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, cooking gear, washing up gear
  • A bin for recycling, a bucket with lid for food waste, an empty plastic bottle for non-recylables to make an eco brick
  • 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 and batteries
  • Solar cell phone charger if possible – some solar lamps have this option
  • 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, or the basics for outdoor living. A Fire Extinguisher if you have one

Power and lighting

There is no eskom electricity. We have a solar rig for streetlights and music 
Bring a solar charger for your phone. On sunny days there will be 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 a weber braai – you can cook on gas or solar cookers or one of the fire pits.

On arrival

Gates open at 9 am on 27th December
• Bring your ID,  your Talent Exchange number and your tickets (print or phone)
• Camp at the far end of the venue 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
Gates are only open from 9am-6pm. The gate will be locked otherwise.

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, solar lanterns, fairy lights and solar phone chargers
  • Only biodegradable cleaning liquids, so we don’t damage the environment.
  • Have 3 bins to separate all your waste and drop it off in the collection zones,  more info here
  • Be mindful of neighbours and respect other people’s space, belongings and be considerate about noise levels.
  • There are basic ablution blocks with hot showers and good drinking water on tap.
  • Cloths for Shade and privacy are a good idea.
  • Leave absolutely no trace.  No nails in trees please, only rope and strings to tie things to trees.

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.
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 minimising waste to landfill. There will be no bins for “rubbish”. So have 3 receptacles at your tent:
1. Bucket with lid for food waste for the compost heap.
2. Container or bag for 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. It is open each day from 9-11 to bring your recycling and compost.  More info here

Safety

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 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 music festival, 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 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 shortly after midnight  and will go on later at 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 -how to survive off-grid for a week is a handy thing to know.
Some people will be offering meals for Talents and so can you.

Volunteering

There are many daily tasks to keep our Village running smoothly, so we all chip in during community service hour from 10am-11am.
At least one person from your camp should come to the Info boards to offer help,  otherwise this is a good time to sort your recycling at the depot.

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 think 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.  See contributions so far and let us know if you want to offer something.

Available venues

1. Live Stage – live music, performances
2. Talks Tent – talks, workshops, movies (projector available)
3. Demo Zone – if you need a 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 –  a place for the menfolk to have talks and workshops
8. Dance Zone – night time DJ dance sets, daytime conscious dance or movement space
9. Children’s Zone – for kids activities, play space
10.Youth Zone – for teen activities and their hangout spot
11. Red Path Camp – medicine songs, circle sharing, massage, ceremonials, spiritual talks
12. Sweat Lodge – for lodge pourers (must request beforehand)
13. Earthskills – ancient crafts, bush skills, for all ages
14. Oak Circle – drum jams, fire dancing, kids play
15. Kitchen – Someone may offer kitchen space for hire to prepare meals for Talents

(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!