Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
Wendell Berry

Cheryl Strand is an accredited Coach and Facilitator of The Thinking Environment and a Facilitator of Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects. She completed a training in mindfulness meditation through the University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre and the Awareness Training Institute, studied the U-process with the Presencing Institute and has a degree in philosophy. In the 1980s she co-founded, lived and worked in a Christian community committed to principles of non-racialism and “hearing the cry of the poor”. For the past 16 years she has walked a Sufi path. Over two decades she has hosted contemplative prayer and meditation groups, a women’s circle and a Spiritual Ecology Hub. Recently divorced, she is mother to a beautiful young man and lives in Cape Town.


What touched me most deeply was how you did not convey information, but rather allowed the space and the people to work on you and from that deep listening shared your heart and knowledge. I found the day transformative. Johann Verster, clinical psychologist

Your presentation was truly inspiring. You created such a calm and safe space which made me feel very comfortable to think and share. This is a life lesson learnt today. Nadia Stoffberg, Training Co-ordinator, TB/HIV Care Association

I appreciated Cheryl’s sensitivity to the group and her ability to hold space and silence for us to do deep work while simultaneously learning how to use different tools. Cheryl is a natural facilitator and was able to integrate our strengths and support us in the learning curve with new methodologies. Deepest appreciation for what feels like a profound gift. Louise Sterling, Director of Eduwrite

*Nancy Kline’s Time To Think Inc.