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.
Sue and Stu Stobbs, South Africa
Amy’s connection with nature is unparalleled, and we both lapped up everything she had to share with us. From her extensive knowledge on the abundant wildlife, to the amazing healing abilities of trees.
The yoga classes with Nicci were cleverly balanced. You worked hard, but somehow came out feeling relaxed and in touch with your body. Also a great combination of focus and fun. Her positive energy is infectious.
Amy and Nicci make a wonderful team. With complementary skills, they made us feel relaxed, informed, connected and happy.
Diana Fu, Taiwan
WOW, it was like a dream come true. The retreat far exceeded my expectations and I’ve learnt so much about myself and wild nature. Nicci and Amy are superb facilitators and customised the retreat in such a way that we all got what we needed and more. Everything was perfect. I have never felt so calm, peaceful and present. I really loved the retreat so, so much. You have set such a gold standard for yoga retreats and I cannot wait to go to your next one.
Katie Connan, South Africa
I am no stranger to self development work but Amy and Nicci’s approach went beyond words, which was something I haven’t experienced before. I gained so many creative and original insights about myself and what it all means, not just an observer of nature but as part of it. It was so beautifully structured that I found it effortlessly healing and rewarding. The guided walk also made me feel like a kid again and it was so much fun to re-connect with that sense of pure joy. I really am so grateful to you both – such a heart-warming weekend!