Ecopsychology bridges the gap between ecology and psychology, between humanity and the earth.

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ABOUT ECOPSYCHOLOGY AFRICA

Jeffrey Rink graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Pretoria in 1985. He is in private practice in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Jeffrey is a Diplomate of the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH). He has served as Chairperson of the Western Cape Division of SASCH for 3 years and is a longstanding executive member of this body. Jeffrey has been practicing meditation since 1974.

He has been facilitating Ecopsychology retreats since 1998 and this affords him the opportunity of integrating his interest in the natural environment and traditional African culture with his profession as psychologist. Jeffrey has presented papers on Clinical Hypnosis and Ecopsychology at professional conferences. He has appeared on radio and television shows, and presented many public talks on Clinical Hypnosis and Ecopsychology. More >>


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Ecopsychology Africa’s next retreat takes you to northern Tanzania, incorporating the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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THE VENDA SACRED WALK

The Ecopsychology Africa “Venda Sacred Walk” is conceptually and experientially unique. It was inspired by Ecopsychology Africa and made a reality by Nelson Maphaha and Thamba Masindi of the African Ivory Route. This culturally sensitive community project is managed by the African Ivory Route and facilitated by Ecopsychology Africa.

The Venda Sacred Walk is limited to a few walks per year. A maximum of 8 participants are accommodated for on this immersive and exclusive pilgrimage into the sacred heartland of Venda. We experience the living spirituality of sacred Lake Fundudzi and The Thathe Sacred Forest- sites that are still revered as sacred to the people living there today. Our walks are totally ‘off the tourist track’, providing participants with an immersive, unsanitised and meaningful experience. Participants learn about Africa and African culture, environmentalism, and themselves on their journey.


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WHAT IS ECOPSYCHOLOGY?

Ecopsychology Africa retreats, by their very nature, are rustic. They are “down to earth,” unprocessed experiences for participants. An ‘unprocessed’ experience though, just like food that is ‘unprocessed’ is healthy and provides food for thought (and thought for food!) long after the retreat has ended. It takes time to digest, integrate and absorb the ‘varied nutrition’ obtained while on a retreat. It can indeed be a significant wake up call, a call to health. There is however, always room to process and discuss emerging issues and experiences while on retreat- with the group or with a facilitator. It becomes an adventure in discovering oneself.

EcopsychologyAfrica retreats allow participants to ‘root’ themselves and connect to ‘Mother Earth.’ The retreats are about meaningful personal transformation – technology and material comforts are limited and participants have a rustic experience. Participants get in touch with Wilderness and become aware of their significance (or lack thereof!) in the world. The interconnectedness of life becomes apparent- all living organisms are connected- people too are a part of nature- not apart from nature.


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ABOUT JEFFREY RINK

Jeffrey Rink- the founder of Ecopsychology Africa, graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Pretoria in 1985. He is in private practice in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Jeffrey is a Diplomate of the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (SASCH)- this is a 5-year post-graduate qualification. He had served as Chairperson of the Western Cape Division of SASCH for 3 years, and as such served on the national executive. Jeffrey has been practicing meditation since 1974- a practice he continues with daily to date.

Jeffrey has been at the forefront of Ecopsychology in South Africa. He has been facilitating Ecopsychology retreats since 1998. Ecopsychology affords him the opportunity of integrating his interest in the natural environment and traditional African culture with his profession as Clinical Psychologist and psychotherapist, enabling him to utilise wilderness therapeutically. Jeffrey has presented papers on Clinical Hypnosis and Ecopsychology at professional conferences and been a key-note speaker at an international conference. He has appeared on radio and television shows and presented many public talks on Clinical Hypnosis and Ecopsychology.


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Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River

The Great Wildebeest Migration is astonishing. Each year, more than 1.5 million wildebeest trek from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh grazing. Their crossing of the Mara River is the climax of this odyssey, a spectacle filled with drama, death and endeavour and one of Africa’s great wildlife events.

Here we see wildebeest crossing the Mara River. A chaotic, frenzied, noisy, and dusty scene. What a privilege to experience the great wildebeest migration. With predators lying in wait. Ecopsychology Africa in Tanzania.


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What Our Clients Are Saying

“ Can be introspective, just relax, not do or be anything. No pressure to be anything else other than one’s silent self. One does not have to contribute if does not want to. ”

“The retreat at Manyeleti was an opportunity for me to explore my inner universe, and deepen the conscious connection to myself, community, and Mother Earth in all her beauty. The time away soothed my soul, lightened my spirit, sharpened my mind and nourished my body. Jeffrey’s deep love of nature and all that it holds, his skills as a meditation facilitator, his generous spirit, wisdom and depth of knowledge, coupled with lots of humour and laughter, made it a rich and meaningful experience. Thanks again Jeffrey, I can’t wait for the next retreat!”

“ A trip into the bush with Jeffrey Rink is a journey like no other: a profound wilderness experience that’s both thrilling adventure (encounters with lions, buffalo, elephants, etc.) as well as a uniquely reflective inner journey. This combination is stimulating and deeply healing. Jeffrey picks largely unknown game reserves, guiding small groups of seven or eight people who benefit enormously from his exceptional bush knowledge and psychological insights. A typical day begins at dawn walking out into the bush with a local guide to discover, close-up, not only the animals and bird life but also the age-old indigenous medicinal uses of plants and trees. To meditate under a jackal berry tree with, above, the distinctive cry a fish eagle is matchless. At dusk on a game drive you might see a leopard in at the kill. At night around the camp fire there are shared stories and constant laughter. I have now done eight of Jeffrey’s endlessly stimulating “bush trails” and always return refreshed – and wanting to venture out again for another unique “walk on the wild side.”

“ Just wanted to thank you for an amazing trail! It was absolutely magical and it wouldn’t have been this special with anyone but you guiding the process! I feel so blessed to have been part of it and look forward to many more amazing (and hilarious!) experiences with you! Thanx again! ”

Bryan Rostron

Just wanted to thank you for an amazing trail! It was absolutely magical and it wouldn’t have been this special with anyone but you guiding the process! I feel so blessed to have been part of it and look forward to many more amazing (and hilarious!) experiences with you! Thanx again! ”

“ Thought of Levhuvhu Gorge and thought of this quote “do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ”

“The retreat at Manyeleti was an opportunity for me to explore my inner universe, and deepen the conscious connection to myself, community, and Mother Earth in all her beauty. The time away soothed my soul, lightened my spirit, sharpened my mind and nourished my body. Jeffrey’s deep love of nature and all that it holds, his skills as a meditation facilitator, his generous spirit, wisdom and depth of knowledge, coupled with lots of humour and laughter, made it a rich and meaningful experience. Thanks again Jeffrey, I can’t wait for the next retreat!”

Pearl

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