Inspiring people to re-imagine their relationship to their world

If we don’t transform the world, who will? If not now, when? – Unknown


Research has shown that Southern Africa is the birthplace of humanity.
Its indigenous cultures and those worldwide have survived millennia in harmony with the natural world.

Return to Origin embraces this wisdom and understands that to reconnect the next generations with their origins and these indigenous knowledge systems will contribute to the survival of humanity. We inspire young people with a full circle of learning, through transformative, lived experience, in preparation for their ever-changing world.

Return To Origin envisions leaving a legacy of rightful abundance for many generations to come through practices of conservation, preservation and sustainability of the planet and all its people.

A place where community, conservation and natural law can co exist


‘The soul has come to life not simply to consume, but to give its inner gifts. Each soul secretly desires to be part of something greater, something larger than life’

Michael Meade


Indigenous Knowledge Leadership Program

RETURN TO ORIGIN  is uniquely placed to train young men and women who have the opportunity to become powerful ambassadors in this country through our  Indigenous Knowledge Leadership Program. (IKLP)

The Indigenous Knowledge Leadership Program is our signature program and is training future leaders from within the community who show a potential to be catalysts for a better future. The program is designed to transfer maximum knowledge through a highly transformative lived experience. This is experiential learning at its best. The program offers full circle learning with nature, and heritage sites as our classroom. We also draw from a well of wisdom and knowledge. Some of our teachers include origin specialists, deep nature guides, master trackers, scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists and the indigenous people themselves. Self-help, healing and consistent mentoring all add to Return to Origins’ unique approach of transferring knowledge, ensuring lasting transformation of the individual leaders.
They in turn will pass this knowledge down to identified young people in their communities and tip the tide towards a legacy worth leaving for generations to come.

Drawing from a variety of sources including underserved communities in South Africa, Return to Origin will hand pick their leaders and offer them a chance to reach their limitless potential.



RETURN TO ORIGIN programs offers unique community building opportunities, combining indigenous knowledge with cultural and scientific information, in order to preserve our rich heritage. We provide a bridge to the modern world, where community, nature, healing and conservation can co-exist thereby providing a solid foundation for our changing lives.



What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead-Nelson Mandela




The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers -Margaret Meade


The inner genius for life aspires to meaningful work and genuine purpose. It would have us undertake the seemingly-impossible tasks of transforming culture and helping to heal nature -Michael Meade.



RETURN TO ORIGIN journeys invites all who participate to remember our ancient connections and reconsider how we as humans fit into the natural world as authentic living beings, our original human design.

“The more we know of other forms of life, the more we enjoy and respect ourselves. Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.”

Edward Wilson

Cape Point


The south coast of Africa is the wildest place on earth, not because it is dangerous, but because it is the address of the first human family. It holds the memory of human wildness.

This is the original Eden, a land of extraordinary coastal beauty and underwater golden forests stretching out to sea.



RETURN TO ORIGIN journeys opens new worlds and awakens us to ancient knowledge and our true nature.



Our profound journeys invites all who participate to remember our ancient connections and reconsider how we as humans fit into the natural world as authentic living beings and our place of origin. By connecting to ancient rock art, bushmen masters and trackers we will be in communion as we once were and still can be.



A percentage of all RETURN TO ORIGIN journeys is returned to the communities who share their wisdom and knowledge.

Remote parts of South Africa seem untouched since the time that the San hunted, walked and danced there. Parts of Augrabies National Park is one of those places.


“A sustainable civilization can only exist if reciprocity remains a core value.”
– Theodore Richards.

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“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
– Martin Luther King Jnr

“Now as a trainee leader for Return To Origin, I am able to fully encompass my dream to assist others who may have been overlooked by society and guide them to reach their limitless potential. As a part of our great nation and being a father, I see the importance of the incredible heritage that this country has and the essential need to consciuosly preserve and protect it for future generations.” Lindsay Burch Trainee Leader

How can you get involved?

Return to Origin invites you to join us on our mission of harnessing the potential of young people who will leave a legacy of caring for the earth. Contact us today and contribute to our vision. 


Thank you

Where does your investment go?

Preserves and protects South African Heritage and the indigenous knowledge of Africa.

Increases sustainable communities, where conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the earth is deeply valued.

Educates and inspires individuals and communities to reconnect to the natural world and ancient indigenous knowledge

Educates the next generation in the understanding of their rich heritage and legacy which is rightly theirs. This work will help to protect the future of our planet for many generations to come.

Promotes community based projects that offer life sustaining practices, including self worth, empowerment and transformation.

Sponsors our future community leaders in the Return to Origin Indigenous Knowledge Leadership Program.

Assists these leaders to give back to the youth via the Return to Origin Community Leadership Program.

Sponsors trainee leaders to join an RTO Journey.



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