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The Spirit of Teens 2017

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Why I love what I Do!
It seems that in our time there is a lot of focus placed on achievement, success, wealth and with this comes a high level of anxiety and not-coping in the teenagers of today. Their fear of failure and disappointment is literally tangible, taking them as far as having suicidal thoughts and even suicidal actions! This past week, alongside the inspirational Thea Khama and other voluntary mentors, I have been facilitating the annual Teen Spirit Camp in Gaborone. Teen Spirit – Uncover the Genius Within, is primarily a youth mentorship program using self discovery and a peer mentorship model created by Thea in 2010. The program is about training young people and equipping them with copying mechanisms and skills, empowering them to transform their own future. The Teen Spirit Camp is followed by a year-long mentorship program, in which the teens but also their mentors experience positive change in their lives through facilitation, guidance and the implementation of new …

"Globetrotterin"

“GLOBETROTTERIN”

Nach meiner Krankenschwesterausbildung in 2008 in Stuttgart, wollte ich ‘einfach nur mal weg’ um die Welt zu entdecken! Ein paar Monate mit Pferden in einem Wildtierreservat in Südafrika zu arbeiten, hörte sich fantastisch an und war genau das worauf ich Lust hatte. Damals konnte ich garnicht wissen, wie diese Entscheidung mein Leben für immer verändern würde. Ein Ereignis führte zum nächsten, und im Juli 2008 erfüllten wir uns einen langjährigen Traum. Mein heutiger Mann Lloyd und ich begaben uns auf eine Reise der besonderen Art, eine Reise voller Begegnungen, echtem Abenteuer und Strapazen, gemeinsam mit unseren geliebten Pferden um ein geliebtes Land.

Es gibt Erfahrungen im Leben, die einem für immer im Gedächtnis bleiben. Dazu gehört für mich sicherlich diese 7411 Kilometer lange Reise zu Pferd, einmal um das Land Südafrika herum. Um auf die Afrikanische Pferdepest aufmerksam zu machen, begaben wir uns im Juli 2009 auf einen Ritt, der uns für ein Jahr und sieben …

Children in the Wilderness Limpopo Valley 2017

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Children in the Wilderness Limpopo Valley 2017 




‘Children in the Wilderness Limpopo Valley’ was founded in 2009 and operates within the Northern Tuli Game Reserves Association. One of the association members, Mashatu Game Reserve, kindly donated the use of its tent camp to the program again for this year. Having recently joined the team as the Wildlife Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at Mashatu, I was asked to be the camp coordinator for this year. 





The CITW Camp is about giving children an opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, to experience a protected reserve area as if they were tourists and at the same time being educated about the value of reserves for the country, the tourism industry and also available career pathways within. The Limpopo Valley region is currently running the CITW camp for three local schools, and for the past two weeks we have had groups of children from Lentswe Le Moriti Primary, Mothlabaneng Primary and Mathathane Primary school attend …

Walking with the San

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Walking with the San

The San are the indigenous people of Southern Africa, calling it their home for tens of thousands of years. Largely hunter-gatherers, their territories spanning across the vast expanse of wild, untouched African nature. The tribes are well-known for their profound connection with their land, their intimate knowledge of the natural world, and the delicate balance they have maintained for millennia with the environment.

It fills me with excitement and gratitude, that I can spend a week at the end of May, walking with them in the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert in Botswana, has been described in many ways, but for me what it depicts is untouched desert beauty, solitude with sky around one as far as the eye can see.
The above sounds like from a book or movie, and it’s hard to comprehend, that in 2017, the Western way of life has almost but engulfed the way of the Bushmen, like many other indigenous tribes. Indigenous cultures are diminishing as rapid as our wildlife and…

Horse Time # 1

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'Horse Time'
When the young women from the Sisters of the Wilderness project arrived, I hadn't decided on an approach or structure yet. To be honest, it was worrying me slightly, though I made a conscious decision to believe in the process and that clarity on the subject matter was going to come at the right time. Of course the intention of the horses and my work, is to bring awareness and growth to the women's lives, bringing nature and wilderness closer to them, in a spiritual as much as in a physical way. For a while now I am believing more and more, that the horses are building bridges connecting us humans to ourselves, nature and those around us (both 2 and 4 legged), and their inapt ability to sense into the most inner parts of ourselves never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Horses pick you up, where you are at, a true blessing! Within the first few moments of meeting, the theme for the time with the Sisters of the Wilderness emerged. Our time in the presence of …

Words from a stranger

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Sometimes, unexpected wise words from a complete stranger are the most powerful and can make you change your life. A few weeks ago I wrote this post on Instagram:

<< I was approaching a little shop and as I walked up to the counter, I could see that the salesman wasn't in a happy mood... so I gently asked him what was wrong ... he hadn't been sleeping, and it's a long shift over 12 hours and he's tired today he said ... somehow I wanted to uplift his mood and help make him feel better ... so I said to him "just think of the time when you back home and you can rest and the day will pass by in no time." He looked me straight in the eye and the profoundness of his words struck me when he said: "No Mam, there is just one thing I have to do, and that is to CHOOSE to be OK and then I am going to be fine again..". >>

Happiness is a choice, being of use and purpose is a choice ... Each and everyone of us is responsible for our own happiness. But…