Wild Nights Out provides diverse South African school-leavers (Matrics) a transformative wilderness experience at a pivotal time of life transition.
Pledge R100 or over and you'll automatically be entered into the lucky draw!
Wild Nights Out consists of a multi-day wilderness trail, along with a year-long follow-up mentoring process that ensures that the impacts seeded in the mountains help grow future leaders for our society: values-based, purpose-driven, and capable of contributing to profound systems change.
We seek your support in helping us provide scholarships to Matrics from a range of demographics so they can be a valued part of the full Wild Nights Out program.
Our current funding is not available this year and so we are crowdfunding to help cover some of the hard costs. Plus we have created a lucky draw for all those that have supported this project with donations over R100. There is a list of prizes at the bottom of the page. Such good prizes donated by such good humans. We will draw the prize names from the mountains in January. Collection will be in Cape Town.
A bit more info about Wild Nights Out:
Phase 1: Wilderness Passage
Wild Nights Out invites school-leavers to join a team of experienced facilitators for a wilderness journey into the Cape Cederberg Mountains for 6-nights (7-days). We urge participants to embrace this walk into the relative unknown as a living metaphor - a passage - in preparation for the next stage of their lives.
In bringing together participants from very different social, cultural and demographic backgrounds, we help foster an authentic appreciation of ‘the other’ - through shared values and common ground - cultivating a newfound personal sense of intrinsic worth.
Wild Nights Out is specifically designed to give participating youth maximum contact with diversity, particularly for youth who have had little or no exposure to others from very different backgrounds. This is necessary so school-leavers can better thrive in a functionally diverse South Africa.
Our facilitation team also reflects that - consisting of four facilitators of different ethnicities, languages and gender. Over the past 5 years, this proven to be a highly effective combination, with each facilitator having particular insights to offer the participants, as well as being able to highlight specific cultural complexities from their own ethnic groups.
In addition to the above, the natural diversity of the wild spaces we sink into equally provide a fitting setting for powerful personal stories and important group dialogues to be openly shared. Meaningful experiences in these spaces catalyse a newfound appreciation for nature and sense of connection with - and belonging to - the world. The program encourages an ethic of care, custodianship and responsibility toward this “more-than-human” community.
Phase 2: Mentorship & Growth
The follow-up Mentorship & Growth program creates a solid support structure to deepen the learning and impact that the participants gained through the wilderness passage.
The year-long Mentorship & Growth program consists of two facilitated overnight nature excursions in March and September in the year following participants’ wilderness passage. Additional support is offered through 11 online call sessions (one group call per month), social media engagement (throughout), a monthly inspirational or instructional message (on a platform chosen by the group, e.g. WhatsApp) inviting a simple self-facilitated (learning) process at home.
Join us in positively shaping the values and lives of our future leaders in fostering greater tolerance and understanding in a diverse South African society.
PRIZES for the lucky draw:
- a Time to Think coaching session with Wiebke Nedel
- 6 bottles of Groot Constantia Rose from Cindy Tyrrell
- a half day Cape Fynbos Medicine Making course with Jess Tyrrell
- a fynbos print by Clare Louise Thomas
- Andrea Brand Scatter Cushion (collection in Cape Town)
- a 55L second hand hiking backpack from Greg Nicholson
- a private 2 hour Nature Connection session with Lauren Medcalf
- 1kg of organic raw fynbos honey from Elena and Kelson
- an original song written for you by Nate Mainguard
- 6 bottles of Bottega Prosecco from Amanda Reekie
- a Sacred Sites or community walk experience with Conway Lotter