Original Condition is a proposition. It is a question, rather than a statement. A collective observation.
In this way it is an ongoing community research project into the enquiry of human capacity.
Movement, meditation, immersion into natural environments and communication are explored to investigate "what is our original condition?".
The aim is to cultivate awareness around stimulus and response. The investigation is what brings
the practice to life. Being & doing are intrinsic actions of our original condition, what we are and how we interact with the world reveal our interpretation of this. Our how & why is revealed.
If we can live from and through our original condition, what is possible? The practice
empowers the search and acquiring of tools to expand our capacity and potential.
The practice studies six interconnected pillars:
Function / Technique / Research / Play / Self-study / Community
The study encourages the following aims:
To encourage a process of self-study that engages with each individual’s
To assist individuals in unsticking the sticky stuff - the obstacles & blindspots that
disturb the essence of being and doing
To provide tools that lead to the cultivation of a healthy body & mind to maximize
the human experience & embrace the contrast of being
To learn new techniques and skills that lead to someone being able to move, think and live freely
To cultivate presence, clarity, adaptability, creativity and patience
To accept the impermanence of everything and embody contentment
To fearlessly commit to the investigation & embracing of the unknown
To facilitate an in depth, consistent and expansive learning process for a variety
of people from varying backgrounds
I go by Dave.
My experience so far has been influenced and inspired by Henry Madini of CAMA Muay Thai SA,
Jim Harrington & Simon Borg-Olivier of Yoga Synergy, Aditi Gaur of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, Cameron Shayne of Budokon University, David Aghion of Gracie Barra, Richie Lowe of Renzo
Gracie Cape Town, Leilah Kirsten’s Movement Practice, Richard-Dean Sumares’ Crawl Project,
Tom Weksler’s Movement Archery, Tomislav English’s Ferus Animi Terra Nova & Iesu Escalante’s Shifting methods, Shaolin Wushu & Acrobatics. Hans Menck of Freedom School of Martial Arts,
Insight Meditation with Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield,
Mindfulness Meditation with Bhikkhu Analayo, Zen with Antony Osler of Poplar Grove Zendo.
My process is to study with these and other teachers, to research through my personal practice and develop a way in which we all contribute to one another’s lives and work. What I discover through
my study and practice is what I share. My work is to assist and facilitate the individual to create their own path through self-awareness. I put Original Condition together as a platform to share and
create with you.
I currently host masterclasses, weekend workshops, monthly immersions and retreats in
South Africa and abroad.
I look forward to meeting and sharing with you soon.
Big love, Dave