The Venue is the Jongenskloof Country Retreat about two hours from Cape Town just off the N2
The Circle of Dreams at Jongenskloof is a magic circle of a dozen stately Oak trees, surrounded by shady woods to camp in between, with your car, and with the River-without-end meandering nearby.
The Learning Clan Community village will have:
- Quiet Camping zone
- Child-friendly, no smoking or alcohol camping zone
- Lively camping zone
- Live music stage
- Dance Zone
- Central gathering area
- Kitchen area
- Building and demo area
- Growing and Composting area
- Recycling station
- Discussions / Workshops / Talks Tents
- Children’s area
- The Heart Space: Meditation / yoga / talks/ healing area
- Playing field
- Cycle track
- Grassy Rivers edge for chilling and swimming
- Toilets and showers
- Info Board and Talent Exchange Info
- Hopefully a little market area for traders
The campsite is very shady with soft soil under a Black Wattle forest with a beautiful circle of Oak trees in the middle. There is not much grass because of the tree cover, but there are nice grassy patches where there are no trees. The ground is free of thorns making it a pleasure to walk barefoot. There are ample water taps for you to fill your drinking /washing containers. Use the trees for hammocks and cloths to make cosy. There are ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers.
Theme Camps & Stalls
It is a good idea to have a shade structure that serves as a space for visitors. Think about your frontage and make it inviting and welcoming. Create some signage that explains what your camp or stall offers. Think about the furniture you’ll need to make it a great space – will you need seating, lighting, carpets cushions, a table, a gazebo, or umbrella, décor.
If you have activities planned, let people know when to come by. You will definitely want a chance to get out there and explore other camps and experiences so, make an info board where you can put your opening times. A blackboard with chalk is a good idea, or a painted sign, even a laminated page.
Is it Safe?
Think carefully about safety aspects when designing your camp. Be prepared for wind or rain, heat or chills. No open fires at your camp, only in the designated fire pits, of which there are many. The campsite is 8 kilometres from the nearest town so intruders are unlikely but in any case, just to avoid temptation, be mindful about locking up your valuables.
The forest is benign, and the river is mellow, but hazards may lurk at any turn. Guy ropes and tent pegs can maim you for life, make sure they are visible to all. This is the great outdoors, and what might seem safe one minute could turn into a nightmare at the drop of Jerry can. It is expected that everyone accepts full personal responsibility for themselves, their children and their belongings, for whatever might happen during the event or at the premises, and that no claims will be entertained by the landowners or organisers.
By now we all know that dropping anything on the ground is seriously uncool, and dropping your butts or leaving your empty bottles lying around where you had your last sip would never enter your head right?
There will be a central recycling station, but all your waste must be separated at your camp and dropped off in the appropriate bins in the recycling zone:
1. Compost – Food waste for the compost heap.
2. Recycling – Dry and clean recyclable stuff like clean bottles, boxes, packaging, tins, etc. but remember to keep these to a minimum when planning and packing.
3. Rubbish – wet, dirty, waste to go to landfill.
We ask that prior to leaving the venue you do a thorough check for anything that you, or others may have left lying around.
A limited number of dogs are allowed if they are friendly and well socialized. All dog owners MUST bring a spade and be on the lookout for any poop, even if you know it’s not your dog. This should be buried, not thrown in the bush or the bins or the compost heap. Be sure to take full responsibility for your dogs and all their needs. If they yap, fight, or steal, you may have to put them on a lead or we might have to ask you to remove them.
Wind, fires and synthetic fabrics do not go together. Flapping tents and loose synthetic fabrics are enormous fire hazards. Please plan for wind and secure your tables and gas bottles safely and check them for leaks. Fire extinguishers are always a handy camping accessory. No open fires are allowed at your camp, only in the designated fire places. An off-ground braai is fine but extinguish it before you leave it, or empty the coals into a fire pit.
Lighting is essential – not only for safety but also for you to see your camp from far away as a beacon to help you navigate. Use strings of solar-powered fairy lights. Have a small torch or headlamp for getting around at night. The village lane will have some lighting. Any extra solar lighting you can bring for the communal area will be much appreciated.
If you’re going to need some form of power source, challenge yourself to find off-grid solutions. Generators are not encouraged, but sometimes, if the solar power runs low, we might have to fire up the Genny. And, some people might need to run a generator for their offering. There will be a Noisy Zone and a Quiet Zone and we will keep all the noisy stuff to one place.
On arrival you will be shown the dance floor where the sound rig is and where dance workshops are held. If you don’t want to be disturbed by music or generators, make sure you camp on the far side of the venue. Please be mindful of your neighbours, ask permission if you want to play your own music. The amplified sound will be turned off before 11pm during the first five days of the festival. Acoustic fireside music can continue. New Year’s eve will go on later and end according to general consensus vote the day before.