Last week I was lucky enough to meet some great students from Cleeve School near Cheltenham.  I was there to tell them all about the amazing experience they'll be having when we all head off to Namibia in July.

 Sand dunes in the Namib Desert

Well, as you can see it's a stunning landscape.  But there's a lot more to the desert experience than that...

As the song goes "...In the desert you can remember your name 'cause there ain't no-one for to give you no pain."  

In other words, you get tiime to reflect.  And that's a very rare commodity for young people in today's always-on society where they're used to watching the TV, texting, emailing, having several chat conversations on the go, and doing their homework all at the same time.

Inner peace is something they know nothing of, so when they hit the desert and are bereft of all their usual interrupting stimuli it will be an immensely powerful experience.  A rare chance to get to know themselves in this modern, hurried world.

And the people of the desert are incredible teachers too. Brett Sadler in the Moroccan Sahara with Bedouin tribesman Their hardiness in one of the harshest environments on the planet is a lesson to us all.  I met the Bedouin people when I visited the Moroccan Sahara a couple of years back, and a more hospitable race you could not wish to meet.

Would you benefit from taking some time out to get to know yourself?  

You don't have to go to the desert - just walking in the English countryside gets us out of our usual environment and helps us to get new perspectives.

Try it.  I'm certain you'll feel calmer, stronger and more productive. It's highly recommended!