AFRICA RETREATS

Advanced course in listening and awareness

Life is a challenge for every living being, for humans too. Achieving important goals in life is difficult. Life is a series of trials and a series of risks. Success depends on your ability to take calculated risks and move forward while facing challenges.

This is a training on how to take calculated risks while being immersed in a wonderful and hostile nature.

In Psycom Origin, you will learn a concentration of psychological and physical skills that are necessary for any success. Especially your own.

Psycom Origin is more than an expedition. It is more than a training course. It is more than a safari. It is an experience that will bring out the best in you. Psycom Origin will change the way you see the world.

PSYCOM ORIGIN

Level 1

SURVIVAL SKILLS THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED

  • Start a fire in any condition using a sparkler.
  • Strategic selection of a safe camp site based on animal hazards, weather and terrain conditions.
  • Animal approach strategies and hazard assessment.
  • Determine safe speed and distance based on signs for each animal species.
  • Compass orientation.
  • Smoke and distress signals for rescue.

ANIMAL INTERACTION SKILLS THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED

  • Animal communication: understanding behaviors and signals with each species encountered.
  • Identify the tracks of animals in the immediate environment.
  • Visually identify animals around us.
  • Observation of wild animals on foot.
  • Method of stealth approach, extraction and escape in case of attack.
  • Total autonomy in the African bush, spend a night alone and find your way back effectively.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  • Management of negative emotions and anxiety.
  • Control of impulsiveness.
  • Managing priorities in a stressful context.
  • Developing sustained attention.
  • Managing areas of physical and emotional discomfort
  • Healthy management of the personal ego.
  • Awareness of communication, emotions, physical and emotional sensations.
  • Development of listening to environmental cues and other team members.
  • Ability to grieve, make choices and create plans.
  • Development of behavioral and emotional flexibility.
  • Ability to adapt in a constantly changing environment.
  • Development of confidence in one’s mental, emotional and physical resources.
  • Optimal use of one’s personality traits.

 

Respect for the 5 golden rules when going on expeditions in the presence of the “Big Five”, namely:

  • Stay behind the rifle.
  • Obey the commands of the guide(s).
  • Walk in single file at all times.
  • Keep noise to a minimum.
  • No matter what happens: DO NOT RUN.
  • Summer sleeping bag
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Pairs of heavy socks (2)
  • Knife with belt sheath
  • Hatchet
  • Sparkling stone
  • Ground mattress
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Tent/cover/hamac
  • Sunscreen stick 
  • Water bottles (approx. 4L)
  • Water purification equipment (chlorine tablets, pump or filter)
  • Backpack
  • Pair of binoculars (8×42 or 10×4)
  • Knee pads
  • Eyelash tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses with clear glass
  • Camera or cell phone
  • Pairs of underwear (2-3)
  • Neutral color pants (1-2)
  • Long sleeve shirt or small coat (1)
  • Shorts (1-2)
  • Earth, khaki, army, or camouflage shirt (1)
  • Compass
  • Small pot, metal cup, utensils
  • Headlamp
  • Tylenol
  • Biodegradable wet wipes/toilet paper
  • Dehydrated food (refer to the schedule)
  • Water purification tablets

TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  • Use of a personal communication radio in a group functioning perspective.
  • Development of listening skills for team members.
  • Development of self-respect and respect for others.
  • Understanding the limits of others for optimal team functioning.
  • Example of challenges and activities.
  • Define a strategy to cross a river with hippos.
  • Approach elephants, rhinoceroses and buffalos on foot.
  • Be the leader of the group: guide the group through the bush while carrying a large caliber rifle and ensuring its safety.
  • Good physical health (65 years old maximum).
  • Good psychological health.
  • No current psychological disorders diagnosed.
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain with a backpack weighing a minimum of 35 pounds. The longest day of walking is 15 km on uneven terrain.
  • Based on the experience of all our customers, unless you have undergone specific training to ensure successful walking and backpacking, the maximum BMI is 32.
  • Willingness to take on psychological and physical challenges.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Open to learning and feedback.
  • Ability to swim 40 meters (if not, bring a life jacket).
  • Good listening skills, empathy and respect for others.
  • Willingness to work in a team and to be part of a group.
  • Willingness to communicate with others.
  • Understanding of English (and French).

Some pictures of our last expedition.

Credit: Annie-Claude Roberge.

UNDERSTANDING OF ANIMAL CONSERVATION STRATEGIES

Through the Psycom Leadership & Wildlife Foundation, participants will be introduced to conservation that increases the population of endangered species, including the cheetah. For the first time ever, the center will be able to introduce participants to two new cheetahs rehabilitated by the center.

THE LODGE

Slowing down the race of time and connecting with the calm of its breathtaking natural setting is what the lodge where we will stay for a few nights during the expedition offers us. Psycom Origin is an opportunity to recharge your batteries, to discover the world and yourself.

Psycom Origin is an expedition requiring preparation.

Psycom Origin is an investment in oneself for a better future.

Several immersive retreats will take place in the coming months. Choose the date of your departure according to your preferences in order to prepare yourself properly and ensure your progress. Places are limited and disappear very quickly! To secure yours, sign up on our waiting list. In addition to being informed before everyone else of the next communications and news about these expeditions, you will receive a free participant’s preparation booklet as a gift!

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NEXT EXPEDITIONS ​

This retreat is probably one of the most constructive and adventurous adventures that can be conceived on an African terrain. After several years of working on it, we finally invite you to participate in this experience that will never be equaled.

NOVEMBER 2024

Group 1 : November 11 to 19, 2024 (Full)

Group 2 : November 22 to 30, 2024 (Full)

Dates for upcoming groups will be announced soon. Leave us your e-mail address to receive updates.

Price : US$6900

* Airline tickets not included

PLANNING

Summary of Activities

FAQ

There is no specific preparation required, but it is recommended to be able to walk with a backpack weighing at least 35 pounds, to be in good physical and psychological health.

Some other things to consider:

  • Good physical health (65 years old maximum).
  • Good psychological health.
  • No current psychological disorders diagnosed.
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain with a backpack weighing a minimum of 35 pounds. The longest day of walking is 15 km on uneven terrain.
  • Unless you have undergone specific training ensuring the success of walking and wearing a backpack (based on our entire client base’s experience), we recommend a maximum BMI of 32.
  • Willingness to take on psychological and physical challenges.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Open to learning and feedback.
  • Ability to swim 40 meters (if not, bring a life jacket).
  • Good listening skills, empathy and respect for others.
  • Willingness to work in a team and to be part of a group.
  • Willingness to communicate with others.
  • Understanding of English (and French).

The fee includes training, shipping, lodging and meals, except for dehydrated food – you can refer to the calendar on our website to see when dehydrated food is required.

The destination airport is Port Elizabeth and the expedition takes place in the Grahamstown area of South Africa.

PSYCOM ORIGINE

Level 2

Development in progress… Stay tuned!

Guillaume Dulude

Doctor of Psychology | Founder of Psycom | Best-selling author | International speaker

Guillaume Dulude, Ph.D., is the founder of Psycom. He specializes in and teaches the psychology of human relationships, interpersonal communication and leadership development. A best-selling author, international speaker, producer and TV host, Guillaume popularizes science and makes psychology accessible to the general public through his books and specialized training courses.
He holds a doctorate in research psychology (PhD) and clinical psychology (Psyd) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His thesis research focuses on cognitive processes, attentional systems and consciousness.

Guillaume is as passionate about the theories and foundations of human development as he is about putting them into practice. He stands out not only for his innovative concepts and teachings, but also for his practical demonstration of communication strategies in all environments, types of relationships and socio-cultural contexts. Guillaume works to demonstrate what humans have in common, not what divides them.
He hosts the documentary series Tribal, broadcast on TV5 Monde. This program, which he co-directed, received two nominations at the 35th Gala des Prix Gémeaux (2020) in the categories of Best Documentary Series (Society) and Best Photography Direction (Public Affairs, Documentary Series).

Guillaume appears as a guest specialist on numerous Quebec radio and TV shows (Tout le monde en parle, Demain tout est possible, Dessine-moi un dimanche, etc.). He has appeared every Monday alongside Marie-Claude Barrette on TVA’s Deux filles le matin, then à Marie-Claude. In the summer of 2021, Guillaume will co-host the radio program Ni noir ni blanc on 98.5FM.

Guillaume’s book, Je suis un chercheur d’or, is published in 2020 by Éditions de l’Homme and is a bestseller in Quebec, receiving the Coup de cœur des librairies Renaud-Bray award. The book, which is also available in paperback and audiobook formats, is a guide to the mechanisms of communication and human relations, shedding new light on the meaning of relationships and interpersonal communication.

In 2023, Guillaume Dulude founded the International Day of Courage and Individual Responsibility. For the occasion, he organizes and hosts the first Y Event at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Some 5,000 people attend this large-scale conference, which teaches psychological strategies for, among other things, overcoming stagnation, making the right decisions, moving forward to the next chapter of one’s life and finding meaning in it. With the proceeds from ticket sales, Guillaume raises over $100,000, which he donates to three Quebec high schools to encourage young people to pursue their quest for meaning through individual responsibility.

Anthony KAVANAGH

Humorist | Singer | Actor

For over 30 years, multi-talented Quebec artist Anthony Kavanagh has been performing as a comedian, actor and singer for French-speaking audiences around the world. A true showman in the vein of versatile artists such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) – who also started out in comedy – Anthony now aspires to broaden his horizons.

With his first English-language musical project, Let You Go, Anthony Kavanagh officially launched himself into the world of music. With this first track, Anthony cultivates his own style, blending soul, blues rock and electro in a solid pop package.

Anthony has often lent his voice to the heroes of successful animated films (Disney and Dreamworks), such as Mulan, Happy Feet (1 and 2), The Princess and the Frog, Madagascar (1, 2 ,3), Vaiana, and more recently Aladdin, in which he brings the genie of the lamp to life. In France, he is one of the top 25 comedians of the last 50 years, according to an IFOP survey. With over 1,500 performances in 15 countries and 6 French territories, he is considered one of the best French-language comedians of his generation. A popular master of ceremonies and TV host in both Quebec and Europe, he has hosted the NRJ Music Awards, Juste Pour Rire galas, Le Dancing Show (with the Night of the Proms Orchestra), the Fête de la Musique and Quebec City’s Comediha Fest.

Chris HADFIELD

Astronaut | Technology entrepreneur | Best-selling author

Colonel Chris Hadfield is an astronaut, business leader, high-tech entrepreneur, author of five bestsellers and international speaker on leadership, change and life management.

He has commanded the International Space Station and led numerous companies, and has in-depth experience of best practices for guiding teams in extreme and complex circumstances. Formerly NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, Mr. Hadfield spent over thirty years serving the military, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Throughout his career, he was a fighter and test pilot, flew three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks, crewed the Shuttle and Soyuz shuttles, and commanded the International Space Station. His many awards include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Cross (twice) and the Order of Canada.

Today, Mr. Hadfield is a director and advisor to several technology companies, including SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, Chairman of the Open Lunar Foundation, and is helping King Charles III to establish business practices in space as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative. Hadfield also co-founded Space Stream within the Creative Destruction Lab technology incubator, which has created $1.6 billion in new business value over the past five years.

Hadfield’s talks have been called “astonishing displays of visual storytelling” by Harvard Business Review, and his TED talk, “What I Learned from Going Blind in Space”, has been viewed over 20 million times. He is frequently quoted in national and international media, has given a masterclass and is the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series, “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?” and co-host of the National Geographic documentary series One Strange Rock.

Hadfield is the author of five international bestsellers: two non-fiction books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here; a children’s book, The Darkest Dark, which has been adapted into an award-winning play for young audiences; and two fiction books, The Defector and The Apollo Murders, which are currently under contract to be made into a TV series. As a musician, Hadfield has also released an album entitled Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can. This is the first album recorded in space, and includes the video version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, which has been viewed over 50 million times.

Serena Williams

Former professional tennis player | International sports icon | Philanthropist | Entrepreneur

Serena Williams is much more than a record-breaking tennis champion. Serena has overcome incredible obstacles to win 23 Grand Slams during her career. Her remarkable tennis achievements, combined with her off-court success in business and fashion, make her one of the world’s most recognizable icons and a powerful voice for women and mothers. Serena’s passion for design led her to fashion school, which she attended in between Grand Slams. In 2018, she launched her own clothing line, S by Serena, designed to enable people to look and feel their best. Striving to invest in companies that promote diversity of leadership and opportunity, Serena is evolving the financial investment industry with her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, which has helped 14 start-up companies achieve unicorn status. Serena has also deployed her star power in the world of media and entertainment with roles in films, series, music videos and more. Her award-winning documentary series, Being Serena, continues to inspire people around the world. Her many philanthropic and world-changing initiatives, including the BirthFUND health initiative, prove Serena’s ability to achieve whatever she sets her mind to.

Serena’s strategic thinking, champion mindset and transformative perseverance are palpable and light up the room. To name just a few of her accolades, Serena has received the NAACP Image Award, the People’s Choice Game Changer Award, the Associated Press’s Female Athlete of the Decade and the Independent’s Woman of the Decade. She has also appeared on TIME’s “Most Influential Women of the Last Century” list, as well as Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” and “America’s Richest Self-made Women”. Serena has inspired live audiences at LinkedIn, Adobe, Salesforce, and more.

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