A sustainable civilization can only exist if reciprocity remains a core value.
RETURN TO ORIGIN mentors their leaders, so they can take their gifts back to their community.
‘The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers.’ — Margaret Meade
The inner genius for life aspires to meaningful work and genuine purpose. It would have us undertake the seemingly-impossible tasks of transforming culture and helping to heal nature Michael Meade.
A rites of passage must be marked with a ceremony witnessed by the community.
These young men and women have completed a 3 year program in returning to their origin. Through deep nature connection, rigorous inner work, reflection and creative projects they have received direct hands on lived experience essential to Indigenous Knowledge Leadership Programs.
They have tracked with the Khomani San Bushmen, walked the Umfolozi trail, studied san rock paintings with Dr Jeanette deacon, Craig Foster and Leon Lewis has worked with them as a guide to their original signature and Anna Breytenbach provided animal communication training.
They have served underserved communities around Cape Town through our Guardians for Nature program, providing day long trainings to reconnect young people to nature. Through Return to Origin's Trees for Tomorrow project they have along with the community planted nearly a 100 trees. We have witnessed unique transformation when inner and outer work are a parallel process often overlooked by most leadership programs.
We celebrate the next steps of their journey.
Builds sustainable systems, and healthy communities, where the issue of well-being and self-worth are at the heart of our project designs.
Drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, with a focus on cultivating a connection to the land and nature we offer powerful transformative and long-lasting forms of cultural and environmental education often omitted in leadership programs.
Assists our leaders to give back to the next generations, establishing a reciprocity where an understanding of our rich heritage and legacy is deeply rooted. Guardians for Nature Project
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RETURN TO ORIGIN understands that when we bring our gifts to the community, the community thrives. Many people due to life depleting circumstances, do not have the resources or will to go beyond their day to day impoverished lives. And yet amongst these people are rich, brilliant souls, whose potential will never be discovered, simply because they have not been seen, witnessed or acknowledged, and they fall between the cracks, because through no fault of their own, society has failed them.
RETURN TO ORIGIN offers their leaders opportunities for reciprocity and greatness. And in doing so, return to their communities to seek out the limitless potential of others, where the knowledge will be shared and a platform for others to shine will be built. When the inner and outer foundation of our lives is strong, and we commit, “providence” as Goethe says, “moves too. Boldness has power and magic in it.”
Precious knowledge is dying out with the elders in indigenous communities, due to a lack of resources. Those that are left are falling into a “Great Forgetting”
RETURN TO ORIGIN, recognises the “big” work of elders in the world. Western society has sent the message that elders have no use, and many elders, grandparents, fall into the great forgetting, of which Alzheimers is a product. Indigenous elders have always recognised that the knowledge must be passed down, through love of the environment, story telling, art work, tracking, play, song and dance. Due to lack of resources and dire circumstances that plague many indigenous communities, when an elder dies the ancient knowledge dies with them.
RETURN TO ORIGIN provides their leaders opportunities to bring youth, children and elders together, to share the indigenous wisdom before it is lost forever. Through, media, film and books, it will also record and share with the world their record keepings and programs, thereby leaving a legacy that will reach every child in South Africa and the impact of which will reverberate for the next seven generations.
RETURN TO ORIGIN doesn’t leave its leaders hanging. The disturbing dis -ease of our world is consumption, where success is measured by how many and how much. Nature teaches, there is enough, abundance is rightly ours, and we are enough. Following these deep universal nature principles, Return to Origin works with its leaders to complete the full circle by mentoring them in the understanding and true meaning of right relationship to money, meaning full work and the importance of purposeful life sustaining entrepreneurship.