon, thank you for sharing this story about Martha Beck.

I am glad you enjoyed it, William.

What a beautiful, moving story. I was particularly struck by the quote “In Africa, I feel safe in my soul.” I understand what that means, particularly when I have visited Londolozi.

I am delighted you enjoyed it, Jeff. I couldn’t agree with you more – it is the most beautiful quote.

Shannon, I have no other words to add to your story as both you and Martha have expressed my feelings perfectly. My first trip to South Africa took place December 25, 1995 and within a short period of time , I knew I’d found a place that felt like no other, filling my heart with unmeasurable happiness and fulfillment. Every trip back to SA reinforces those feelings and acts like a reset button, allowing me to be present each day. Terrific Saturday reading!

Thank you for sharing that with us, Denise. I am so glad you enjoyed the read!

Fantastic work! – One should not ask for change, but rather be that change.

You are so right, Gawie!

Shannon, Thanks for the reminder of the special relationship that Martha has with Londolozi and it’s mission! We have enjoyed following Martha over the years and her insights have always inspired us to do more. We hope to participate in one of her STAR retreats one day!

You are welcome, Michael & Terri. I loved finding this article, and I am so glad you enjoyed it too. We look forward to welcoming you back one day, hopefully for her wonderful retreat.

I have been a participant in The African Star with Martha, and am returning this August with my granddaughter to share the experience of the African “Ubuntu”. The magic of Londolozi lives in my heart and I can’t wait to return and enjoy these feelings with my granddaughter. Being there with Martha, who is witty, sincere, smart and joyful, to just name a few attributes was so enchanting and delightful.

How exciting, Linda! We look forward to welcoming you back.

The feeling South Africa and Londolozi is mutual here! Feeds the soul and feels like coming home.

I totally agree with you, Kara.

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