Benefits of the bushveld
Just a few of the advantages and benefits of spending time in the bushveld are shown below. Whether commissioning a corporate learning indaba or joining our personal development retreat, the benefits can last a lifetime:
rigour and provenance
The design and facilitation of your development indaba is undertaken by a team who have over 70 years combined experience in developing and delivering development programmes. This experience covers multiple sectors and cultures in over 30 countries. Whatever specific changes you want to achieve, we deliver programmes that are unique and powerful, that enable and support personal change, growth and performance. We grant our corporate clients all transferable rights.
Just some of the benefits from the work we do include: increased personal leadership flexibility, increased self-awareness, better decision making and problem solving, increased personal effectiveness and productivity, increased engagement, enhanced personal motivation and communication skills, stronger alignment to corporate culture and vision (when appropriate) or participants own career and life goals.
To learn more about the Odyssey approach, background and design ethos, please follow the link.
CULTURAL AWARENESS & DIVERSITY
Being exposed to and engaged in other cultures, especially those in which people live less priveleged lives (by measures often used in fully developed countries), significantly increases our sensitity to, awareness of, and appreciation for, what it means to live in an increasingly connected yet still incredibly diverse and 'unequal' world in which we need to avoid forcing our own belief systems on others. Time spent in Southern Africa will result in an increased empathy and a genuine appreciation and understanding of other cultures, lifestyles and diversity.
We live in a world in which we are under increasing pressure to deliver and stay connected 24/7 - the average person is distracted every 46 seconds, checks their email 74 times a day and switches tasks on their computer 566 times per day. In an increasingly chaotic world there have been significant increases in diagnosed levels of anxiety and depression amongst all people in developed countries, in all walks of life.
Just some of the benefits from spending time in nature include:
- Significant increases in self-reported sense of well-being
- Improved short term memory
- Improved concentration
- Sharper thinking and better creativity
- Restored physical and mental energy
- Feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and negativity were reduced
- Decreased heart rate and levels of cortisol
- Reduced inflammation (to both physical and pathogenic threats)
- Better sleep patterns
- Being more productive
- They felt happier
- They find thinking and making decisions easier
Those highlighted in bold, are more immediate. Supporting well-being should be ongoing (if systems do not already exist) and an integral part of the support given to employees.
the environment and education
Through the integration of talks about conservation from people 'on the ground', and time in the bush, there is an enhanced appreciation and understanding of the impact we have on the environment and what we can all do to reduce human impact.
The focus of our talks is on wildlife, poaching, wild habitats, the impact of monoculture and the 'environmental bystander' effect.
We actively support the work of Wild Tomorrow Fund in Southern Africa and the education of rural school children at the Ntokozo school which is close to the camp we use in the Tugela River Valley, and on the Phongola river near Jozinin in the north of the country.
The benefits from our time together are a re-connection with the natural world, a greater appreciation for the impact people have on the environment and biosphere and what we can all do to help preserve it. If participating in the Invictus Indaba you will also have made a hands-on contribution to a conservation project.
All participation helps raise money for conservation and rural school children in South Africa and development programmes for disadvantaged young adults in the UK. 20% of our profit is donated to these causes.
To learn more about the work of Wild Tomorrow Fund, please follow the link