Boyd Varty World Village Builder

Boyd Varty

Wisdom from nature

I have spent my life in apprenticeship to the wisdom of nature.  I grew up in the African wilderness, speaking the local language and learning the true meaning of coexistence between people and with nature. Today, I work with individuals, groups and businesses to bring lessons from the wild to the contemporary world.

As a coach, a teacher and a storyteller, I work to foster what I call the village consciousness in our lives and workplaces.

To understand more about my unique background, which has shaped my thinking please start by reading my memoir: Cathedral of the Wild









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We live in a fractured time, cut off from each other in many parts of our lives. Many of us feel a sense of alienation and a longing to get back to nature or to a way of life that feels more authentic. Yet this is also a time of great possibility and opportunity.

My work unites ancient technologies with the modern skill of life coaching to help you track your own way into a life that feels natural, whole and deeply fulfilling. I facilitate the building of a “village consciousness” for individuals and businesses and can show you how to build a village that leads to wholeness, connection and the most effective use of our energies.

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I work to help companies to become villages. Doing business within the village consciousness means you will attract talent, reflect the values of the new generation and contribute to a sustainable future.


Find your unique place in the world village through the medium of personal coaching. I coach both by means of group facilitation, as well as individual sessions.

I can help you find your way to your essence.

I use the medium of storytelling to share a vision for your company. This energises individuals in the audience to become part of that vision. My speaking message is both inspirational and informative


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Join me for one of the workshops, retreats and courses I run in South Africa, the United States, and online.



Welcome home

  • If you are troubled by a sense of disconnection and a longing for a different, simpler way of life
  • if you love and long for a relationships with the natural world
  • if you feel compelled to participate in the mending of the planet and a restoration of harmony between humans and nature…

Welcome Home…  You are already part of the village consciousness. It’s time to start building your village.

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What I learned from Nelson Mandela

Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela

Boyd addresses a packed crowd at the 2013 TED talks.

Cathedral of the wild



Cathedral of the Wild is the captivating story of the joyful, occasionally terrifying, but always interesting life of Boyd Varty. It is also a tale of healing, and of one family’s passion to restore our broken connection to nature. Be prepared to fall in love with Varty, his sister, his parents, his uncle, the ideals they fiercely hold to protect the African bush, and the wild animals and people that surround them. With his campfire wit and poet’s ear, Varty is a wonderful new voice in adventure writing.

Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, important book. Boyd Varty is as brilliant a storyteller and as kind a companion as you’ll ever meet. He describes a life that has been spent forging a new way of thinking and being, in harmony with both Nature writ large and the human nature that is you. Read this and you may find yourself instinctively beginning to heal old wounds: in yourself, in others, and just maybe in the cathedral of the wild that is our true home.

Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star

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Boyd truly speaks the language of the world’s wild places. He has a way of making you feel that you’re sitting at your campfire at dusk in the depths of Africa and the first lions are beginning to roar.
There’s something that we have called “the Boyd effect”. When Boyd is talking, his audience is both completely captivated and jumping out of their seats to take action to build their village and reconnect with nature. His heart-centred, spiritual approach never fails to connect with people of all backgrounds, uniting them in their common humanity.

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