The Leopard Within - A wilderness experience for women

Published: 12 January 2011

18th - 21st March 2011

Spend a long weekend in the wilderness of the Cederberg Mountains exploring and developing the qualities of a leopard within yourself. Imagine possessing the inner Presence, Poise, Power and Purpose of these beautiful creatures...

On Friday evening after setting up camp, the founder of the Cape Leopard Trust, Quinton Martins, will introduce you to the wilderness of the Cape leopard and share his story. Through the course of the weekend, using an experiential process and varied art forms, you will be introduced to the qualities of the leopard and develop them in yourself.

Presence will be developed by:

  • Practicing awareness/meditation
  • Drawing from nature
  • Healing relaxation / Listening in relationships
  • Leopard tracking - solo walking
  • Night watch

Poise will be enhanced by:

  • Understanding poise
  • Self-esteem exercise
  • Mindful movement

Power will be strengthened by:

  • Exploring through clay work
  • Story telling

Purpose will be focused by:

  • A practical Purpose process

The weekend's experience will come to a close through poetry.

About the Facilitators

Elizabeth Martins is the coordinator of the Cape Leopard Trust's Education and Outreach Programme, which runs wilderness camps for children. With a background of teaching in a Waldorf school, where she discovered a love for facilitating learning and personal development, Elizabeth is now combining her interests in education with her other great passion, nature. She lives with her husband, Quinton Martins, founder of The Cape Leopard Trust, in the Cederberg Mountains.

Bronwen Lankers-Byrne has worked in preschool, high school and adult education since 1974. She has facilitated courses of the More to Life Programme to over 2000 people in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town. Bronwen is currently engaged with the broad community and is working with others to create a sustainable, peaceful and united Hout Bay for all.

About The Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT), a non-profit organisation, was established in 2004 with the primary objective of facilitating and promoting research in support of conserving predator diversity in the Western Cape, with a focus on Cape leopards as a flagship species. Conservation strategies include finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict, conducting rigorous scientific research, encouraging eco-tourism, running a broad environmental education programme aimed primarily at children, and working to empower people from local communities. The Cape Leopard Trust is based at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg and also has projects running in the Boland mountains, the Gouritz Corridor (Swartberg area) and Namaqualand.

Participants Comments

'Ek kan uit alles iets kry/leer. Die naweek was 'n hoogtepunt.' – Ellana 'I loved the mix of different cultures/backgrounds of the group – language differences are no problem!' – Maike Die luiperd gee my weer nuwe moed om aan te gaan. Die kwaliteite wat die luiperd het is baie waardevol.' – Landi 'There was a good balance to the programme – experiencing the wilderness, artistic exploration, self-development, stillness and community.' - Liz

Practical considerations:

Download Registration form here

Date: 6pm Friday 18th – 2pm on Monday 21st March
Venue: CLT Environmental Camp at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, Cederberg (250 km north of Cape Town via Ceres or Clanwilliam, ± 4 hours)
Accomm: The campsite is carefully designed to have a low impact on the environment. It is simple yet has all the necessities - kitchen with cooking equipment, braai area, dry toilets, bucket showers with hot water, safari tents and mattresses. There is no electricity at the site and no cellphone reception in the Cederberg.
Food: Ingredients and menu provided, group cooks together
Cost: R1000/person
Transport: We will provide transport from Cape Town (included in price)
Language: The course will be conducted in English and Afrikaans
Numbers: Maximum of 13 participants
[email protected]
027 482 9923 (in Cederberg


Note: CLT staff are trained in first aid and carry first aid kits and satellite phones at all times. Please bring your own medication, as we are by law unable to provide medication.

To register please complete and email the registration form attached. A minimum deposit of R500 or the whole amount needs to be paid by 28 February 2011.

Bank details:
The Cape Leopard Trust
First National Bank
Long Beach Mall
Branch #: 260300
Account #: 62205030802
Current account
Reference: 'Your name' - women's weekend

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