Foundation Courses

Basic Workshop Cycle and Basic Practice


The minimum requirement for joining the Tamboo Study Course would be the initiation of the basic workshop cycle, individual therapy and daily practice.

The Basic Workshop Cycle would usually include completing the week-long Kadeisha 1 and Shaman 1 workshops, offered in Knysna, and the Hero’s Journey and at least some of the shorter Anima/Animus, Relationships, Mythology and Divination workshops, facilitated by teachers and therapists in Cape Town, Johannesburg and elsewhere.

It is also necessary, during this time, that a certain number of individual one-on-one therapy sessions will have been held with a Tamboo-qualified therapist.

These ‘initiatory workshops’ and individual therapy sessions, together with beginning to intoduce the 4 Basic Practices of conscious living into your personal lifestyle, would be considered ‘foundation preparation’.

These Basic Practices are: Daily Practice, including personal routines such as Yoga or Tai Chi and also beginning basic Kadeisha practice, Conscious Consumption, including dietary consciousness and other awareness of worldly intake and effect, Daily Meditation, including regular meditation and study and Daily Bliss, including the practice of joyful mindfulness in everyday activities.

At this point, the student would be prepared for further learning, including the Advanced Study Course.

Students who have already completed some but not all of the foundation workshops, and who have expressed their commitment to complete their ‘basic workshop schedule’ concurrently with their depth studies, can discuss their situation with us. Since both the content and the depth processes of the initial workshops take some time and dedication to integrate, this would increase the demands on the individual. However, if you are willing to go through the more intense processes that this would require, and if we believed you were suited for this, beginning formal studies and completing foundation workshops could be accommodated.

Depending on their own personal development, and as their other worldly commitments allow, students already part of the Advanced Course would be expected to do complete the intermediate workshops during their two-year course. The ‘Healers Cycle’ and the ‘Alchemy 1’ workshops are obligatory parts of the first and second year of study respectively.