You are ready for that next step; you know it’s bigger and more powerful than personal growth. You feel a deeper call for purpose in your life, and you know this call will quite literally take you to places you’ve never been. You know your next steps will help heal not only yourself, but also other people and the world. And those other people—the ones you know you are meant to connect with—well, you can almost see them taking shape in the periphery of your mind’s eye. These people are part of your village.
If this sounds familiar, join me for one of the three African STARs (Self-Transformation Adventure Retreat) we’re offering in 2016. Spend a few delicious days—in an intimate group of no more than 12 people—being coached by me, by Master Coach and tracker Boyd Varty, and by my Master Coaches (Bronwyn Varty, Koelle Simpson and Bridgette Boudreau), in one of the most magical places in the world: Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.
In this enchanted place, you’ll find that Nature herself has been conspiring all along to lead you to peace, to purpose, and to deep connection. I love leading the STARs, and Londolozi is one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Its healing and transformative powers help me follow my true path year after year, and I delight in the astounding transformations of our STAR participants.
During these STARs, what we create together is a special type of community that Boyd and I have been referring to as a village. Village-building is all about establishing a deeper sense of belonging through shared experiences, particularly adventures.
To build a village, we learn to connect more authentically to ourselves, to one another, and to the energy of which we’re all composed. It’s this magnificent sense of commonality that is especially magical in a place like Londolozi. When you travel into the heart of the bushveld with an intimate group of like-hearted people and see yourself in that place and in its creatures, you feel connected on an entirely new and exciting level.
Come join us in building a village like no other!
- Twice-a-day game drives guided by Londolozi rangers and local Shangaan animal trackers—you’ll see lions, cheetahs, hippos, leopards, zebra, giraffe, rhino and just about any animal that appeared in your coloring books as a child.
- First-class luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals in the midst of the African bush.
- Coaching sessions with Martha Beck in a supportive group setting.
- In the evening, our STAR “village” gathers for dinner by firelight in the outdoor boma to debrief the day and for storytelling and revelry.
- An on-foot animal tracking session that becomes a metaphor for tracking your right life. There’s nothing like a steaming pile of rhino dung to put you directly onto your life’s purpose.
- Heal yourself and the ecosystem through your support of eco-tourism.
You will gain:
- A clearer picture of your life’s mission and how to “track” your purpose.
- The tools and inspiration for building or connecting with your own village of inspired, empowered, and compassionate people.
- Empowerment to create healing change in every area of your life, including stubborn and long-standing problems.
- A daily practice you can use indefinitely to continue becoming healthier and more joyful.
- An intimate relationship with the earth, the elements, animals, and plants that constitute your natural home and “family.”
- Profound hope for your own future and the future of all you love.
Londolozi Game Reserve is located in the heart of the South African bushveld, just south of the giant nature reserve, Kruger National Park. Untamed, breathtakingly beautiful, and suffused with the energy of spectacular wildlife, Londolozi Game Preserve is a world-class ecotourism destination that will bring you back to your own true nature. Visitors here experience intimate interactions with the land and animals that are both deeply healing and extraordinarily rare.
If you think a safari means roughing it, think again. You’ll stay in a suite nestled within the trees of Londolozi’s famous Tree Camp. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, world-class cuisine, daily yoga, spa treatments, and impeccable service. The only reason the doors lock here is to keep out the clever baboons who have figured out how to open doors.
Your registration includes:
- A rare opportunity to be coached by Martha Beck and her Master Coach team.
- Luxurious accommodations at Londolozi for 5 days/4 nights.
- Three meals a day of world-class cuisine plus beverages (including house wines, local brand spirits, and beers).
- At least 6 game drives, led by local and experienced guides and trackers, during which you’ll see spectacular wild animals in their natural setting.
- A profound spiritual experience designed to give you greater access to deep inner peace, a palpable sense of your life’s purpose, and empowerment to achieve your goals.
- The opportunity to help heal ecosystems—a portion of the net profits from the African STAR go to sustaining and reclaiming African wilderness and to educational programs for local Africans through the Good Work Foundation.
REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT:
- $12,450 double occupancy
Shared suite. Choose this option if you’re willing to have a roommate, or if two of you are attending the STAR together. If you’re traveling singly and you select this option, we’ll pair you with a roommate.
Payments: $4,150 upon application acceptance, and then two payments of $4,150 on February 15, 2016 and March 15, 2016.
- $17,310 single occupancy
Choose this option if you’d prefer your own room.
Payments: $5,770 upon application acceptance, then two payments of $5,770 on February 15, 2016 and March 15, 2016.
How to Apply
Due to the popularity and intimate, small-group nature of the STARs, we are asking you to fill out a brief online application. It’s quick and easy!
Fill out the application and you’ll hear back from us no later than a week after the application deadline. You’re not under any obligation by filling out the application, but we do expect that by completing the application you’re indicating you’re emotionally and financially ready to embark upon this adventure.
If your application is accepted, we’ll ask for your initial deposit to secure your spot based upon the occupancy option you selected above.
We are so excited to hear from you!
Applications are due by December 11, 2015.
Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people per STAR, depending on occupancy requests.
We are excited to be teaming up with our friends at Icon Expeditions to help with your travel planning. Billy and the Icon team will be happy to help you with booking your flight, hotel, or with extending your trip to incredible destinations like Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Botswana and more.
To learn more, email Billy and team at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more inspiration, check out their website at www.rhinoafrica.com. Be sure to tell them you’re part of the Martha Beck STAR group so they can get you the best possible rates.
We’ll also be coordinating travel for any STARs who would like to travel together. More information will be available upon registration.
If you cancel on or before February 29, 2016, you will be refunded the registration fee paid, less a $2,000 administration fee. If you cancel between March 1-31, 2016 50% of the registration fee paid will be refunded. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 31, 2016.
*Note: Air travel to Johannesburg and gratuities are not included in the registration fee.
AFRICAN STAR ITINERARY
Day 1: Welcome
Mid-Day: Arrive at Londolozi, check in [Actual arrival time TBA.]
3:00 PM: Tea and Introductions
“Tea” does not accurately describe the afternoon meals at Londolozi. You’ll be treated to a delicious and filling meal of a blend of traditional teatime treats, South African dishes and light noshes. The iced coffee is not to be missed!
3:30 PM: Silent Game Drive
We’ll waste no time getting you out into the bush. You’ll observe the gorgeous landscape and enchanting animals from an open Land Rover, accompanied by Martha, Boyd, your Master coach assistant, guides and trackers. Assisted by the coaching process, you’ll find that the close encounters with nature at its wildest draw you further away from stress and deeper into peace.
7:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle
We’ll return from the game drive and go directly to dinner and the evening coaching session. You’ll be served a gourmet meal in the cozy outdoor setting of the “boma.” We’ll process what you saw and experienced during the silent game drive and begin diving into tracking your purpose. Be forewarned: one local hyena, affectionately nicknamed “Gorgy,” has developed a habit of dashing through the boma and stealing from the cheese platter.
Day 2: Entering Inner Peace
6:00 AM: Game Drive
On the game drive that begins this day, you’ll implement strategies for quieting your thoughts and enhancing your sense perceptions. In the past, we’ve found that animals respond to us very differently—with no fear or tension—as the group becomes more deeply calm. This experience will help you “hold” the energy of peace back in your ordinary life.
10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session
Martha will join the group and will coach each person to release specific anxiety-producing patterns, habits, and thoughts. As these dissolve, you’ll sense the core of peace that can continue to direct your life long after your STAR experience is complete.
12-3 PM: Mid-day Integration/Rest Break
We’ve found that between the jet lag, early mornings and profound insights, that time for rest, reflection and integration is an essential part of the STAR experience. You can nap, journal, take a yoga class, get a massage or relax on your private deck and take in the view.
3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive
On this game drive, you will enter into an active “conversation” with the wilderness, realizing that you are not separate from nature but part of it—as such, you are part of its communication system. We have found that our STAR participants often receive dramatic guidance from the land and animals at this stage in the coaching process.
6:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle
We’ll continue the coaching process and debrief the game drive over dinner.
Day 3 : Tracking Your Purpose
6:00 AM: On foot Tracking Exercise/Game Drive
“How did I lose track of my right life?” Almost everyone in civilized society asks this question at some point. When you experience the primal methods of tracking large animals such as rhinos or giraffe—you’ll realize that the very skills you need to live your right life are being awakened within you. Half of the group will track during the morning game drive, and the other half in the afternoon. The other group will go on game drive as usual.
10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session
Martha will join the group and debrief with the morning’s trackers. You will begin to viscerally understand how tracking is the ideal metaphor for finding your right life.
12-3 PM: Mid-day Integration/Rest Break
3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive/Tracking
Continuation of morning Tracking Exercise.
6:00 PM: Dinner/Evening Coaching Session
Continuation of the tracking exercise debrief.
Day 4: Embracing Your Power
10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session6:00 AM: Morning Game Drive
This morning begins with a very simple experience: watching nature wake up. From an unusual perspective, you will see the savannah’s “night shift” end and the “day shift” begin. This truly is the greatest show on Earth—and you are an integral part of it.
Martha and Boyd will help you transform the ideas and inspiration that are rising to the surface of your consciousness into form. With their guidance, you will learn the skills necessary to connect into your deeper wisdom so that you may guide your life more confidently and joyfully beyond the bushfeld.
11:30 AM: Londolozi Learning Centre/Mid-day Break
Tour Londolozi’s learning center and learn about the Good Work Foundation and their mission to revolutionize learning in Africa and the world.
3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive
This game drive is about practicing your strengthened inner guidance system with true purpose. Here, your inner and outer landscapes begin to merge; Nature and your nature feel deliciously aligned.
6:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle
A celebratory dinner! Expect the unexpected and be regaled with truly hilarious stories from gifted storytellers Boyd and Bronwyn Varty.
Day 5: Receiving Your Practice
6:00 AM: Final Game Drive, Breakfast and Closing Session
Whatever your personal insights from the STAR experience, Martha, Boyd and the group will help you design a continuing practice to sustain your connection to your true nature. This practice will be both intrinsically rewarding and profoundly life-enhancing. We’ll send you off with hugs, groups photos and a lifetime of memories.
11:00 AM: Plane departs Londolozi
Here’s the thing about the STAR—you will be in Africa with an entire team at Londolozi completely dedicated to creating a magical, mystical experience for you. So while we publish this schedule to give you a sense of how the days flow, please know my team and I will be changing things up along the way—all of it geared toward giving you the best experience ever. ~ Martha
“[The STAR] was about as close to heaven as I’ve ever been. The environment is purely natural but exquisitely elegant. The close-up experience with the animals is truly unfathomable. And the human experience of feeling totally at ease, accepted and nothing but love for those around me was pure bliss. Once I returned home it took me days to even turn the car radio on. The Zen-like peace persisted and the work-a-day hustle and bustle was unfamiliar and difficult to adjust to. Things in my life took on different meaning because I had been somewhere where the elephants and leopards didn’t care what brand of shoes I was wearing or how much my jewelry cost. What mattered was simply what I was, my spirit, my energy.” — Kym Hibbard, beeyoucoaching.com
“My visit to Londolozi was a completely life-changing, transformative experience. I’ve never been to a moremagical, spiritual place! The insights I achieved there allowed me to change my business model to bring in more rewarding clients, helped me ignite my ideas for a brand-new online venture—now thriving—and enabledme to weather the downturn in my industry with more equanimity. I am beyond grateful for such a rewarding brain re-boot!” — Betsy Rapoport
“Working with Martha Beck always produces deep insight and change, but when you add the magic of Mother Africa into the mix, you’re in for quite an experience! The parallels between tracking wildlife and tracking my life’s purpose were profund. I returned from Londolozi with a clear sense of what needed to fall away from my life, and a renewed excitement to do my part in healing the world through my work.” — Chris Brandt
“I loved the whole STAR experience. I keep telling all my friends who ask ‘How was your trip?’, and I give them 3 words to describe it, ‘Restorative, Transformative, and Magical’. I swear it’s the best experience of my 60 years on this earth.” — Anne Felty
“I’m not sure there are words adequate to express my gratitude for the African Star experience…you all created a soul stirring retreat, I can confidently say this was one of the best experiences of my life! Thank you for planting the seeds of exploration, illuminating the issue of tracking, opening my eyes to wonder and encouraging me to follow the bread crumbs…not to mention learning to mind meld with a fork!” —Wendy Wyatt