How we roll
We contribute in some way
Anything from a skill, a passion, a service, your energy, something to sell, food, beverages, crafts, games, entertainment or even just your curiosity to learn and grow.
We encourage the sharing of ‘earth skills’
We call on those who can give talks or workshops natural building, ancient crafts, self sufficiency, off-grid options, permaculture skills, medicinal plants, etc.
A reminder of all the natural materials and medicines given freely by Nature and how to use them.
We explore healthy living and inner healing
The Heartspace is for the healing arts, body work, meditations, yoga, talking circles, chanting, breath work, conscious dance, etc.
Anything that empowers us, as individuals, in relationship and in communities.
We find an available venue to share our offering
There are fourteen venues available. There is an Open Space Board to add your offering in an available time slot.
We trade with each other without money or banks
We gift, we share, we swap and we use the well established Community Exchange System also know as the Talent Exchange. You can earn ‘Talents‘ by offering something at the Festival and then use them to buy the offerings of others.
We have a pop-up market at the end of each day
The market is a great way to connect with each other and helps to boost a sustainable village economy… anything you want to offer for Talents, (not money) bring it along. …. clothes, crafts, food, veggies, snacks, tea, music, performance, etc (think natural, handmade, organic, minimal packaging, up-cycled, etc)
We unplug from eskom and plug into the sun
Going off-grid is a great opportunity to think of creative ways to generate power: how to light up your camp, cook food, keep things fresh, charge your cell phone.
We cook for ourselves, or with friends, or offer meals for trade
The challenge is finding off-grid ways of keeping food fresh, and discovering what you would need to live in the wilderness for a week. There are no food vendors selling food or drinks for cash. If you cook up a meal for a bunch of people, you can earn Talents to spend on other things. We bring our own bowl and fork when getting meals from others, minimising waste.
We love music and we love silence
Although we embrace many forms of musical expression, we love the forest sounds too. We gather for drumming and dancing at the end of each day. The Live stage is available for performances in the early evenings and Dj’s can play in the Dance Zone from 7pm – midnight, thereafter unplugged gentle acoustics around the firesides are fine. The days are full and sleep is welcome. New year’s eve will rock on till dawn.
We honour the earth that nurtures and provides
A sacred fire is lit in ceremony at the start of the festival and tended throughout the week by a firekeeper.
We respect the natural surroundings and take care to do no harm.
We embrace the power of the sisterhood and men circlesmuch healing, nurturing and inspiration emerges from time spent with our gender kin.
We aim for no impact and zero waste
We swim, play, dance, sing, laugh and relax
The Clan has many wonderful musicians, singers, performers, drummers and dj’s, so there is always something to entertain or get those dancing feet on. Anyone can add to the mix with games or theatre or fire dancing etc. Or we just hang out and catch up with friends.
The daily buzz
No pressure to do anything, enjoy timeout in the forest and the river, or delve into the many activities offered by the Clan but the idea is to rekindle the community way and learn and share knowledge.
- 7am : usually a yoga or meditation option is offered near the river or in the forest
- 8am-10am : Talks and workshops on the hour
- 10am-11am: Community Hour – Everyone offers service to the village in some way. Bring your recycling to the lively, informative and friendly depot, volunteer for some village chores, check out what’s on offer for the day on the info boards.
- 11am-4pm : a wide selection of interesting activities, talks, workshops for young an old.
- 4pm-6pm : pop up market under the trees with the Live music stage nearby
- 5.30pm : Community checkin. Drumming, dancing and a few announcements.
- 7pm-midnight : Live stage and dance zone available for performances, jams, dj sets, fire dancing
- thereafter…. fireside acoustic sessions, storytelling, forest sounds, blissful silence
Drumming and dancing in the early evening, perhaps a communal meal. The Dance Zone will rock on till dawn, and the Live Music stage is open for any acoustic entertainers or jams. Quieter options are usually offered further afield and there are many cosy bonfires for those who prefer sacred ceremony, meaningful conversations or cosy singalongs.The evening will evolve organically depending on contributions from inspired Clanners.
If you want something to happen – make it happen!
Check out the Ideas for participating, and get familiar with the Talent Exchange
The idea is to remember how to live on the land in Community, how to trade with each other without money and share knowledge and skills .
And have the best year-end holiday with friends, old and new !