LEARN ANCIENT WISDOM THROUGH LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES WITH BUSHMAN, ARTIST AND CULTURAL AND NATURE ACTIVIST, CHIEF OF THE IXAM OF THE KALAHARI !’ARUKHUISI, PIET BERENDSE, FROM THE NORTHERN KALAHARI
Sustained by the red earth of the Kalahari, guided by the wind, stars, sun, and moon, and in deep harmonious relationship with every animal, bird, reptile, and insect, the bushmen of Southern Africa hold the keys to self-sustainable living, reciprocity with nature and a deep sense of belonging and connection to the earth.
These experiences with Piet is something that can change your life, the way you see yourself, and your place in the greater reality. This is not a luxury experience but a deep homecoming and remembrance of the connection to nature and life itself that is wanting to be reignited within you in order to break out of the limiting idea of self that has been created throughout your life.
“When you don’t know how to dance, blame yourself, not the drum.”
“If the people lead, the leaders will follow.”
“A stranger is a friend you have not yet met.”
“Wisdom is like the horns of a kudu, seen only by those who seek it.”
As people who have lived nomadically for millennia in some of the harshest environments on this planet, the wisdom they hold and are willing to share is of immense value in the face of global climatic changes where the urge to return to a more natural and sustainable way of life is increasingly noticeable in each of our environments whether you find yourself in a first, second or third world country. The iXam people of Southern Africa still hold a unique and very alive stream of memory about living in harmony with Nature. The impact of gaining this experience with Piet stretches beyond personal development but poses an opportunity for a rippling out of conscious change toward a brighter fututre for everyone. In turn, the iXam people are rewarded by a reintroduction of their knowledge to the modern collective consciousness ensuring a continuation of their legacy and an honoring of their, and their ancestors‘ lives. A Bloodline that has traces into every corner of the planet. The first people. Ancestors to us all.
!’aru lkhuisi Piet Berendse’s dream is to one day open a “veldskool” (field school) where he is able to receive people and teach them the living skills, values and traditions passed down through the generations. Therefore the Bushmansong was created to provide a platform for the unfolding of this project. To make the teachings available immediately, these experiences will be offered in the form of Cultural Talks and Workshops that can be held at festivals, retreats, schools, and even corporate functions as well as private and public events. For those that feel called to experience these teachings firsthand, in-person intensives are a great way to really immerse yourself in this ancient culture by stepping into the world of a iXam Kalahari Bushman for a couple of days. Read more about these offerings below…
Traditional Wisdom has always been transferred orally and through art and performance and to the bushman, this is no different. Morals and values are taught through storytelling and dramas giving the animals they love a voice, and when Piet lights up while speaking about his passions you and your guests will be captivated till the end.
Hunting, Living Skills, Medicinal Plants, Nature walks & Tracking are some of the many experiences that Piet can offer. These in-person immersions with Piet are unique to the person, group, occasion, and goal in mind. People from all walks of life come to Piet for all sorts of different reasons. As a highly knowledgeable and respected medicine man in South Africa, Piet certainly wears many hats but it is his love for people and nature that truly makes these experiences unforgettable. Contact us to speak about how we can curate the perfect experience for you.