I participated in John's 'African Zen' retreat at Ixopo Buddhist Retreat Centre (South Africa) in January of 2016. I had previously had one experience visiting a sangoma and had done a bit of reading but looked forward to an experience. The experience facilitated by John was both informative and also powerful. John is clearly called into a life of serving as a cultural bridge as well as being a healer. He shows up to both with a great deal of integrity. As a teacher myself, I appreciated the way in which John handily facilitated a group of widely and wildly varied individuals who each had their own hopes, expectations and intentions. As someone actively seeking healing, I appreciated the authentic, practical and nourishing healing experience of those days. I'm writing these words months after the experience and it continues to 'feed' me.