The idea to gather in this way, was sparked at the SA version of Burning Man. We loved the idea of radical self reliance and the co-creation of a town in the desert without the use of money. One night, in the face of a wall of flames, we realised that in these turbulent times, we’d like to be learning stuff more than burning stuff…  like how to be more resilient against a global agenda that is increasingly repressing our freedom to thrive. How to grow food, how to reduce our impact, how to trade directly with each other, how to work with all the natural materials and medicines freely given by Nature, acquiring self healing and empowerment tools. We love that we always learn so much from all the great people we know, sharing knowledge and experience, discussing ideas and making music, but do we know how to actually live successfully in community?

Thus Learning Man was born in 2015, and has been a learning curve every step of the way. Such a wealth of wonderful content brought by all who have attended, giving it a life of its own ~ a clan of like-minded people, building community in a forest.  And so we have evolved into the Learning Clan, We welcome all who are looking for more meaning and down-to-earth, face-to-face ways of connecting, exploring alternative options to thrive in a natural, sovereign way.


meet the village crew 🙂  and zone facilitators 



Trash & Treasure


Sound & Rigging


Dance Zone & Lighting


Live Acts & Logistics

Nina and Craig

Teens & Tweens


Heartspace & Hugs


Communal Kitchen & Oven


Water & Boilers


Projection & Soundie


Cuts and Bruises


Fires & Foes


Bonfires & Bandits


Solar & Lighting


Solar & Power


Admin & Gate


Gate & Guiding


Vounteers & Helpers

Tim Jenkin

Talents & Trading


Operations & Stuff


Organising & Stuff

Huge gratitude to


  • All the clanners who have contributed to the incredible range of content, support and energy, making the gathering what it is.
  • All the photographers who have captured such great images for us to use in this website, especially Barbra Cowley, Graham Abbot, Roy Zetisky, Joffrey Hyman Lavonne Bosman and Keshia Lee.
  • Tim Jenkin of the Talent Exchange for pioneering the way for communities to operate without money or banks

 We look forward to connecting, playing, dancing, chilling, earning & learning with the Clan again