South Africa, September 5 to 25, 2022

South Africa is at the southern tip of the African continent.

Updated August 7

September is Integrative Law month in South Africa!  Lawyers from around the world will gather to share ideas, information, inspiration, and friendship.  You are invited!

We’re creating a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure month of activities and gatherings from September 5 to 25.  Some of the events will be programmed in advance. Others will evolve as we hang out together.  

We’re working on a number of events but right now and updating this page when plans are firmed up.  International guests are invited to speak at local law schools and community organizations, based on your interest and availability.  Let Kim know you are interested and she will get your dates and topics to promote to the law schools. 

 Kim arrived in South Africa on 30 June and will leave on September 26. She’s asking all potential attendees for input, to design the best possible experience for us all.  

We have created this page to give you an idea of how to make your own plans. 

choose your own adventure

September 5 – 11: Our adventure together begins with the Sawabona Ubuntu Retreat hosted by Nicolle Kopping-Pavars (Lotus Law) and Dina Cramer.  It is all-inclusive with five-star accommodations, meals, sunrise and sunset safari drives, massages, yoga, excursions and so much more.  

 Click the link for more information.  The video to the right also gives you a taste of what is to come

Retreat Schedule & Details

 This event is limited to 12 participants.  

September 5-11 (Alternate): For those not attending the retreat, we’ll meet in Johannesburg.  Plans are still developing for two possible tracks.  One group will stay in Johannesburg and speak at law schools.  The other group will go to Kruger National Park.  Please communicate with Kim for more details. 

September 12-14:  We’re going to Durban to speak at Varsity College and to see the Nelson Mandela Capture Site


The international integrative lawyers will share with and learn from the South African lawyers, faculty, and law students.  

[Due to the water shortage, all in-person events at Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha have been cancelled.  

We’re working out alternative events.]


There are game drives and wild areas near Cape Town or you can plan a separate trip to the national park to see the Big Five.

September 22-24

Our next programmed events will be in Cape Town. 

In 2012, ten years ago, we held our first gathering of Integrative Lawyers in Cape Town and we are inviting the pioneers from that workshop and gathering to join the international guests for a two-day retreat.

On 22 and 23 of September, we will convene a select group of international visitors and locals for an indepth exploration of our work, our values, and our hearts. We’ve picked an amazing venue. 

Please register at this link and choose your accommodations directly with Monkey Valley Resort.

September 24 is a national holiday in South Africa.  Officially called Heritage Day, it is also called Braai Day – Barbecue or BBQ for some of the rest of us.  

Joining us

If you want to join us, are thinking about it, or have questions, please let Kim know immediately.  The South African rand is currently a good buy for most of us and the prices are very reasonable.  We’re not charging admission fees but will share the costs of venue (and are seeking sponsors to cover some of those). 

As a “Choose Your Own Adventure,” there is a lot of flexibility.  You can choose to speak or offer your own trainings or just enjoy the group events. 

We’re organizing a group of law students to be local guides (and you can contribute to them by giving them experiences they’ve not been able to enjoy (like taking them to museums or out to eat at restaurants).  


But we also want to spend some time playing!  

Robben Island, Table Mountain, historical neighborhoods, wine country, beautiful beaches…there is a lot to see in Cape Town, too. 

Let’s go see the penguins!  They’re in Boulders, a beautiful drive down the coast.  If you missed the game drives from the retreat, you can make up for lost time with Cape Town area tours. 

The photos on this page were taken by Kim Wright.

So, come for the first week and enjoy the retreat. Or arrive in Week 2 and join us in Durban and stay for more fun and sharing in Cape Town.  Or just come to Cape Town and soak up the juice that everyone has been enjoying for the time before you arrive.

The amazing retreat (with its 5-star accommodations, meals, etc.) has a registration fee – make those arrangements directly with Nicolle.  The rest of the activities are pay-your-own-way.  If we end up renting a car, we will share in costs.  We have recommendations for accommodations once we know your dates.

Do you have to be an integrative lawyer?  Even if you don’t identify as an integrative lawyer, if this trip appeals to you, you may already be one! 

Interested?  Send Kim an email with the dates you expect to join us. 


J Kim Wright

J Kim Wright

J Kim Wright is the founder of Cutting Edge Law Enterprises, Inc.

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