The voices of BEZA students and participants

“With immense appreciation for all I have had the privilege of working with… each of you are teachers for me – of love, courage, trust and kindness. Together we created circles of growth and healing. In community took that noble step of erasing their edges and were bonded in what danced to light. We were changed forever. In deep gratitude to those who breath life into BEZA.” – Nangaku

I attended Earth School’s meditation training earlier this year, and have been joining the daily meditations since then. I have been meditating for many years, but Nangaku’s clear, eloquent teachings really get to the heart of the practice, and have given me deeper insight and, critically, the motivation to maintain a regular meditation practice. During the daily meditations Nangaku offers help with challenges that arise in the practice, and the guidance that he has given me has been invaluable.
His depth of knowledge, wisdom, sensitivity and commitment are clear. I felt the positive benefits of the practice almost immediately and am calmer, more focused and more embodied. The teachings and daily practice have been a great gift in my life and I wholeheartedly recommend Earth School.


Meditation Training, January 2023

Coaching and Divination with Glenn Nangaku Leisching was auspicious and cathartic. Glenn’s capacity for grasping human nature and ability to help me reach into the deep cervices of my soul with love and compassion has had a profound impact on me. The perspectives gained and birthed from myself by his gentle hand has (and continues to) transformed the manner in which I walk in the world(s). As far as healing associations are concerned, I unreservedly recommend this beautiful human.


Divination & Mentoring, September 2022

My weekend at Umami Mountain Retreat was incredibly hard work but I came away with a sense of my inner strength and a greater connection to myself and the world around me that I’d lost somewhere along the way. I had to dig deep and turn up completely with who I am and where I’m at, but I found an enormous relief in letting it all hang out while feeling incredibly supported by Glenn, the environment and the others on retreat. The space itself is beautiful and well thought-out. The food is nourishing and vegan. This is for anyone who is looking to do deep inner-work with a special teacher, and to be able to live their lives more fully.


"Dreaming the Dream of the Ancestors" Retreat, September 2022

The Earth School retreat was beyond my expectation. The combination of carefully guided ritual, daily meditation and movement, the loving and safe space created by the group and the pristine natural environment led to a truly transformative experience.

I let go of some things that no longer served me and I left with tools to take the experience into my everyday life. I would definitely do an Earth School retreat again.


Inspired Transmutation, March 2021

My 17 year old daughter and I recently attended an Earth School retreat. We had no idea what to expect. Ultimately we were absolutely blown away by the experience which has had the most phenomenal effect on our relationship. In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have expected such a positive and far reaching outcome.
My daughter had chronic stomach pains due to stress. We spent a fortune on diagnoses during the last 18 months and since we’ve returned 3 weeks ago, she hasn’t had any pain whatsoever.
I went to the retreat with an often angry and chronically stressed teen. I returned with a calm, happy, positive and loving daughter. Through the teachings, she was able to access her inner wisdom and felt seen and heard while she was there. I highly recommend you attend one of the Earth School retreats!


"Clear Channel, Open Flow" Retreat, April 2021

The month-long shamanic training with Earth School is exactly what I needed to root my shamanic practice in my daily life, when I’m in the thick of it. Earth School has helped me to bridge the contrast between the bountiful, scenic and well supported environments within myself, easily accessed and mirrored in the attractiveness of the usual retreat settings and that of my ‘real’ world. The latter seemingly less scenic, more volatile and with more contending for support, but through Earth School, now equally as expansive and fully integrated. My capacity to sit and hold my highest within my centre wherever I go is becoming second nature and constant. Thank you Nangaku, Earth School and Umami.


"Finding the Hearth and the Heart wherever I may be", November 2022

Becoming a student with Earth School over the last 5 months has been one of the most beautiful experiences that I have committed myself to. I have and continue to explore the depths of myself and encounter radical healing in my life. Nangaku’s open hearted way is a privilege to experience and witness, he is generous with his wisdom and his time and has a profound capacity and love for all beings and Mother Earth. It has been an honour to learn from him and grow as an individual in a loving, abundant, wholehearted and nurturing space.Thank to Nanagku and to this growing community of truly beautiful people. Makhosi.


Earth School Student Journey, February 2023

I stopped taking asthma medication recently, which I had been on for years.
I started my meditation having difficulty breathing through my nose as well as chest… and ended up with full flowing deep healing breath moving within as well as throughout the cells of my whole body. I felt like I had had a restorative sleep when the bell sounded for the end of meditation. It is my intent to allow this healing breath to flow through me at every meditation.
I am grateful for the group participation since access to healing is always more powerful in group scenarios. So instead of an asthma pump, I now do my morning meditations… which not only helps my asthma etc but also gives back to me in a myriad of other positive and fulfilling ways throughout the day.


Daily Meditation Sessions, March 2023

The teachings at Born As The Earth School are nothing short of authentic and sacred. They resonate with a profound connection to our Earth and the wisdom it holds. The guidance provided here is deeply rooted in the Zen tradition, offering a genuine and timeless approach to understanding our place in the universe. Being a part of this community has allowed me to explore the depths of my own spirituality in ways I never thought possible. The wisdom imparted by the instructors and the collective energy of like-minded individuals have created a space of learning, growth, and inner peace. It's a sanctuary where I've found solace and a sense of belonging. Born As The Earth School isn't just an educational institution; it's a sanctuary for the soul. The authenticity of the teachings and the sense of community here have profoundly impacted my spiritual journey. I'm thankful for this profound and sacred experience, and I look forward to continuing this extraordinary path of self-discovery and enlightenment.
Letitia de Jongh
I attended Born as the Earth School's Zen meditation training earlier this year and have been joining the daily meditations since then. I have been meditating for many years, but Nangaku's clear, eloquent teachings really get to the heart of the practice, and have given me deeper insight and, critically, the motivation to maintain a regular meditation practice. During the daily meditations Nangaku offers help with challenges that arise in the practice, and the guidance that he has given me has been invaluable. His depth of knowledge, wisdom, sensitivity and commitment are clear. I immediately felt the positive benefits of the practice and am calmer, more focused and more embodied. I recently experienced a Divination with Nangaku, which was accurate, profound and powerful. His insight, compassion and gentle guidance have been very supportive and comforting to me. Nangaku's connection to the spirit world, as well as his skill as a mentor and guide, have brought me healing, optimism and peace. The teachings, divination, mentoring and daily meditation practice that I've received from Born as the Earth School have been a great gift, and I wholeheartedly recommend them. ~ Gill O'Sullivan
Gill O'Sullivan
I recently had a Divination Session with Glenn Nangaku Leisching, and I'm so glad I didn't cancel despite my initial doubts. It turned out to be an incredibly insightful experience that truly resonated with me. Dealing with a health challenge, I was seeking guidance, and Glenn was able to pinpoint its origins and provide me with steps to overcome it. The amount of information he shared was overwhelming, and I'm still processing it all. It felt like he could read me like an open book, and his accuracy was spot on. Glenn has a remarkable ability to channel ancestral knowledge and communicate it in a clear and elaborate manner. He's like a hollow bone, allowing the information to flow through him effortlessly. Throughout the session, I felt safe and supported by him, and the emotional impact was similar to that of a therapy session with a psychologist. I'm still processing everything that happened. Overall, my Divination Session with Glenn Nangaku Leisching was amazing. I'm so grateful for the wisdom he shared and the guidance he provided. It's an experience I won't forget as I continue on my journey of healing. Claudia.
Claudia Colima Melo
Being a student of Earth School and being under the guidance of Nangaku has proven to be more expansive and profound than I could have anticipated. The divination session that Nangaku conducted for me was so incredibly on point with where I find myself in my life and has given me so much rich information and guidance on how to navigate the next steps on my journey. I am beyond grateful that I was guided to work with Born as the Earth Zen School.
Svenja Krauer
Born as the Earth School has been an absolute sanctuary for me since I started. Besides the obvious benefits of belonging to a group of like-minded people (family), the gifts of Zen Meditation have been very beneficial - not only during the meditation itself but also in helping me maintain general balanced emotions throughout my day. It has helped alleviate feelings of anxiety and overwhelm and brought me more peace of mind and relaxation. Not only is my mind grateful for the break from obsessive thinking... but my body is able to find a peaceful healing space in which to rest. I am deeply grateful for the many gifts I keep receiving. Thank You🙏
Andrea Joseph

A Poem by Mary Oliver: The Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice,

though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

“Mend my life!” each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,

though their melancholy was terrible.

It was already late enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

But little by little, as you left their voice behind,

the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice which you slowly recognised as your own,

that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,

determined to do the only thing you could do,

determined to save the only life that you could save.