Sadly, and thankfully, 2017 has come to an end!

Wow, what a year 2017 has been, we have had a record number of 5 events in KZN this year and we had ventured into a new direction with an event in Gauteng focussed on the fatherless. We were able to touch approximately 50+ families.

What a privilege it has been to serve on this amazing team. A team that is made up of nearly 120 volunteers. With students from Kersney College,  Thomas Moore, Hillcrest High, St Johns, Epworth, Curro and Hilton College just to name a few in KZN alone. These students keep amazing us in their ability to serve and volunteer time and time again.

2017 also saw the continuation of the Heartland Hunting Experience, headed up by Rich Pooley as well as our outward bound – Heartland Adventures Experiences with Gareth “Frodo” Potgieter at the helm. These Experiences really allow the wild hearts of our boys to take wing. Give us a shout if you would like to know more.

Daryl Schreiber had the amazing opportunity of being a guest speaker at a Q Commons event, Q-Ideas. He was able to share about rights of passage. We also had the opportunity to serve on a Passed Thru Fire in Hawaii on the island of Kauai with Rick Bundschuh. Daryl Schreiber and David Roome traveled to Kauai Christian Fellowship to see how they conduct a Passed Thru Fire with nearly no Father involvement.  What a wonderful experience and so much was learned with much of the experience being considered for inclusion locally in SA! They even had the opportunity to give out some “leopard treatment”! (Only those who have been will know…. *insert evil grin here*)

There is such excitement for 2018 as not only will we continue to have the Refined by Fire and Passed thru Fire experiences here in KZN and Gauteng again, but we will also be launching the Western Cape! We are also hoping to initiate the Eastern Cape program next year!

2018 Will also see the launch of the Legacy Experience in Gauteng for School leavers as well as Passed Thru Fire Advanced… watch this space!

To all of you who have loyally supported Heartland and our endeavors, we would like to thank you for your love, support, and heart and wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. May the Kind walk with you and Bless you, abundantly.

We’d love to give a shout out to the following business’ who have supported us throughout the 11 years!

A. Vogel                Bio-Strath                Dischem                General Pneumatics                Hillcrest Gun Shop


2016 Wrap up!

14124885_899488896850826_6153304573105689511_oWhat an amazing year 2016 has been. We started the year off with a team weekend with approximately 20 volunteers attending! We celebrated our 10th year of The Passed Thru Fire Experience by getting the author of the book (Passed Thru Fire), Rick Bundschuh out to experience Passed Thru Fire the “african way”.  We were able to organise a few get togethers so that the team could just mix with Rick and glean from him.

We were also privileged to launch The Passed Thru Experience in Australia with Ben De Bruyn, a former PTF boy himself! What a opportunity to see a young man step into manhood!

Our last event is running now on the 2nd of December, this will take us to a total of 6 events this year. Which means we were able to touch approximately 48 families.

Our plan for 2017 is to have 8 events. Starting in January with a fundraising event followed by two Refined By Fire events.

I’d like to end off by saying a huge thank you to our volunteer team, without your support and enthusiasm we would not be able to put on event after event.


Our proposed dates for 2017 are as follows:

(Please note that all dates are subject to change)


Passed thru Fire – April 2012 – Gauteng

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Passed thru Fire – April 2012 – Gauteng

Another Passed thru Fire event has come and gone with 12 Boys and their Dads set on fire during this incredible time away.
Once again we were privileged to hold the event on a cattle farm just outside Groblersdal – with the rugged bushveld providing an ideal setting for this time full of challenge and meaning. We saw boys inspired towards godly manhood, Dads initiate and embrace moments of intimacy and connection with their Sons and new life breathed into Father-Son relationships. We trust that these will impact families and communities into the future.

Standing out as highlights during this time away were;

  • The courage of young men to stand up for themselves and to stand together against adversity – not too much whingeing was heard;
  • The energy with which the boys faced the challenges put before;
  • The renewed energy displayed by Dads thoroughly enjoying the time together with their Sons them – charging through the bush together and nailing each other in paintball; and
  • The awakening of some men being challenged not just in terms of their fathering but also about the impact of their whole lives;
  • Boys willingly embracing the challenge to aim at godly manhood in a world that has disposed of it.

Passed thu Fire is a Rite of Passage Experience where we challenge boys aged 13 to 15 on the attributes of godly manhood and facilitate the strengthening of Father – Son relationships by valuing and encouraging the affirmation that all boys need and that is best given by their Dad.