About Us

Who We Are

About Us

Nestled in the beautiful Kleinemonde River Valley near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape Province – South Africa, the St Francis Health Centre is the ideal retreat from the stresses of life.

Named in honour of St Francis of Assisi, the St Francis Health Centre embraces his qualities of being humble, gentle, kind and nature loving. He is the patron saint of ecology which embraces and represents all that lives. Existing within the space of unconditional love like St Francis of Assisi, is truly an inspiration and at the heart of what we stand for.

We are specialists in stress relief and natural healing through a vision of therapeutic, preventative health measures and through embracing nature’s bountiful beauty.

a fitting testimony to our founder's life!

The prayer of St Francis

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

A CULMINATION OF HER LIFE’S WORK

Our Founder

Founded in 1987 by Anneliese Cowley, we remain dedicated to her philosophy on stillness and simplicity and her deeply rooted faith in the divinity she saw reflected in each guest.

The thought and knowledge Mrs Cowley put into the design of the St Francis Health Centre in mindful and pure. From the light energy coming into the buildings, the colours used in the various spaces to stimulate a variety of healing emotions to the gardens being laid out to bring tranquillity to those in them – the centre is truly a culmination of her life’s work.

"Whatever you do and wherever you go, carry with you love and gratitude."

Meet our professional therapist

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Steven Smith

Founder

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Mary Williams

Co-Founder

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Brian Wood

Senior Therapist

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Melanie Grenier

Senior Therapist