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Ecopsychology Retreats

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

Henry David Thoreau

A Retreat To Manyeleti Game Reserve

Fully booked

1 participant will be participating in his 10th Ecopsychology Africa retreat, another his 7th, another her 5th, and another his 2nd

The Manyeleti Game Reserve is situated on the unfenced western border of the Greater Kruger National Park. In close proximity to some of South Africa’s most exclusive game lodges, the Manyeleti Game Reserve is home to the Big 5 and a range of diverse habitats, game and vistas.

Who Can Join?

This retreat would suit persons wishing to have a meaningful, respectful personal journey in an African wilderness off the tourist track. A trip in which the ‘inner journey’ is important and where the soul can go on Safari. These retreats, by their very nature are healing.

Groups catered for include:

  • Persons wishing to have a meaningful, healing experience in nature, where they can gain new insights and understandings about themselves, their circumstances and priorities, without engaging in any formal group therapy process.
  • Corporates wishing to do meaningful teambuilding using wilderness as the primary intervention.

Activities

We will spend 4 nights in our Manyeleti Camp. A maximum of 8 participants will be accommodated. Accommodation is rustic and comfortable in a tent/wood cabin on a raised platform, with 2 beds, shower, basin and toilet. This is not a luxury safari, you will not be pampered, but you will have an authentic, meaningful African safari. The emphasis is on the wilderness experience.

A typical day would start off at sunrise – the best time for game viewing – with a quick drink and snack. We then head out either on foot or in the 4X4 vehicle with armed game rangers. On these trails, the emphasis is on the quality of the experience, as opposed to quantity. Trails are experiential; we get an understanding of all aspects of the environment, from ants to elephants, soil types to trees, and the traditional tribal uses of the environment – whether they are for nutritional, medicinal, or spiritual purposes. Using his background in psychology, Jeffrey uses metaphor and symbol to make the environmental experience more relevant to participants’ personal lives and circumstances.

At a suitable spot – be it a river, tree or hill, Jeffrey will facilitate a group meditation – participants who do not meditate will be taught the basics of meditation, with emphasis on the interconnectedness of life.

Upon returning to camp after the morning outing, we have lunch. There is time after lunch for an afternoon nap, silent time, being in nature, or just sitting around. Participants are free to excuse themselves from any activity should they wish to do so. The camp itself is in a most beautiful setting.

We would leave the camp again in the late afternoon for another game drive or bush walk. Night drives too are included in the course of the week. After supper, there is time to talk around the fire.

One can expect an absence of logic and reason in the bush, so leave your ‘left brain’ at home, this is a ‘right brain’ experience. Although there is a basic structure, anything can, and does, happen including the unexpected. Jeffrey uses the ‘principle’ of immediacy, and goes ‘with the flow’ of the moment. Each trail is different, each group is different.

Adjustments are made according to the needs of each group. The emphasis ultimately is on the inner journey. All the activities and influences mentioned above, contribute synergistically to an internal healing process. We learn about nature. We learn from nature.

Itinerary

25 – 30 August 2016

Thursday 25 August 22h00:
Meet at Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg. Sleep at a nearby Bed & Breakfast.

Friday 26 August 08h00:
Depart Bed & Breakfast for Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Tuesday 30 August 11h00:
Leave Manyeleti for O.R. Tambo International Airport.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not book connecting flight before 19h00.

Itinerary

24 September – 1 October

Saturday 24 September 13h00:
Meet at Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg. Sleep at a nearby Bed & Breakfast.

Sunday 25 September 09h00:
Depart Bed & Breakfast for Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Saturday 1 October 11h00:
Leave Manyeleti for O.R. Tambo International Airport.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not book connecting flight before 19h00.

Practicalities

PLEASE NOTE:
This is the ‘planned’ itinerary. We are often going to be off-road in wilderness areas. Weather – good or bad – can impact on our arrangements, as can ‘road’ conditions. The principle of ‘immediacy’ will automatically adjust the itinerary.

Transport:
We will travel to Manyeleti and back with a tour transfer company.

Meditation:
I will teach meditation to the group and we will practice meditation in places both special and sacred.

Flight Home:
Please book your return flight for after 19h00 on Sunday 6 September.

Fully Booked

Fully Booked