Track Your Life with Boyd Varty

How wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients in a meaningful life.

About the show

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both successful lion tracking and a life of fulfillment. Trackers learn how to use all of their senses to read the environment and enter into a state of “greater aliveness.” When we learn to find and follow our inner tracks, we learn to see what is deeply important to us.

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  • Day 11 - Paradise Lost

    April 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 9 secs
    dish towels, innocence, leopards mating, lourens van der post, mysterious, self conscious, shangaan village
  • Day 10 - Wayfinding

    April 11th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 49 secs
    butterflies, hudson valley, ian thomas, iron john, irwin, martial eagle, peter, polynesian, wayfinder, wild man

    I am involved now in purposeful action towards an unknown purpose. Maybe there is an island out there. The Polynesian Wayfinders would sit on the front of a canoe and without any navigational tools would feel for an island of water. Homing. Ultimately you must captain your own canoe towards it intuitively must be.

  • Day 9 - Jurassic Park

    April 10th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 8 secs
    franciscan, mystic, rhino, sweet potato, unicorn

    We have forgotten how to live. Your phone is not making your life more convenient. Delete Netflix. Stop watching the news. Turn off your wifi. Go to places where there is no power. Focus on nature and community. Have ceremonies. Explore. Induce reverence for life. Find the others who really want to live. Don’t fight the system, just abandon it.

  • Day 8 - Thank God for the Spade

    April 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  9 mins 2 secs
    bull, elephant, frog, grasshopper, heat, hyena, spade, storm

    Day 8 - Thank God for the Spade

    My troubles all began with a frog. Actually it started when a grasshopper head butted me whilst using the toilet. I understand why people who live close to the earth belief in the changing moods of nature.

    The elephant cow was unnerved by me, but I saw that she had run into a musty bull which was causing her agitation. At the last minute they crashed down the river bank instead of into me.

    The temperature rose so much that it felt like I was at the devil’s for a barbecue. Then the wind came up and the temperature went from devil’s barbecue to Narnia within 6 hours. I felt like I was at sea in a storm.

  • Day 7 - Solo

    April 8th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 21 secs
    african hawk eagles, chinspot batis, lions, manyelethi, presence, richard siwela, roost, tracks

    Why am I Here?
    Why have I always known I would live in a tree?
    Why do I track solo?
    Why do you know you must do that you have not rational reason to?
    Out here I do one thing at a time. If you are into being present, I would give it a try.

  • Day 6 - Myth Making Tree Trickster

    April 7th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 28 secs
    crocodile, lalela, lawrence van der post, man, myth, tracker, wildebeest

    Let me tell you an ancient story I just made up. Try and listen with the wild part of you. Listen close and push your rational mind away, a myth is a lie about the truth.
    This is a myth about Lalela, the Wildebeest and the Man.

  • Day 5 - Why is Simplicity So Complicated?

    April 6th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 50 secs
    ngorongoro, presence, robinson crusoe, simplify, stillness, wildebeest

    So many people feel like they are living their life behind a pain of perspex. I’m certain this is related to complexity and convenience. If you want more life: simplify, simplify, simplify. All over Africa where there tends to be less stuff I feel more generosity. The stillness is however confronting. Without the news of the world insights arise. Somewhere inside I’m still trying to grow up and overcome the ten year old.

  • Day 4 - Safety Third

    April 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 15 secs
    buffalo, bushbuck, camp life, elephant, giraffe, mind of god, monkey, nyala, rhino, running, safety

    Today I will run through the bush like people have always done. There are tricks to running in the African bush.
    Its good to run when its how and animals are less active. There are three phases to being safe when running in the wilderness. Phase 1: Mindset and awareness you live in that is forward thinking, route planning, route assessment, knowing the terrain, local knowledge. Phase 2: How you handle the dangerous situation. Phase 3: The safety itself as a result of the first two phases.

  • Day 3 - Watch Out For The Small Things

    April 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 37 secs
    buffalo, camp, caterpillar, mike boon, rhino, zambezi

    Boyd enters day 3 hot on the tracks of a rhino to try and find them. He details how he is arriving with humility to the greater rhythms of nature and developing an intimacy with his family place. Then things go south...

  • Day 2 - A Somewhat Anxious Ape

    April 3rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 37 secs
    anxiety, baboon, hyena, thich nhat hanh, treehouse

    Boyd enters Day 2 of his 40 Day, 40 Night immersion and talks about everything from hyenas arriving at camp to the emergence of anxiety, Thich Nhat Hanh's books on Fear and understanding how the Bhudda beset by demons under the groves may just have been a mind not allowed to rest in itself.

  • Day 1

    April 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 4 secs
    africa, boyd, londolozi, mystics, preparation, tracker, varty

    Day 1 from the Treehouse is now live

  • 40 Days & 40 Nights Preparation

    March 29th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 28 secs
    africa, books, boyd, londolozi, mystics, preparation, tracker, varty

    Boyd begins preparing for his immersion into the wilderness, discusses books he is planning on taking out with him and reflects on the impact of the weather.