A deep immersion in the iMfolozi Wilderness

   16 – 21 September 2018

Join this rare journey… on foot into the heart of ancient, pristine African wilderness! A land long sacred to the Zulu people, iMfolozi is the oldest protected area in Southern Africa, and the Wilderness section we inhabit for 5 days is only accessible by foot, free from roads, structures or any human traces.

Here, our bodies remember their belonging to the wild Earth. They recognize the rhythms, respond to the calls, and follow the flow of life, returned to their natural habitat. Leaving behind all measures of time and technology, we enter a world our ancestors knew, shaped by the movement of sun and stars, awake to the present moment.

We spend our days walking along animal trails, swimming in natural pools, and sharing our experience with the magnificent creatures of the place including elephants, rhinos, lions and all the ‘big five’. At night we prepare a place to camp, cook around the fire, and sleep out under the stars, taking turns to keep watch.

This unique trail tracks our inner landscapes as we traverse the outer one, reawakening the wildness within! In tune with the place as primary facilitator, we offer practices to land back in our bodies and find our part in the web of wild life. These include:

  • Sensory and embodiment practices to expand our awareness, take in the wild, and find resonance with inner body sensing.
  • Constellation processes to find and forge kinship with particular plants/animals/landforms in this community of ‘non-human beings’ (stepping into an animate world, as seen through indigenous eyes).
  • Earth art to express the movements of our inner world with the materials of the outer terrain (stones, clay, feathers…).
  • Daily ritual, solo time and group circles to honour and deepen our connection to the land, ourselves and each other.

INVESTMENTR19,500* which includes:

  • A team of highly trained and experienced specialist guides and facilitators (see details below).
  • An individualized experience within a small group of 7 participants per trail (and a maximum of 2 trails).
  • All necessary camping equipment and hiking gear (including backpack, sleeping bag, ground sheet, mattress, water bottle, utensils).
  • Transport from ACE (Bonamanzi) to iMfolozi on the 16th & from iMfolozi to Durban airport on the 21st.
  • Accommodation for the night of the 16th in traditional huts with shared ablutions at the Hilltop Camp in iMfolozi Game Reserve.
  • All permits and fees to live and camp in the designated Wilderness Area from 17th-21st.
  • All meals from breakfast on the 17th to lunch on the 21st (lunch on 16th can be booked at ACE and dinner ordered at the Hilltop Camp restuarant).
* South African citizens please contact us for subsidized local rates (which could also potentially be claimed through medical aid). International visitors please note that this trail is offered in association the Wilderness Leadership School, an NPO dedicated to creating inclusive access to wilderness experiences for people of all backgrounds, races and socio-economic statuses. In keeping with their policy of cross-subsidization, the international rate quoted above includes a substantial donation to sponsor the equivalent trail experience for a participant from a local under-privileged community.

INQUIRIESPlease contact Anya on +27 82 3559242 or embodyingearth@gmail.com


VUYANI MBUZWA is an expert Wilderness Guide and facilitator with a deep knowledge of iMfolozi, having guided there full time with the Wilderness Leadership School for almost a decade. He combines his training and experience with his own indigenous knowledge, expressed for instance in his unforgettable communication with the animals on trail.

ANYA MENDEL is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Constellations Facilitator, Focusing Orientated Therapist,  Fine Artist and Permaculturist. She has over a decade’s experience designing and facilitating transformative group processes held inside and out. These center on the healing intersection of embodiment, creativity, kinship and connection to our inner and outer natures.

ROY ASHTON is a Wilderness Guide, Zen Coach and nature connection facilitator who has lived and worked on 4 continents, including time spent living with hunter-gatherers. His MA in Environmental Leadership led to an immersion in nature awareness, tracking and survival skills training. His current focus is on facilitating transformative processes in nature.

ANGELA HOUGH-MAXWELL is a Psychotherapist, Wilderness Therapist, Art & Group Process Facilitator, Family Constellations Trainee, Yoga teacher, mother and Lecturer. Angela values holding space for deep authentic dialogue with each other, with ourselves and with our context. She loves to awaken creativity and our inner wisdom through art and connection to nature.


This trail is offered through Embodying Earth in association with the Wilderness Leadership SchoolEMBODYING EARTH creates journeys into the landscapes around and within, to explore &  deepen our relationship with the natural world and our inner natures: through awareness, embodiment, kinship & creativity.

Images by C. Jardine, A. Mendel and the Wilderness Leadership School.