About Mmatshilo

Mmatshilo Motsei is an author of six books, poet, speaker and spiritual life coach with a keen interest in integrating ancient teachings with modern innovations. This emphasizes the union of intuition, logic, spirit, science and community based leadership that encourages a compassionate engagement with people and the environment.

For over 10 years, she worked as a founder and CEO of ADAPT, an organisation based in Johannesburg using holistic methods in addressing domestic and sexual violence in urban and rural communities.

In 1995, she was seconded to the Ministry in the Office of President Mandela to start a process of formulating policy for women’s empowerment.  She has worked with various public and private organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia, USA, Canada and Europe.

In honour of her work, she received numerous awards including the International Human Rights Award in New York as well as the United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for her work in involving men as part of the solution to violence against women. In 2007, she was a finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award. In October 2008, she was a finalist for the Africa Prize Leadership Award, The Hunger Project, New York.

She is at home in nature, mostly around mountains and rivers. It is from Mother Nature’s serenity and tranquility that she re-aquaints herself with who she is. As aptly described in one of her poems titled Moondance

It is when I dance to the moon that I know my name”

In October 2013, she undertook a seven day charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Tsogang Basadi Orphans project in Bushbuckridge, South Africa. To make donations to the orphans project, kindly contact them directly at tsogangbasadi@gmail.com.

21 thoughts on “About Mmatshilo”

  1. i have been very inspired by your show on sunday. i related to losing everything you worked for, repossession, being hounded for unpaid bills and rent. Thank u for the inspiration, i am now braver and will face my problems head on, knowing that i am not alons

    • i am delighted that you could find strength is my story. that goes to show, we are all in this together. do not run away from your debtors, make time to negotiate with them. strength to you. you shall overcome, whatever it is.

  2. You are just me, just more mature and enlightened.

    I use your story to believe that not all is lost. I can’t hand in the towel. Going ahead is the only option I have.

    So when I grow up, I will be just a mirror image of you.

    Much blessings Sesi Matshilo

    • If I am you and you are me, so there is no such thing as when I grow up I want to be dah dah dah.. you are already it. Ironically, I too want to be like you when I grow up. You are strong and focused, you have embraced yourself as a full time artist in spite of the difficulties and challenges. You inspire me. thank you beloved one.

  3. Annemarie Hendrikz said:

    Hello dear one. How far have you retreated into that tranquility? You used to say I was like a stalker, when you spoke at various events in CT and the old lady was there in the front row, admiring, inspired by hope. I live in Kleinmond now and was wondering if you would be available to speak at a writer’s retreat here next year? May you be well. Annemarie.

  4. selina phalatse maake said:

    Wish to meet Mmatshilo! Highly inspirationa! I live in Mabopane!

    • thanks for your comment Selina. I will be doing a reading at Afro-Zwanaka Book Cafe in Soshanguve on Saturday Nov 24th in Soshanguve. Look up their page on facebook and join us. It will be wonderful to meet you.

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  7. lebogang mamogobo said:

    I finally found a source of solace! In the middle of distress when I never thought spiritual callings come to the learned,ancestral power rules only the primitive and uncivillised; I came across your book Hearing visions,Seeing voices. From the few chapters I have engaged in I have found more reason to go respond to this calling, western colonialism hasn’t got the better of me afterall. You are love, I gather key learnings from your collections big sister as I go through my healing. Thank you Mmatshilo

    • Ke a leboga Mme. I have been getting quite a number of emails such as yours. This could only mean one thing, there are many of us out there. We each think that we are alone but we are not. It has been a long road from the time I wrote Hearing Visions, it is only now that the visions are clearer. Hope to meet someday. I am planning to organise a workshop for people who are called yet struggling to respond fully to the call because of all kinds of reasons – family, church, etc etc. Thank you for checking in. Much love.

  8. lebogang mamogobo said:

    Thank you so much Ousi waka that just shone some new rays of hope into my heart. I hope to make it there , it would be a very encouraging atmosphere.

  9. Your comments are highly appreciated. One Love

  10. “The future is something we create”..from today, now. Thank you.

  11. Most appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. The love I have for you my mother is beyond any possible human feeling. Im proud to have been mentored by you. I know that today is day 3 of the climb on Kilimanjaro…Im thinking of you. Lots of love

    • thank you for thinking of me as I was climbing Kilimanjaro. It is the most challenging experience that I have ever gone through in my entire life. I am back home safe. Lots of love

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