WHAT YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS TO BRING

  • 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  ten days, 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
  • Whatever materials you need to create a space for your offering or service
  • First Aid Kit
  • A Fire Extinguisher
  • It may also be a good idea to create an account for your Village on the Talent Exchange.

 

WHAT EACH PERSON MUST BRING

  • Camping and clothing gear for ALL weather possibilities from chilly, to hot, to rainy.
  • 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 asolar charge or plenty of batteries
  • Solar cell phone charger  – some solar lamps have this option – a good investment – get one.
  • 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.

 

 POWER,  LIGHTING  & 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.
  • There are no fridges and no ice so be creative about the food you bring.
  • Cooking can be done at designated fire pits only, or gas cookers / braais / wood stoves / solar cooker.
  • No open fires at personal campsite.

 

ON ARRIVAL
G
ates open at 9am on the 15th of December.  You village will be allocated an area to set up, you will be directed there at the gate. 

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

 

THINGS TO NOTE

  • 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  
  • 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.
  • 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 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 village and appoint people to take care of them.:
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 personal camp. Fires are only allowed in the many firepits, or your community village fire place.
  • There is a lovely river to swim in, but parents must take responsibility for their own children.

  

MUSIC ZONES

  • This is not a 24/7 music festival, it’s a working community village, but there will be various 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 or we have a place to camp about 3 kms away.

   

FOOD

  • Your village must organise between villagers to bring enough food for ten days that does not require refrigeration.
    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

Dogs are allowed if you absolutely cannot make another plan. Last year there were far too many, so we are charging R350 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.

 

PROGRAMME

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

 

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

 

THANK YOU  

  • To those who will be co-creating this micronation of self sufficient villages with us
  • for Taking good care of the forest, leaving no trace of having been there
  • for Never putting nails in trees to hang your stuff
  • for Being mindful about your community, nature and everyone around you
  • for Recycling, separating your waste and bringing it to the depot
  • for Ensuring any un-recyclable rubbish, stompies, etc. get put in an ecobrick
  • for Taking care of your own stuff
  • for 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.