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Sacred Ecology Retreat

  • Rockwood Farm cedarberg western cape South Africa (map)
“Deep ecology emerges out of deep experience of nature. We have to touch the soil, walk in woods, swim in the sea, watch the clouds and celebrate the sunset. Only from such experience can a deep commitment to respect and care for nature arise. Only then can we move from consumerism to conservation.
— Satish Kumar: Soil. Soul.Society - a new trinity for our time
Learn how to see. Explore the art of science and the science of art. Realise that everything connects to everything else.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

Join BiomimicrySA and Genius of Life for this inspiring retreat exploring the sacred in nature and ourselves, deepening the “re-connect” component of the practice of biomimicry.

Sacred:  entitled to reverence and respect, highly valued and important.

Ecology: concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments, the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment, an often delicate, intricate or complex system.

An Invitation

To explore life at the intersect of science, consciousness, ecology and community – brought alive through experience, explanation, creativity, conversation, contemplation - and, most importantly, immersion in the diverse and dramatic landscape of the southern Cederberg ecosystem.

We will explore the deep patterns in nature, and what this reveals about the sacred interconnectedness of all things, in particular how we ourselves fit within the larger harmonics of nature and the cosmos. This will be a melding of art, science, wonder, and deep presence within the natural world, with reflections on the fascinating re-emergence of biomimicry and the potential to deepen its application in the conscious design of a world that nourishes all life at multiple levels.

It is a journey of re-enchantment, intended to generate hope and enable inspired action from a profoundly deeper and wider perspective.

Venue: Rockwood Farm

Venue: Rockwood Farm

Attuning to Life’s Flows

For every process of entropy (leading to degeneration/disorder ) there is a process of syntropy (self-organising formative processes of life that are generative). The best example of Syntropy, is life itself.  It is the law of order and organization, finality and differentiation, the ability to attract, evolve and bring together ever-increasing complex forms creating something new. 

Taking time to explore and connect with these deep patterns in nature – within, without, above, below – is rare. Yet when we do, we broaden and deepen our (re)connection to ourselves, to nature and beyond into the cosmos - and our capacity to nurture life.

So much of our attention focuses on the entropic forces at play – the degeneration of our bodies, our politics, our ecosystems, our world. Can we empower new potentials, bring new systems into being, through our consciousness of, and interconnectedness with syntropic forces? How can we bring the health of ourselves and our systems into resonance with the harmonics of the natural world?

Areas of Learning

  • Observing life’s principles in nature – considering how this wisdom, evolved over millenia, might guide the way we work, live and act in the world

  • Traversing the territory where science meets sacred – the holofractographic universe, holistic systems, sacred geometry, interrelatedness, syntropy, cycles of life, creative evolution.

  • Contemplating our own ‘story’ inside earth’s great story – the evolution of consciousness and our own evolution from ego to eco-consciousness

  • Slowing down - attuning the senses to a vaster universe, our participation in it and what is emerging/being called for from the future.

  • Sharing what moves us, inspires us, troubles us, as we reawaken our wilder selves

  • Learning to see, feel, hear and sense all of life  - from the wild creatures in the rock pools to the ancient art on the rock faces

Take Home

  • A sense of wonder and possibility inspired by where science meets spirituality

  • A greater sense of your wilder self and what it ‘knows’

  • Appreciation for the ‘dance of life’ and your participation in it

  • A deepened ecosophy – informing how you might live, work and act in the world

Rockwood Farm

Rockwood Farm

Daily Activities will include:

  • Night and day walks, swims and silent and experiential exercises in Rockwood wild spots – cliffs, rock pools, river, rock art sites

  • New theory – multi-media presentations and experiential practices

  • Group conversation and shared learning  - fireside at night, under the trees during the day

  • Optional: art, music, dance, storytelling…

  • Personal time – introspection, journaling, visioning


Dates: 22-27 Mar 2020 (DATES TO BE CONFIRMED)

Location: Rockwood Farm, Cedarberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Cost: R8000pp mostly shared accommodation, single can be arranged (discount for couples who share a room with a double bed). Includes 5 nights accommodation, all vegetarian meals, participant material, immersion content and facilitation. Excludes VAT, drinks, and transport to the Cederberg venue

For more information or to register, contact: info(a),


Claire Janisch, Biomimicry Professional, Director of BiomimicrySA

Bridget Woods, MSc in Leading and Facilitating Transformative Change, Fireglow

Humanity stands at a transition point. We have developed technology that has allowed us to manipulate our external landscape, the material world, to an incredibly high degree. But we have yet to fully accept the challenge of understanding our internal landscape, the spiritual world and the power of the mind, with any degree of sophistication and maturity. It’s pretty clear in mythological terms what happens with this approach. It is called a “wasteland” scenario. Humanity becomes alienated from nature and from itself. Our instincts become duller and we can no longer recognise our beating heart as the beating Heart of Humanity and the beating heart of Mother Earth. Nature does not speak to us and we do not speak to it. At this point of development, the existence of the human soul might even be questioned as a fairy tale. This is a state of materialism that has gotten profoundly out of balance. It is the mark of materialism to believe that the immaterial or insubstantial either does not exist and/ore is inherently useless.
— Peter Shea, The Alchemy of the Extraordinary