Posted by: matthewlwright | 5 March, 2009

Welcome

Here are some reasons for you to do this program?

  • Find clarity for your career. “Find what you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life ” – Confucius
  • Find clarity for your personal life – with a partner, a family or independently. Solo time brings into relief what is important – and with it the confidence to follow your heart.
  • Experience a Rite of Passage missing in Western Society- Our inspiration comes from the Vision Quests undertaken by young Native American adults and we have adapted it over 10 years to make it accessible and relevant for Australia in the 21st century.
  • Just for the sheer challenge of spending three days alone. (Remember – you choose the level of challenge that works for you. Whether it is 50m or 5 km away – for 6 hours or 3 days you will be supported and respected).
  • Just learn to enjoy your own company without the distractions of music, tv and internet.
  • Find your creativity – whether to uncover a simple pleasure or to design your own life.
  • Gain confidence in surviving in a wilderness setting with experienced support close at hand.
  • Enjoy the simple peace of a wilderness context over an extended period. Notice how you become a part of it and birds and animals begin to take you for granted.

Here are some excepts from our Testimonial page:

My first solo changed my life in an extremely positive way……..a really essential part of the routine of my life; a way of bringing myself back to myself, keeping life in perspective and finding a great sense clarity for my future.  Zac

Matthew and his team were great, providing excellent support both logistically and in creating an environment in which to explore goals and deeper concepts. I’d recommend this experience to every human being to do at least once in your life.  Tammy

For me, the power of the experience was to drive a concentrated improvement in self-awareness…….These insights give me the tools to ensure that I prioritise the really important things in life, and how I most constructively go about making a difference to those around me who I love.   James

Fantastic experience ! Spending the weekend “solo” was absolutely brilliant. Slowing down, taking time to listen to the birds, listen to my heart and listen to the fire crackle was amazing.  Matt C

I learnt a lot during this program. I learnt that the question is not ‘what did you do?’ but instead ‘Who were you this weekend?’ I was powerful, I was creative, I was CONNECTED, I was free and I AM ALIVE! So… if you dare to ’still’ yourself enough to ask the big questions, then, you will hear. Your life will be re-energized and you will regain the essence of your being… yes I’d recommend it!  Jason

For me the solo experience was one of the most challenging and at the same time rewarding experiences I have ever had. Charlotte

It.. “restores their souls.” Linda

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Posted by: matthewlwright | 5 March, 2009

Testimonials – Past Participants

I went into my solo experience expecting to reconnect with nature and have a break from life… what i ended up doing was reconnecting with mySelf and the oneness of the world.

Completing a university degree, changing careers, getting married and becoming pregnant within a year left me wondering where I was at. The solo experience allowed me to create a space where i could really explore for myself.

The valley in which we went is magical, and the perfect place for such a journey. The longer i spent in my ’space’ the more nature revealed to me, this whole incredible world that goes on without us as we disconnect with computers, jobs, phones, pursuits. Taking the time out filled me with awareness and gratitude for the little things.

I created my ’space’ along a creek surrounded by gorgeous gum trees backing onto a hillside. I had planned to simply write a few goals, observe nature and try to deal with the silence, what i found was the energy in this ’space’ inspired me to draw, write, explore, meditate and create; things i hadn’t given myself the opportunity to do in a long time.

The absence of those things we take for granted everyday like conversation with others, music, mobile phones, tv, internet and even the sounds of the city that we live… left the most amazing gap to explore ME. I won’t lie there was definately one afternoon of those 48 hours that I was close to calling it quits with boredom and angst of having to spend time with just myself, but then as if by fate a thunderstorm came through the valley and washed away that fear and replaced it with a deeper connection to mySelf and the planet. I felt a massive sense of accomplishment, awareness and connectedness when we all met up to share our experiences at the end of the weekend. Its hard to describe that feeling of ‘knowing’ that comes with completing such a journey.

Matthew and his team were great, providing excellent support both logistically and in creating an environment in which to explore goals and deeper concepts. I’d recommend this experience to every human being to do at least once in your life.

Tammy Guest, Newcastle, Australia

My solo experience was both extremely challenging and exhilarating. Below I have attempted to prove some illustration of my experience including the micro, the macro and an indication of my insights. For me, the power of the experience was to drive a concentrated improvement in self-awareness.

I chose a spot in a field close to the creek. My intent was to reflect on what we normally consider to be the ‘big’ things in life – my career, my relationship, my life. I was amazed to discover that I thought about none of these things. After caring for my basic hygiene needs (shelter, food, water), I found myself not doing, but just being.

On entering my environment I noticed a bubble that existed – a vacuum of nature around me. As I sat still and simply obverved what was going on around me I found nature and the wilderness integrating itself back into the environment. There was beauty exposing itself in micro. The detailed beauty of butterflies, the vibrant colours of crickets, the flight of Kookaburras.

The storm that swept through on Saturday night, the stars on moonlight nights, and strength and height of trees and the escarpments reminded me of the power of the world and universe.

I was lucky enough to have several experiences manifest into insights on my behaviour and how I achieved my goals in life. These insights give me the tools to ensure that I prioritise the really important things in life, and how I most constructively go about making a difference to those around me who I love.

James Brigham, Sydney, Australia.

For me the solo experience was one of the most challenging and at the same time rewarding experiences I have ever had. As someone who thrives on constantly being surrounded by technology and the ebb and flow of people in my life, I approached the challenge of 24 hours alone in the bush with a certain amount of trepidation. I can’t say it was ever easy and the time certainly didn’t fly by. In fact I have never been more aware of the minutes and seconds ticking over as I was over the course of the 24 hours that I was alone in the bush with only my thoughts for company. I took the opportunity to draw, meditate and reflect on things that my busy life hadn’t allowed me to think about until that moment. There were times that it all seemed too much and I didn’t think I could face looking at myself so closely. However when the 24 hours was up I was surprised at how much I wanted to stay where I was. When I finally emerged from my “space” it was with an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment that I rejoined civilisation. I have often thought since then about how lucky I was to experience something so powerful at only 17 years old, that most people never have the opportunity to do in their entire lifetime.

Charlotte Grien – Sydney. NSW. Australia.

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