A conscious community dedicated to spreading appreciation and love for our natural world.
Our management team
Founding Directress of the Kinship Programme
Hi there, I'm Michaela: a barefoot environmentalist with a passion for nurturing a love of nature. I grew up building forts, racing snails and helping at my mum's Montessori PreSchool. After school I completed a Montessori teaching diploma, Mechanical Engineering degree and Postgraduate in Sustainable Development. I also found hiking. Being fully immersed in nature had a profound effect on me and I came to believe that everyone should be able to experience the majesty of the mountains, the all-consuming rationality of how small we are, and yet, capable. As a result, I founded PathFinders_SA and have been lucky to witness the incredible effect that nature has had on many others. While working on my masters in Environmental Engineering I came to believe that the split with nature is at the heart of the environmental crisis. I also realized that many children in Durban did not have the opportunity to engage with wild nature in a safe environment. As a result, I started the Kinship Programme, and shifted my research and masters to an MPhil in Sustainable Development. I hold a MPhil in Sustainable Development focusing on facilitating the development of nature connectedness. Concurrently I completed my mountain guiding qualification and a certificate in Montessori Elementary Teaching. I also work as a research consultant looking at shaping education for the 21st century.
Co-Founder of Kincottage
Hello! My name is Tatum! You can often find me in nature surfing in the ocean, sun kissed on the warm sandy beaches or playing my ukulele tunes. After growing up in a Montessori environment and having my mum being a Montessorian, owning her own school, a deep love and passion for the Montessori Method and approach ignited. This inspired me to study and qualify in Montessori directress for ages 3-6 and 6- 12. On top of Montessori, I am also an active Specialised Kinesiologist, aspiring part time musician and have a certificate in Level 3 First Aid. I have had teaching experience teaching in schools, overseas as well as having a passion in working with special needs children. During the pandemic in 2020, I started a little homeschool tutoring group which lead me along a journey to where I am today, running Kin Cottage alongside Michaela.
I believe that when we educate the WHOLE child and give them every opportunity to understand their individual uniqueness, value and purpose here on Earth. With a love of nature and appreciation of the world around them; our children will be able to create a grounded, passionate, more loving, righteous, healthier and more peaceful society.
Lead Facilitator of Kinship
“Nature dwells in both directions, not just outside us. Our inner world is also nature. Our minds and bodies are manifestations of the evolution of the living earth.” Micah from Rewilding.
Hi, I'm Carey. I am a mom of two beautiful boys, and it is their futures that makes me so excited to join Kinship. The urgent desire I have for them and all children to discover the wonder and wisdom of our earth as I did at their age, is what motivates me. I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years and am a qualified Mindfulness facilitator. I hope to apply these two practices (yoga and mindfulness) alongside my love and reverence for wild and free spaces, to help nurture our future decision makers into wise and compassionate nature lovers.
Ecologist and Lifelong Birder
The hills are alive! Birds inhabit a variety of habitats from suburban gardens, conservation areas to beaches, forests and grasslands. The pursuit for our feathered friends allows us to not only appreciate their beauty but experience the habitats that they call home. Our children need to be reunited with nature and birding is a fantastic conduit for this experience, improving and nurturing their physical and mental wellbeing.
The benefits of birding or bird watching for children of all ages is immense, having profound impacts on their growth and development. Birding requires our children to slow down, be more attentive and most importantly, be full present. The variety of characters needed to identify birds builds memory and focus whilst the ability to spot the birds builds their visual perception skills. The culmination of these aspects will also lead to engaging questions such as why do birds sing? Or how do they fly?
Join us as we allow nature back into our homes and watch the benefits that birding will provide for your family.
Contact: 083 781 8725
Giffy has been transforming Durban with his street art: bringing colour, light and awareness to our suburbs. As a nature lover, many of Giffy's pieces feature fauna, flora and animals. He has worked on pieces that raise awareness for our endangered wildlife as well as acts against wildlife. We had the honour of being guided by Giffy on an artwork in 2021 at The Forest Cafe in Umhlanga. He were completely inspired by him: his talent for his craft as well as his absolute patients while working with our children.
If you are looking to brighten up a space, Giffy can help.
You can see some of his work at:
THE CONSERVATION GUARDIANS
Greg and Sara: Conservationists
The Conservation Guardians are committed to making a positive impact on conservation efforts and welfare efforts.
Their commitment program includes teaching conservation education and then putting this to practice by implementing the sustainability models and systems.
Greg and Sara have been driving this model at Shongweni Nature Reserve and have actively modelled opportunities for collaboration between universities in Europe and South Africa to integrate their research towards achieving these collective goals.
Environmental Conservation Organisation
Envirofixers are dedicated to safeguarding the Durban North neighbourhood & environment by replacing alien invader plants with indigenous plants. They work alongside the Municipality and Ward Councillor, to create healthy green spaces for the community to enjoy
Forager and writer
Nikki is wild about weeds. A writer, activist, and locavore, she is well known in the Midlands for her passion for the environment, community, and local living. Her immersive experiences focus on finding and tasting weeds found in gardens and public spaces. She knows all the spots to find wild food – and where to source the best local ingredients in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. With Nikki as your guide, you will learn to identify various delicious edibles and surprise your palate while foraging for free food.
To read more about her, and some of her work please see: www.plantabundance.co.za