Leave everything behind

No cameras, phones or watches are allowed; this time, you will not only be an observer. For the seven days you are in wilderness, your group will become an integrated part of the ecosystem. Daytime walks will follow the paths of animals while we practice heightening our senses and learn about the relationships between all life. We cook the food we have carried with us and drink water from rivers. 

 
 
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Encounter

During our first days in wilderness, most animals keep their distance from us. Off and on, we have an encounter: a rhino moving through the bush, or lions catching our scent while they sun themselves on a riverbank. Watching over the camp at night, you will hear animals in the dark. You will feel adrenaline racing in your body, not being able to tell if they are close or far. But as the days go by, animals start relating to us differently. Birds stay singing, zebras stare at us curiously as we pass by, and elephants browse closely as we rest under a tree.

 
 

Guided by senses

The change in animal behaviour is a sign that the group and yourself are attuning to the ecosystem. Your senses have heightened; you are learning to recognise your instincts and listen to your intuition. Your heightened senses connect you with all other life - you receive information about what is currently happening in the ecosystem. Recognising your instincts helps you to be aware of your automatic response to the changing ecosystem. Your intuition guides you by providing insight from the information gathered through your senses. Slowly, you start being able to tell the difference between real and perceived danger, conditioned instinct and intuition. 

 
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Origin

African wilderness is the only place in the world were coevolution between humans and other life has happened. During our first days of the immersion, we are foreign. The group is excited, uneasy, and we experience fear. As our senses heighten, the group becomes one, and that is when we integrate into the ecosystem. Animals recognise who we are, the latent capacities in us reactivate, and we can experience being one with the ecosystem. The group process is crucial to reach this state. We leave everything behind. We find ease with each other. We allow our senses to heighten and experience everything wilderness offers.


 
 
 
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No trace

Our experience in wilderness is only possible because the areas are without road networks, light pollution, and traces of modern civilisation. We have a responsibility when we walk into these ecosystems not only to participate in them but also to care for them. We do not leave any trace. We carry everything we need in with us and we take everything out. We don’t use toilet paper. We carefully restore the places we camp: clearing away any traces of the fire, picking up any threads that have fallen from our cloths or a dropped grain of rice.

Read more on what we do to displace harmful economic activities in conservations areas under Conservation and Wild Life Foundation.