Published December 13th, 2016
After more than a year of feeling bombarded by loud, generally unpleasant, and often violent language from many sources in the States, I was truly looking forward to The Healing Safari in Tanzania. As the creator and leader of The Healing Safari, I am passionate about guiding people through this external-inner personal journey, and this year, I realized that I needed some stillness, silence, primordial nature, indeed, some healing myself. I was exhausted come November 2016. I could not wait to get back to my old home in Africa.
Truthfully, it is a bit hard to describe what happens on a Healing Safari. Perhaps it is the fact that you are immersed into a world so different from your normal daily life. You are settled into the African bush, away from tarred roads, traffic, internet, and living on nature-time. Sunrises and sunsets frame your day and the sounds of birds and elephants drinking water are your morning alarm clock. As you travel along wildlife conservation areas by vehicle or by foot, you have no choice but to stay in present moment awareness. Thoughts of the past and of the future are not relevant at the moment, as your attention is focused on the behavior of lions, giraffes, buffalo and a spectacular migration of wildebeests and zebra moving with intention across the Serengeti plains. A visual meditation of a kind, carrying you head-and-heart-first into the circle of life.
The word safari is a Swahili word which literally means "a journey". On The Healing Safari we travel an awesome journey through environments of gorgeous wildlife while exploring how the external journey mirrors an inner journey.
Usually by the third day, you wake up with the sun and really, truly feel your body. So far removed from the information society, your brain gets a chance to breathe. You remember you have a body attached below your head. The re-connection is very sweet. And then...when you may least expect it, like when witnessing lions mating under a great African sky, the spirit sneaks in and aligns with your mind-body, like magic.
Practicing meditation and yoga in these environs is fantastic. The stillness of early morning as Mother Nature wakes up is profound. And observing the graceful movements of giraffes walking behind you does wonders to inspire your own ease and grace in your yoga movements.
There can be some tears. Primordial forests and charismatic megafauna have a way of stirring emotions. What is beautiful about The Healing Safari is that moving through emotional turbulence can happen in the privacy of your own room, journaling, or talking with a fellow traveler or your guide. Whatever feels best. You feel so supported and secure that you sense the whole Universe is on your side. Amazing.
At the end of The Healing Safari, detoxed from internet, noise, etc. and completely immersed in the sounds, smells and sights of Mother Nature, a profound healing takes place. You re-enter your world back home feeling rejuvenated…and even transformed.
Of course, everybody's experience of The Healing Safari is different. These words are the best I can do to describe my experience. I feel so blessed to be guiding these journeys with my soul brother Ole Sululu. Really looking forward to leading Healing Safaris in 2017!