“There’s a line from a poem by Mary Oliver that asks: ‘What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ Those words have a habit of hitting me in the gut, which is why I leapt at the opportunity to join the African STAR (Self-transformation Adventure Retreat) hosted by Londolozi in June each year. The retreat invites people to experience the healing power of nature during a week of intensive coaching. Each STAR is intended to help save the world, bit by bit, using First World abundance to finance the restoration of wild ecosystems and ensure that local communities can thrive economically as guardians of the wilderness.
When I first read that the retreat is designed to ‘give you access to inner peace, a sense of your life’s purpose, and empowerment to achieve your goals’, I couldn’t visualise the process or how I was going to work out what to do with my life – let alone how to help save the planet – in the space of five days. My rational left-brain thinking was already tripping me up. It was time to invite my right brain to take over and stray into the wild.”