Rex is a master coach and workshop developer. He runs programs in Australia and internationally, including Bali helping people lead more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Rex has studied indigenous cultures for over 20 years incorporating ancient wisdom and western psychology.
Rex has been involved in working with cultures and eco tourism to help us all enjoy and sustain the incredibly rich diversity of life.
David has had a fascination with indigenous cultures ever since he started travelling through the American West visiting Hopi, Navajo and Sioux Indian reservations over 30 years ago. His love of Indonesia and the many tribal groups spread throughout the archipelago has motivated him to travel extensively photographing and writing about these fascinating cultures.
David’s interest in photography began when he was 17 years old on his first overseas trip and the desire to capture what he feels and sees through the viewfinder is a challenge that continues to inspire him.
An avid photographer and writer, David plans to devote the rest of his life to documenting and recording these fascinating indigenous groups so others can share in the wisdom and knowledge, myths and legends.He has long had a desire to connect native Americans with other similar cultures with a strong connection to the land, such as the Indonesian Dayaks and Australian Aboriginal people.
He hopes that The Journey Back project will help inspire others to get involved and try and protect these cultures and their environment from further destruction and negative changes.
Erick is an Indonesian filmmaker. His love of film began from a photography field when he was still a student at the University of Udayana.
His film “Iffy” won the Best Indonesian Film at 15/15 Film Festival Australia. "Bali Bandidos", the music video by "The Hydrant", won Best Video Clip Award in Radar Bali (2009). Dije Jani Adi – KIS won Best Video Clip on (Pramusti Award (2011). Erick has several other awards. Erick is a master in his field and a highly talented young film maker.
Kevin Locke (his Lakota name, Tokaheya Inajin, means “The First to Arise”) is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator.
From his early Lakota influences and from his extended “world” family he has learned how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.
Kevin comes from a distinguished family. His great-great-grandfather was the famous Dakota patriot, Little Crow. His great-grandmother was a renowned medicine woman. His mother, Patricia Locke, was an activist for Indian rights and recognition.
Kevin says: "All of the people have the same impulses, spirits, and goals. Through my music and dance, I want to create a positive awareness of oneness of humanity."
Robi Supriyanto is a talented young musician from Bali with a passion for raising awareness about the plight of the forests and wildlife in Kalimantan and Sumatra. He's the leader of the well known grunge band Navicula.
Martin is the Co-founder and Director of the Heart of Borneo Project (a Frontline Conservation initiative) - a UK registered charity that combines exploration, pioneering research, stakeholder empowerment, and innovative outreach techniques to help protect strategic areas of unique and vulnerable ecosystems.
The organisations focus area is the 23.4 million hectare Heart of Borneo rainforest - one the largest contiguous areas of rainforest on earth that is home to the oldest rainforest still standing today, over a million indigenous and forest-dependent people, and countless species many of which are unique to the island or incredibly vulnerable to extinction. The Heart of Borneo rainforest is also extremely important regulator and provider of climate, water, food, health, and income at local, regional, and global scales. It is vital that we protect it.
Martin is a multi-award winning explorer and expedition leader, entrepreneur, campaigner, and communicator. At just 26 he was featured as one of the top contemporary explorers in the book "The Modern Explorers" (the sequel to "The Great Explorers" by Robin Hanbury-Tenison), and over the past 5 years has become one of the most active rainforest explorers of today, pushing the boundaries of multidisciplinary approaches and the use of interactive media during expeditions. He is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and engaging public speaker.
Our guide and deep connection with the elders of Setulang Village in Northeast Kalimantan. Ardi lives in east Kalimantan and will be coordinating the logistics of the trip.
James is an ex-army major who recovered from post-traumatic stress after his armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq five years ago. Since then he has become known by audiences around Australia as a man with the ability to touch the heart of all who hear him speak.
The ground-breaking work he does with employees of large award-winning corporations now sees him regularly consulted by leaders of these organisations in the area of Resilient Leadership. James, with his partner Kirsty, setup the Centre For Resilient Leadership which involves the development of a global community of inspired leaders – leaders who live from the heart, who recognise there is no distinction between ‘professional’ and ‘personal’ leadership. We want to build a community of leaders who encourage and inspire others with their values- driven leadership.
Part of this includes James’ favourite program – The Warrior Series. The Young Warrior Leadership Program fills the gap left when western society let go of the rite of passage for its young men, while the men’s program assists men find their true, balanced warrior within.
"Rex Urwin first shared with me the story of the Dayak people a couple of years ago, and through our association I have followed the evolution of this expedition into Borneo. When I was invited to join the expedition I jumped at the chance to be a part of such a unique experience.
I am looking forward to experiencing so many of the things Rex has shared in stories of past adventures, hunting, music, dance, the way of the Dayak warrior and their inextricable link to the jungle the love and protect. I hope to take this experience and the lessons it will bring to help others in their struggle to stand up for who they are and what they believe."
David Metcalf's son Jerome is a Mountain Man previously working in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and the Canadian Rockies. This is his first film working as Assistant Director, Marketing and Public Relations Representative.