The Red Centre: On Humility & Perspective

Intrepid Travel and The School of Life present an intimate travel experience exploring the power of the Australian Outback.

Standing before Uluru at sunset is an incredible reminder of the majesty of nature – of forces greater than ourselves. Forces that have existed before time began and will continue to exist long into the future. Stripped down to its bare essentials, the desert is a canvas for reflection where all distractions are removed and you can focus on self-development and growth. Join us on this exclusive tour into Australia’s red heart and discover some of the Outback’s enduring icons, such as Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and the East MacDonnell Ranges. Camp out under a glittering night sky, taste the flavour of the bush and meet the local Indigenous people who call this spectacular wilderness home. Filled with lessons from the School of Life, this is an experience that will shift your perspective.

 

Start Alice Springs, Australia Physical rating 3 out of 5
Finish Yulara, Australia Ages Minimum 16 years old
Destination Northern Territory, Uluru, Outback Group size Min 12, Max 20
Style Original    

 

Departure dates *Below dates are subject to availability
• 10 - 15 September, 2017

Why we love this trip

  • See and feel the Outback in a way that few visitors do, with School of Life content facilitated throughout the trip.

  • Learn about the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk around the base of Uluru.

  • Explore the hidden creeks and canyons of the secluded East MacDonnell Ranges.

  • Enjoy not one but two sunsets at Uluru, then camp out under a twinkling night sky.

  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more.

Is this trip right for you?

  • All travellers on this exclusive The School of Life tour will receive a specially curated Content Pack, containing The School of Life notebook, reading material and book: The Art of Travel.

  • This tour is designed to include classroom experiences conducted by The School of Life. It includes reading and writing exercises as well as further material to engage with after the tour has finished.

  • The Red Centre can be very hot during the summer time and in the winter, below freezing at night. Ensure you are prepared for the weather and pack accordingly. See Essential Trip Information for a suggested packing guide.

The Red Centre: On Humility & Perspective

Price

$3,800 AUD

Days 6
Includes

• Private all terrain vehicle transportation

• Accommodation (5 nights)

• NT National Park Fees

• 1000 Star Dinner

• Return airport transfers

• Faculty member from The School of Life

• Meals as specified

• The School of Life Content Pack

• Mala cultural interpretative walk

• Uluru Cultural Centre

• Kings Canyon Rim walk

• Uluru Base Walk

• Eastern MacDonnell Ranges

Places are limited. To register your interest:
 

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Itinerary

On arrival at Alice Springs, meet your airport transfer to the hotel. After taking some time to unpack and settle in, join your group in the early afternoon for a welcome meeting. At this meeting you will learn more about the week’s reflective narrative and how to engage with the tour’s key learnings. After introductions we will pay a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park – an award-winning nature park highlighting some of the Outback’s flora and fauna. The park is staffed by Indigenous guides and park rangers, who provide guided walks. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how Australia’s resilient flora has thrived in challenging Outback conditions. In the evening discover the art of conversation and provide the tools to make a greater success of our relationships with friends, colleagues and strangers. Put your new skills to good use at dinner afterwards, getting to know your fellow classmates and travellers during facilitated discussion.
Inclusions:
  • Airport transfer
  • The School of Life content exploring: Sociability & Relating to Others
Accommodation:
  • Twin-share hotel
Meals
  • Dinner

Today we’ll be exploring one of the Outback’s best kept secrets – the East MacDonnell Ranges. The area is barely frequented by the tourist community and is a popular place for Alice Springs locals to drive, hike or camp for the weekend. The ranges are also a place of significance to the local Indigenous Arrernte people. Many recorded and registered sacred sites located here. In the local dreaming, the mountains are associated with the origin of the caterpillar beings, the Yeperenye, and their travels across the landscape carved out the East and West MacDonnell Ranges you’ll see today. The grand location will provide the setting for discussing a central aim of philosophy and part of our purpose in traveling to new places: to know one’s self. 

Inclusions: 
  • The School of Life content exploring: Self-knowledge & The Sublime
Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Twin-share hotel

Note: total driving time today is approximately three hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.

After breakfast, head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. We’ll encounter incredible beauty and discuss our desire to capture and possess it. We’ll connect a range of cultural pieces that were made with the idea of improving our understanding of the way we live. We’ll respond to our own dilemmas and pains around love, work and society, as we are invited to see culture as a resource with which to address the complex agonies of being human. In the afternoon, arrive at Kings Canyon Resort and experience a night out camping under the stars. 

Inclusions: 
  • The School of Life themes: Culture & Beauty
Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation: 

  • Kings Canyon Resort (permanent tented camp)

Note: Total driving time takes around five and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately three kilometres

After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and get ready to climb and explore Kings Canyon and its key sites, including the Amphitheatre, Lost City, Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Overlooking these incredible works of nature, we will discuss our passion and talents, contemplate our work and aim to develop greater confidence for the future. Depart Kings Canyon after lunch and travel to Kings Creek Station, where the group will have time for optional helicopter flights. Later, drive to Yulara and visit the Cultural Centre, which offers the chance to view and purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts. At sunset, enjoy canapes and drinks while watching Uluru turn spectacular shades of red in the fading light. Return to camp for dinner beneath the stars and reflect on your day with a fireside discussion. Tonight you have the option to sleep in a permanent tent or grab a swag and enjoy another night camping outside.

Inclusions:
  • The School of Life content exploring: Career Perspective & Personal Confidence
  • Sunset canapes and drinks at Uluru
Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:  
  • Uluru camping grounds (camping)

Note: Total driving time is about three and a half hours.

An early start this morning is rewarded with a sunrise at Uluru. Enjoy a walk around the base of the rock while the morning is fresh, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre before visiting Kata Tjuta and its 36 distinct domes. After some time to explore the site you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a second spectacular sunset over Uluru, this time at a different location, before returning to camp for a final night of reflection under the stars. Throughout the day we will contemplate important questions about life’s meaning and how to find joy in everyday life. 

Inclusions:  
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • The School of Life content exploring: Meaning & Joy
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Sunset canapes and drinks at Uluru
Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Uluru camping grounds (camping)

Notes: Total driving time is approximately three hours today. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.

After taking the time to share some final reflections on the week that’s been, say farewell to your classmates and fellow travelers. As a parting gift you will receive a homework pack of further readings and reflective exercises to keep you company on your return flight. A morning transfer will take you to Yulara airport in time for your departing flight.

Inclusions:
  • Airport transfer
  • The School of Life content exploring: Returning Home
Meals:
  • Breakfast

Included Activities

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights) twin share hotel (2 nights)

Inclusions

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Daily lessons and workshops with The School of Life
  • Mala cultural interpretative walk
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • 1000 Star Dinner

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