Senzeni is an unusual first name in most places in the world except the southern region of Africa. So having been born in Toronto, Canada to a Swiss mother and a Zimbabwean father, I’ve explained the meaning of my name all my life. My father gave this name to me because he wanted it to reflect a wonderful, gracious, bright and loving person who is like an angel with a beam of light behind her, encouraging everybody to be the best that they can be in greatness and with sunshine, brilliance, and beauty (you’re the best, Dad!)“...wonderful, gracious, bright and loving person...”
After an informal conversation with a South African athlete in 1988, I discovered I had been pronouncing my own name incorrectly and that Senzeni wasn’t translatable because it didn’t exist in Western thought or language! Interpretations vary depending on who you speak to, but the closest approximation to date is that Senzeni means looking back at where you’ve come from while looking forward to where you are going, or in other words looking at the past and the future at the same time. So, in South Africa they might say Senzeni our women, or Senzeni our country.
I was deeply moved after receiving an excited message from close friends in London on the 6th of December, 2013, saying they were in a massive gathering outside South Africa House singing my name which was reverberating through Trafalgar Square in memory of Nelson Mandela. A quick search on the internet, has Senzeni come up as We Shall Overcome with Senzenina having been the song of the revolution during South Africa’s plight for freedom and independence. As an avid fighter for his homeland Rhodesia until it became Zimbabwe, during his youth Senzeni believes that her father knows best what her name signifies both to the people of southern Africa and the rest of the world.
I majored in Psychology and graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University after fond memories of a particular Lit and Arts B class that had me draw sketches of the architectural soul of the back streets of Boston. I came to see architecture as applied psychology that played with light and created beautiful spaces filled with the energy of people as they went about their daily lives.
I became a French-speaking student of Architecture at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland and contributed to an award-winning national design competition in Finland before completing degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. My desire to learn Spanish brought me to Madrid, Spain and I completed a Masters degree in European Cultural Planning from DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK as I began to apply architectural creativity to city planning and cultural initiatives. A strong belief in an intercultural world led by our youth saw me take a leadership role in Study Abroad at an international center for undergraduate education.
Amongst other life challenges, the loss of a close lifetime friend to cancer was a real turning point for me. I embarked on a new and passionate commitment to health and wellbeing within the fields of alternative medicine and complementary therapies, dedicating my free time to Rebirthing, Yoga, Pilates and Ayurveda. I finished a three-year post-graduate (Nishnat) certification at the Ayurveda Institute of Pune, India. These studies were accompanied by half a decade of intensive personal development training in communication and leadership, as I transitioned back home to Canada where I continue my training in the education of Grigori Grabavoi, Holographic Kinetics, and yoga. I now live a modest life on a farm in the mountains surrounded by animals and the beauty of nature.
Having gained a better understanding of both the potential and the limitations of the conscious and subconscious mind, I started a full time practice Reverse Speech years ago; one of the few techniques in the world that explores and heals the newly tangible shadow landscapes of the unconscious mind. And with this, I feel I have come full circle - from my early days in Psychology that led me to Architecture and finally Reverse Speech and beyond - in having found my life’s calling.