The Ubuntu Touch Project Team

The expert team for management and training includes:

Ian Macfarlane (MA, Oxon, NRNP) is the founder and developer of the Ubuntu Touch Project. His family owns Cape Town Medi-Spa, South Africa’s pioneering integrated medical centre, where he is a director, therapist, training academy Reiki Alliance teacher and SETA assessor. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for social outreach who has served on several NPO boards as a trustee. He is also the ‘Head of Industry Wellness’ for BPeSA, the Call Centre Association.

Dawn Macfarlane (BA. Wits, NH, Canada)  is the visionary behind the Ubuntu Touch Project. She is a Nature Health Cure practitioner, Nutritional Hygienist and Wellness Coach with over twenty years of experience in applying the benefits of plant-based eating as a tool for personal empowerment . She is trained in many wellness modalities and promotes Ubuntu Philosophy in all her activities.  Holding the message of returning to abundant health through nature and simplicity, she reminds all the students: “Truth resides in simplicity. Eating simply is the way for true healing.”


Coko Mayuko is  our new ‘Harmonic Massage’ Trainer  since July 2015. when she arrived as Ubuntu’s  first international volunteer to train  beneficiaries in how to use the wonderful ‘Biosonic Peace Machine’ gift from Japanese inventor Keichirou Kita . A certified Rolfer™, Sound Healing Therapist, Reflexologist and a Resilient body Alignment, she has enjoyed global training  including in Japan, Australia, Canada and USA. She also brings years of her Sound Healing practice experience at the Body and Mind Department at Shinoda no Mori Medical Hospital .

Taariq Diens, currently working as our SETA trainer for the Academy, developed a keen interest in touch-therapies when he completed his first Indian Head Massage course with Dr. Iqbal Badat in 2005. In 2010, he enrolled and later graduated from Health Studies SA, (now operating as Medi-Spa Wellness Academy) with full distinction for the ITEC exams in Holistic Massage and certification in Bowen Therapy. He is also training the module in business studies, with special emphasis on entrepreneurship.