About Kriben Pillay

Dkriben3R KRIBEN PILLAY, former senior lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal where he holds the position of Honorary Research Associate), is an award-winning writer as well as the innovator of the Transformative Training Programmes . He was previously director of the Masazane Open School in East London (a project of the South African Institute of Race Relations) and a lecturer in English at the University of Fort Hare. He was a finalist in the Bertrams African Literature Award in 1992, and was nominated for the 1995 CNA Literary Prize.


He has designed his transformative training programmes after extensive research and practical workshops with students, nurses, administrators, educators, corporate clients, and counsellors for abused women and the terminally ill.


His doctoral research was in the areas of transpersonal studies (particularly nondual spirituality) and educational drama and theatre, which particularly emphasize experiential techniques to help us actualize our full potential. He completed a Masters intensive with Byron Katie, founder of The Work, in Holland. The intensive focused on The Work in the context of business training.


He is the editor of Noumenon, a publication that critically investigates issues of transformation. His writings on transformation feature in a number of international publications, including the Australian book Drama, Adults and Learning. His book, Radical Work: Transformation in the workplace through The Work of Byron Katie, has been published in German, and his latest work is his children's book The Story of the Forgetful Ice Lollies, which introduces young readers to self-inquiry.


In 2003 and 2004 respectively, Kriben co-ordinated Byron Katie's first ever Southern African tour and, later, Weekend Intensives. In 2004 and 2005 he hosted Steven Harrison, author of Doing Nothing: Coming to the end of the spiritual search, on a Southern African series of dialogues and retreats.


He has given presentations/facilitated transformative training workshops for:

  • Anicca Centre, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Brockwood Park School, Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, England
  • The Chatsworth and Highway Hospices, Durban
  • The Healing Association of South Africa
  • The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education
  • Masimanyane Women’s Support Group, East London
  • Namibian National Teachers’ Union
  • Polytechnic of Namibia
  • SAPS (Mayville Police Station, Durban)
  • Toyota, SA
  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal Public Affairs Department
  • The University of Salamanca English Department, Spain
  • The University of the Witwatersrand SRC Administration
  • Walton’s Regional Office, KwaZulu-Natal 
  • The Water Academy, Durban
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