This feature documentary marks Craig Foster’s return to filmmaking after 8 years dedicated to immersing himself in deep nature and learning the secrets of the kelp forest – a marine wilderness that fringes the city of Cape Town.
It is the story of his relationship with the Superstar – an eight-legged, underwater magician who teaches him the oldest language on earth – the ability to track in nature. Craig spent years in the Kalahari learning to track from San Bushmen masters without success. He grew increasingly despondent about his inability to truly connect to the wild and fell into despair and depression.
This is his personal story of recovery and renewal through rediscovering the power of deep nature and the true nature of humanity.
Craig’s story is told through multiple lenses, including biological science, indigenous wisdom and new political philosophy. He has been
filming this project for over five years, with Philippa Ehrlich editing and co-writing.
The film showcases the kelp forest with a level of intimacy and sophistication that has never been seen before and follows an individual
animal (the Superstar) for the duration of her life – something that has seldom been achieved in the wild, let alone underwater.
There is a wild sea-forest growing beneath the wind and waves at the southern tip of Africa. Here, millions of creatures live in a borderless realm still ungoverned by man and it is strange and beautiful beyond the telling.
Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck grew up playing in these forests, and this early immersion in the ocean had a subtle and profound impact on the course of their lives. The book, edited by Philippa Ehrlich, documents their rediscovery of the forests of their childhood and showcases Craig’s photographic work over the past decade.
Craig has become a world expert in kelp forest ecology and developed the world’s first form of underwater tracking. Diving without wetsuits in the icy waters, both Ross and Craig discovered how immersion in the cold generated new reserves of energy for their minds and bodies, and how curious forest creatures became more receptive to them.
New scientific discoveries were revealed, as were insights into our human origins, and our primal connection with nature.
Most of all the book is a love story about the unexpected relationships we can have with wild animals, each other, and the wildness that still thrives within us. Published by Quivertree Publications, October 2018.
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In the ocean you learn to rely on your instincts and develop your trust and intuition. You can even learn to activate your body’s own heating system. CRAIG FOSTER
Sea-Change Experience run three day introduction and longer eight day immersion courses, from Cape Town’s False Bay, that offer a process of deep personal transformation and reconnection.
Participants will be introduced to the kelp forest and its’ animals through a wholly immersive process that includes cold water immersion, tracking, snorkelling, intertidal walks and a series of talks and films.
Content includes: human physiology and cold adaptation, original design and nutrition, human origins, kelp forest ecology, metaphysical philosophy and environmental psychology.
Courses are run by Craig Foster and facilitated by Philippa Ehrlich and Lisa Beasley.
The Sea-Change Experience is a kind of deep nature initiation into the hidden spaces that lie between the human psyche and the natural world. These deep nature experiences will give participants the opportunity to enter a process of deep personal transformation and reconnection. The principles that we teach can be applied anywhere – even in urban environments. Join us to rediscover your wild.
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Driven by the Sea-Change philosophy, our partner Dr. Matthew Zylstra, Organisation for Noetic Ecology origins facilitates Sea-Change Makers an extended human origins and oceans-themed leadership program aimed at developing qualities and capacities for generating positive transformation at the individual and societal level. This immersive learning journey explores human-nature relationships through depth of experience and diverse ways of knowing.
Sea-Change Makers is recommended for organisations across private, non-governmental, and education sectors (e.g. college, university and community groups). The program incorporates various locations across South Africa.
The Sea-Change Project’s roots lie in exhibition.
Since the Sea-Change Project’s inception in 2010, we have had a number of successful public exhibitions, including one in Cape Town on the Sea Point promenade seen by over 1 million people.
Today we aim to take the Sea-Change content and experience, to people from all walks of life, anywhere in the world.
We are exploring multi-platforms with a focus on sustainable innovative ways to share the Sea-Change stories.
We are looking to partner with communities, museums, science centres, universities, galleries and aquariums worldwide.
Sea-Change stories making impact
The Sea-Change Project’s global Outreach Campaign is guided by Swati Thiyagarajan,
world renowned conservation journalist
and Craig Foster’s wife.
The Sea-Change documentary feature film is the foundation of the campaign. The Octopus our global ocean ambassador, the spokesperson for the ocean. Found in every ocean on the planet, with its bulbous head, eight arms, three hearts and nine brains, the octopus has a lot to teach us.
Ross Frylinck, a founder of the Sea-Change Trust and colleagues Carina Rubin-Frankal, Philippa Ehrlich and Lisa Beasley, will work closely with Swati to design and deliver the campaign. Our campaign team also includes a community of scientists, storytellers, journalists and filmmakers. We are guided by a global team of leading marine biologists, conservationists, anthropologists and archaeologists.