A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE THAT WILL FOREVER IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND BOND WITH YOUR SON.

OCTOBER 2024

This curated self-drive, self-guided 4wd adventure through the ancient lands of Central Australia creates the context for you to see your tween/teen son develop the wisdom and skills he needs to transition from boyhood into a respectful, resilient, self assured young man.

Dear dads. I invite you to picture the following…

Saying good night to your fellow travellers, you and your son leave the warmth, glow and intoxicating smokey smell of the crackling campfire and make your way to your swags; the vast expanse of the central Australian desert surrounding you.

The cool night air carries the scent of spring wildflowers, blossoming after recent rain while the distant call of a lone dingo echoes through the stillness.

Together, you walk side by side through tufts of spiky spinifex nestled in orange sand, the light of the torch illuminating the way. Your swags come into view, a haven of shelter, warmth and comfort for some well deserved shut eye.

A bit of tossing and turning takes place as you get comfy in your ‘beds’ before your son asks, ‘ready Dad?’ It is the moment you have both been waiting for: torch off, lights out!!!

Immediately you’re plunged into darkness, awestruck by the billions of tiny stars illuminating the night sky above you.

In this vast desert expanse, far from the noise and distractions of life at home, you and your son are lying together on mother earth alone with the awesomeness of the universe. O M G

photo courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism

A rare, warm, beautiful sensation washes over you. Is it love, gratitude, appreciation? All of the above?

We say good night, both eagerly anticipating the first meteors to burn up in the earth’s atmosphere above us.

“Dad, you know what? I think I have been giving you a bum time lately. I see now that you are doing the best you can with what you were taught and you only want the best for me. I’m sorry if I have been rude and distant.”

“Thanks for sharing I say”, beaming. “I certainly can and will do better in the way I relate to you going forward.”

We don’t wait long.

“Wow, did you see that one?” We both say simultaneously.

Who is this trip for?

Dads

  • Does the idea of having a shared experience like the one I mentioned above sound bloody amazing?
  • Do you desire a healthy, close, mutually respectful relationship with your son?
  • Is creating lifelong memories with your son important to you?
  • Do you think your son will greatly benefit from having such lengthy, quality, one on one time with you, where you adventure together as part of the same team?
  • Do you want to ensure he has the wisdom and life skills to handle whatever life throws at him through the teenage years and beyond?
  • And do you want to have everything at your disposal to support him in doing this?
  • Finally are you both up for an epic one of a kind adventure you will be hard pressed to forget?

If you’re saying yes to these and can clearly see the immense value in such an experience for you both then register today. There are only 5 spots available and rental 4wd’s are in hot demand in the territory. Got some questions? Send a message.

YES! This sounds perfect.

What You Will Gain From This Experience

By the trip’s end, you’ll have crafted unforgettable memories that will stand the test of time.

But beyond that, this experience will fortify your bond, deepen your connection, and foster unparalleled camaraderie, laying the foundation for a robust, intimate relationship upon your return.

Moreover, this journey serves as a metaphor for life itself, with the son learning the essential rules of engagement for a fulfilling existence — one where challenges are embraced as opportunities for growth and joy is found in the valleys as well as on the peaks.

As a father, you go home equipped with the communication skills and emotional intelligence that will help you provide invaluable support for your son as he strives towards a life of authenticity, purpose and fulfilment, benefiting not only himself but all beings around him.

Your Quest For Adventure

How good it would feel, (before, during and after) to embark on a one of a kind, mystery adventure together? Pretty awesome huh.

This quest has been designed so you feel like real explorers discovering a new land. No tour guide and bus here. This is a self- guided, self-drive 4wd adventure along a carefully curated route in the red centre of Australia.

Starting and finishing in Alice Springs you and your son navigate your way along a mix of sealed and unsealed roads and 4wd only tracks to each night’s campsite using only the clues and treasure style maps you find along the way.

Just imagine the anticipation of not only what awaits you each day but what awaits you around each and every corner.

The route caters to beginners with no prior 4WD experience, just like me when I first ventured into these parts as a tour guide. Yet, it promises plenty of enjoyment for seasoned drivers too.

Before setting off you will be given instructions on how to safely navigate and drive your 4wd. Each vehicle comes with recovery tracks, tow rope and a satellite phone in case of emergencies, as well a support vehicle coming up from behind for anyone needing a helping hand.

This is such a great opportunity!

Your Quest For Connection

Dads, who doesn’t want a close, intimate, mutually respectful relationship with their son, through the teenage years and beyond? And… What boy, deep down, wouldn’t want this too?

Clearly we all would.

Well, it is possible and this quest provides the context, both theoretically and experientially, for this camaraderie to flourish.

Wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that you have thoroughly prepared yourself and your tween/teen for the myriad of challenges awaiting him in high school and beyond?

Feel good, I am sure. Empowering, even, knowing you have passed on essential wisdom to him.

“Many of you parents would know that one of the best places to connect with your teenagers, is to sit them in a car, put on the music, look straight ahead and drive. Often that is when they will talk.”

– Dr Arne Rubenstein CEO, Rites Of Passage Institute

Yarning (wisdom) Circles

In Indigenous Australian culture, boys typically remain primarily with their mothers during childhood until they reach the pivotal moment of transitioning into manhood. This transition often begins with a traditional walkabout, during which men guide the boys away from their mothers and old way of being, into the wilderness to initiate them into their new journey of being a man.

I have created this trip with this in mind, aiming to remove you and your son from your familiar home environment, with its established roles and routines, to immerse you in a new and engaging setting. Here on this quest, the passing on of wisdom and life skills is more readily accepted by the boys, who, back home, may often overlook, or outright ignore, similar advice coming from you their dad.

The sharing of wisdom occurs within Yarning circles.

Each evening, gathered around the campfire after a satisfying meal, we delve into topics such as life purpose, healthy masculinity, emotional intelligence, and authentic communication through sharing, storytelling and activities.

Not only is this an invaluable opportunity for you AND your son to hear from other men, normalising your own experiences and struggles, but it gives the boys a set of instructions, a road map if you will, as to how best to play this game of life for maximum enjoyment and fulfillment.

Sound like something for you and your son?

Why Central Australia?

What? You mean apart from the billions of stars, meteors and comets you get to marvel at each and every night.

Well, come day time the Red Centre is an adventure playground awash with amazing and varied terrain, diverse fauna and flora, awesome 4wd tracks, stunning waterholes and amazing campsites.

It is also the home to the indigenous people of Australia, Earth’s oldest civilization.

The Pitjantjatjara, Arrente, Luritja and Warpiri have lived in these parts for at least 30,000 years: long before Jesus and well before the pyramids of Egypt and their culture is rich and fascinating for those who are ready to ‘see’.

Your adventure will take you through desert plains, gorgeous orange sand dunes, dotted with spinifex, mulga trees, desert oaks and a variety of wild flowers, with the horizon, at times, seemingly going on forever.

At other times you will drive through the oldest river beds on planet Earth and be greeted by canyons, gorges and chasms that are a part of the mountain ranges in these parts.

Getting a bit hot out in the desert? No worries, There are a variety of Instagram worthy waterholes to cool off in.

Have no fear though, there are no crocs in these parts, but there are plenty of other animals for those with a shrewd eye: Kangaroos, Wallabies, Perenties, Goannas, Thorny Devils, Snakes, Greater Bilbies, Dingoes and Camels just to name a few.

Then there are the sunrises, sunsets, mountains, meteor crators and the amazing Uluru, a rock that stands taller than the Eifel tower on land as flat as your out stretched hand.

And this is just what you can see. The stillness and silence in these parts is other worldly, a balm for the busyness of everyday life.

Feeling inspired to adventure in this amazing landscape with your son?

Meals

One of the highlights of the trip are the evening meals. We collect our own firewood, make a fire and then use the hot coals to cook the meal. As part of the experience, the boys will get to prepare and cook a meal with the support of their dads. Example meal could be kangaroo bolognaise with garlic bread or perhaps honey soy chicken with bush damper. The possibilities are endless.

Breakfast is a mix of raison toast cooked over hot coals, porridge, eggs, cereal and of course coffee. While lunch will be sandwiches, burgers, (maybe camel) or something else depending on what’s available at the time.

For driving snacks we recommend bringing your own stash which can be purchased in Alice Springs before we leave.

Accommodations

Our ‘digs’ are a combination of campsites with and without facilities, ie with and without shower, toilets and running water.

Sleeping is in swags. These are canvas bags containing a foam mattress that are rolled out onto the ground so you can warmly and comfortably gaze upon the wonder of our Milky Way before drifting off to sleep.

You just need to bring along a sheet, pillow and a sleeping bag.

Weather

Spring time in Central Australia has a bit of everything.

Cool nights, warm days and the occasional thunderstorm. Average temps for this time of the year range from 12 degrees overnight up to 30 degrees during the day.

In the case of a passing storm during the night we can put the flap of the swag over our heads, sleep in the 4wd’s or set up a tarp.

I'm ready for this adventure with my son!

Your Host

Geoff Havenaar is an author, kinesiologist, and parenting coach specializing in guiding families through the pivotal transition from childhood to adolescence and beyond. With a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities this journey presents, Geoff has curated a transformative experience unlike any other: a father-son adventure and connection quest set amidst the breath-taking landscape of Central Australia.

This unique journey serves as a rite of passage for fathers and sons, offering them the opportunity to engage, interact, adventure, and play in ways not typically accessible in their day-to-day lives. Geoff’s vision extends beyond mere exploration; it encompasses the impartation of invaluable wisdom and life skills to boys aged 12 to 15, ensuring they navigate life’s challenges with resilience and grace.

Drawing from his expertise as a parent coach, Geoff emphasizes the importance of fostering deep connections and building bonds between parent and child. Through this shared experience, fathers and sons forge memories that will be cherished for years to come, laying the foundation for a strong and enduring relationship.

Geoff’s passion for transformative travel stems from his own extensive journeys through North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and India and two years working as a guide in the Northern Territory of Australia. Inspired by his experiences, this trip is a unique self-drive, self-guided adventure that has been curated to mirror life itself.

With Geoff’s guidance, participants not only embark on a thrilling adventure but also embark on a journey of self-discovery, nurturing their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being along the way. As a devoted father of two girls himself, Geoff understands the profound impact of shared experiences on familial bonds and is committed to helping parents be their best selves, both on and off the journey.

What’s Included

  • 4wd with high clearance and enough kilometres for trip
  • Beginner 4wd training
  • Diesel for trip
  • Satellite phone Recovery mats, snatch strap
  • Swag
  • Breakfast lunch and dinners
  • Plates, utensils and cups
  • Non alcoholic drinks
  • All aboriginal permits
  • Campsite fees
  • Camp fire chair
  • Specially curated route with fun and engaging maps and clues for guidance.
  • Experienced host and guide for the journey in support vehicle
  • Invaluable context for you and your son to let go of roles and personas to connect deeply, nurture camaraderie and create unforgettable memories.
  • Wisdom and life skills to take back home so you may walk through life with greater ease and grace together.

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Alice Springs
  • Accommodation before and after the Quest
  • Snacks for the trip
  • Souvenirs, phone calls and other personal items
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance. (recommended)

Added Bonuses

  • A Clarity Call – 20 minutes of 1:1 time with Geoff so he can get to know you personally and best support you on your journey
  • Access to a Private Retreat Facebook Group – so we can connect pre-trip (you can ask questions and receive update-to-date trip info) and then we’ll stay connected post-trip – and of course swap photos!
  • Pre-Trip Group Call – you’ll have the chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intent and learn how to best prepare yourself!
  • Post-Trip Group Call – we’ll gather to help integrate your learnings once back at home!

Geoff delivered on providing the context for a fun engaging and highly informative adventure into the Outback of Australia. It is a life experience we will never forget.

~ Jamie, U.K Father of 2

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Alice Springs.
Meet Geoff.
Pick up vehicle and begin your adventure.
Camping with no facilities.
Swimming in waterholes.
Day 2
Unique and awesome 6 k hike and swim .
Camping with facilities.
Day 3
Another awesome hike.
Camping with facilities.
Day 4
Secret Campsite by stunning water hole (no facilities).
Day 5
Camping on another ancient riverbed (no facilities).
Day 6
Return to Alice Springs.
Return vehicle.
Integration time.
Overnight in Alice (must book this yourselves, not included in trip).
Day 7
More integration.
Fly home.

This adventure is for us!

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