I have so many amazing memories of the day (that I will cherish)!
- Robyn Watters (volunteer)

Event details

15 June 2018

28 December 2018

Corefit Centre, Seapoint

African Impact and Lawrence House

Wellness Workshops with Core Fit

Wellness Workshop #1
Often grandmothers are the ones holding families together who are affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty in SA. GAPA "Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS" (est. 2001) started as a self help project in Khayelitsha, offering educational and psychosocial support for the older generation.

On Friday we invited 14 of these lovely gogos (grandmothers) to an afternoon of High Tea at the Clarendon guest house, Fresnaye. Nicci our host was so kind to offer us her beautiful guest house as a venue in which we could connect and appreciate our gogos. It was an ambient afternoon with delicious cakes, sandwiches, teas and coffee and of course lively chatter and singing!

Robyn, the vivacious and warm-hearted owner of "Core Fit", introduced our gogos to her upcoming Wellness Workshops. The needs of the gogos will determine the structure of the workshops. These workshops will be focused on self-awareness and self-care. Reminding them not to forget about themselves whilst taking care of everyone else.

Later they received gift bags in which they found refreshing Bodyshop products, a beautiful Emthunzini sun-hat, a bandana and Future Life food sachets.

Then the beautiful and inspiring gogos sang us a heartfelt song before making their way back to their families in Khayelitsha.

Thank you to our dedicated sponsors: Truworths and National Lottery Commission

Wellness Workshop #2
Seven energetic young adults joined us from Lawrence House for a dance-inspired workout with the talented Jenna from Core Fit Centre.

At first, everyone was quite shy but after the first round of introductions, there was lots of laughter and excitement about the afternoon ahead. The young ladies were so engaged and learnt the dance routine in lightning speed, putting on a performance for us at the end!

After all the moving and shaking, Hilary, one of the other Core Fit instructors, treated everyone to some delicious treats - yummy!

*Due to reasons of confidentiality, no pictures can be used from this workshop

Wellness Workshop #3
What a way to start the weekend!
7 girls from Lawrence House had asked if they could receive some insight into creating a successful social media platform. Beautiful Robyn from Core Fit (always eager to do her magic and help) knew just the person: Sabrina Forbes. She owns a digital agency called MoonWrench, so we were definitely in good hands.

Excited the girls arrived with the wonderful Romina at the beautiful Core Fit Centre. Sabrina's positive and motivated energy was contagious and soon the girls warmed up to her and felt free to ask questions. She gave an inspiring talk about the art of social-media and how important it is to stay true to yourself. We sat on Core Fit's bouncy gym balls which loosened up the vibe.

To help give them direction regarding their Instagram stories,
she left them with two questions to ask someone who knew them well:

1. Please describe me in 3 words.
2. Is there something that's hard for you that I am naturally good at, if so, what is it?

Two people she mentioned to keep an eye on are @kefilwe_mabote and @candibod.

We suggest you follow Sabrina too @sabrina_forbes - she is a force to be reckoned with! Thank you for your empowering words.

After the social-media talk Robyn guided us through some of her relaxing Pilates moves. Assisting the girls by strengthening their core both physically and emotionally. Thank you Robyn, we are so grateful to have you in Sisanda's life.

Wellness Workshop #4
On Friday afternoon eight of our go-getter girls from Lawrence House arrived at Core Fit ready to fly! As this workshop included Aerial Pilates with the lovely Robyn and her wonderful colleague Marna.

Blue elastic "hammocks" which were suspended from the ceiling welcomed us into the studio. Peaceful music with sounds of nature accompanied the session. After some warm-ups the girls were floating mid-air and Marna demonstrated how to do a "handstand" without touching the floor! To our surprise eventually all the girls were conquering their fears and hanging upside down! Even Romina, their carer/Assisting Programmes Manager dared to let go!

Marna was so gentle and accompanied the cool-down session with kind, motivating words. It seemed like the blue elastic "hammocks" had transformed into sheltering cocoons. Everyone enjoyed the last five minutes of swaying freely back and forth.

Thank you Marna and thank you Robyn for the very peaceful and mindful experience.

Wellness Workshop #5
Session number five was all about how to deal with stress in a healthy manner. The wonderful psychologist Lori Shifrin volunteered to give us some very helpful Stress Management advice. The same girls from Lawrence House attended this very useful workshop.

It was apparent that the young ladies were feeling more and more comfortable in the Core Fit Centre environment. The familiarity with Robyn and her peaceful studio has been developing as they have been visiting the studio every week. Everytime they are captivated by the stunning sea and mountain views. Robyn is really making such a difference in their lives by inviting the girls into her studio and calling on clients with different skills to come and share their skills.

Lori Shifrin started off the session with a very peculiar game. She threw a bunch of ping pong balls amidst the girls and asked them to keep throwing them towards each other. The exercise was to create a sense of stress as catching so many balls at once was almost impossible. Lori wanted to explore the different ways the girls reacted and felt in that situation. They formed a circle and discussed this. Showing that people have different ways of dealing with stress. Which is okay and understandable, this also clarified why people deal with stress differently and that there is no exact formula in combating pressure/stress.

Lori gave various pointers on coping mechanisms. Such as:
-Relaxing body mind and soul
-Focus on your strengths
-Do things that make you happy
-Talk to someone you trust

She added a diagram which portrayed the vicious cycle of stress. Lack of sleep, tiredness, low self esteem forming part of it.

Robyn ended the workshop by pampering the girls with her elastic aero-pilates "hammocks" and gave them a de-stress meditation session.

A big, heartfelt thank you to Lori and her wise words. They will make a difference. And Robyn, as always, we are forever grateful.


Wellness Workshop #6
As we are celebrating Woman's Day in the month of August, we found it fitting to introduce a boxing class to the circle.
The LH girls were excited to be back at CoreFit and were feeling very much at home after being welcomed there so many times.

The vibrant Whitney gave us her time and taught us some boxing moves. She is an amazing personal trainer (especially when it comes to the art of boxing) .

Her boxing session began with warm ups accompanied by upbeat music - pushing the girls. Then the empowering boxing session got going. At first there were some tentative punches, but once the boxing gloves were on the game changed. Whitney gave the saying "hit like a girl" a whole new meaning!

Thank you Whitney for being an inspiration to these young girls and demonstrating that the sport of boxing carries no gender preference.

Whitney not only is an admirable,vibrant trainer, but also a loving mom. Setting a POSITIVE example to her daughter. Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we RAISE them.

Follow her on Instagram: #fitwithwhitza

Pictures from the Circle