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Indigenous Wisdom - An afternoon with Colin Campbell and Jhon Kwano

Facilitator: Andrew McAulay

Join us for an afternoon with the elders of two different indigenous traditions: Colin Campbell from South Africa, visiting Hong Kong for the first time, and Jhon Kwano from New Guinea, the returning tribal ‘Messenger’.

Indigenous people across the world have unique traditions that have been kept alive through generations - retaining social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. At the basis of this way of living lies an animate view of the universe which considers every living thing as having a soul.

In this half-day workshop, Colin and John will share the wisdom of their traditions as a way of restoring our relatedness to the wider natural world. After a brief sharing from each of them, they will engage in a dialogue exploring human-nature connection from the perspective of an animate universe. This workshop will be facilitated by Andrew McAulay, and will include experiential components to help participants ground the knowledge and inspiration shared by the teachers.

During the afternoon you will also enjoy vegetarian refreshments prepared by Green Hub, aligning with KFBG’s commitment to promote healthy and sustainable food. We believe that by eating vegetarian and local food, we take action to lighten our ecological footprint.


Colin Campbell 

As a descendant of Scottish aristocracy, born in Zimbabwe (1963) and trained by some of the most renowned African healers of Southern-Africa, Colin Campbell has become known for being a knowledge-bridge between rare pre-industrial African culture and contemporary Western culture.  

As a child, Colin travelled through Africa with his father, Alec Campbell, a celebrated cultural historian and archaeologist. From the age of 7, he was introduced to some of the most powerful African healers and magicians in Botswana, who instantly recognised the boy’s calling as a healer and accepted him as a student. Colin experienced and integrated ancient aspects of traditional African knowledge through the rigorous rituals and training from his teachers. This resulted in a deep understanding of animism and its inextricable connection to the natural world. 

Through his in-depth knowledge of African culture, Jungian psychology and contemporary artistic practice Colin has cultivated a uniquely-authentic personal philosophy which he has developed into wilderness-based practices. His practices aim to take people of all nations into a restored and reconnected relationship with the wider natural world.


Jhon Kwano

As an elder from the Lani tribe in the highlands of New Guinea, Jhon Kwano is from the last generation of his people to receive traditional initiation. He was identified from an early age for the role of Messenger, sharing the message of his tribe with outsiders and reporting back with what he has seen in the outside world. He is the only one known to be playing this role outside of Melanesia. As such, he is authorised to represent not only the Lani, but also other cultures in both New Guinea and the rest of Melanesia.

New Guinea is one of the most bio-culturally diverse places on Earth and Jhon’s people still live as their ancestors have for thousands of years, in harmony with nature.



Andrew McAulay

Andrew was born in Hong Kong and educated in England. After spending some time in a meditation centre in his early 20’s, he returned to Hong Kong to help transform KFBG’s mission from agricultural aid to nature conservation and holistic education. He has chaired the KFBG Board since 1999 and also chairs the Board of KFBG’s sister organisation, Partnerships for Community Development (PCD). Andrew loves to spend time in nature and continues to practise and teach meditation, as well as breathwork. He has also published two books of poetry.


Indigenous Wisdom - An afternoon with Colin Campbell and Jhon Kwano

Date: 15 March 2024 (Friday)

Time: 14:30 - 17:30

Venue: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, New Territories (Old Tai Po Police Station)

Language: English

Target Group: Public

No. of Participants: Maximum 40 participants

Fee: HK$360 per person, including light vegetarian refreshment

Application: Click HERE


  • Please submit your online application form on or before 8 March (Friday).
  • Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Payment is not refundable after acceptance, unless the programme is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Terms & Conditions
Upon submission of your application and payment, you are deemed to have accepted all Terms and Regulations of this retreat, and the guidelines below:

Green Hub Visitor Guidelines
KFBG Visitor Guidelines

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