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Workshops – Retreats – Songs that Reconnect – Ceremonies …

Coming up…

Dear Souls on this Journey, we gather early in June, for the first time in Tamboerskloof (Cape Town), to share our voices with songs expressing our gratitude, pain, connection and love for the evolving Gaia we call Home!
In these special events, held every month by Rachael Millson and Joanna Tomkins, we unite in song and ritual, journeying around the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects.

We welcome all voices, all genders, and children are welcome on request. Bring your shakers, instruments, and a cushion. There is no need to know how to sing. Song sheets are provided. Each session is unique, reconnecting us to our belonging in the web of life. Please arrive 15 min early, in order to settle into the space.

Please share with others, as we grow this movement of heart and Earth connection.

On donation (R100 suggested)

Bookings are essential. Please book in advance.

Animas in Africa

2 Nature and Soul Retreats in July and August…

We are very excited to share with you that Animas Valley Institute are coming for the first time to South Africa, providing us with the opportunity to attend one of 2 rich immersions into the mysteries of nature and the psyche – Wildmind and Soulcraft.

Animas Valley have been offering contemporary Vision Fasts, solo nature immersions, and soul and nature-based Intensives since 1980. In alignment with our vision here at GaiaSpeaking, we are delighted to be part of the partnership that brings these programmes here to SA. Designed to support individuals to gain clarity on how they come into clearer alignment with the Self, these two Intensives enable participants to offer themselves as cultural change agents, in service of the healing of our world…

Join the Zoom on 1st June to find out more!

“In a time where we can choose to go down countless life paths,
how can we know which is the most propitious?”

Leshiba Wilderness & Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat proudly present
the ‘Wild Mind’ and ‘Soulcraft’ Intensives

“Given that the human soul is the very core of our human nature, when we are guided by soul, we are guided by nature. Both soul and greater nature do guide us in our individual development, whether or not we ask for this guidance.” – Bill Plotkin, Author & Founder of Animas Valley Institute

Curious to find out more?
Join Brian Stafford MD MPH for a one-hour conversation about nature and soul, and learn more about the upcoming Wild Mind and Soulcraft Intensives here in South Africa.
Live on zoom –  6pm on Thursday 1 June.
Email to secure your free place.
Meet the guide: Brian Stafford, MD, MPH
About Brian:

Brian Stafford has previously trained as a cultural psychiatry fellow at University of Cape Town Department of Psychiatry. Now, he is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul.
He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation.
He guides with humour, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should, and was meant to be. A native of Colorado and the former holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and paediatrics, he is an avid outdoorsman, teacher, writer, mentor, partner, and parent.
He guides individuals and groups in Southern California, the Colorado River Basin, and wherever he is invited. He guides individuals to the place they most long and fear to go – the numinous depths of their soul. Brian currently makes his home in Ojai, California.
Join guide Brian Stafford MD, MPH on a wild exploration of mind and soul.
About the Animas Valley Institute

Founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980, Animas Valley Institute offers a rich assortment of guided immersions into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including Soulcraft intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides

Wild Mind at Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat Dates: 28th July – 1st August 2023

Based on the renowned soul guide Bill Plotkin’s book – Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche or Soul, this 5-day intensive is an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature. Read more…

  • how to recognize and consciously cultivate the four facets of the Self — your innate human wholeness
  • how to identify the subpersonalities that supported you in childhood and adolescence to adapt to the challenges of family and social life, but ultimately became barriers to your full and authentic humanity
  • practices and guidelines for cultivating relationships between the Self and your subpersonalities, enabling you to heal your subpersonalities, discover their gifts, and foster Self-actualization
  • how each facet of the Self provides essential resources for the underworld journey (the descent to soul), its radical transformation of personal identity, and for living as a visionary artisan of cultural evolution.

We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagery work.

Email Rachael at to book your place for the Wild Mind Intensive

Soulcraft at Leshiba Wilderness Dates: 3rd – 7th August 2023

Join the first Animas Soulcraft Intensive immersion in the untamed and rich wilds of Africa with Brian Stafford, MD, MPH.
The Soulcraft Intensive is the popular five-day experiential plunge into the wild depths of Soulcraft; a synergistic set of nature-based practices designed to evoke the life-shifting experience of soul encounter. Read more…

Soulcraft practices include:

Soulcentric Dreamwork, Deep Imagery Work with Animal Guides, Talking Across the Species Boundaries, The Way of Council, Soul Tasks in Nature, Self-Designed Ceremony, Shadow Work, Soul Poetry, Sacred Wound Work, Synchronicities: Working with Nature’s Signs and Omens, Befriending the Dark, Ecstatic Trance Drumming and Dancing, many others!

By the end of the intensive, you will understand yourself and your place in the world from a more soul-oriented perspective, be clearer about the gifts you were born to bring to the world, and have new skills to enrich your life and to defend the health of the more-than-human world.

Email Lara at to book your place for the Soulcraft Intensive

Online 5-part Workshop in the Work that Reconnects: “Active Hope in the Great Turning”

We are grateful to share this series of 5 workshops with you.

Ever wondered how to face the mess we are in without going crazy?

Many of us today find ourselves playing a new and important role as activists, because we simply do not want to align with this ‘Great Unravelling’ our planet is suffering, one species at a time.

We believe this can be turned around, one human heart at a time.

It’s very arduous to find the strength alone to keep spreading consciousness and act according to our beliefs day after day.

If you feel this too, please join us to gather some collective strength with a like minded community online, every Tuesday, during the month of May…

In this online workshop, we create a space to re-energise, restore our sense of purpose and kindle community to support us moving forward.

The group will engage through Work that Reconnects exercises and rituals, participation and sharing, facilitated by Rachael Millson and Joanna Tomkins, in a comfortable and intimate online format.

Tuesday evenings 6pm – 8pm UK (7pm – 9pm SA) from May 2nd to May 30th

Join us for this life-changing group experience that will support you to navigate the complex nature of our times.

Click here for further information on this workshop “Active Hope in the Great Turning

True Nature SoulQuest with Rachael Millson

True Nature SoulQuest is an incredible opportunity for a nature-based transformational soul journey that will connect you to your truest Self and bring clarity to how you can use your unique gifts in service of humanity and the greater Earth community.

This programme incorporates 1 full-day in-person session per month, 1 online check-in per month, self-directed nature-based soulcraft practices and recorded processes, and a sunrise to sunset solo nature immersion.

1 spot left for SoulQuest starting 7th May 2023 (6 months journey)

Click here for further information on True Nature Soul Quest

Vision Quest – 24 to 28 May – with Tass Two Crows Flying

A vision quest involves going into nature alone, often with the support of a community to which you return, and seeking the truth as it relates to you (and your community). Ceremony and fasting are used to connect with a state of emptiness that makes space for your hero’s journey to be birthed.

A vision quest can help you tap into the unseen wisdom all around and inside you – spirit guides and your own intuition – by turning off the ‘stimulation’ button for 3-4 days and soaking up the healing, sacred vibes of the natural world, best done in solitude.

Solo quests open us up to answers about our life purpose and how to move on from old, difficult or traumatic experiences or patterns.

In May, our dear friend and teacher, Rev Tass Two Crows Flying, is offering a 3-day/night Vision Quest in beautiful indigenous forest at Blomerus Farm, adjacent to Bodhi Khaya, from 24 to 28 May. This is a unique opportunity in South Africa to quest for a vision under the guidance of an exceptional Shamanic teacher and guide. Tass is taking last bookings this week, please contact her before 1sty May to join the Quest.

For more information email Tass on