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.

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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.

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.

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 (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)

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, buffalos and lions 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.
  • Good psychological health.
  • No current psychological disorders diagnosed.
  • Ability to walk on slightly uneven terrain with a backpack weighing a minimum of 25 pounds.
  • 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 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.

Some pictures of our last expedition.

Credit: Annie-Claude Roberge.

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.

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.

MAY 2022

Group 1: May 8-16, 2022

Group 2: May 19-27, 2022

Fare: $7,900 + taxes (CAD)*

* Airline tickets not included

PLANNING

Summary of Activities

PSYCOM ORIGIN

Level 2

Development in progress… Stay tuned!