What to bring

  • Camping and clothing gear for ALL weather possibilities from chilly, to hot, to rainy
  • Groundsheet, shadecloth, cloths, mats, cushions, cooking equipment, plastic tarp for rain
  • All your own campsite lighting, using solar or batteries
  • Enough food to sustain you for a week
  • A bin for recycling, A bucket with lid for food waste, an empty plastic bottle for the rest
  • A personal portable camping chair or a ground mat
  • Travelling ashtray container if you are a smoker, no butts on the ground, ever
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Solar cell phone charger
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable washing liquids, soaps and shampoos, insect repellent
  • Water bottle (abundant drinking water available)
  • Talent Exchange number and pens to record transactions on your Sales sheet
  • Travelling bowl/mug and spoon for when eating/drinking at others (no food packaging here)
  • First Aid kit, Fire Extinguisher if you have one
  • Trading Sheets or a Booklet to record your sales and purchases to enter when you get home

 

Power and lighting

We have a solar rig for streetlights and music and a recharge station for phones/cameras. There are no fridges and no ice so be creative about the food you bring. You will need some lighting at your camp which also helps when you’re trying to make your way back to it at night. Strings of solar powered fairy lights, lanterns, battery or gaslight. Everyone should have their own torch or headlamp. Cooking can be done at designated fire pits only, or gas cookers/braais/wood stoves / solar cooker. No fires at your campsite unless in one of the fire pits.

On arrival

Gates are only open from 9am-6pm. The gate will be locked otherwise.
• Bring your ID,  your Talent Exchange number and your tickets (print or phone)
• Camp at the far end if you don’t want to be disturbed by the evening Music.
• If we have not reached our ticket limit, we may sell tickets at the gate,  but only if you have already signed up on the Talent Exchange

Setting up camp

There are many trees and you can camp with your car, so bring hammocks and cloths, comforts and necessities to make a temporary home in the forest. Use the sun for your power needs, biodegradable cleaning liquids, separate all your waste and drop it off in the collection zones, be mindful of neighbours and respect space, stuff and noise levels. There are basic ablution blocks with hot showers and good drinking water. Leave absolutely no trace.

Campsite conditions

The campsite is shady, and the ground is soft soil. You can easily stay barefoot here for a week, but watch out for the occasional hidden stump in the ground. Bring your own first aid kit. There will be a qualified medic on site who will be available on radio and his services and supplies will be charged in Talents. There are sometimes bees or flies so bring flynets to cover food. There are flush loos, as well as a few compost toilets. Showers are heated by wood fires, please keep them short.

Recycling

We are aiming for ZERO WASTE – i.e no landfill. There will be no bins for “rubbish”. So have 3 receptacles at your tent:
1. Food waste for the compost heap.
2. Dry and clean recyclables (glass, tins, plastics, paper)
3. Non recyclables get stuffed into an empty plastic bottle to make an eco-brick. These can be used for building things.
Our lively recycle depot is a hive of activity, and we all need to get involved in handling what happens to the waste we generate.

Safety

Gas bottles are a hazard, so please ensure they are safely placed, have been checked for leaks and faulty pipes and are always attended when operational. Fire extinguishers are a handy camping accessory. Please do bring these, if you have any.  Please do not make a fire at your camp. Fires are only allowed in the many firepits. There is a lovely river to swim in, but parents must take responsibility for their own children when they are swimming.

Sound zones

This is not a 24/7 trance party, but there will be various lively music options from the musicians and DJ’s in the Clan. We love music as well as the gentle forest sounds. So please be tolerant – if the music or lack thereof, is not to your liking, it will soon change. If you don’t want to be disturbed by evening music, make sure you camp on the opposite side of the entrance. Amplified sound will be turned down at midnight  and will go on till dawn to dance in the New Year.

Food

Bring enough food for a week that does not require refrigeration, unless you can think of ways to keep it cold. See it as an interesting challenge as opposed to a deprivation. Some people will be offering meals for Talents and so can you.

Volunteering

The village has many daily tasks to keep running smoothly, so we all chip in with a shift of an hour or two during your stay. We will be calling for volunteers each day, please come to the Info boards to offer your help.

Dogs

Dogs are only allowed if you absolutely cannot make another plan. Dogs must also have a dog ticket,
All dog owners must lookout for and bury ANY poop you see even if you know it’s not your dog . Be sure to take full responsibility for them and their needs and make sure they are not a nuisance to anyone. If they are, we may have to ask you to take them home. Have a leash handy too.

Programme

There are central Info Boards where you can see what’s on or post something you would like to offer in an available venue. Please read the notices on the back of these boards too. Its our Village comms area.

Available venues

1. Live Stage – live music, performances
2. Talks Tent – talks, workshops, movies (projector available)
3. Demo Zone – if you need an space to do a demonstration or build something
4. Heart Space – for the healing arts
5. Yoga Zone – yoga, tai chi, stretching, etc
6. Red Tent – feminine rites and rituals, circle sharing
7. The Mancave –   for guy stuff
8. Dance Zone – night time DJ dance sets, daytime dance or movement space
9. Children’s Zone – for kids activities, play space
10.Teen Zone – for teen activities and their hangout spot
11. Tipi Village – for circle sharing, massage, ceremonials, spiritual talks
12. Sweat Lodge – for lodge pourers (must request beforehand)
13. Liminal Space – sound journeys, massage, music and movement offered by the Liminals
14. Oak Circle – drum jams, fire dancing, kids play

(if you are using a venue and charging a fee for your offering, please donate some Talents to the venue facilitator for the space)

Thank you for

  • Co-creating this abundant, magical, transformative village with us
  • taking good care of the forest, leaving no trace of having been there
  • Never putting nails in trees to hang your stuff
  • Being mindful about your community, nature and everyone around you
  • Recycling,separating your waste and bringing it to the depot
  • taking care of your own stuff
  • ensuring any un-recyclable rubbish, stompies, etc get put in an ecobrick
  • Being respectful of other people’s stuff
  • keeping noise levels down when people are trying to sleep
  • leaving the loos and showers in the best condition
  • Being aware of where you light up and for collecting your own butts
  • Respecting the diversity of belief systems, opinions, music tastes and silence
  • Ensuring your children are well aware of all of the above.

 

See you in the forest!