Hey ya! I'm Jo!

I help people experience authentic
happiness in their relationships

About Me

Jo's Profile

Jo Hazelhurst Ntsebeza is a teacher, facilitator, relationship and life coach with over 23 years experience in assisting people to experience profound shifts in themselves, allowing them to positively influence their relationships. 

She is the founder and director of the online academy The Kalavati Cafe & The Relationship FreshStart Bootcamp Series, a platform for women to learn how to build happiness habits and heal from emotional pain and negative patterns so that they can experience greater fulfilment in their relationships.

Jo's clients and students go on to live their dreams with love and dare.

Jo was first trained as a southern African Coach for the UNDP in 2004, as part of their international leadership development programme.

Jo has worked with small businesses, corporates, government, NGO’s, Cosatu, artists, prisons, schools and the public sector.

She specializes in using yoga, theatre, martial arts, dance and music integrated with coaching and mind body fitness training.

She spent two years coaching with Raizcorp Business Prosperator under the mentorship of CEO, Allon Raiz, (Young Global Leader 2008 and Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards 2013), studying the success building blocks of entrepreneurship.

She wrote a column for Business Report called ‘Learn to Lead’, and has a virtual library of free resources that services over 180 countries.

She has her honours at Wits (BADA) specialized in using theatre for change and her Advanced Professional Mentoring and Coaching qualification through Unisa.

She has stood as a Mentor for The Market Photo Workshop, Women in Finance and The Mostert Scholarship Program.

Jo’s Approach & Methodologies

The methodologies I use in coaching, training and facilitation, research and evaluation incorporate a wide range of participatory techniquesIt is based on the works of Byron Katie, Zakes Mda, Paulo Friere, Auguste Boal, Arnold Mindell, Nancy Kline and others, all recognised internationally for their contributions to education and transformation.

It’s learner-centered approach is tailor-made to the needs and the culture of participants.People will only act on, or out, over issues they feel strongly about.

So the methodologies do not focus on content and goals alone. Instead they draw on the intentions, emotions, knowledge and experiences of participants and clients – encouraging them to bring awareness to their own experiences, patterns, power, imagination, will, conscience and wisdom to make decisions and move forward.

It is a future and solutions-focused approach rather than past-based blame and complaining focus. Yet it still takes the time for healing of past traumas and hurts to heal.

It is process and community orientated which means the learning experiences themselves are of value. 

Where failure is understood to ‘never’ be a failure but rather a step forward.

It encourages the exploration of the interconnection between all people, living things and the earth.

The approach asks people to transform themselves first, parallel to being change agents within their families, workplaces, and communities.

The facilitator’s role is to ask ‘What’ and ‘How’ rather than provide answers. The quality of the questions produces the quality of the answers.

Participants are given a chance to analyse, identify, and source the cause of their ‘problems’ rather than focusing on the symptoms. They are encouraged to seek alternatives to the frustrating situations they may find themselves in, to seek their own ability to make change possible.

The process inspires authentic dialogue and discovery, which allows them to explore their needs and to dynamise the static situations in a safe environment. The question “How may I serve?” and “Everything is possible” are the underlying themes. 

For coaching testimonials please go to Testimonials

Professional Qualifications

  1. Professional Business & Life Coach (Advanced Mentor), Unisa, 2005, Institute for Organisational Development & Training
  2. BA Dramatic Arts, Honours, Wits University, 2000:
  • Specialised in Media in Education, Drama in Education, Drama Therapy, Theatre for Development,  
  • Thesis: ‘How to Make Your Work Work: Using drama to work with abused children.’ Case study of children living at Streetwise Children’s Shelter

Short Courses

  • Self-study- Byron Katie and Nancy Kline Thinking Methodology, 2011- 2014.
  • Online entrepreneurship, The Life and Business Academy, 2014.
  • Gender Harmonics, Ending conflict in relationships (family & business), Jujumama International, 2011/2012.
  • Level 1: 200hour (RYT) international accredited course, Shades of Yoga, 2011, Yoga Alliance Accredited. (www.yogaalliance.com)
  • Education vs. Dedication, The Institute of Regenerative Truth, Israel, 2010
  • Demartini Methodology, Orchid House, 2009 Coaching & Facilitation Refresher, Orchid House, 2009
  • Coaching & Mentoring, Women In Finance Mentorship Program,2008
  • Sales Mastery University, SalesPartners Worldwide, 2008
  • Online Business Building, SBI, 2007 – Current, 
  • Coaching & Mentoring Standard Bank Program & UCT Leadership, Women In Finance Mentorship Program, 2007
  • Sales & Authentic Leadership, SalesPartners Worldwide, 2007
  • Entrepreneurship 101, Raizcorp, 2007
  • Sales & Management for Entrepreneurs, Raizcorp, 2006
  • Landmark Advanced Course, Landmark Education, 2006
  • Landmark Forum, Landmark Education, 2006
  • Power of Love, Kairos Foundation, 2006
  • Investment in Excellence, Pacific Institute, 2005
  • Power of Relationship, Kairos Foundation, 2005
  • More to Life (Life Training), Kairos Foundation, 2005
  • Life Training SEE, Kairos Foundation, 2004
  • Deep Democracy for Facilitators II, Fieldwork, 2004
  • Deep Democracy, Working in Conflict, FieldWork, 2004
  • Leadership Development Program, Advanced Coaching for Southern African Coaches, UNDP, 2004
  • Leadership Development Program, Coaching for Southern African Coaches, UNDP, 2004
  • Process Psychology, in Conflict Management, Fieldwork & Portland University, 2004
  • Refresher Facilitation Course, Malitaba Development Consultancy, 2003
  • Introduction to Process Psychology, Fieldwork, 2003
  • Inner Child Therapy Dr Polanstinsky, 2003
  • Creative Arts in Education & Clowning for Change, Delia Meyer, 2003
  • Narrative Therapy, DramAidE, University of Zululand, 2000
  • Basic Craft SkillsFor Therapy, DramAidE,University of Zululand, 2000
  • Memory Boxes and Grief Work, Malitaba Development Consultancy, 2000
  • HIV & General Counselling, Malitaba Development Consultancy, 1999
  • Advanced Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques, Theatre for Development Projects, 1998
  • Evaluation & Research Methodology, Theatre for Development Projects, Dr Kevin Kelley, Rhodes University & Cadre, 1998
  • Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques (training by internationally recognised community practitioner Auguste Boal), NACTED, TTEDA, PAWE, SA & British Council) 1997
  • Methodologies in HIV/Education, DramAidE, University of Zululand, 1996
  • Aids Education & Training Course, ATTIC, Department of Health, 1996
  • STEP, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, KidsHaven 1995  

How can I help you?

How Can I Help You ?

Return to Homepage.           About Jo's Qualifications & Experience.    Read  Jo's Story.               Visit Jo's Testimonials.

What does the name Kalavati mean?               Visit our online academy Kalavati Cafe.

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Any happiness or stress management tips, advice or recommendations on my website, is not to be taken as medical advice. If you're struggling with anxiety, feeling low or an illness, visit a doctor or professional medical practitioner, especially before making changes to your current treatment. I urge you research anything and everything on your own before you make any changes. I'm a life coach and teacher. I'm not a doctor, therapist, nutritionist or personal trainer. I share freely share my experiences, my story, my opinions and research findings. It is my legal obligation to tell you I am not God but simply another human being like you, walking a path of trial and error. Kalavati Cafe, and anyone associated to this website or courses, can not be held responsible or liable for any choices you take. 

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