If we are willing to be still and open enough to listen, wilderness itself will teach us.

Steven Harper

Moving from the Ego to Eco

Ecopsychology Africa explores the relationship between human beings and the natural world with a view to better understanding how our connection to the environment affects our mental and emotional well-being, and how we can use this connection to promote positive personal and social change.

Fostering a sense of self and purpose

Ecopsychology experiences facilitate the transition from an egocentric view of the world to an eco-centric perspective. Connecting with wilderness allows us to connect to the depth of self.

Our founder, Jeffrey Rink, 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 a 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.

Participants on our bespoke Ecopsychology Africa retreats are limited to small groups of 6 to 8 people. We advise early booking and deposit to confirm your place.

Join us on our next Venda Sacred Walk retreat.

14 - 20 April, 2024

Venda Sacred Walk

First conceived by Ecopsychology Africa in 2001, the Walk ultimately came to fruition as a community project in 2017. Most Venda people in the area live traditionally and have a deep connection to Land and Spirit. As we walk, we move towards a deeper understanding of this profound connection, and through this, how our wellbeing is interlinked with the more-than-human world. We encounter earthy music and dance, traditional healers, story tellers redolent with the rich mythology of Venda. Formal meditation furthers the trance experience of this enchanting, entrancing world, altering consciousness naturally, step by ensuing step. This indeed is a ‘trance-formative’journey.

The Venda Sacred Walk takes us deep into the spiritual heart of Venda in the Soutpansberg Mountains. We stay in villages neighboring the Sacred Lake — Lake Fundudzi, and the Sacred Forest — the Thathe Vondo Forest.