WHAT IS WILD NIGHTS OUT
WILD NIGHTS OUT offers an experiential space for Matrics (South African school leavers) to spend 6 days and 5 nights hiking in the Cederberg mountains with experienced rite of passage guides. This journey is both a celebratory time in nature and a time of reflection and dialogue on where they have come from, where they find themselves and where it is they want to go. It is a real way to acknowledge achievement and support school leavers to learn how to navigate their own lives by walking into the mountains as a metaphor for walking into the unknown next phase of their futures.
Finishing school is a time of major transition in a young person’s life: a time where they are leaving the known world of the schooling system, where they are told what to do, how to do it, when to do it and mostly surrounded by familiar people. Now they head out into the lesser known world to meet unfamiliar people, and make decisions about their futures. How do they learn to navigate in this unknown space? How do they respond when it gets hard? How do they learn to trust their inner knowing? How do they connect and dream into this more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible…? (Thank you Charles Eisenstein for that phrase).
Matrics are invited to apply to be a part of this fully funded programme. Selection is based on motivational letters and to create a group representative of the cross-cultural South African landscape. All places are funded thereby creating a neutral ground on which to meet one another - an opportunity so rare and important in our current times.
We work with decade long experienced rites of passage and mountain guides that collectively are what we like to consider a Dream Team. They model what it looks like to be an adult in these times, what it looks like to have close friends that are from completely different backgrounds, what it is to be compassionate, what it is to follow your dreams... And even more importantly, they weave an itinerary that is designed to be both joy filled (sleeping under stars, swimming in rockpools, telling stories and playing games) and nourishing (story-sharing circles, deep dialogue, solo time).
Wild Nights Out is so much more than just an adventure into the mountains. Just listen to the testimonials from the previous participants here. It’s a choice step in a different direction. It’s a time of seed planting. It’s a time of listening. Learning. Laughing. Reflecting. Sharing. Dreaming…
This year for the first time, we are delighted to be partnering with some incredible food suppliers like UCook, Raw Food Company and The LOVE Kitchen so these beautiful humans journey both on the mountains and within themselves, their bellies are well nourished from ethical and sustainable sources as much as is possible.