Nne Agwu 2021
Nne Agwu 2020
Afrakan Storytelling Family Retreat Established 2010
Ndewo nu (Welcome all) to the Nne Agwu Storytelling Family retreat
Yes Nne Agwu (Mother of Divination), produced by Shanti-Chi since 2010. What a journey what an adventure. It really was a mile stone to reach the 10 year mark. When Griot Chinyere started on this journey very few melanin rich people were interested in camping. However somewhere in our DNA we knew connecting the oral traditions of storytelling is essential to our healing and progress. It is a concept we melanin rich communities are fully joying as we gather around to support the unifestation of the diaspora village.
Our first storytelling celebration was a few hours in the woods listening to stories, walking, chanting and celebrating. After that people asked for more. We then did a 12 hours storytelling celebration around the fire under the stars from dusk until the dawn chorus announced it was time to wind down and prepare to re-enter the matrix. Then came the request for a weekend event. The seeds were sown as it becomes abundantly apparent we the indigenous melanin rich seek the village vibration. Griot Chinyere guided by her ancestors, begun to create that vibration having been inspired by Ancestral gathering a camp to venerate our ancestors led by Aamasade Shepnekhi or tree circle ceremonies. Griot invited exclusively indigenous melanin rich Afrakan heritage people. It was clear that as melanin rich people when other cultures are in our midst we spend to much time concerned about their well being and fail to speak honestly from our heart and soul. We hold back to our detrivment. The only way we could feel free to be ourselves is if we enter an exclusive healing space. It has been a powerful journey nurturing the vision of an Afrakan village on the landscape of Britain with the long term aim of creating a diaspora village on the Motherland. It is such a beautiful and unique expression in the diaspora we have had to work harder than most enterprises to keep going.
We have faced many challenges along the way. We affirm that our vision of the Afrakan diaspora village will grow in, our hearts and souls for the benefit of our nows and our tomorrows. It works as a bridge from Britain to the Motherland. It is so important we have a relationship with Mother earth and the natural environment while we are here before returning to the Motherland. It enables us to return a little better prepared as we return with the correct frame of mind for prosperity. It is essential we have this relationship with Mother earth and her nature as it is an essential aspect of our ancient rites, rituals and ceremonies. which focus on giving thanks for the abundance Mother earth offers us.
THEMES: Honouring our Ancestors and the application of the principle Ubuntu: I am because we are, we are therefore I am - Whatever effects individual effect all and what affect all effect individual. We will join together as a family, community and nation with our ancestors to determine our purpose and collectively work to build the community together and solve problems. The Nne Agwu Afrakan storytelling festival builds entrepreneurs who profit from working with integrity with its own community members to further the melanin rich indigenous culture. We apply the unique spiritual creativity gifted to us by our ancestors to divine a more beautiful and successful community. Be a part of our little Afrakan village on the English landscape. Make this a very special occasion.
Over the years and evolution of the Storytelling festival village, the aim has remained constant; to create a space in nature where we can come to share, learn about and create our heritage and culture using the oral traditions. Griot Chinyere’s vision is for the Diaspora community to gather outdoors, as we do back home, to celebrate, preserve and promote our culture through the storytelling artform. Use the art form for well-being, healing and empowerment for all melanin rich members of our nation. Great nations are made up great communities, made up of great families with great family values. Our ancestors are essential to our family values and our strive forward to rise and shine.
We are delighted to bring the finest artists, workshop leaders, well-being practitioners, craftspeople and entrepreneurs to share their talents, skills, products, knowledge and wisdom as part of the Nne Agwu community with continued support, locally and globally.
Throughout the year Shanti-Chi presents various other programmes and events, including monthly rambles, seasonal camping trips to some of Britain’s most stunning areas, Trips to Ghana, The Griot Way, an in-depth study of Storytelling providing personal and professional benefits and numerous expedition related workshops like fire building and foraging.
Let us continue to inspire visions through oral traditions!