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Shining Light on What is Dark

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Everyone speaks about the light, giving little reference to darkness – or that which haunts you. It comes as a gift to us, beautifully packaged but unopened. What deters us is the fear of the contents, also known as TRAUMA.

To identify Trauma, you have to peel away layers and layers of addiction, fear, abuse, neglect, vanity, competition, inadequacy, lack of grieving/excessive grieving, violation of self and others, worry and not speaking your TRUTH.

Everyone develops ways to cope and accept a life that is half lived. We set a goal for ourselves and we give it time, multiplied by effort and then we expect an outcome. What we fail to admit to ourselves is what we’re trying to hide when – We know that the goal we set is not what we want and it’s not who we are OR the level ofsunshining the light the goal is mediocre. A pattern of Trauma is then activated: shame, denial, deceit, neglect. These are the pillars of Trauma.

Remember the diet that you attempted every Monday morning? Or the intention of completing that which you’ve postponed over and over? Or what about the last cigarette that you’ve lit, 30 cigarettes ago? The list becomes endless. And so each time we berate ourselves for not being strong enough, bold enough, weak, powerless, cowardice and fearful. At the end of the last cigarette, of ‘the last time and this is final,’ we are so traumatised that of course we deserve one more for the road. How do we make it out alive? We don’t. We barely function. We pretend.

Facing what haunts you is gruelling stuff. But we cannot journey forward if we don’t get that monkey off our backs.

by Dominique Jones

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Eight is Great!

8 is great logo8 years ago, I followed a dream and was guided to start an Holistic Fayre in the Northern Suburbs. Little did I know where I would be guided and the events that would follow.

In July 2007 we opened our doors for the first time in Durbanville. Exciting times lay ahead. Twenty Exhibitors signed up, and by 4pm we had over 200 visitors stream through our doors. Wow! What an achievement! The thrill of a Drumming Circle and Free Talks strengthened our foundation.

In July 2008 we celebrated our first birthday in Durbanville. By this stage, we were so busy, and we outgrew the hall, there no room for new Exhibitors and the public found the venue very cramped. So: by the end of 2008, we moved to our new and improved hall, in Bothasig.

Within a few month of transferring the Fayre to Bothasig, due to unforeseen circumstance, The Holistic Fayre together with 35 Exhibitors, moved temporarily to the little community hall in Edgemead for 6 months, and celebrated our 3rd birthday there. By Christmas 2009, we were back at our favourite hall, Bothasig.

Our 4th Birthday in 2010 saw the World Cup Soccer played in South Africa, and we celebrated it under the first rain that The Holistic Fayre ever experienced. The rain washed away all our old problems and gave birth to new ventures and experiences.

2011 saw the first of our now popular shows: Belly Dancing, Hula Hoop, Bollywood Dancing, Fire Dancing, Drumming Circle to mention but a few.
In 2012 the 20minute Free Informative Talks and Mini Workshops were re-introduced at The Holistic Fayre. These talks have proved to be extremely popular and well attended.

In 2013, we saw the burst of 3 new Holistic Fayres opening doors in the Northern Suburbs. We were proud to be the catalyst in this new trend. We were proud to be the leaders and pioneers in breaking new ground in the Northern Suburbs by introducing wholesome living. Sadly, not one of them celebrated their first birthday.

Today, as we celebrate our 8th Birthday in 2014, we proudly announce that we have grown to be the most popular and biggest indoor market in Cape Town. Boasting over 50 Exhibitors; experienced in their field and offering something unique. Hosting Free Entertainment every 30mins. A Farmer’s Market was introduced with home-made wholesome goodies.

Visitors come from far and wide to spend the day with us.  We are proud of what we have achieved

Join us as we celebrate our 8th Birthday on 12 July 2014