John is the creator of Ocean Child (), and has three decades of wilderness exploration, adventuring Mozambique, South Africa, and Namibia, focusing on surfing, yoga, and free diving. He had rallied together a group of active individuals and they were on a spectacular pioneering mission to kayak across the coastline over a period of 4 days, followed by a trip up to the Drakensberg for some invigorating mountain hiking!
I was offered the opportunity to join them on their extreme adventures, with accommodation and food paid for, in the exchange of filming them and putting a little edit together ~ link ~
This edit reveals the essence of my further explanations to come, so give it a watch ☺ Transport yourself to a new land where the sun sets left as the moon rises right, travel across the oceans with me, and witness what I am about to describe…
We kayaked along the coastline over a period of 4 days, between Mdumbi River, Landile, Coffee Bay, and Hole in the Wall. If that wasn’t mind-blowing enough for us, we were accompanied by pods of dolphins that swam right next to us as we paddled across the deep blue! We surfed, we free dived, we hiked, we ate phenomenal food made by John’s wife, Nikki, and we did yoga on top of Coffee Bay’s mountain as the sun was setting and the full moon began to rise.
This was definitely a momentous highlight for me; I would never have had the chance to join such an exhilarating escapade if I wasn’t in the Kei. But that’s not the only blessing John brought to me… (Which I shall reveal soon)
What an unexpected, incredibly priceless experience, and a ride to remember. I commend John and respect him immensely for who is and what he brings to this world. I loved getting to know the crew too; each individual was so grounded with such a zest for life and the environment around us, Earth people for sure! We had many laughs and endless conversations of nature and the magnificence of all we were taking in, addicted to every moment.
My heart was so content, overflowing with gratitude and a knowing that I had made the right decision gallivanting to the Transkei, the entire experience gave me everything I was in need of and seeking. In between all the action, there were these moments of self reflection that helped me understand the aspects that I was missing and needed in order to flourish as a filmmaker – a team, a team of passionate individuals with the same vision of making a change, of inspiring and uplifting people through simple actions, interacting with communities and the environment around us. I started to understand pieces of what I wanted to express to the world through the type of filming I want to do through Africa, and although I’m an independent lone wolf traveller and Creator, I knew I needed more than just me and my own brain juice, I needed a team of like-minded, open-hearted individuals to truly shift to the next level.
“Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.” ~ Mark Amend.
Individually we are a drop, but together we are an ocean.
I had a lot to offer the world, and staying stagnant in the Kei wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to be, I needed more… I needed to re-evaluate my circumstances, which meant going home, and starting again. I was prepared for the ‘I told you so’ conversations that were soon to be had, as I would be returning home just as they predicted, yet I too had my own ‘I told you so’ … Um, hello, Look at this EPIC adventure I had! How many people can say they’ve done what I had the blessing of experiencing? And that’s not even the best part to this story, because intuition never falters (but that’s for the next page of our journey together, where this 5-part story connects into one whole).
So yes, I got what my spirit needed from this Transkei Expedition, the lesson, the healing, the growth, the adventure, the footage, the travelling, the culture, and the new experiences. And all at the cost of what I left behind – the structure, stability, and solid financial income.
Honestly, was it worth it? I was back to where I originally began my vagabond mission into the big, wild, world, and now I had to start all over again, from nothing, no job, and no income. Hmm, good thing I’m a really tenacious being.
My playful inner pixie giggle and persona comes out here as I know, given the opportunity to go back in time, I would do it all again. It was just a taste of what I know is to come… One might even say it was preparing me for something greater… But also, although I can’t see into the future, my Spirit can… and following my Spirit is what led me to the Transkei in the first place. My Spirit knew where I needed to be, to meet whom I needed to meet, in order for the next few moments to fall into place, taking me where my hearts desire was leading… All because I followed my truth.
If you do not go, you do not grow, and if do not grow, you’ll never know, of all the places that you could go, within and out ~ just so you know…A lot of the time, it’s the difficult roads that lead to the most beautiful destinations.