to find your soul self

A pilgrimage is a journey that is undertaken for a spiritually significant reason.

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, and where we are touched by our own unique longing so that it transfigures into a love of life.  

Okavango Delta

20th - 30th June 2020

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.

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 find solutions to her pain and suffering, because we are all one organism.

The purpose of the soul journeys to Botswana is to come home to ourselves as an essential piece of the organism called Mother Nature. We find this home 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 traditional ways that hold solutions to our present ecological crises.

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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.

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 we are all one organism. 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.

It feels like this rogue element in each of us stems from separation anxiety. Separation from Nature, each other, ourselves, time. It is from this space of deep collective anxiety, which grows with every technological advancement, that we behave in ways that are solely focused on our survival, and not our existence/ experience. We live on deadlines, and fear flat-lines. The beauty of this Pilgrimage into Botswana starts with the journey into its heart. Along bumpy, dusty roads that take hours of our “precious” time. We live in a world of immediate gratification. Of instant coffee, and emails. We have mindfulness apps and online gurus to quickly help us through the busyness. We have become separated from time, because we rush through life thinking we don't have enough. The journey into Botswana forces  (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.

Okavango photos (c) Lin Cassidy

Itinerary


20th to 22nd June 2020. We will meet you on your arrival in Gaborone, Botswana and will spend the first two nights in the bushveld of Southern Botswana where we can take a moment to arrive, meet one another and to set our intentions for the journey. 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 also glean answers to how to negotiate the ecological crisis we are all immersed in these days.

22nd to 25th June: Then we make our way to Dqae Qare to camp for two nights with the San bushmen of the central Kalahari, so that they may teach 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 include healers who hold sacred knowledge which they access through an enhanced state of consciousness called !kia, which is a ‘trance dance' or 'healing dance'. 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.

25th to 27th June: The bushveld has its own rich language that teaches us how to connect to our own inner truth. We continue to explore explore our connection to our soul selves after leaving the Central Kalahari to move to Tshilli Camp for two nights of luxurious bush living with refreshing showers, plush duvets, camp fires and delicious food.

27th to 30th June: Having slowed down into a more natural rhythm that can begin to listen to the inner guidance of our dreams, we will leave early in the morning after a sunrise breakfast, to travel for three nights to Khwai nature reserve at Mbudi camp on the edge of the Okavango delta. We will eat food cooked on bushfires, venture into the delta on Mekoro - canoes that are poled through the waterways, 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.

30th June: We leave early on the morning of the 30th to make our way back to Maun, bringing the trip to closure whilst taking a bit of the bushveld back home in our hearts and in our way of being in the world.

We are limiting the pilgrimage to a maximum of 7 participants.

Explorations

Reconnect to your Soul Essence through the Wisdom of Mother Nature

  • 11 days and 10 nights of inner and outer exploration guided by experienced facilitator, Robyn Sheldon, professional safari guides Nicholas Sheldon and Nardia Cronje, and San traditional healers of the central Kalahari, Txaiga and Dinah.

  • Pole on mekoro (Tswana canoes) deep into the magical Okavango delta

  • Camp under the stars in the untamed Botswana Bushveld

  • 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

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Accommodation

Most nights we will be camping in canvas tents in different locations in the bush. 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. Three nights of the ten will be spent in established bush camps.

Food

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.

Rates

We are limiting the pilgrimage to a maximum of 7 participants.

20 - 30 June 2020:

$3500 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.