Martha Beck in Africa

A Message from Martha

IT’S TIME.  

You are ready for that next step; you know it’s bigger and more powerful than personal growth. You feel a deeper call for purpose in your life, and you know it will quite literally take you to places you’ve never been. You know your next steps will help heal not only yourself, but also other people and the world. And those other people — the ones you know you are meant to connect with — well, you can almost see them taking shape in your peripheral vision. These people are part of your village.  

If this sounds familiar, join me for one of our two 2018 African STARs (Self-Transformation Adventure Retreats). Spend a few delicious days—in an intimate group of no more than 12 people—being coached by me, by Master Coach and tracker Boyd Varty, and by my team, in one of the most magical places in the world: Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.  

In this enchanted place, you’ll find that Nature herself has been conspiring all along to lead you to peace, purpose, and deep connection. I love leading the STARs, and Londolozi is one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Its healing and transformative powers help me follow my true path year after year, and I delight in the astounding transformations of our STAR participants.  

During the STARs, what we create together is a special type of community that Boyd and I have been referring to as a village. Village-building is all about establishing a deeper sense of belonging through shared experiences, particularly adventures.  

To build a village, we learn to connect more authentically with ourselves, with one another, and with the energy that we're made of. It’s this magnificent sense of commonality that is especially magical in a place like Londolozi. When you travel into the heart of the bushveld with an intimate group of like-hearted people and see yourself in that place and in its creatures, you feel connected on an entirely new and exciting level.  

Come join us in building a village like no other!  

Martha

Join Martha in building a village like no other! 

The Application process for 2018 is open until Dec. 14, 2017. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people per STAR, depending on occupancy requests. 

Wendy Wyatt

“I’m not sure there are words adequate to express my gratitude for the African STAR experience…you all created a soul stirring retreat, I can confidently say this was one of the best experiences of my life! Thank you for planting the seeds of exploration, illuminating the issue of tracking, opening my eyes to wonder and encouraging me to follow the bread crumbs…not to mention learning to mind meld with a fork!” - Wendy Wyatt

The African STAR will give you . . . 

  • A clearer picture of your life’s mission and how to “track” your purpose  
  • The tools and inspiration for building or connecting with your own village of inspired, open and compassionate people
  • Empowerment to create healing change in every area of your life, including stubborn and long-standing problems
  • A daily practice you can use indefinitely to continue becoming healthier and more joyful
  • An intimate relationship with the earth, the elements, animals, and plants that constitute your natural home and “family”
  • Profound hope for your own future and the futures of all you love

STAR Highlights

  • Twice-a-day game drives guided by Londolozi rangers and local Shangaan animal trackers—you’ll see lions, cheetahs, hippos, leopards, zebra, giraffe, rhino and just about any animal that appeared in your coloring books as a child 
  • First-class luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals in the midst of the African bush  
  • Coaching sessions with Martha Beck in a supportive group setting  
  • In the evening, the STAR “village” gathers for dinner by firelight in the outdoor boma to debrief the day and for storytelling and revelry.  
  • An on-foot animal tracking session that becomes a metaphor for tracking your right life. (There’s nothing like a steaming pile of rhino dung to put you directly onto your life’s purpose!)  
  • Heal yourself and the ecosystem through your support of ecotourism

Londolozi

Londolozi Game Reserve is located in the heart of the South African bushveld, just south of the giant nature reserve, Kruger National Park. Untamed, breathtakingly beautiful, and suffused with the energy of spectacular wildlife, Londolozi Game Reserve is a world-class ecotourism destination that will bring you back to your own true nature. Visitors here experience intimate interactions with the land and animals that are both deeply healing and extraordinarily rare.

Accommodations

If you think a safari means roughing it, think again. You’ll stay in a suite nestled within the trees of Londolozi’s famous Tree Camp. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, world-class cuisine, daily yoga, spa treatments if you wish, and impeccable service. The only reason the doors lock here is to keep out the baboons who have cleverly figured out how to open them.  

Your registration includes: 

  • A rare opportunity to be coached by Martha Beck and her team 
  • Luxurious accommodations at Londolozi for five days and four nights 
  • Three meals a day of world-class cuisine, plus beverages (including house wines, local brand spirits, and beers)
  • Your Federal Air flight to and from Londolozi/Johannesburg
  • At least six game drives, led by local and experienced guides and trackers, during which you’ll see spectacular wild animals in their natural habitat
  • A profound spiritual experience designed to give you greater access to deep inner peace, a palpable sense of your life’s purpose, and empowerment to achieve your goals 
  • The opportunity to help heal ecosystems—a portion of the net profits from the African STAR go to sustaining and reclaiming African wilderness and to educational programs for local Africans through the Good Work Foundation.

Questions

Questions? Contact AfricanStar@marthabeck.com. We are looking forward to helping you. 

Travel Arrangements and Refund Policy 

Travel Arrangements

If you need assistance with travel arrangements to and from Johannesburg, we are happy to recommend Laura Dennis with Destination Travel Center. She can be reached toll free at 1-800-551-1314 or 1-402-397-1314. Or contact her by email at laura.dennis@destravctr.com  

Looking for travel companions? You will be added to the private STAR Facebook page where you can meet your fellow STAR participants and share travel plans and any side trips you may be thinking about.

Refund Policy

If you cancel on or before February 28, 2018, you will be refunded the registration fee paid, less a $2,000 administration fee. If you cancel between March 1-31, 2018, 50% of the registration fee paid will be refunded. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 31, 2018.

African Star

“[The STAR] was about as close to heaven as I’ve ever been. The environment is purely natural but exquisitely elegant. The close-up experience with the animals is truly unfathomable. And the human experience of feeling totally at ease, accepted and nothing but love for those around me was pure bliss. Once I returned home, it took me days to even turn the car radio on. The Zen-like peace persisted and the work-a-day hustle and bustle was unfamiliar and difficult to adjust to. Things in my life took on different meaning because I had been somewhere where the elephants and leopards didn’t care what brand of shoes I was wearing or how much my jewelry cost. What mattered was simply what I was, my spirit, my energy.” -Kym Hibbard

Come join Martha in building a village like no other! 

The Application process for 2018 is open until Dec. 14, 2017. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people per STAR, depending on occupancy requests. 


African STAR Itinerary 

Day 1: Welcome  

Mid-Day: Arrive at Londolozi, check in [Actual arrival time TBA.]  

3:00 PM: Tea and Introductions “Tea” does not accurately describe the afternoon meals at Londolozi. You’ll be treated to a delicious and filling meal of a blend of traditional teatime treats, South African dishes and light noshes. The iced coffee is not to be missed!  

3:30 PM: Silent Game Drive We’ll waste no time getting you out into the bush. You’ll observe the gorgeous landscape and enchanting animals from an open Land Rover, accompanied by Martha, her team, guides and trackers. Assisted by the coaching process, you’ll find that the close encounters with nature at its wildest draw you further away from stress and deeper into peace.  

7:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle We’ll return from the game drive and go directly to dinner and the evening coaching session. You’ll be served a gourmet meal in the cozy outdoor setting of the “boma.” We’ll process what you saw and experienced during the silent game drive and begin diving into tracking your purpose. Be forewarned: one local hyena, affectionately nicknamed “Gorgy,” has developed a habit of dashing through the boma and stealing from the cheese platter.  


Day 2: Entering Inner Peace  

6:00 AM: Game Drive On the game drive that begins this day, you’ll implement strategies for quieting your thoughts and enhancing your sense perceptions. In the past, we’ve found that animals respond to us very differently—with no fear or tension—as the group becomes more deeply calm. This experience will help you “hold” the energy of peace back in your ordinary life.  

10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session Martha will work with the group to release specific anxiety-producing patterns, habits, and thoughts. As these dissolve, you’ll sense the core of peace that can continue to direct your life long after your STAR experience is complete.  

12-3 PM: Mid-day Integration/Rest Break We’ve found that between the jet lag, early mornings and profound insights, that time for rest, reflection and integration is an essential part of the STAR experience. You can nap, journal, take a yoga class, get a massage or relax on your private deck and take in the view.  

3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive On this game drive, you will enter into an active “conversation” with the wilderness, realizing that you are not separate from nature but part of it—as such, you are part of its communication system. We have found that our STAR participants often receive dramatic guidance from the land and animals at this stage in the coaching process.  

6:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle We’ll continue the coaching process and debrief the game drive over dinner.  

Day 3: Tracking Your Purpose  

  6:00 AM: On foot Tracking Exercise/Game Drive “How did I lose track of my right life?” Almost everyone in civilized society asks this question at some point. When you experience the primal methods of tracking large animals such as rhinos or giraffes—you’ll realize that the very skills you need to live your right life are being awakened within you. Half of the group will track during the morning game drive, and the other half in the afternoon. The other group will go on game drive as usual.  

10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session Martha will join the group and debrief with the morning’s trackers. You will begin to viscerally understand how tracking is the ideal metaphor for finding your right life.  

12-3 PM: Mid-day Integration/Rest Break  

3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive/Tracking Continuation of morning Tracking Exercise.  

6:00 PM: Dinner/Evening Coaching Session Continuation of the tracking exercise debrief.  


Day 4: Embracing Your Power  

  6:00 AM: Morning Game Drive This morning begins with a very simple experience: watching nature wake up. From an unusual perspective, you will see the savannah’s “night shift” end and the “day shift” begin. This truly is the greatest show on Earth—and you are an integral part of it.  

10:00 AM: Breakfast and Morning Coaching Session Martha will help you transform the ideas and inspiration that are rising to the surface of your consciousness into form. With their guidance, you will learn the skills necessary to connect into your deeper wisdom so that you may guide your life more confidently and joyfully beyond the bushveld.  

11:30 AM: Londolozi Learning Centre/Mid-day Break Tour Londolozi’s learning center and learn about the Good Work Foundation and their mission to revolutionize learning in Africa and the world.  

3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea/Game Drive This game drive is about practicing your strengthened inner guidance system with true purpose. Here, your inner and outer landscapes begin to merge; nature and your nature feel deliciously aligned.  

6:00 PM: Dinner/Fire Circle A celebratory dinner! Expect the unexpected!  

Day 5: Receiving Your Practice 

  6:00 AM: Final Game Drive, Breakfast and Closing Session Whatever your personal insights from the STAR experience, Martha and the team will help you design a continuing practice to sustain your connection to your true nature. This practice will be both intrinsically rewarding and profoundly life-enhancing. We’ll send you off with hugs, group photos and a lifetime of memories.  

11:00 AM: Plane departs Londolozi  

Here’s the thing about the STAR—you will be in Africa with an entire team at Londolozi completely dedicated to creating a magical, mystical experience for you. So while we publish this schedule to give you a sense of how the days flow, please know my team and I will be changing things up along the way—all of it geared toward giving you the best experience ever. ~ Martha  

Registration and How to Apply

Registration, Deposit and Dates

June 3-7, 2018 or June 10-14, 2018  

$13,650 double occupancy* Shared suite. Choose this option if you’re willing to have a roommate, or if two of you are attending the STAR together. If you’re traveling singly and you select this option, we’ll pair you with a roommate.  

$19,800 single occupancy* Choose this option if you’d prefer your own room.  

Payments: Payments: Either pay in full, or choose the 5-pay plan if you’d like to pay in bite-sized chunks of 5 monthly payments.  

*Note: Air travel to and from your departure city to Johannesburg, Londolozi gratuities, any incidentals, and spa treatments are not included in the registration fee.

The application process for 2018 is open until Dec. 14, 2017. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people per STAR, depending on occupancy requests. 


African STAR FAQ

How will your STAR experience change the world?

Your experience at Londolozi will help — not only you, but also the natural world. A portion of the profits from the STARs go toward healing wild ecosystems from the damage humans have inflicted. This includes making indigenous inhabitants the guardians of the wilderness, by funding education for local Africans through the Good Work Foundation (an educational initiative begun at Londolozi) and the LEAP Foundation (a fund set up in the US to support the healing of ecosystems and their inhabitants). The projects your STAR dollars will support include the restoration of the historic migratory routes of vast herds of antelope, the removal of fences throughout the entire continent that have killed countless animals, adult literacy programs for villagers, and much more.

How is STAR different from other African safaris?

It’s always wonderful to experience the African wilderness. However, the STAR takes that experience and turns it into an all-out embrace of your own inner nature. Every waking moment of the STAR has been carefully designed to help you connect with your essential self and rediscover the joy you were born to experience. This is much, much more than a safari. Some of the most highly trained experts in the world will be focusing intense attention on you, helping make the experience luxurious, exciting, deeply rewarding, and intensely life-transforming.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

Aside from a coaching intensive like no other, the centerpiece of the STAR experience is Londolozi itself. The managers of Londolozi set out to “restore Eden” (the very word Londolozi means “protector of all living things”). The spirit and feeling of this location are completely indescribable – that’s why we’re inviting you half way around the world to experience it for yourself. The animals seem to be affected by this ambience; they respond to humans in ways that are almost nurturing, always enlightening, and different from similar encounters even in other African locations. This is simply like no other place on earth.

Will I receive coaching from Martha?

You will not only receive personal attention from me during the coaching sessions, we will also share many adventures, meals and general festivities that are included on the itinerary. I see this as my chance to do the kind of deep, client-focused coaching I most enjoy.

What type of physical shape do I need to be in?

We can accommodate any level of physical fitness. You’ll have an opportunity to do activities (such as yoga) at whatever level of intensity feels comfortable to you. You may choose to do some light walking but no more than an hour a day, at the most. If you love exercise, you can enjoy Londolozi’s workout facilities and world-class instructors.

How will I sustain and implement what I learned about myself from STAR?

A practice will be custom-designed specifically for you during the coaching sessions. This will help you sustain the positive experience of the STAR through a simple, pleasurable sustained activity. Participants often form lasting friendships that continue to benefit them after the STAR. 

Is it safe to walk around the reserve?

You’ll be asked to have a staff member accompany you if you want to leave the camp (for example, to jog) or walk around when it is dark. Though animals regularly pass through the camp, no one has ever been seriously harmed at Londolozi because every precaution is taken to maintain your safety.

When should I arrive in South Africa? How do I get to Londolozi?

We recommend that you arrive in Johannesburg one to two days ahead of time to recuperate from jet lag. Your flight from Johannesburg to Londolozi and back will be booked by the Londolozi staff and is covered as part of your cost for the STAR. You’ll arrive at Londolozi the first day of your STAR and depart mid-day at the conclusion of the program. If you wish to extend your stay at Londolozi beyond the end of the STAR, you may contact Nichola Palmer at nichola@londolozi.co.za. You must book and pay for your flight from your home to Johannesburg. Laura Dennis at Destinations Travel Center will be happy to help you with flight, hotel, or with extending your trip. Contact Laura Dennis at 1-800-551-1314 or laura.dennis@destravctr.com.

Can I arrive early or stay longer at Londolozi?

Yes, if space is available. You will be responsible for any charges outside of the STAR dates. If you wish to extend your stay at Londolozi beyond the end of the STAR, you may contact Nichola Palmer at nichola@londolozi.co.za to check availability and rates.

If I am coming alone, who will I room with?

If you registered for double occupancy, you will be assigned a roommate. The suites you’ll occupy are very spacious, and many people come on their own.

Where can I get more information about flights, hotels, sightseeing, passports, etc.?

Destinations Travel Center has extensive experience helping travelers visiting Africa and Londolozi. Laura Dennis at Destinations Travel Center will be happy to help you with flight, hotel, or with extending your trip. You may contact her at 1-800-551-1314 or email her at laura.dennis@destravctr.com.

What expenses are included?

With the exception of airfare from your hometown, hotel in Johannesburg, gratuities for the staff at Londolozi, and any incidental purchases, all expenses (including accommodations, flight to and from Johannesburg to Londolozi, meals, activities, and game drives) are included.

Can someone who's not on STAR room with me?

Please note that only STAR participants are allowed on the African STAR, and to stay in the rooms, even in the single rooms. This is because all of the game drives, meals and resources of Tree Camp are part of the STAR while it’s in session, so it’s not possible to offer your non-participating companion the services they require. You’re welcome to arrange to come early or stay on at Londolozi before or after the STAR. You can make those arrangements separately on a space-available basis. We give you the information on how to do that once your application is accepted and you’ve registered.

What kind of clothes and shoes should I pack?

Since June is late autumn/early winter in South Africa, it will be warm when the sun is out and may be quite cold (and we aren’t kidding!) when the sun sets. The atmosphere at Londolozi is very casual and dinner is outside so dressing for dinner means layering up. Here are some things to include when you pack: long and short sleeve tees, sweaters or sweatshirts, comfortable pants and shorts/skirts, walking shoes and/or hiking boots or suitable trainers, sun hat and sun glasses, sunscreen, wind breaker, warm fleece, down or bush jacket, gloves and hat. Please note that Federal Air has a luggage limit of one bag weighing 20kgs (44 lbs) per person, in a soft sided bag if possible. You may store additional bags securely and at no charge at the Federal Air terminal and pick them up after the STAR.

Do I need to get any shots/immunizations?

Londolozi is technically located in a malaria area, though the disease is not at all common there. You should talk to your doctor or travel health clinic about ways to prevent malaria (e.g. taking anti-malaria pills). For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control website.

I really want to go, but what about Ebola?

There have been no cases of Ebola in South Africa.

Are there any scholarships or discounts available for the STAR?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships or discounts for the STAR at this time. All costs related to the STAR are fixed and go towards accommodations, meals, activities, and staff. Additionally, a portion of your fee goes to Martha’s LEAP Foundation, which is helping to bring digital literacy to rural Africa.


Come Join Martha in building a village like no other! 

The Application process for 2018 is open until Dec. 14, 2017. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people per STAR, depending on occupancy requests.