Desert Sands and Gaia´s gifts – Namibia

Being passionate about crystals ourselves and wanting to offer a crystal therapy journey, it was a no-brainer as to where the journey should take place – The magnifical natural world of Namibia. Namibian crystals are sought out by every serious crystal healer and collector due to their intense properties and as the country has a wide variety of mining areas, produce an amazing range of minerals and crystals.

This journey combines a crystal  therapy course against a backdrop of vast natural crystal fields and sites, whilst experiencing the tourist & natural highlights of Namibia. The various crystals found in Namibia include Clear Quartz, Milky Quartz, Red Quartz, Tourmaline, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Garnet, Aquamarine, Citrine and Fluorite to mention a few. 

11 days / € 2 995 per person / 28 May – 7 June 2014

Highlights Include:

Windhoek ~ Etosha National Park ~ The Erongo mountains ~ Sossusvlei and the Vast Sand desert ~ The garnet and Quartz fields between Swakopmund and Sossusvlei  ~  Swakopmund and The Atlantic Coast  ~ Interaction with the San people (Bushmen) and traditional healers ~  Visiting a family who makes their living collecting and selling crystals ~ Finding your own crystals in selected areas ~ Crystal Therapy course

Journey Overview:

Duration: 11 days
Dates: 28 May – 7 June 2014
Price per person sharing: Euro 2 995
Single Supplement: Euro 350
Journey Leaders: Glenn Broughton
Location of nights spent: 2 nights close to Windhoek (1st and last night)

2 nights Namib Desert

2 nights Swakopmund

2 nights Erongo Mountains

1 night Outjo

1 night Etosha National Park

Key Activations:(there are a number of other meditations, initiations and ceremonies en-route) Opening ceremony and meditation

Crystal Therapy course (modules 1 – 6)

Stargazing connection

Wild Crystal selection

Closing and integration ceremony.

Arrival point of entry: Windhoek International Airport – 1 pm pick up
Departure point: Windhoek International Airport – 2 pm drop off

Journey Leader:

Glenn Broughton

Born in England, Glenn Broughton discovered his spiritual path via a circuitous route which included school-teaching, founding and running an inner city community arts centre, house renovations and wholesale organic food distribution.

Having spent 6 months in the Avebury area researching the earths energies and another 6 months at a meditation retreat, Glenn went on to complete a two year qualification with ICCH (International College of Crystal Healing) and studied spiritual healing for two years with NFSH – National Federation of Spiritual Healers (The Healing Trust) in England.

Having had a deep fascination with crystals, crystal healing and using crystals in conjunction with earth energies for over twenty years, Glenn has a multitude of deep profound experiences relating to the field: crystal mining in Arkansas, USA; meditating with two of the original crystal skulls; a life-changing experience finding a ram’s head crystal skull on a beach to mention a few.

Today, Glenn lecturers internationally on sacred sites, earth mysteries and crop circles, has been the keynote speaker at both the American and Canadian Society of Dowsers Annual Conventions and is the co-founder of Earth Spirit Conferences in the USA. Glenn practises Vipassana meditation daily and leads spiritual development and earth mysteries groups and workshops.

   

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – Wed 28 May

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport. After collection at 13h00, enjoy a city tour of historical sites, parliamentary buildings, and museum before departing Windhoek for your first glimpse of the magnificent Namibian sceney.

After check-in, an orientation and overview of your journey, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Overnight at Maltahohe Hotel on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Thurs 29 May

After breakfast, depart for Weltevrede Guest Farm enjoying the spendid desert landscape en route. Situated in the heart of the Namib Desert, bordered on three sides by the Namib Naukluft Park, Weltevrede Guest Farm is the home of abundant wildlife and gateway to the famed Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Nestled amidst a spectacular mix of rugged mountains, shifting dunes, harsh gravel plains, dusty prehistoric river beds and endless Camel-thorn trees (Acacia Erioloba), you’ll find Weltevrede a welcome oasis of friendly hospitality at the end of your adventuresome day.

Once you have settled in, enjoy an orientation lecture on Namibian History; people; culture; Geology and the formation natural crystals. Over 90 % of the desert sand is made up of silica (quartz granules) in Sossusvlei.

Then, venture down to the sand dunes for sundowners. Return to the lodge for dinner and stargazing. (This region is well known for spectacular stargazing).

Overnight Weltevrede Guest farm on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3 – Fri 30 May

After an early breakfast, arrive at the Entrance gate to Sossusvlei region at sunrise. You will have the opportunity of visiting Dune 45 and, for those so inclined, embarking on the infamous dune walk. Dune 45 is the star dune in the Sossusvlei and its name comes from the fact that it is found 45 kilometers from the Sesriem gate. Standing over 170m, it is composed of 5 million year old sand. Explore Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and finally Sesriem Canyon with a picnic lunch en route. Arrive back at the lodge around 3h30 and after refreshing yourself, join Glenn for the introduction session on crystal work. This will cover a general introduction to crystals and why we can use them; how to choose crystals including an introduction to pendulum dowsing and the basic properties of some crystals focusing on Namibian crystals.

Dinner and overnight Weltevrede Guest farm on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4 – Sat 31 May

Depart Weltevrede with stops en route at the Garnet fields and the Quartz fields. Here you will see Garnet, strawberry quartz, citrine, amethyst, milky and clear quartz crystal. At the spectacular look out points of the Gamadoelas and Garnet, you can find at least 6 different types of quartz in under 15 minutes including: Citrine, red, rose, white, smoky, clear amongst other quartz types.  

We arrive mid -afternoon at Hotel Deutsches Haus in Swakopmund for the next 2 nights. Swakopmund is the country’s biggest coastal town and its German origins are pronounced in the beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city. Hotel Deutsches Haus is a comfortable home away from home style hotel and is owner operated.  

After check-in, visit The Crystal Gallery where we will be guided through the spectacular displays and view the largest Quartz Crystal in the world (2,5m x 2m). You will also have the opportunity of purchasing your own crystals here before a sunset beach walk on the Quartz pebble beach (washed, rounded quartz stones of all colours and types that you can collect within reason)

Own arrangements for dinner.  

Overnight at Hotel Deutsches Haus on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 5 – Sun 1 June

After breakfast we visit the Township Mondesa, where we will be given an overview of the Township system, the role colonialism and apartheid played in the settlement patterns of the people and how it still socially impacts on the previously disadvantaged communities today.

After meeting a local artist, a Traditional Damara Healer will teach us about the medicinal, psychological and spiritual role African Traditional healers play in African communities.

The afternoon is free for your choice of the following options:

  • 2 hr 20m light aircraft flight covering: the desert; Sossusvlei; the Skeleton coats and shipwrecks; ghost mining towns; Sandwich Harbour with its 1000’s of Flamingoes and Pelicans.
  • Boat trip to Seal Island with possible Dolphin viewing.
  • Relaxing in town: shopping, walking on the beach or visiting the craft market.

Meet Glenn late afternoon for a 2 hour session covering cleansing & looking after your crystals and attuning to the properties of crystals.

Own arrangements for dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Deutsches Haus on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 – Mon 2 June

After breakfast, depart Swakopmund for Sptizkoppe and Erongo mountains and our next 2 nights at Ameib Ranch – a wonderful small guest house located in the Erongo range with spectacular views directly from lodge. The ranch is home to an assortment of wildlife and is well known for its food and hospitality. There is a plethora of crystals to be found here including: Clear, red, milky, green and rose quartz; citrine; amethyst; red, pink, black, watermelon and green tourmaline.

En route to Ameib, we will visit Spitzkoppe for a picnic lunch. After check-in at Ameib Ranch and an afternoon nap, visit the spectacular and spiritual Bulls party (a collection of large Granite Boulders with Quartz lines amongst the huge Granite mountain formations offering 360 degree views), for sunset drinks.

Overnight at Ameib Ranch on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7 – Tues 3 June

After Breakfast, walk up to Philips cave (approx 3km walk return) to see the San (Bushmen) paintings that are thousands of years old. Spend some quiet time in this spiritual place overlooking the valley floor below and Granite Mountains surrounding us.

We then take a short drive to visit a Damara family home who survive from the sales of Crystals that they find in the surrounding Erongo Mountains and sell by the side of the road. Hear their insight into Aquamarine, Garnet, Toumaline, Citrine, Fluorite, Ametrhyst and Clear Quartz crystals that facilitate their livelihood and another opportunity to purchase crystals.

We return to Ameib Ranch for lunch and the 3rd session of the Crystal Therapy Course. Glenn will cover how to program crystals, using them in meditation and as oracles.  After which you can enjoy some leisure time before dinner.

Overnight at Ameib Ranch on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 8 – Wed 4 June

Depart Ameib Ranch after breakfast and head north to Etotongwe lodge, situated in Outjo, 94km Southwest of the famous Etosha Wildlife Reserve. The lodge is also an orphanage for young parentless wild animals found on game farms.

After settling in, join Glenn for the 4th Module which covers attuning to the deeper properties of crystals and using them for self-healing and then visit the Cheetah farm project late afternoon.

Overnight Etotongwe Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 9 – Thurs 5 June

Depart the lodge around 6h30 with breakfast packs arriving at the Etosha National Park´s entrance around 7 am. In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.

Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000 km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after heavy rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of the blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Spend the morning game viewing en route to our rest camp. After arrival and check in, enjoy some leisure time game viewing at the camp water hole, swimming or relaxing.

Meet Glenn late afternoon for the 5th session covering using crystals to heal others: Dowsing the Chakra System; Creating a crystal grid and a crystal healing layout.

Dinner and overnight at a rest camp with a spotlit waterhole for great evening game viewing.

Overnight Etosha camp on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 10 – Fri 6 June

Depart from Etosha heading South towards Otjiwarongo and Windhoek.

Glenn will conduct his final session here covering working with crystals and earth energies and creating a harmonious home and work space.

Enjoy a leisurely walk around the property and view Zebra, 5 different antelope species, Giraffes, warthogs and Wildebeest (there are no danderous animals here) and a sundowner before the farewell dinner.

Overnight Otjibamba Game Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 11 – Sat 7 June

Spend a few hours in Windhoek for last shopping or relaxing before returning to Airport by 14h00 for return/onward flights.

Journey information:

Collecting of Crystals

It is illegal to collect stones in Namibian National Parks, however, we will be visiting some areas where you will be able to find and collect your own crystals (within reason and with care and respect) You will have many opportunities to support local families by buying crystals from the area around Erongo and at various shops.  

Traditional healers  

In southern Africa, traditional healers work with the spirit medium, through their ancestors. Traditional healers find solutions to emotional, physical and psychological ailments and/or illnesses by using the spiritual links with their ancestors in conjunction with medicine that is derived from plants, animals and other life. The medicines are from far and wide and all healers go into the bush to collect their own medicines.

Interestingly enough, traditional healers do not work with the crystal realm in their treatments. On our journey, we have the opportunity to find out from the traditional healers how they work and the role they play in society. We visit them in their own treatment areas and they freely explain the methods they use for spiritual and medicinal healing. Guests have the opportunity to speak freely and ask questions. One on one treatment is possible on an optional extra basis and can be arranged a few days prior to the visit.

General

The accommodation (where possible) is in smaller personalized guesthouses that similar groups have enjoyed over many years. Each is special in its own way and all offer exceptional food and hospitality.

Our partner on the ground specialises in small special interest groups and the guides are knowledgable on Geology, Botany, Wildlife, People and natural demographics of Namibia and Southern Africa.

   

Included in the tour price:

  • Return Windhoek International Airport transfer for the group on day 1 and 11.
  • 11 days touring in air-conditioned bus with Qualified and specialized guides.
  • A full time Journey Leader and driver/guide
  • Crystal Course including 6 modules as specified in the itinerary and all meditations.
  • 10 Nights accommodation in comfortable bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
  • All accommodation is on a twin/double share basis. A single room supplement is available for E 350 per person (subject to availability)
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners (the group will enjoy the freedom of independent dining for the 2 nights in Swakopmund)
  • 3 Picnic lunches at Spitzkoppe, Sossusvlei and in Etosha National Park
  • All entrance fees for included activities including Etosha Park, Erongo and activities, Cheetah project farm and game drive, Community visits etc.
  • A orientation lecture on Namibia

Not included in the tour price:

  • International and domestic airfares nor departures taxes
  • Lunches unless stated in the itinerary
  • 2 dinners in Swakopmund
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature (such as but not limited to telephone calls, laundry, postage, etc.) and incidental expenditure
  • Personal documentations, visas and insurances
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • All items not specified, mentioned or covered as part of this itinerary

Optional Extras in Swakopmund:Paid on the journey

  • Light aircraft flight: approx. Euro 280 per person
  • Boat trip to Seal island: approx. Euro 40 per person

Terms and Conditions:

A full list of Spiritual Quest Journeys terms and conditions is available on the Terms and Conditions page of www.spiritualquestjourneys.comAdditional specific terms and conditions relating to this tour, are as follows:

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking so a low to medium fitness level is required
  • To secure your space, a deposit of Euro 600 due at time of reservation. The full tour cost is due by the 31st Jan 2014. For bookings made after the 31st Jan 2014, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
  • Please note that we require minimum numbers for this tour to operate. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will re-cost the journey based on the number of confirmed participants. If the confirmed participants choose not to accept the new costing, the journey will be cancelled or postponed and a full refund of the payment received (less bank charges) will be given.
  • The tour has been costed in Euro´s as all expenses are in same. This protects our clients from currency fluctuations and hedged conversion rates. Actual bank rates on the day of payment will apply.
  • Payment may be made by direct bank transfer or by credit card via PayPal (a 4% admin fee will be added to all credit card payments)
  • Cancellations after payment of the deposit or balance must be in writing and are subject to the following penalties:
  1. The full deposit is forfeited for cancellations received from the time of booking and up to the 31st Jan 2014
  2. Cancellations received between the 1st Feb and 14th March 2014 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour price
  3. No refund will be given for cancellations after the 15th March 2014
  4. Cancellations fees may not be set off against any other tour we offer
  • Individuals are responsible for their own personal medical, travel, baggage and flight insurance. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner.  We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance and Spiritual Quest Journeys can facilitate travel insurance if required.