AWAKENING AWE: 5 DAY WALKING WILDERNESS RETREAT

The Retreat

Maybe you’ve felt it with the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls on your face, or when enveloped in a herd of elephants gently rumbling to each other, or perhaps as you glance up at the sky marvelling at the Milky Way? That spine-tingling emotion we call awe, which plays such a vital role in boosting our happiness, health, wellbeing and loving relationships with one another, and the planet.

Awe is the magnificent emotion we feel in response to things so infinite and magical, they defy our existing paradigms and perceptions of reality. Awe brings us to our knees, humbled and grateful, and there comes a deep cathartic recognition that the sacred spirit infusing everything around us, is the same sacred spirit within ourselves.

We invite you take precious time out from your busy life to deep dive into an awe-inspiring immersion of pristine wilderness, where we will explore land on foot where our ancestors have been evolving for 2,5 million years.

The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.

This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.

The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter (when we are there), which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river.

The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.

While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?

This is an exclusive, next-level wilderness safari retreat, designed for those who’ve already done much inner journey work and self-refection, who appreciate the precious gift of long periods of silence, & who can recognise beauty in both the small and large creations of nature. A medium level of fitness is required.

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Retreat Content

24-28 September 2020

– Daily dawn & dusk guided walks: wisdom gathering in the wild. We may drive to a certain point in the reserve and walk from there.

– Afternoons may include game drives, a short walk or yoga practice.

– Optional, yin and hatha yoga & grounding techniques to open and revitalize the body.

– Meditation practices along the Luvuvhu River and atop remote rocky outcrops with vast stretches of wilderness below to expand awareness.

– Journaling prompts.

– Around the bonfire, sharing our stories under the Milky Way and a star talk exploring our place in the universe.

– Free middays to relax, swim in the river, read, sleep.

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Investment in Yourself

Full rate: R 16 995

Rates are per person sharing in Meru style tents, with exquisite attention to detail, and all the necessities for your comfort – crisp linen, an ensuite bathroom, private outdoor bucket shower with water heated to your preference. The experience is as close to nature as you can possibly be, whilst having all creature comforts catered to.

Includes: 2 guided walks per day with two professional trails guides, a game drives, all facilitation, 3 nourishing meals per day, sundowner drinks and snacks, and shared accommodation.

Space strictly limited to 8 guests, and pre-booking with a non-refundable 50% deposit to reserve your place.

This Does not Include

Your investment will not include airfare, transport to and from Pafuri or gratuities.

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Meet Your Guide

Amy Attenborough Wild Again Profile

Meet Amy

It’s true what they say about a name because being born an Attenborough, Amy doesn’t believe she ever really had much choice about what direction her life would take. After completing her Journalism and Media Studies degree Amy followed her deep love of nature to the bush. She planned to stay for a year, which quickly turned into ten.

During that time, she worked at Phinda Private Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Londolozi Game Reserve, some of South Africa’s most prestigious lodges. She took a particular liking to walking, spending as much time as she could on foot approaching animals with her guests. She has travelled to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, Uganda and throughout South America in search of wildlife. Her greatest adventure was living in Gabon training local guides for the WWF and Smithsonian Institute, where they spent weeks at a time living like early nomads in the dense and remote coastal forests, fulfilling a life-long dream of tracking and habituating wild gorillas.

Nature has always been her biggest teacher. Seeing how embodied and present animals are inspired Amy to begin practising yoga. She is qualified as a vinyasa and yin teacher and spent six months training under a Hatha master in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a certified Martha Beck life coach. With this mixture of passions and skills, Amy leads specialised wellness safaris that incorporate yoga, meditation, mindfulness and personalised life coaching in order to restore body, mind and spirit in the most beautiful wilderness locations on the continent.

Testimonials

Ann Kristin- Norway

The facilitation was varied & flowing, with good interplay between the team mates, & inspired action. I loved how each facilitator shared their own experiences honestly, & were dancing etc. with us. They created a safe space where it felt acceptable to be vulnerable. Going deep & showing emotions felt natural & was met in a calm & loving way. Being in the field of grass at dusk with the elephants, silent game drives, beautiful views of the landscape, lessons from the animals & the invitation to embody their energy, sharing in the circle (both around the fire & inside the lodge) & learning from the others, dancing, soul gazing, healthy food eaten together, the concept of kairos time, being able to take a dip in the pool, slow yoga – especially out on the hill in the bush, meditation, calling in the ancestors, communing with the trees, visiting the rhino orphanage, everything was superb, including tapping into so many aspects of myself, & sharing the different experiences with the others. We had a great team who each brought something unique, & complimented each other perfectly, which gave the retreat a full spectrum of experiences. Each one had so much knowledge & wisdom to impart, & were really well-prepared & present. I loved the cosy lodge & accommodation – with animals grazing close by – paradise! The wildlife experience was top notch! I just adored being outdoors & how alive nature was. It felt good enjoying the silence, as well as getting the occasional fun facts. It was cool how things flowed & happened as we went along: stopping for whatever caught our interest, staying longer to give nature time to give us an unexpected experience, & to just be. The food was excellent! It felt nice eating healthy, good food. A deep & transformative experience, I truly loved every second of it, so much so, I’m travelling all the way back from Norway to attend the second one!
Ann-Kristen, Norway

Dan, Boulder CO

I couldn’t believe the wildlife experience, in terms of the amount & diversity of life we saw. Amy, the emphasis on taking time to stop & FEEL the wildlife was spectacular. I appreciated the variety of the different meditations, which grounded me & got me looking inward from different angles. Kali, your gentle guidance during our meditations was wonderful. This was my first safari, & my first Self-oriented retreat: they felt like such a natural match – I want to do mooore.
Dan K, Boulder, Colorado

Karin, Germany

The accommodation & location are breathtaking – a villa in the bush feel – that it is open to wildlife made us feel like we were sleeping amongst the animals as visitors in their world. I also loved the deep connection Amy & Josh have to the land. Made it feel very intimate, & supported our conscious work. I especially loved the fire side gatherings. The game drives were amazing & will remain with me forever. I often wonder how our elephants are doing, if the lion is roaring tonight, & I feel this pain, this longing to wanting to be back there. The facilitation was just the best!!!
Honestly I cannot think of anything that could have been improved. Thanks for the welcome cards, thanks for your open hearts & minds, & for all the knowledge you shared with us. You are truly gems in your field. My highlights: the elephant herd, the bark spider. Amy’s whole feeling approach to wildlife is something I have NEVER experienced before i- I could sit with her forever in the bush, feeling, hearing, exhaling, experiencing, sucking-in nature. Thank you for making me aware again of my deepest love in life, mother nature! I do not know what it is in the African bush that makes me feel whole, but also craving more & more of it. Kali, what a pleasure to have had the opportunity to learn so much from you. Your heart is endless & so is your knowledge. I truly felt so well guided by you, without REALY knowing where we were heading, which would normally give me the feeling of not being in control. But you embody this endless love & trust, & I knew I could follow you bind folded. Thank you so much for bringing me so much closer to myself & for supporting me to take down old habits & masks, & falling even deeper in love with myself. A lot of doors have opened within me.
Karin, Germany

Darren, South Africa

I love you Kali. Your soul, I feel holds, vital threads of this universe together. Darren R, Cape Town

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY EMAILING AMY AT

amy@wildagain.africa