The IPS Tribe Program – Back to Basics (3 Days)

-The IPS Tribe Program – Back to Basics (3 Days)

Welcome to the IPS Tribe Program – Back to Basics.

This three-day program, which is held over the weekends, focuses on reconnecting with the wilds, ourselves, and others.

Together in a small group of like-minded people, accompanied by Jellis Vaes – founder of Inner Picture Stories, we will live, work, and survive together as a tribe for a few days.

Why Should I Join? Who is the IPS Tribe Program For?

The IPS Tribe Program is for those who feel a lack of connection with themselves, with the world, and with others. It’s a program for those who would like to return to an environment that requires us to rekindle our survival instincts.

While modern society has certainly ensured benefits such as security and safety, loneliness has become a modern-day epidemic that psychologists have come to note is complicated but prevalent because we need others less and less.

We can all survive these days without ever having to leave our homes, reducing our deep sense of purpose, closeness, and togetherness with others. Human beings don’t mind hardships. What they do mind is not being needed.

Where this IPS Journey takes you is to a place where you will be needed. The aim of The IPS Tribe Program – Back to Basics is to bring back lost and forgotten feelings. The call of the wild. The feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood. The feeling of surviving and being needed no matter what your background.

Where Do We Go?

We will venture into the wilds in the South of Belgium, surrounded by kilometers of magnificent, thick forests and stunning landscapes.

The exact location and meeting point will be sent in the welcome email when you have booked your spot for the IPS Tribe Program.

You can expect detailed directions no matter your choice of transport, be it plane, car, train, bus or horse…

What Will I Learn and What Will We Be Doing?

What will be demonstrated by the teacher, Jellis Vaes, in the IPS Tribe Program are basic survival tips and techniques, while also touching upon principles and practices of the mind, such as how our thoughts shape our lives, the hidden potential of everyone’s mind, and other lessons that you can start applying directly to your life during and after the program.

After we gather at the meeting point, everyone will be given a unique backpack to carry that holds essential items for the survival of the tribe.

Once the gear and the backpacks are given out, we will venture off into the wilds where we will start our journey and adventure.

As a tribe out there in the wilds, we’ll need to find water, build a fire, set up our camp, take care and watch after each other, while dealing with any problems and troubles that may happen along the way.

Life often makes a lot more sense when we go back to basics. Brace yourself for this most thrilling adventure.

This is The IPS Tribe Program.


Do I need to bring anything special with me?

Besides your clothing, everything else is provided for you. A uniquely selected backpack, your own personal tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, food, snacks, and drinks.

Checklist for clothing during the program:

  • – Rain jacket
  • – Two t-shirts
  • – Two warm pullovers
  • – Two pairs of warm socks
  • – Comfortable trousers for walking
  • – Sturdy shoes

Your regular clothes will be kept safe and dry at our home base before taking off into the wilds.

This checklist, as well as additional information, will be sent in the welcoming email when booking.

In which language is the IPS Tribe Program held?

That depends on how international the group will be. The IPS Tribe Program can either be held in Dutch or English.

What ages are allowed and how big will the group size be?

Currently, the size of each group will be kept to three people. Any age is welcome.

How fit do I need to be?

No specific fitness level is required.

I have specific dietary requirements, will they be catered for?

We will do our best to cater to your specific needs. The welcoming email will contain a questionnaire, where you will find the option to describe any dietary requirements you have.

Are you planning on doing these in other parts of the world?

In time, the plan is definitely to take the IPS Tribe Program around the globe.

Jellis Vaes - The IPS Tribe Program - Inner Picture Stories

Jellis Vaes

About the Instructor

For six years, I struggled with deeply embedded feelings of loneliness and suicide, leaving me on the very edge of taking my own life.

What freed me was this world, and the words of wisdom about my own emotions and mind that I started to learn when I left home to travel the world at the age of 18.

Inner Picture Stories was formed out of my struggles. Initially, it was the platform I wished had been there for me during my time of darkness.

My journeys around the world, meeting various teachers, and my own self exploration have allowed me to learn practices of mindfulness and an understanding of my emotions where many of our pain points in life come from.

In this IPS Journey, The IPS Tribe Program, my wish is that you will experience this feeling of connection with the world, with others, and with yourself that has been missing.

This connection is known scientifically to be where a deep sense of happiness comes from. And these days, this connection is often the obvious, yet not so obvious way, to healing.

Problems and difficulties will always be a part of life. Suffering, however, is optional once you start understanding the deeper roots within yourself and the vast, incredible beauty of the world.

I hope you are ready to embark on a journey with me.


Jellis Vaes has trained with various professionals around the world to ensure the safety and the wellbeing of everyone in the group. He has been prepared by an ex-SAS Commando in the rules of survival, taken various training courses in medical and first aid, trained in alpinism and climbing, conquered many mountains along the way, including Mont Blanc, and earned the title of Dive Master.

The safety and well-being of everyone during the program are taken very seriously by Jellis and the team at Inner Picture Stories. You are in reliable hands.

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Every question will be given our fullest attention.