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Master Mindful Photography In South Africa
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22 Jun 2022 - 28 Jun 2022
6 Days
Kruger National Park, South Africa
5 Nights
All Meals Included
Maximum of 9 People
Natacha Wauquiez
Passionate about the African wilderness & personal development
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How This Trip Will Change Your Life

Spending time photographing, journalling and reflecting in solitude, while walking among wild animals, will give you the space to explore your senses and begin to understand what it is that shapes and influences you, your needs and perceptions.
You will learn essential photographic tools and techniques, the characteristics of light, the elements and principles of composition and visual communication. Additionally, the one-to-one mentoring by the facilitator guarantees personal attention which will improve your photography skills drastically.


Wild Rivers Nature Reserve in South Africa is a game reserve within the Blyde and Olifants Conservancy. It boasts a diverse landscape with rocky outcrops and savanna where plains game roam freely. And the Pafuri district in Northern Kruger is regarded as the best walking area in the Kruger National Park. This ancestral land of the Makuleke people or Pafuri, is blessed with exceptional biodiversity and scenery.

This trip will take you to both of these stunning locations. Over six days, two days in Wild Rivers nature reserve and four days in Pafuri, you will learn how to compose photographs that represent a more in-depth perspective, both inwards and outwards. You will also learn how to connect intuitively and consciously with nature, and access your creative potential with a camera. The workshop will steer you back towards a deeper relationship with nature and conscious engagement with your creative impulse. Through daily practices you’ll meet nature with an expanded awareness to develop and refine your inner conversations.

Your facilitator for this trip is Herbert Brauer, a filmmaker, photographer and coach who has spent many hours in remote wilderness, mostly in Southern Africa. His passion for animals and a sense of deep connection with the wilderness inspired his commitment to conservation from a young age. Herbert’s professional experience includes guiding safaris, stills photography and Creative Nature Facilitation. He’s best known for his appearance as a wildlife cameraman in the National Geographic documentary, The Last Lioness, a conservation classic widely acknowledged internationally.

The programme is developed for both beginner and experienced photographers, videographers and filmmakers dedicated to creating a new, more harmonious vision for themselves and our beautiful planet. It’s expected that you will have a basic understanding of your cameras (charging batteries, formatting cards, digital workflow, etc) and the basic photographic process (selecting iso, aperture, shutter speed, focus) to make the most of your time. It’s important to note that the emphasis of the tuition, experiences and practices during this workshop lies on the multitude of processes and aspects happening before you press the shutter, rather than during post-production editing.

What's Included
  • Pre-trip Zoom calls with Herbert to ask any logistical questions you might have. You may also meet and get to know other trip participants here.
  • Six nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (100% fresh vegetarian food sourced from local providers and farmers), water & soft beverages
  • All activities included in the itinerary - game drives, bush walks, sundowners, picnics
  • Traditional safaris in open 4x4 vehicles and encounters with the Big Five
  • Four day walking safari with the opportunity to dip your feet in the famous Luvuvhu river
  • Amazing bird sightings with over 350 bird species
  • A visit to the fever tree forest, Lanner Gorge and a local village which is part of the Makuleke community
  • Mindfulness meditations and guided self-reflective time throughout the trip
  • Private road transfers between lodges
  • Park & Conservation fees for Wild Rivers and Pafuri
  • Tips and relevant taxes
  • Post-trip support group calls to keep you on track with your learnings

Good to Know
– International and domestic flights are not included
– No-shows are non-refundable
– No cash refunds can be given
– Travel and medical insurance are compulsory
– Additional activities not mentioned in the package (massages, spa treatments) are not included
– Covid-19 PCR testing (count approx. R800 for a test in Hoedspruit).
– Laundry is not included
– Curio shop & personal purchases are not included
– Telephone calls are not included
– Any new taxes, fees, levies, fuel or other increases that may be subject to change without prior notice

What You Need
– A DSLR, mirrorless, bridge or compact camera with manual mode options for focus, aperture, shutter speed and iso, covering the range between wide angle and short telephoto lenses
– A tripod large enough to hold your camera stable
– A laptop with a basic photo editing programme and either built in or external card reader.
– A solid understanding of your digital workflow – how to download images onto your computer or hard drive, and how to perform basic exposure and contrast control tasks.
– Post Production editing offers vastly additional opportunities to the creative expression (No workflow or lightroom skills will be taught)
– A journal and pen

– This retreat is fully compliant with COVID-19 protocols and will keep all participants safe & healthy during your travels
– On arrival, although in a wilderness setting, you will be required to complete a quick Covid-19 form and your temperature will be taken.
– Throughout your trip, social distancing will be practiced with the local staff, regular hand sanitising will take place and masks worn in public areas
– Protocol will continue to evolve in accordance with the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommendations and South Africa’s legal requirements & mandatory measures.

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