BARE SOLE TREK

 

 

 

 

 

 

People have been walking around the Simpson Desert for, well, since before time. The Wangangurra people of the eastern Simpson believe that Munga Thirri - big sandhill country - has always been there since time began, and their ancestors have always lived and walked there.

 

Walking country is a fundamental human activity but in contemporary times, people seldom walk anywhere anymore. That basic and very tangible connection to our natural world has been eroded, and consequently it can be easy for people to feel slightly adrift, as the demands of modern life consume them.

 

Whilst purposeful wandering is certainly healthy, a focused re-balancing is also a good thing to have. When we experience our bare and unfettered soul we find truth and wisdom that enables us to visualise our path ahead. This is a gentle immersing and a deep connecting with our own soul, a finding of peace within that is always present, a remembering we never forget.

 

Where better to come home to your own soul than walking on country that retains the vast wisdom of alive stillness? Join us for 7 days of immersion in a unique experience that can bare your soul back to yourself.

 

Walking a desert wilderness accompanied by packcamels, is truly a remarkable experience. It's about space, solitude, silence and balance. We will be walking daily, with mindful awareness, alongside our camel companions and a human team of individuals dedicated to ecological preservation.

 

This unique opportunity to walk in rhythm with nature presents us with space to relearn our own natural rhythms and to feel, with every step we take and every breath we breathe, the magic of being alive.

 

The desert provides a sense of space that is comforting, and intriguing at the same time. The desert has a physical presence. This ancient landscape, layered with stories. Solitude travels quietly in this landscape. It is at home here.

 

You live with the varying degrees of desert silence all day. There is the dawn silence, the thunderous night silence, the silent whisks of fluttering spinifex stalks on the warm gusts of dune crest breezes when ascending the dunes tops. All these endless contortions of silence that constitute a desert day will recharge your mind.

 

And be prepared for a new concept of time.

 

Living all day in a landscape, there is no boundary between outside & inside, night or day, warm or cold. There is just 'the day'. No 'time of day'.

Our modern sense of time, of being 'on time' is happily and necessarily discarded, as useless as the thought of 'being late'.  You can't be late in a landscape where time is dictated by the phases of the moon and the rotation of the sun. Lunchtime becomes mid day. First light becomes wake up. Last light becomes sleep time. The body returns to the ancient diurnal rhythm, synchronized with that night/day cycle. Balance.

 

As we reconnect with our own and each other's fragile and vulnerable humanness - which is implicit when we walk in the vast Australian outback - we have the opportunity to discover resilience, strength and wisdom that were previously hidden. Often our busy day-to-day lives, and conditioning of how we "should" be, obscure our real truths. Walking and living in the desert invites a deep recognition of how fragility and strength walk side by side. As we strip back to uncover these truths, we can recognise how much more potential each of us has. This can open a doorway to understanding how deeply interconnected we truly are.

 

And as we evolve into our empathy and compassion for self and others, our ability to envision our own path ahead becomes simpler, easier and more natural. We humans are so good at making our lives complicated and drama filled, but what happens when the complications and drama dissolve like dew under the desert morning sun? We are left with clarity, vision, and the potential to move forward in our lives.

 

Your facilitator on Walking with Mindfulness will be Kazzie Mahina, assisted by our experienced expedition leader Max Tischler.

 

Kazzie will be guiding daily meditation activities, and facilitating dream sharing and open space to discover more of you. The meditation tools can offer you simple integrative practices that can go home with you as you continue to walk your own path in life. Some of these practices will include uniting breath and body awareness in walking; listening to nature talking; understanding shadows and light; opening into dreaming under the vastness of the Milky Way; calling forth and naming your inner dreams and vision, as well as answering your own evolving vision questions from your own soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kazzie Mahina:  Ethical Entrepreneur, body-centered Mindfulness Coach

 

Growing up in coastal Australia, frolicking and surfing the waves of both the ocean and life, Kazzie has embarked on a body centered life approach. Dance, modeling, yoga, surfing, free-diving, skiing have all featured as both tools to learn and forms to professionally teach.

 

Kazzie’s love of the ocean and her creative imagination lead her to become one of the first professional mermaids in the world. Evolving mermaiding into a creative and innovative ethical business of eco friendly Mer’Fins (safe, slip on/off mermaid fins) empowering women and girls to discover their own passion for swimming, whilst deepening their connection to nature and inspiring a spirit of care with our natural world.

 

Throughout the past 15 years Kazzie has pursued her own intensive self-discovery and meditation under the guidance of Kira Kay and other leading meditation facilitators. Combining her passions for marine ecology, body-centered awareness, meditation and human consciousness potential, along with ten years of entrepreneurial experiences,

Kazzie’s unique skill set offers an authentic doorway into mindfulness and meditation facilitation whilst ‘being in the world’.

 

 

 

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BARE SOLE TREK

9 days

September 9 > 17 2019

1 day flight / 1 day 4WD / 5 days trekking / 1 day 4WD / 1 day flight

Moderate

10

Brisbane

Brisbane

Return flights, Birdsville accommodation and 4WD transfers - $1600

Bare Sole Trek - $3300

Full price - $4900

 

SPECIAL price if paid in full on booking - $4410

It's a Desert Full Moon on September 14th

Summary

Map

Practicalities

 

The Bare Sole Trek continues on from a preceding Kangkuwulunhna / White Dunes Survey Ecological Survey operated by Australian Desert Expeditions.

 

We will spend the entire trek traversing the edge of the great dune field of the Simpson Desert, walking across claypans and small dunes, more or less following the inter-dune corridors (swales), with occasional dune hopping as the need arises.

 

This area of the desert is where the dunes are small as they merge into the Warburton River floodplain. This will make walking easier both for us and the camels, and it will be interesting to see how the country changes during the five days as we walk further south.

 

You will note that this trek is rated as 'moderate'. We will not be walking all day, enabling the facilitators time to help us structure the day.

 

Further information about the daily routine can be found here.

It's a full moon on September 14th!

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The Bare Sole Trek X is in the south eastern Simpson Desert in South Australia

THIS TREK IS RATED AS MODERATE

See here for a guide.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We will issue you with a comprehensive Trek Information Guide that details everything you need to know about what to bring and what to expect on your trek. This will be sent to you both as a PDF document.

 

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory.

 

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

- Return flights from Brisbane to Birdsville

- Accommodation in Birdsville on nights 1 & 8

- 4WD transfers from Birdsville to the Bare Sole camel camp and return

- All specialist safety equipment & communications

- Swags & tents

- Trek kit bag for your personal gear

- Desert silence & no humbug!

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Brisbane and any other transport in Brisbane prior to/after the Bare Sole Trek

- Accommodation and meals in Brisbane

- Personal trekking equipment you may wish to use such as walking poles etc

- Eating and drinking utensils

- Waterbottle

- Sleeping bag, sheets & pillowcase. (You need to bring these items and they will be put into our swag)

- Day pack

 

FOOD

You must notify us upon booking if you have any known medical and/or food allergies.

 

GETTING TO THE BARE SOLE CAMP

Your Bare Sole camel team will be on the south eastern edge of the Simpson Desert in South Australia. You will make the journey from Birdsville in a 4WD, via the Birdsville Track, the journey taking about 5-6 hours with a lunch stop enroute. The return journey is the same route, arriving in the late afternoon of September 17th.

 

FULL TREK NOTES WILL BE ISSUED WITH YOUR TREK INFORMATION GUIDE

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