What to Bring

 A handy checklist for camping on the land for a week:

  • Groundsheet, shadecloth, cloths, mats, cushions, plastic tarp for rain
  • Enough non perishable food to sustain you for a week, cooking gear, washing up gear
  • Refuse bags for recycling, a bucket with lid for food waste, an empty plastic bottle for non-recylables to make an eco brick
  • First Aid Kit
  • A Fire Extinguisher if you have one
  • Camping and clothing gear for ALL weather possibilities from chilly, to hot, to rainy.
  • A personal portable camping chair or a ground mat
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable washing liquids, soaps and shampoos, insect repellent
  • Water bottle (abundant drinking water is available)
  • Travelling bowl, mug and spoon for when eating/drinking at others (no food packaging here)
  • Talent Exchange number and pens to record transactions on your Sales sheet or note book.
  • Whatever materials you need for your offering or service


Power Lighting and Cooking

There is no eskom electricity. We have a solar rig for some lights and the music rigs in the main areas only.

  • You will need  lighting at your Village 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. It will be very dark at night with no moon this year.
  • Bring a solar charger for your phone. If you have extra power, you can set up a recharge station for Talents.
  • Solar cell phone charger  – some solar lamps have this option – a good investment
  • There are no fridges and no ice so be creative about the food you bring.
  • Cooking can be done on gas cookers / braais / wood stoves / solar cooker.
  • No open fires at personal campsite but there are plenty of designated fire pits you can use


Campsite Conditions

  •  The campsite is shady, and the ground is grassy or soft soil
  • You can easily stay barefoot here for a week, but watch out for the occasional hidden stump or stone in the ground.
  • Bring your own first aid kit.
  • There are sometimes bees or flies so bring flynets to cover food.
  • There are flush loos, and showers are heated by wood fires. Please keep them short if people are waiting.

Manage your own Waste

This is a ZERO WASTE  event – you must deal with your own waste

–  There will be no bins for “rubbish”. So have 3 receptacles at your camp
1. Bucket with lid for food waste for the compost heap   
2. Container or bag for dry and clean recyclables (glass, tins, plastics, paper)
      which you take to the  recycling depot and place in the respective bags.
3. Non recyclables can get stuffed into an empty plastic bottle to make an eco-brick. These can be left at our ecobrick collection station

Any other than food waste and ecobricks must go home with you, do not leave your trash bags behind. If you bring it in, take it out.


  • Gas bottles are a hazard, ensure they are safely placed, checked for leaks and faulty pipes and are attended when operational.
  • Fire extinguishers are a wise camping accessory if you are cooking with gas – get one if you can and keep it handy
  • Please do not make a fire at your personal camp. Fires are only allowed in the many firepits throughout the camp. 
  • There is a lovely river to swim in, but parents must take responsibility for their own children.



  • We love music as well as the gentle forest sounds. Please be tolerant – if the music 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 far side of the campsite
  • when making music late at night, please be considerate of those around you



  • Bring enough non perishable food for 7days
    See it as an interesting challenge as opposed to a deprivation – how to survive off-grid for a week or two is a handy thing to know.
  • Some people will be offering meals for Talents, and so can you, just ensure meticulous hygiene.


Dogs and other Pets

Dogs are allowed if you absolutely cannot make another plan. We are charging R400 for dogs to keep the numbers managable.
All dog owners must lookout for and bury ANY poop you see, even if you think it’s not your dog.
Be sure to take full responsibility for them and their needs and only bring dogs that are well socialised. Please make sure they are not a nuisance to anyone. If they are, we may have to ask you to take them home.

Horses are welcome – no charge!



There are central Info Boards for each village to post what activities they have each day – 3 days are up at a time.
Only 4 time slots will be available each day in each venue space/tent

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

On Arrival

Gates open at 9am on Friday 5th of January 2024.   Your Name and ticket and TE number will be checked at the gate and you can find anywhere to camp with your car. Bear in mind there are quieter zones and more lively zones, so if you don’t want to be disturbed by evening music, camp further away from the main activity centre.

 Gates are only open from 9am-5pm. The gate will be locked otherwise.  



  •  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
  •  Ensuring any un-recyclable rubbish, stompies, etc. get put in an ecobrick
  •  Taking care of your own stuff
  •  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.


We are looking for co-creators to help us provide the canvas.

We are offering Focalizer Tickets and in some cases a stretch tent to a few goups of friends willing to decorate and manage these spaces:

  1. Talk Tent– a place for people to offer talks – stretch tent provided
  2. Workshop Space – stretch tent provided – off grid content needed
  3. Kids Space – a space for younger kids to play – tent provided,  decor and activities needed
  4. Teen Zone – a group of teens to co-create a space for hanging out and activities – tent provided
  5. Other venue – can be applied for with an appropriate theme 

Groundsheets, cushions and mats are needed for the tents.  All help to beautify the learning village will be helping us all.