Africa Retreats

Advanced listening and awareness training

It is in South Africa that we establish the cradle of humanity. This adventure is an ultimate return to the foundations of social and physical survival, where the human race was born.
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The Psycom Origin training-adventure is an immersive experience, both theoretical and practical, in the foundations of human communication and interaction with the African environment.

The Psycom Origin adventure is a privileged moment to deepen the foundations of human communication in its environment.

GUIDING AND PROTECTING THE GROUP

More than a million years ago, the first humans walked the African savannah in small groups, daily confronted with the multiple challenges and dangers of nomadic life. This environment has significantly contributed to the biological and psychological evolution of humans. The objective is to rediscover and develop the skills that characterize us as humans. Indeed, it is thanks to listening and awareness that it is possible to survive in a dangerous environment. This adventure is a unique moment to live in real interaction with the African nature, just like the first humans did.
In the African wilderness, it is humans who must work as a team, sharpening their senses and adapting every second to the elements and especially to the animals that are king and master.

FACING THE "BIG 5"

Psycom Origine is a highly specialized retreat-training program whose seminar topics and exercises concern advanced human communication and interaction with the African environment, particularly with the 5 most dangerous animals in Africa, i.e. the elephant, the rhinoceros, the cape buffalo, the leopard and the lion. Indeed, the presence of potentially dangerous animals explains the need for our social and sensory adaptation in order to survive. These are the foundations of listening to our environment.

The adventure consists of alternating seminars specialized in human communication and animal behavior. Daily field exercises and different types of safaris will concretize the learnings.

PSYCOM ORIGINS

Introduction to the nomadic life of early humans
The participant will learn to develop physical, emotional and attentional self-awareness as well as awareness of his environment in real time. This adaptation requires the development of reflexes and skills that are directly transferable to daily life.

Ultimately, the participants will be required to sleep in the savannah for three consecutive nights, in total autonomy. Survival in such an environment directly implies knowledge of adapted behaviors in the savannah, communication with each animal species, reading and comprehension. To do this, specialized seminars are included in order to understand the fundamental variables.

Venturing on foot into the terrain where some of the most dangerous animals in Africa live is not to be taken lightly and is an exceptional experience. It requires a high level of expertise and a unique knowledge of the terrain in order to remain safe at all times.

Dr. Guillaume Dulude will personally accompany the participants and lead most of the seminars and exercises. He will be assisted by Pieter Dunn, a guide specialized in walking safaris. He is one of South Africa’s most recognized guides on the interaction and behavior of Africa’s large animals. He will not only conduct the animal behavior seminars, but will also be in charge of leading the savannah trips as well as the three survival days.

Summary of Activities

  • 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 (2)
  • 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)

Corporate training and team development

Psycom Origin is a specialized training/adventure for team development and leadership. Combining psychology, survival and walking safaris in hostile territory, this unparalleled experience is an individual and collective transformational activity. In addition to creating a common and meaningful experience for members of a team or organization, the guidance of Dr. Guillaume Dulude allows for multiple awarenesss as well as the development of attitudes and strategies that only this environment can offer. Like the urban jungle and the competitive business world, African nature has precise rules. Our ability to survive and prosper is directly related to the development of consciousness and leadership in the present moment. This expedition combines applied psychology, neuroscience, leadership skills, team cohesion and memories that will never fade away.

NEXT EXPEDITIONS

This trip 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.

Group 1 and 2: November 2021

Rate: $6,500 + taxes (CAD)*

* Airline tickets not included

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.

PLANNING

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES