Zooman to Human
“Mechanics, chemistry, and physics have progressed much more rapidly than physiology, psychology, and sociology. Man has gained the mastery of the material world before knowing himself. Thus, modern society has been built at random, according to the chance of scientific discoveries and to the fancy of ideologies, without regard for the laws of our body and soul. We have been the victims of a disastrous illusion--the illusion of our ability to emancipate ourselves from natural laws. We have forgotten that nature never forgives.”
Alexis Carrel, Man the Unknown, 1935, (Nobel Prize winner)
Too many of us live our lives in concrete Zoos, unaware that we are increasingly suffering from N.D.D (Nature Deficit Disorder). Today, we see our offices as opportunities for better lives, and our screens as opportunities to escape the monotony of our everyday routine. We may not feel domesticated, but we are caged in structures we have built ourselves. If you saw an animal in a small concrete cage, you would be outraged. More humans (over half of the world’s population) are now living in cities. Our existence has become mentally and physically damaging. Our minds lack stimulus and the muscles in our bodies atrophy from lack of use.
But there is a way to escape from being a ‘Zooman’ and become a wild human again…
VIVOBAREFOOT makes shoes to bring us closer to nature, reconnect our feet with our brains and inspire us to move more. But us changing your feet is only part of the story. To transition from a ‘Zooman’ to a wild human, you have to actually use your feet, get dirty and reconnect your sensory system to the world around you. It can be as simple as sitting in a park during your lunch break, listening to the birds and eating a meal that you have prepared yourself, bringing plants into your office, walking or running home along tree-lined streets. These small steps can make a huge difference…
Show us what small changes you can make to your life to help you transition from a ‘Zooman’ to a Wild Human, and be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Borneo with Wild Human with VIVOBAREFOOT. In Borneo, you will master how to move fluidly through the landscape, enjoying the freedom to run, jump, climb, swim and explore. And, crucially, learn the skills that define our species – conjuring fire, craft, fishing, foraging and tracking. This experience is designed to take you from a ‘Zooman,’ fueled by caffeine and cortisol, to a Wild Human, nourished by Mother Nature.
WILD HUMAN in BORNEO
Join us on Wild Human’s first seven-day adventure retreat in the rainforests of Borneo, combining natural movement training with jungle-craft, and the opportunity to unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life.
Your own private stilted tree house, with a double bed, air-conditioning, modern en-suite bathroom and balcony. The only thing missing is wifi, for a total technology detox.
MORNING: begins with an acclimatisation walk or run, with a refreshing waterfall shower half-way along the trail, and a plunge into the cool ocean at the end. Your mornings will then be focused on practical wilderness fitness and movement skills.
AFTERNOON: will be spent learning jungle-lore and survival skills, with evenings on the beach, perfecting running technique, swimming techniques, and having some fun, followed by a hearty meal and an evening campfire.
End your life-changing trip with a chartered boat ride to a secluded cove, where we will hike through the rainforest and camp on a stunning completely secluded white-sand beach that is only accessible by boat
FACILITIES: The eco-resort has forested mountains on one side and the ocean on the other with a private palm-fringed cove, sandy beach, rocky foreshore, lush rainforest interior, streams, pools, tropical waterfalls and cloud-shrouded mountains.
FOOD: Nutritious, fresh and locally sourced, with succulent exotic fruit and coconuts served every day at an open-air restaurant with a rustic dining platform, open to the sea breeze. On some evenings we will enjoy a beach barbeque at the private cove.
CLIMATE: May/June marks the beginning of the dry season, with sultry 29°C weather with just few tropical downpours and evening thunderstorms.
LOCATION: The tropical forests of the Damai peninsula, on the South China Sea.
PRICES: £3,995: Includes airport transfers, accommodation, food, instruction and specialist equipment (excludes International flights and personal travel insurance)
DATES: Sat 27th May – Sat 3rd June 2017 (If traveling from the UK you can depart London on Friday night and be back early in the morning on Sunday-week).
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”
– Oscar Wilde
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