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Environment Carers Retreat

 Care for Environment Carers' Retreat

with Wendy Foden

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO: Thursday 30th March - Sunday 2nd April 2017

“The world grows smaller and smaller, more and more interdependent…today more than ever before life must be characterised by a sense of Universal Responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama


Those working to care for the nature face a distinct suite of challenges. Love of nature is the foundation of what we do, but we’re often behind computers, confined in cities, and grappling with the day-to-day decline of the places and creatures we love. How do we find ways to nurture ourselves, rekindle our passion for nature, and continue our work with vitality and joy?

Our weekend retreat is for Environment Carers who feel the need for rest, reconnection and recharging. In the beautiful setting of Tara’s Valley, we’ll spend time tending to ourselves through meditation, mindful movement, quietness, eating delicious and healthy vegetarian meals, chatting round the campfire and walking in the beautiful Groot Marico veld. Through self-reflection and group sessions, we’ll explore some of the shared and individual challenges Environment Carers face, as well as how we can reconnect to nature’s fundamental elements. We’ll have the opportunity to explore our personal missions, strategies for nurturing ourselves and finding the support that each us needs.

Through the rest, care, good company and time in nature, we aim to help you to recharge your batteries. We also hope the time together will help you to build support and connectedness within our growing Environment Carer community. While the beautiful Groot Marico environment makes feeding a love of nature easy, we hope that it also creates ongoing momentum for you to tend to yourself with care, and to thrive in your valuable work.


Dr Wendy Foden is a Conservation Biologist and Senior Researcher at the University of Stellenbosch. She also chairs the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Climate Change Specialist Group and teaches Conservation Leadership at the University of Cape Town. Wendy’s experiences, including 7 years in the NGO and academic sectors in Cambridge, UK, led to strong personal and observed experiences of burnout and fatigue, as well as of vitality, passion and dynamism. She leads this retreat out of a strong desire to help others to care for themselves as well as for nature.




Guided tour of the Tikologo Permaculture Training Centre (

Yoga and Somatics with Pippa Cope

Walks to the waterfall and other self-guided trails

Visit to the Groot Marico Eye - die Oog

Excellent vegetarian food

Saturday evening campfire

Accommodation, meals and snacks, and facilitation (per person)

Single shared bathroom R2 875
Twin/double en suite R2 650
Twin/double shared bathroom R2 350
Dormitory R2 050
Camping (own tent) R1 825

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead