This retreat encompasses the grounded, earthiness of the elephants, with the light-hearted playfulness of the dolphins.
We will meet at Durban airport where air-conditioned transport will take us to Thula Thula luxury private game reserve. Thula Thula is the home of the late Lawrence Anthony, author of “The Elephant Whisperer”. His wife, Francoise, has just launched her magical book, “An Elephant in my Kitchen”. Both books had me in tears.
We will share lunch together and then head out in the early evening for a game drive to find the herd, as well as the rhinos and other animals who are privileged to call Thula Thula home. “The Elephant Whisperer” tells the incredible story of the then matriarch, Nana and her herd, who were brought to Thula Thula utterly traumatised. Most people thought they would have to be killed, but Lawrence was determined to find a way. He and Nana broke down the bonds of human and wild animal distrust and his heart and soul live on in Thula Thula today. Nana is thriving, as are her many many elephant offspring. We will enjoy a beautiful upmarket dinner together and then head to bed to prepare for our morning bush walk after breakfast before we head up to the Mozambique border.
Halo Gaia luxury tented camp is a short hop over the border in Ponta Malongane. Courtney Ward has set up this beautiful forested camp on the edge of the beach, allowing for plenty of time to relax, to swim and just “be”. Where Lawrence is the Elephant Whisperer of Thula Thula, Courtney is the Dolphin Whisperer of Ponta Malongane.
We will enjoy 3 trips out to find the wild dolphins and if they allow, we will enter the water with reverence and swim with them. This is truly a most heart opening and magical experience. While at Halo Gaia, we will also share a group TRE session (Tension and Trauma releasing exercises), meditate, enjoy the fun and freedom of Nia classes as well as have time to meditate and let go the stress of everyday life. Halo Gaia will prepare 4 of our dinners and 3 brunches, with one dinner being enjoyed out in the village.
Come and share the joy of this AquaEarth Retreat and return home grounded and connected to self, yet fluid, free and filled with the dolphin energy of play.