Date & Time Details: July 28 - August 1, 2023 - Start Time 1pm End Time 1pm

Location: Bodhi Khaya, Stanford, Western Cape

What To Bring: Bodhi Khaya offers shared or single cottage or cabin accommodation, linens provided. Camping is available for those who prefer to camp, yet is limited (first come, first serve basis). Participants are responsible for personal transportation to and from the program.

Meals: Lunch will be provided but participants are responsible for bringing their own breakfasts, and ingredients to create delicious vegetarian ‘rainbow-style’ meals together. The group will be divided into meal teams to plan and prepare group dinners.

Cost: Sliding Scale – ZAR14,000 - 18,500. Early Bird book and pay by 10 June: ZAR12,500 – R17,000. Rates depend on type of accommodation selected aswell as your budget. Paying a higher rate allows us to subsidise people who would otherwise be unable to come, thank you so much for your solidarity. Some scholarship monies are available, please mention your need on your booking email, and we’ll get back to you about it.

To Register: For more information and to register, please email [email protected]

Wild Mind Intensive – July 2023, South Africa

July 28 - August 1, 2023

With Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Please contact our Program Producers in South Africa for more information at: [email protected]

This is the first time this program will be offered on the African Continent.

Based on Bill Plotkin’s book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this 5-day intensive is an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature. We will work with what we call the Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche, which is, among other things, a comprehensive inventory of what can be right about a person, a “shadow” version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), mainstream psychology’s list of what can go wrong with people.

Our wild minds possess astonishing resources, untapped potentials and depths that we might not even know exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and eventually integrate them into our everyday lives. In this intensive, we’ll access these depths and potentials — which we call the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood.

Rather than attempt to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, we’ll cultivate the four facets of the Self and uncover the gifts of our subpersonalities. Our goal is to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.


  • how to recognize and consciously cultivate the four facets of the Self — your innate human wholeness
  • how to identify the subpersonalities that supported you in childhood and adolescence to adapt to the challenges of family and social life, but ultimately became barriers to your full and authentic humanity
  • practices and guidelines for cultivating relationships between the Self and your subpersonalities, enabling you to heal your subpersonalities, discover their gifts, and foster Self-actualization
  • how each facet of the Self provides essential resources for the underworld journey (the descent to soul), its radical transformation of personal identity, and for living as a visionary artisan of cultural evolution.

We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagery work.

Please contact our Program Producers in South Africa for more information at: [email protected]



At the foot of the Witkrans Mountain in the Overberg region, on the Southern tip of Africa, Bodhi Khaya boasts 217 hectares of indigenous fynbos and milkwood forest. Bodhi Khaya is situated in one of the most diverse biospheres in the world – one of only seven floral kingdoms on the planet. Surrounded by indigenous Fynbos and ancient Milkwood forests it is a special place to reconnect to ancient wisdom and the healing power of nature.

As an active member of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, Bodhi Khaya plays its part in protecting over 9000 species of plant life as well as huge varieties of animal life including the cape otter, honey badger, porcupine, baboon, bushbuck and the elusive cape leopard to name but a few. Naturally there follows a huge diversity of bird life too, with various sunbirds frequenting the proteas and the Rameron Pigeon, Cape Batis, African Paradise Flycatcher and Barn Owl, recorded in the area.



Brian Stafford, MD, MPH
Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature, wildness, and soul. Called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation, he guides with humor, playfulness, fierceness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should, and was meant to be. A native of Colorado and the former holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, he is currently a guide, Board Member, and Training Director of the Wild Mind Training Program at Animas. He…
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