the Fire Within" This experience will ignite passion like nothing you have ever
through the gateway of fear! Radically re-evaluate your fears, beliefs and
barriers when you discover that you can walk unscathed across a bed of
coals in excess of 1200 degrees!
The fire is symbolic of individual's fears and barriers.
Step onto the coals and pass through the "gateway of fear".
Learn to singularly focus your mind, take absolute control of your
thoughts and see yourself attain "inconceivable" goals during
make fear your servant - rather than your master.
This astonishing seminar
will provide you with a highly personal reference point to what is humanly
possible. Limiting beliefs will be replaced by tangible
"delimiting" convictions and action. Nothing beats this
incredible workshop! The
results are astounding! This
exceptional seminar will result in incredible improvement to attitudes,
performance and team co-operation. Countless FireWalkers have, when
"Igniting the Fire Within" realised that their limiting
beliefs were the obstacle to success. This accelerated deep bonding
process is perfect for sales and leadership teams and has been known to
revitalise organisations and individuals and has been taught to across the
globe by other motivational giants like Tolly Burkan and Anthony Robbins. As for the danger? My entire
family have walked unscathed across the coals!
"If the brave do not lead, the timid will not follow. Be brave!"
Firewalking: a hot
Shape Magazine - Justine Josephs
"Walker, are you ready?" the man on my right bellows.
"Yes!" I bellow back, with surprising certainty considering that
my jeans are hitched up, my feet are bare, and a path of red, smouldering
coals stretches before me (at a cool 700—1000 degrees Celsius). The
throng on either side of the red-hot carpet starts chanting: "Cold
ice, cold ice, cold ice…"
I feel myself slipping into "the zone", a place rich in
adrenaline, where thought and doubt are overshadowed by focus and the
knowledge that anything is possible.
Now the man’s ice-blue eyes are boring into mine and he's bellowing once
again: "Walk fast; walk straight; you absolutely can do this. Three…
I shout. I hit my chest with a strange strength. Next, I'm striding, and
the chanting is carrying me, and there's warmth all around me, but no heat
and no pain.
And then, I'm standing in a shallow dam of ice (amazingly, the abrupt cold
is a more painful shock than the glowering coals I've just traversed).Hands grab me. Voices shout: "Stop! Wipe your feet! Celebrate!"
I look at my feet; they are blackened, but completely intact. And it's
only then that I realise what I've just done.
The bellowing man is Cape Town motivational speaker and firewalking
facilitator Ken Annandale. He has conquered the coals dozens of times, and
has ushered hundreds of ordinary people into the sure-footed firewalking
"But I still feel the adrenaline, every time," says Annandale.
And it's completely understandable, because, he says, there are two things
humans automatically fear at birth — falling and fire.
"So we don't remove the fear, that would be inappropriate. We tackle
the fear and eliminate barriers through a four-hour psychological process.
By the end, you're prepared and you know you can walk it. You see, courage
is not the absence of fear. It is action, despite the fear."
But why even bother? Why take your body (and mind) to such an extreme
place, if you aren't an athlete, whose job demands the constant breaking
and transcending of physical barriers?
"Psychologically, this is 'controlled trauma'," says Annandale.
"And we walk on fire because it represents barriers, frustrations or
fears in other areas of life. You use the event to transcend these
And he's right. As I stand there, with my feet in a puddle of ice and a
path of fire stretching behind me, my only thought is: "I’ve done
it. And if I can walk on fire, I can do anything!"
extraordinary seminar will accelerate personal empowerment, generate deep
and lasting enthusiasm and ensure lasting group bonding, faster than any other
team building process!
Talk's Kieno Kammies finds the coolest confidence-booster - a walk on
Sunday Times Metro - A'eysha Kassiem
Cape Talk radio personality Kieno Kammies this week found the best way to
boost his self-confidence - by walking on hot coals. Kammies was among a
group of people who attended a workshop by motivational speaker Ken
Annandale; who teaches people to overcome personal fears and obstacles and
dramatically demonstrates that this is possible by getting them to walk on
hot coals. Kammies said he had been fascinated by Annandale after
interviewing him on Cape Talk and had volunteered for the motivational
workshop to raise money for the Salvation Army. Annandale spent three hours explaining to the group how to overcome fear
and pain by applying their minds. Kammies said he lacked self-confidence and
hoped the workshop would help him overcome that. Initially sceptical and
afraid, Kammies said the motivational talk "energised" him and
boosted his self- confidence.
Assisted by a person on either side, Kammies
walked effortlessly over five metres of burning coal without flinching or
crying out. "It was absolutely amazing. It wasn't the fact that I
walked over the coals, but the fact that I took the first step."
Kammies said he had neither felt any pain nor burnt his feet. He was not
the only one to manage the feat - there were over 40 others. The youngest
was 11-year-old Nasley Mentoor, who completed the workshop with her
father, Murasit, and bravely walked over the coals without a murmur of
pain. "It was like walking on air," said her father. Annandale
said the moment a person had completed the firewalk signalled a turning
point in their lives. For example, Kammies would now be
able to face life
as a more confident person. "There was nothing to it," quipped
Kammies. "It was just like walking on popcorn."
is not the absence of fear, but action in the face of fear"
Fire Power - Walking on red-hot coals turns the ordinary into the
- Janet Heard
Annandale - high school dropout, former drug-squad cop, one-time naval
officer and ace scuba diver - is coaxing corporate executives onto red-hot
coals to turn "moaners and groaners" into "movers and
shakers". For five years, Annandale has been on the oversubscribed
South African motivational-speaking circuit, which sometimes widens to
include global gurus such as Tom Peters, Edward de Bono, Stan Davis and
Philip Kotler. He operates in a competitive environment where the message
of the speakers - take control, be a leader and succeed - is more or less
the same. The difference lies in the method of persuasion. About 18 months
ago, Annandale experimented with firewalking. He is now among a growing
number of life coaches bringing fun and extreme sports - including bungee
jumping, river rafting, drumming and juggling - into the corporate jungle.
Says Annandale: "The challenge was how to encourage people to make
things happen for themselves. That's when I saw the link with firewalking."
He tried it out for himself and, during the event, "I saw
the transformation taking place in people's lives - how they overcame
their barriers, their fears and their anxieties". Annandale, who has
just published a book, Movers, Shakers, Moaners & Groaners, avoids
overdoing the showy preaching that many motivational speakers have adopted
from evangelists. However, he does use the obligatory one- liners to keep
up the pace. Here's one of his soundbites: " 'Excusologists' make a
meal of telling others why it won't work . . . they rarely admit it has
anything to do with them." And another: "We become absorbed by
the mundane and block out everything else instead of enjoying the
spectacle of life." At his firewalking seminars, participants
secretly write down their fears on a piece of paper and throw it onto the
hot coals. "The fire is symbolic of barriers in a person's
life," he says.
coaching, participants get to walk on the
coals. "I get a wonderful response," says Annandale, whose
recent clients include ABSA and Standard Bank. "Only about 2% to 3%
don't do it. They say they are not ready, and I accept that." And,
yes, people could get small blisters. He says these people tend to be
one of two types: "The real macho guy who acts before he thinks, and
the timid soul who has no energy, no spirit and low energy levels."
Participants are occasionally left with a blister or two, "but I have
never seen anything worse", he adds. The biggest barrier to success, he
says, is the lack of self-belief. By making the nerve-racking choice to
walk over the coals, people are often able to make other changes in their
lives. "It shakes them into leaving a dead-end job or an unhealthy
relationship. They become more assertive. It awakens a fresh desire to
move on to do something more challenging." Annandale's firewalking
therapy seems to push the right buttons for some people. It triggered
something in ABSA logistical officer Ilana Vos. "I never thought I
would FireWalk. I was scared," she said. "After I walked, I got
one blister, but it put my life in perspective. I never realised I was so
unhappy. "I started to believe in myself and made a decision about a
relationship. "I also lost 17kg. It made me see the light." HT
Group executive director Dion Knoesen was one of only three of his
company's staff who had pledged in advance to walk on the coals. "In
the end, all 160 staff walked. A few did it more than once. There were no
injuries, but there were tears," he said. "They put their fears
behind them and it instilled a sense of ownership and pride in the
Tangible proof that it's not a matter of can or can’t, but rather will
Standard Bank - Eric Brown - Sales Director
"Ken is a
well versed speaker that brings extensive life and business experience to
his programs. We have exposed his FireWalk program and "Movers and
Shakers" event to our teams with great results".
Eskom - Nompi Tshabala
"I remember thinking, ‘there is not enough
coal on there, if I’m going to do this, I need the real thing.’ Well I
had my coal, a recharged bed, red hot. And I did it! I vaguely remember
landing in the puddle with the cold ice and then out. Then the first real
realization that I had done it hit me. I had proved the impossible
possible. I have huge burn marks on my thighs from an accident when I was
twelve. And I can walk on fire! ‘Never felt so alive."
Sotheby's International Realty - Barak Geffen Executive Director &
"Ken understands the art of mind power and can take it form an
esoteric concept to a tangible reality with such precision that one feels
almost disappointed that a walking on fire is not the accomplishment that
one thought it would be. I had a delayed reaction two days later that
boggled my mind and caused me to appreciate his mastery as a
Sport Science Institute - Noel Le Roux
"Thanks for allowing me the
opportunity of experiencing something I thought was impossible. Whoever
would have thought I would do something like walking on hot coals! We have
had so many people saying how they admire us for having done this, and
that they wish we had told them before so they could also go. Well, that's
what they say now.....!"
Pick & Pay - Antonet Steyn
"The biggest highlight of the whole
conference – lifetime experience with much more challenges to grab and
achieve more success"
Bank - Joe Rosen
"I was head of SpecFin when we did the seminar and firewalk in
January. I want to thank you for the experience gained, both during the
seminar, and afterwards, as a result of the thought process that you have
initiated. Since attending the course I have discovered my purpose in
life. I have moved to London as the head of ABSA London."
Old Mutual - Tim
"Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for last
night's experience. I am still amazed by the fact that I walked across
burning coals and not only survived, but have not a single blister. My
feet are in perfect condition!"
Vodacom - Jo-Rina van der Merwe
"Die organisasie en
voorbereiding was uitstekend. Die andrenalien „rush" voor die tyd
was baie hoog. Ek kan nie glo ek het nie die kole gevoel nie – dit was
wonderlik en ek sal dit weer doen"
Affordable Adventures - Sam Harrop
"Thank you for a fantastic evening. You guys make a phenomenal team and I am certain that
"fire walking" will be a product which we will be able to
Vodacom - Lolita Thlapane
"I never thought that I would actually do
this. Their preparation was very good. I am sure that not a single person
present thought that they would ever do it"
"The experience was something
I will never forget. Although I was clear before I got to the venue that I
would walk, when I arrived the uncertainty began to start working on me.
When the walk finally came my head was swimming and my nerves raw. Doing
the walk itself just re-inforced what I already knew. Nothing is
impossible, I now have a real experience to prove this and it will forever
be a real reminder to me, not just a concept and that is what makes all
"Thank you for a most enlightening event last night. One of the more dramatic self
improving/teambuilding exercises going around at the moment!!! I will
certainly be most enthusiastic about telling clients about it."
"How does one say thank you for being given an
experience like the Firewalk? I cannot even begin to describe the
different feelings and emotions that I have experienced since 27/09. I
feel on top of the world. I have a lot of confidence. I feel strong,
sometimes even invincible! I have an inner strength in just knowing that I
can do anything, that nothing is impossible. This is me, I walked on
- Chris Crewdson Managing Director
"I was extremely fortunate to have 3
amazing colleagues from work do the Firewalk with me and feel very
privileged for the incredible experience. We have such a fired-up team and
as part of our bonding process have decided to take the leap and all have
a tattoo done to mark for eternity the magic moment."
UFS - Adele van Aswegen
"Ken’s eyes give you power to do anything – I walked the coals.
Wish I could have taken him home."
personally pledge that those participating in the seminar will never
forget this life changing experience!"