The Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Cape Town, South Africa is a non-profit organization committed to acknowledging, honouring and nurturing the unique gifts, talents and inner resources of each individual. The Holistic Adult Education Programme combines Steiner, respectively Waldorf education principles with Ubuntu, the universal spiritual values embraced in African philosophy.
The Novalis Ubuntu Institute was founded in Durban in 1983 by Dr. Ralph T. Shepherd and a group of conscious friends with the purpose of making a creative contribution to the educational, social and cultural challenges of our times.
The Novalis Ubuntu Institute is located in Wynberg, the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, just 15 minutes away from the Cape Town City Centre. The dome-shape building in which the Institute operates was designed by architect Brian Johnson and was built thanks to a grant given by the governments of Germany and Japan in 1996. This humanistic building contains a large assembly hall, four large classrooms, a library, a kitchen, and an administrator’s block, and beautifully landscaped gardens.