Today is a day we can all join hands and Celebrate! Today marks a milestone of determination and the power of Dreams in the face of Fear, Adversity and Despair. Friends, Today, many pieces of a very complex puzzle will align as the first ever School of Dreams participant will step foot in Malawi and begins engaging with the magic we've all, in some way, big or small, contributed to by standing behind this unique concept. [right:imagRead more..
Pilots wishing to be amongst of the first humans to free fly in Malawi are welcome to register, come January of 2018, for three different opportunities between May and August of 2018. All pilots will be greeted by Mathew at the airport in Lilongwe and taken to, and lodged at, the beautiful Nazareth Community Centre in Mganja village. Mathew will act as your personal guide, translator and best friend. [url=http:Read more..
Mathew is the School of Dreams Operations Manager, Malawi's only active Paraglider Pilot and your new best friend! He first met with Benjamin shortly after the discovery of the Mganja flying site during the 2014 Expedition. Of the eight people interviewed for future pilot training, Mathew was the only one who found ways to keep in touch on a regular basis until Benjamin's return, two years later. It is worth notinRead more..
After 'cheese' the first word I learn in any new country is 'yes.' It's a survival thing. You see, despite my red hair and funny looking face, it is not uncommon for someone to begin speaking to me, in their native tounge, as if I were their neighbour. And though I could find polite ways to stop them, I have found that it requires less effort if I just say 'yes' after each statement, occasionally throwing in a 'No!' for texture. InRead more..
With our laminated map and Canadian accents, we've been running around looking for mountains none has ever heard of, winding up on roads which haven't been used since the British occupation. We got lost in the Rhumpi district of Northern Malawi. Though people were kind, they were still speaking a dialect different than the one we'd learnt in the south. As we drove towards an exciting ridge on our map, the rough roRead more..
At about 5 km/h, I drifted patiently along the long, low ridge, relishing in the joy of the shouting villagers below. Smelling the sweet lake breeze, I imagined the experience of having spent an entire life in such a remote place only to, one day, look up from my fishing boat to find a giant banana swinging a foreigner to and fro. Just when I thought I knew a thing or two about this tiny country, it surprised me with a curveball I could have neveRead more..
When I signed up for my first paragliding lesson ten years ago, I felt that I was achieving some unsurmountable height simply by paying the deposit to do something so unbelievable. How then, is it possible that, after spending three days stuck on top of a remote mountain with three of North America's top-ranked paraglider pilots, today could just feel like another day at the office? Not long ago, Nick Greece, Matt Beechinor and Gavin McCluRead more..
We have this habit of driving in the middle of the day. In Malawi, without AC, this is like turning on your oven and jumping in for the afternoon. As a result, we tend to arrive to new destinations somewhat delirious. Along the long, windy road to Dedza, we pulled over to fuel up. The guys whipped out the map but I couldn't have been bothered; I was in awe of the landscape before us. Where the sun dipped below the new terrain was glowing lRead more..
Recently we found a flying site along Lake Malombe, beautiful as it was, it surprised us with it's two extremes. Life while soaring high above the lake was unspeakably amazing. It didn't take long for the stunning lake view to get me thinking that this place was a perfect location for The School of Dreams. This thought vanished as we touched down and experienced life on the ground. As we packed our gliders, the youth, with endless energy,Read more..
I never thought it could happen to me. As I scoured Google Maps in search of Malawi's highest peak, my objective was to train the first Malawian to paraglide, have him fly from there, and make a film about it. It was an epic 'top-to-bottom' and we all went home satisfied. Three years later and I have returned to this magical land with a deep hunger, no longer to teach others, but to teach myself. The lesson: Fly far and high in a laRead more..