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 is available)
  • Talent Exchange number and pens to record transactions on your Sales sheet or note book
  • Travelling bowl, mug and spoon for when eating/drinking at others (no food packaging here)
  • First Aid Kit, or the just basics for outdoor living.
  • A Fire Extinguisher can be handy if you have one.

 

POWER,  LIGHTING  & COOKING

  • There is no eskom electricity. We have a solar rig for streetlights and music rigs.
  • Bring a solar charger for your phone. If you have extra power, you can set up a recharge station for Talents.
  • 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. It will be very dark at night with no moon this year.
  • Cooking can be done at designated fire pits only, or gas cookers / braais / wood stoves / solar cooker.
  • No open fires at your campsite.

ON ARRIVAL

Gates open at 9am on the 27th of December.
• Bring your Talent Exchange number and your tickets (preferably printed because there might not be reception).
• 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, please sign up on the Talent Exchange beforehand.
Gates are only open from 9am-5pm. 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 or stone in the ground.
  • Bring your own first aid kit. There will be a qualified medic on site for any emergencies.
  • 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 if people are waiting.

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 10-11am to bring your clean recycling and compost. 
Any un-recycled waste must go home with you, do not bring your unsorted trash bags to the depot and do not leave them behind.

 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 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. The River Watchers are not life guards nor are they trained in any way, and they are certainly not responsible for any accidents.

MUSIC ZONES

  • This is not a 24/7 music festival, it’s a community village, 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. 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.
  • 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 off-grid 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, just ensure meticulous hygiene.

VOLUNTEERING

There are many daily tasks to keep our Village running smoothly, so we ask everyone to 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 out your camp and take your recycling to the depot.

DOGS

Dogs are allowed if you absolutely cannot make another plan. Last year there were far too many, so we are charging R400 for dogs to try and discourage more people from bringing them.
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.

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

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. Men’s Tipi –  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. Sacred Fire Camp – medicine songs, circle sharing, massage, ceremonials, spiritual talks
12. Sweat Lodge – for lodge pourers (must request beforehand)
14. Oak Circle – drum jams, fire dancing, kids play
15. Kitchen – A kitchen space for hire for Talents 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
  • 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.