Awake in the Wilderness - A Mindfulness Trail


Awake in the Wilderness is a five day mindfulness-based retreat in the Umfolozi Wilderness area in South Africa. The Umfolozi game reserve is a 40 000 hectare African wilderness, well known for its large carnivores and other big mammals, especially elephant, black rhino and white rhino. The area used for the retreat is restricted, so there are no cars, computers, phones, or other people. The natural stillness and quiet that results provides an excellent setting for connecting inwardly.

Practicing mindfulness in the African wilderness in the presence of big game brings us to our senses in a profound way and draws us into silence, stillness and a sense of interconnectedness with all of nature. The trail offers an opportunity to experience a pristine, big five, African wilderness area while opening to your inner wilderness through a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices. Nights are spent out in the open, under the African sky and participants take turns in keeping a nightwatch.

The trail is limited to six participants.

See the Brochure for more details: awake_in_the_wilderness_2015.pdf


The retreat is facilitated by Matthew Watkin and Peter Milligan accompanied by trained field guides.

Matthew Watkin, Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness teacher, has many years of experience of teaching mindfulness in a range of settings.

Peter Milligan, Psychiatrist, teaches mindfulness in clinical settings to individuals and groups.

“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately
to front only the essential facts of life
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach
and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.”
Henry David Thoreau

Next Group: to be announced - 2018