Journey into the African bushveld
& reconnect to your soul self
10 days of inner and outer exploration
Camp under the stars in the untamed Botswana Bushveld
Pole on mekoro (Tswana canoes) deep into the magical Okavango delta
Track wildlife and receive teachings from Bushman shamans
Find your own dream and manifest it in your everyday world
Listen to Mother Earth’s solutions for our present ecological crisis
Meet the team
Soul journey guide Robyn, professional safari guides Nix and Nards, and San traditional healers Txaiga and Dinah
The goal of a pilgrimage is to find the place where inner and outer landscapes merge. Where our souls meet ourselves. Where our hearts awaken. Where our creativity stirs our imaginations. Where the smallest wildflower holds the magnificence of sacred experience. Where our challenges become promises. Where silence leads us home. Where we are touched by our own unique longing so that it transfigures into a love of life. And a life of love.
I have this dream to connect like-minded friends from all across our wonderful earth, and take them to the places where I am most in tune with Mother Nature; the beautiful Okavango Delta and the central Kalahari, home to San Bushmen tribes who still live in a way that is very connected to Mother Nature. The steady rhythm of the earth is so present in Botswana that it brings me back into alignment with my true direction. It is a place where we can walk in nature, meditate, rejuvenate and rest. In the evenings when we gaze up at the brilliant desert stars from the campfire it is easy to re-imagine the way we want to live in this world. This wilderness heals something deep inside of us so that our hearts expand widely enough to hold even the wounded soul of humanity.
When we come into alignment with the earth, we find solutions to her pain and suffering, because earth and its inhabitants are all one organism, yet we as humans, have ‘gone rogue’. We are living in unfortunate circumstances, where as one of her species we have taken control of 70% of the land space to the detriment of the whole being, and ourselves.
Come and join us as you explore your connection to to the earth so that you may find alignment between your life passion, your loved ones and your everyday life. When we come into harmony and balance with the earth, we are in the best position to find solutions to her pain and suffering.
Okavango photos (c) Lin Cassidy
Safari guide Nardia says, “The journey into Botswana invites you to take time seriously; to be there for every bump and passing tree. It pulls you into a transitional place, where you begin to slow down. And look.
The first time I drove through Botswana, I was struck by its vastness. This was soon confirmed by a roadside sign, stating the nearest town was 450 km away, and the one after that, 628. There is space here. Untamed, untouched space. As the grip of capitalism tightens around our precious earth, Botswana holds this sacred space. In its vast, undeveloped wilderness we can immerse ourselves in its ancient stillness. We can begin to dissolve this anxious survival mode way of life, by drawing from and connecting with this incredible source of timelessness. And become one. And come home, to ourselves.”
This is a gentle retreat of nurturing our bodies whilst reconnecting with the natural harmony of our soul selves. Nevertheless all soul searching requires a courageous heart that is willing to recognize those aspects of ourselves that no longer serve our highest purpose, or the highest good of our planet.
Meet in Maun by 1.30 pm. Lunch at The Dusty Donkey. Spend the night camping in the Okavango delta at Daonara 1½ hours from Maun.
Guided mokoro trip into the delta for the day, and return to our camp on the edge of the river overnight. We will learn from the ancestral wisdom of the local people about how we can create healthier solutions for our own, sometimes fractured, lifestyles and for the ecological crisis in which we are all immersed.
Day 3 and 4:
We’ll leave early in the morning after a sunrise breakfast, to travel to a mobile safari camp at Mbudi in the Khwai nature reserve for two nights. Having slowed down into a more natural rhythm, we can begin to listen to the inner guidance of our dreams.
We will eat food cooked on bushfires, and be present to the elephants, fish eagles and wildlife that move freely through the space. We will be sleeping in comfortable canvas tents and will explore our connection to the stars as we sit around a camp fire in the evenings. The game that we invite into our encounters will hold symbolic significance, which we will explore through our dreams and in group discussions. We will have a bush walk and some time spent on the edge of the river doing some soul exploration.
Day 5 and 6:
Time for everyone to wash the dust off themselves with two nights of luxurious bush living at Tshilli Camp with refreshing showers, plush duvets, camp fires and delicious food. We will spend the day here relaxing with time for further investigation as we consider our own soul journeys. We continue to explore our connection to our soul selves and interpret the rich language of the bushveld that teaches us how to connect to our inner truth.
Days 7, 8 and 9
San bushman experience: The San bushmen of the central Kalahari spend the day teaching us about their connection to Mother Nature and the great spirits. The group that we will be working with still honour the old ways of their ancestors, and includes healers who hold sacred knowledge, which they access through an enhanced state of consciousness called !kia. This is a ‘trance dance' or 'healing dance', which they will share with us on the second evening. They will also teach us some of their wisdom that not only includes food harvesting and fire making, but also something of their incredible generosity of spirit. During this time we will continue with our own inner exploration of our high-paced urban mind states and how to bring them into alignment with the songs of the earth.
Spend the final day and night (with a closing ceremony) at Dqae Qare.
Leave early to arrive back in Maun by midday.
“You are the midwife Robyn, helping us birth our new souls through your ability to track the ’stars’ of our deeper longing.” Thanissara
We will either be camping in canvas tents in different locations in the bush, or staying in established bush camps. For the camping experience, our mobile safari team will move the tents and our gear each day, cook the wonderful bush food, prepare hot water for bush showers, and make the camp fires.
Delicious meals are prepared for all our clients over camp fires. We pride ourselves on a fusion of vegetarian food and fire baked breads. Vegan and gluten free options are provided to those with specialised dietary needs. Wild game meat and other interesting local delicacies such as Marama nuts, koetchoes (truffles), mopani worms, palatshe and tsamma melons are available to those who are interested in them, in season. As far as possible we source local food filled with the fresh flavour of outdoor living.
$2950 Inclusive of airport transfers, all activities, accommodation and food. Excluding flights into and out of Botswana.
What is special about this journey?
The purpose of the soul journeys to the heartland of Botswana is to reconfigure our direction and reconnect to the soul essence of who we truly are, that we may live from that place of centred stillness. We come home to ourselves as an essential piece of the organism called Mother Nature by going into her deepest, wildest, as yet unspoiled areas. We learn from nature herself, from her symbolic language, from the wisdom of the San people, who are still intimately connected to her guidance, from a vision quest, and from Batswana shamans and healers about traditional ways that hold solutions to our present ecological crises.
We find clarification through listening to our own soul wisdom, which is a part of a larger whole. From this place of connectivity, we can inspire others to align with their own sacred knowing, so that the stillness ripples outwards in ever overlapping circles of harmony and balance.
Similar to a vision quest, the focus of the trip will be to spend some time immersed in silence, some time in reflection, and some time using group work to discover our unique potential. Prepare yourself for a transformational experience.