magic wands and magical times in joburg

we are excited to announce that we have officially launched shamballah tribal community gatherings in joburg.  our first event was on 2nd october at the bikram yoga jozi studio in illovo.

thanks to our amazing team, we had a successful event, with music, dancing, amazing raw food, beautiful people, and beautiful energy!

chef ingrid of raw alchemy delighted us with a variety of tastes including magic wands (a rolled nori snack filled with ayurvedic spices and nut pate), mini pizzas, stuffed tomatoes, and fresh juices.

we performed a quick twindragon set of 3 of our favorite songs from our forthcoming album.  there was a dance performance, tarot card readings, a toning session, percussion instruments banging and shaking, and everyone dancing and grooving to DJ barrett’s musical selections.

all in all, it was a great event and a good kick-off for the joburg shamballah tribe and we even were able to donate R500 of our proceeds to The Golden Pyramid of Peace project!  we will be having monthly events in the joburg area and we’re looking forward to the next magical event!



raw vegan heaven in johannesburg

on our recent trip to joburg to launch shamballah tribal community gatherings, we took a few days out to visit with our friend ingrid litman, chef at leafy greens cafe in muldersdrift, gauteng. we discovered a raw vegan haven/heaven that we’re definitely looking forward to frequenting on future visits.  despite several comments that muldersdrift was “way out there” we really enjoyed the scenic half-hour drive from sandton and it was definitely worth it!

we drove down the dirt road, parked in a lot rimmed with trees blossoming with fluffy white cotton-ball puffs, and walked down the shady tree lined path suggested by the arrow pointing to leafy greens cafe.  it was sweltering hot, but we were surrounded by rows and rows of vegetable garden, ancient trees, and the sounds of children in a jumpy castle.

we came up on the cafe and were greeted with a smile by our lovely friend ingrid, who offered us a special green smoothie of kale and strawberries.  we were parched and starving and this was just the thing to kick off our special pig-out raw food day.


kale and strawberry green smoothie


she introduced us to antonia de luca, the radiant and friendly owner.  antonia was trained in raw food living and nutrition at hippocrates health institute in florida, while ingrid completed programs at  gabriel cousens’ tree of life institute in arizona.  their combined expertise and knowledge is evident in the artful variety of love-filled organic raw and vegan food they offer, both to nourish the body and delight the tastebuds.

there is a menu as well as the buffet table which is R80 a plate and there is an amazing variety of options, based on whatever is fresh in the garden.


onion bread, flax crackers and kale chips!


there is something for everyone, from the seasoned raw foodist, to those just testing the waters.  we loved absolutely everything we tasted, especially the desserts!




after our meal, we had the pleasure of being taken on a tour of the organic gardens by ingrid.  the farm grows all of their produce according to organic standards and principles of permaculture and the life force coming from the fruit, herbs, veggies, flowers, and trees is so evident!

if you’re in the area, please make it a priority to support this restaurant and shop.  they have a well appointed shop complete with all of your superfoods, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, supplements and more!

next time i’d love to bring back some banana bread spiced walnuts and vanilla maple brazil nuts. YUM!

tees for peace – raw magick exclusive designs for charity!

hartley making a statement in our "peace worldwide" organic t-shirt

to help raise funds for our further training, we’ve dreamt up these beautiful, high quality designs for you to make your statement and show your support for the Shamballah way of life now sweeping the planet! 10% of all proceeds will go towards the The Golden Pyramid of Peace project.  another 10% will go towards Shamballah Tribal Community South Africa.  the rest of the profits will go towards getting us to toronto and japan, in order for us to bring the most advanced spiritual training available to south africa now, when we need it most!


peace worldwide

we collaborate to manifest all of the designs on offer, that are then printed on organic cotton tees for women, men, and kids, in all sizes and a variety of colorways.  you can also purchase matek’s album internal fire as well as art prints and other items featuring matek’s brilliant fractalizm project, which encodes specific frequencies and intentions into mesmerizing digital fractal art mandalas.

shipping is a mere $5 to the US, Canada, and Australia, £4 to England, and $7 worldwide!

please take a moment to check out what we’ve created.  then buy a gift or two for one of your loved ones, friends, or YOURSELF.  support us and everyone wins!


Step One:

Go to our online webshop at

Step Two:

Browse our designs, available in all sizes for women, men, and children, and make your purchase on their secure server. Your selections will be shipped to you anywhere in the world!

Step Three:

Give yourself a pat on the back, a thumbs up and a wink, and a hearty round of applause, because 10% of all sales will be donated directly to the Golden Pyramid of Peace and an additional 10% will go to the Shamballah Tribal Community South Africa!

Step Four:

Open your package when it arrives, and sport your t-shirt with style, class, and attitude!

P.S. If you’re feeling ambitious, send us a photo of you and your sexy bad self in the said t-shirt, and we will do our best to make you famous!

Lots of love, and PEACE

Vanessa and Craig

Cult versus Culture and The New Tribe of Shamballah

Cult versus Culture and The New Tribe of Shamballah

In recent years, the presence of destructive cults has made people wary of any group that stands for beliefs or practices that challenge the mainstream.  But what is a cult and what makes a cult something to be avoided?  Devotees of a cult often pledge allegiance to a leader and are discouraged from thinking for themselves or even subjected to mind control.

Culture, on the other hand, is defined as a way of living, a way of life.  The Shamballah way of life, and the main tenets of the teachings of Shamballah are that you are your own master, teacher, healer, and guru.  We are creating a new tribe, a family, a community of empowered individuals.  We believe in a peaceful world, where we are all free to express our individuality and where we work together and care for each other and the earth we live on.

We hold this higher vision for our world and we believe that each and every one of us is here to play an important and unique part in bringing this new world into fruition.  Though this many not be the mainstream belief, we stand by it, and we stand by our commitment to making a difference by being the change we want to see.

Culture is also defined as excellence of taste in the arts.  Through cutting-edge music, dance, art, fashion, and many other forms of creativity we seek to bring forth the new energies emerging within us that will shift us into our hearts and into the next golden age!  These energies are a fusion of all that’s modern and ancient, technological and tribal, new and familiar.

Deep down, we are all seeking some form of acceptance, some sense of belonging.  Shamballah is the culture of  belonging.  The tribe of Shamballah invites you to step forward, to be your true self, to let go of your inhibitions, and take real action to make this world a better place we can all live, love, and thrive in.

~Vanessa Nova

RAW MAGICK: episode one

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breakfast club in the raw!

craig happily piling his fruit salad with superfoods!

fluffy raw pancakes, with cashew maca cream, coconut, cacao nibs, & maple syrup

gojis, hemp, cacao nibs, muesli, almond milk, fruit salad!

during our last visit to cape town, we had the pleasure of having raw buffet breakfast with noel and natalie of earthshine at their home in pinelands.  it was a raw foodists’ dream!  laid out on the table before us was everything that we could’ve asked for before a 5 hour drive home to plettenberg bay.

for R100 each we enjoyed a green juice with wheatgrass, buckwheat muesli with seeds and dried fruit, almond milk, the most delightful raw pancakes with cashew maca cream and maple syrup, a tropical fruit salad with pomegranate arils, and topped all of it off with hemp powder, goji berries, and cacao nibs!  it was a breakfast to remember, and we’re still dreaming about it!

if you’re in cape town and free on a tuesday morning, this is your chance to try out raw food at it’s best, and see how delicious even raw breakfast can be!  and if you’ve been dabbling with raw foods and haven’t yet figured out what to make for breakfast, get some inspiration!

noel and natalie are also pioneering raw food convenience foods and have a selection of organic raw crackers, aubergine biltong, pizza bases, sauerkraut, and buckwheat muesli for sale.  our favorite was the pink sauerkraut and the red onion and chive crackers.  you can also take away an amazing raw pizza to munch on throughout your day!  we’re totally looking forward to tuesdays in cape town!

muesli, aubergine biltong, and more raw foodie staples!

organic raw crackers, 4 different flavors, made with love!

for more info or to order foods from earthshine, visit their facebook page, or contact natalie at or on 074 167 9792 !

mmm quiche!

one of my weaknesses has always been quiche, and since going raw and vegan, i’ve yet to have quiche.  needless to say, this was one small bit of bliss that was missing from my life. during my days in seattle, i would often stock up on these frozen quiches from trader joe’s.  i probably ate these every day for breakfast on my way to work!

craig and i attempted to make this raw vegan quiche and it immediately brought me back!  we didn’t get the cheesey-egg base quite right yet, too much lemon.  but i think next time a bit less lemon, a touch of nutritional yeast, and about 2 more hours on the dehydrator and we’ll have it spot on!  when we get it right, we’ll post the recipe.


first try at a raw vegan quiche -- marinated mushroooms, wilted baby spinach with cashew cheese and a crust from raw oats, onion, and grapeseed oil