Egypt has been marveled as one of the greatest civilizations in history, not only for its imitable architecture and ancient secrets but also because of its layered, complex understanding about humanity and consciousness. Although many African civilizations have comparable magnificence, such as the Mali empire or Great Zimbabwe, the magnitude of available information still standing after thousands of years gives Egypt an edge unlike any other ancient civilization to date. With this access, we can explore, examine and understand ourselves from the perspectives of our distant ancestors. The Egyptians teach us about the connection between the consciousness of humanity and the consciousness of the earth. This is significant because it explains the responsibility and power of each human being.
One of the modern practices utilizing the wisdom of Ancient Egypt is Kemetic Yoga™ and its sciences. Kemetic Yoga was re-discovered in the 1970s, by Master Yirser Ra Hotep. Kemetic Yoga is African Yoga unique to the ancient land of Kemet. It was practiced by the ancient Kamites for physical, mental and spiritual development. Kemetic yoga acknowledges the Ancient Kemetic/Kushite origins of yoga and seeks to link Ancient Egypt, the Indus/Kush civilization.
The territory named Kemet encompassed Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, and present-day Egypt. Smai Tawi is the early name of Kemetic Yoga and translates to ‘the union of two lands.’ The name explains the higher and lower nature within the human body and soul. It also represents the union of both lower and upper Kemet and the necessity of harmony between both lands. Lower Kemet was significant for education and information while upper Kemet was the foundation, providing the farming lands and resources. The union between both indicates an understanding of the duality of man and the importance of balancing both faculties in the human being.
Inspired by the depth and potential for mental and physical liberation of studying such a practice, yogis Sarah Wesley and Tony Khepera-Heru (KH) traveled to Luxor, Egypt to complete a Kemetic Yoga Teacher certification hosted by South African Shaman and Kemetic yogi, Ursula Van Graan. After meeting and training with one another in the hot desert of Egypt, Sarah Wesley and Tony KH came together to create the Kemetic yoga & retreat experience, Return to Kemet.
Their first retreat as a pair, Sacred Soul Awakening, will begin April 18 and conclude April 28 2019. Spanning across three cities in Egypt. Attendees will have 11 days to Renew, Restore and Reconnect with the sacred African land of Kemet.
Heralded as the center of the earth’s magnetic and consciousness grid, the land holds a magical atmosphere perfect for ancestral remembrance and body rejuvenation. Lectures by Egyptologists about the mysteries of Egypt, wisdom from Nubian village chiefs, healing workshops and daily Kemetic yoga and meditations are infused into the sacred journey. Guests will stay just outside of Cairo at Ardi Sanctuary in Dahshur for the first half of the retreat and take a road trip south to Nubia, stopping in Luxor along the way. While in Nubia, guests will stay at Kato Dool along the Nile.
“While every personal and spiritual journey takes place within, we wanted to create an experience on sacred land,” says Wesley, “We knew we had to bring people back to this land to understand and feel the intensity of being in Africa.”
Sarah is a certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor having taught Kemetic yoga in both Egypt and the United States for international retreats, resorts, private lessons, and youth facilities. Upon completing her yoga training in Luxor, Egypt, Sarah traveled south to Nubia and experienced an ancestral calling to stay and live on the land. Sarah decided to live in Egypt and travel throughout Africa for one year, studying and learning ancient African traditions, philosophies, and spirituality. Sarah was inspired to bring the knowledge of ancient Africa back to the United States and around the world for the purpose of empowering, educating and ultimately connecting communities and cultures through information, self-practice, and awareness. Her yoga classes incorporate ancient Egyptian philosophies, alchemy, natural African oils and stones, and African sound vibration techniques.
Co-founder Tony Khepera-Heru now lives in Salvador Bahia, Brazil, commonly known as the Afro-Brazilian capital. He is a practitioner of African sacred traditions, a cultural custodian and a certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor. He has taught Kemetic yoga on three continents while incorporating various ancient methods of meditation and Kemetic cosmology into his yogic practices. In 2018 he co-hosted the Sacred Soul Sister Retreat in Bahia, Brazil, holding sacred space for the Divine Masculine while offering workshops on radical forgiveness, chakra toning, and personality typing. His Kemetic yoga classes often include the use of aromatherapy and flower essence for subtle body therapy initiating the ‘RA Life Force’ and aligning and unblocking our ‘Sefech Ba Ras’ (chakras). Tony is currently in his first year of initiation into the Shamanic Mysteries of Kemet and Sacred Healing Training. He is also a recent Level 1 Graduate of ISTA’s Spiritual, Sexual, Shamanic Training. Together, Tony and Sarah bring their experience and expertise to a unique, transformational journey to Kemet.
This is a time of spiritual revolution. Cultures, both ancient and contemporary, are exploring each other’s homelands, traditions and ways of life. While we are witnessing global advancements in interconnection, our planet faces growing environmental, societal, health and social concerns. By shifting our focus inwards, we can dive deeply into how we can become better people for those that we love, for our communities and ourselves. Return to Kemet hopes to provide an opportunity for people to unlock the potential within in our mental, emotional and spiritual lives – to remember, restore, renew and reconnect to who we are.