If you are joining us at Learning Man, please scroll through this guide to partYcipating, so we all know why we are gathering, how to get organized, what to expect, and what is expected.
Tickets are still available on Quicket and for Cash. If you have signed up on the Talent Exchange, you can go ahead and purchase your tickets. Have your TE number handy.
To join the Talent Exchange join up here www.ctte.org.za (Cape Town) www.ces.org.za (regional or international)
Your Offering at the Festival
Your offering is essentially your presence and participation, bringing to the community whatever it is you have to share, be it knowledge, skills, a service, a talent, ideas, innovations, a kindness, art, entertainment, creativity, performance, inspiration, even useful anecdotes 🙂 – anything that is empowering.
You don’t have to have a specific talent, skill or craft to participate, you can offer your help in many creative ways – you can offer to cook for people, you could entertain the kids while mum goes to a talk, give someone a haircut, teach something you have learned, or even make camping conveniences for people such as hooks or holders or fly traps or a hessian fridge. We are also having a pop up market each day so you could sell something or bring things people might need for camping and then sell them for Talents.
No pressure. You can also just come along and enjoy other people’s offerings, some of which will be for free. Or you can go into a few hundred talents of debit, but you must commit to balancing your account in some way after the festival by using the Talent Exchange to offer something you do or own to the greater community.
Community Service 🙂
As a co-created village, we would like to do everything the village needs “in-house” (as opposed to a laid-on event that hires outside help to take care of our needs).
Thus everyone is asked to help out, not for Talents, just as our contribution to the running of the village we inhabit. It’s simple housekeeping, and if everyone is conscious of what needs doing, that’s enough to keep us organized and everything running smoothly.
We are offering some concession tickets to people unable to pay the full amount and willing to do 7 hours of community service during the 8 day Fest. This is for the definite shifts of wood collection, manning the gate, night security watches, the info desk, recycling bins, etc. Email email@example.com to apply for a R400 ticket.
Essentials to Bring
- Your Ticket, your Talent Exchange number, and some form of ID for the gate.
- A notebook for contacts and interesting info, a few pens, and a clipboard to display your Talent Sheet for recording your trades.
- Fully self-sufficient camping gear, bedding, and clothing for ALL weather.
- Torch or headlamp to get around at night. Batteries if not solar.
- Enough food to sustain you for a week, unless you buy prepaid food vouchers to supplement. There may also be others offering meals. But have some dry goods as back up.
- A water bottle.
- A bowl, cup and utensils for eating/drinking at other camps – there will be no disposable utensils and cutlery available, you must bring your own.
- Trash bags – to separate your waste into Trash, Recycling and Compost.
- A spade if you are a dog owner.
- A flynet for food, or just a piece of netting (there is a dairy farm nearby and sometimes there are flies )
- Travelling ashtray if you are a smoker.
- Non-toxic, biodegradable washing liquids, soaps, shampoos, 1 ply toilet paper.
A Good Idea to Bring
- All your own lighting, using solar preferably (good to have these anyway)
- Groundsheet, shadecloth, cloths, mats, cushions, tables, mattresses.
- Small fire extinguisher
- A portable camping chair, not too heavy, to bring to talks.
- The ‘tools’ of your trade, and/or whatever you need for your stall: signage, lighting, decor, tables, chairs, cushions, etc.
- A yoga mat or thin camping mat (for classes and useful to sit on).
- Floating tubes for the river.
- Musical instruments.
- Gazebos and umbrellas, for rain or shine.
- Mozzie / insect repellant, plasters and head ache pills.
- Spray bottle for keeping cool. It gets really hot
- Your own drinks – no alcohol on sale, but plenty of delicious mountain drinking water all around the campsite!
- Your smartphone and charger – there is 3G reception at the venue so transactions can also be done instantly online on the mobi site: www.ces.org.za ( no wifi )
A solar charger is a good investment, but there will be a recharging station.
- Please present your ticket at the gate, either a hard copy or on your phone if you have 3G. There is no wi-fi on site. Remember your Talent Exchange number which will match your name and the number on your ticket. You will get a wristband and a quick introduction to the Talent Exchange and to the Venue, for those who need it.
- If you have bought prepaid meal tickets, you’ll get vouchers to redeem at the vendors
- We cant ‘man’ the gate all day and night so please plan to arrive between 10am and 5pm or you will find the gate locked.
Setting up Camp
There is lots of shady space to camp – if you want to be in the quiet zone go right to the far end, beyond the live stage. There will be a map at the gate.
Bring hammocks and cloths, comforts and necessities, to make a temporary, self sufficient home in the forest,
We are also having a pop up market for an hour or so a day, so you can sell things for talents but bring everything you need to display .
Conscious Camping or…. Learning Manners 🙂
I’m sure we don’t need to remind you of this as you are probably all conscious campers already, but just a refresher in the interests of a smooth flowing village 🙂
– please remember to be mindful of neighbours and respectful of space, stuff and noise levels. Leave no trace wherever you go. There will be no cleaning staff – we clean up after ourselves. Separate all your waste and drop your cleaned recycling off in the collection zones. If you see something out of place, please pick it up, or report it to the ops centre, who can sort it out. Try as far as possible to use the sun for your power needs, use biodegradable soaps and shampoos only, and be super considerate of the forest we occupy and the venues you use.
- Bring enough food for a week that does not require refrigeration. See it as a useful exercise in self-sufficiency as opposed to a deprivation – you can indulge in the usual stuff all the other days of the year 🙂
- People can get together and eat together, or offer to prepare a communal meal, if they are willing to buy and bring all the ingredients, and sell their meals for Talents. This is a great way to earn Talents as good food always goes down well.
- There will be a Kitchen run by Caron and Mark of the fabulous Marcarbar who will be catering for those who have bought prepaid meal tickets for T50. If you have bought these tickets you must let them know at the beginning of the day that you want to be on their list for food that day. These are available on the Quicket page when you buy your ticket.
- You will need to come completely prepared with food for your kids for all meals.
- Please caution your kids to keep quiet around the talks and movies and performances.
- Anyone can offer activities for the kids. There will be a noticeboard for you to book the kids tent at a certain time. Or you can have it available at your own space or out in the open.
- There will be someone on watch duty at the river, but they cannot be held responsible for your children. Parents are solely responsible for their children at all times. There is a page on facebook for parents with kids, let us know if you want us to add you to the group.
- An Open Space Board will be on display for each day with time slots available at each of the venues. If you want to offer a talk, workshop, demo, or a performance at the Festival, email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the list of offerings on the website. We reserve the right to accept or decline any offering in order to keep the ethos of the Festival.
- If there is an available space on the Board, you may place a sticky note with your event by writing your name, the title, a one sentence description, and whether it is free, by donation or a fee in Talents.
- All slots are 50 minutes max to give time to move around in between. Please stick to the times.
- You can also create your own venue for your offering and you can state on the main board where it it is as well as on a little board outside your venue, what you do, what you charge, your hours of business, or anything else you wish.
- Performers can have their Talent Sheets displayed or passed around for people to fill in wherever they perform if they wish to busk.
Zones for offerings
- Talks Tent Talks and discussions, movies at night for kids
- Demo Zone Show and tell stuff outdoors
- Heart Space Sound journeys, talking circles, Art from the Heart, yoga
- Healing Tent Body work and other healing therapies
- Tipi Zone Ceremonial work
- Kiddie Zone Activities, play space in the central village
- Teen Den this will be a shelter built by the teens out of natural resources
- River Bank – early morning yoga, stretching, late night sweat lodge
- Main Stage Key note talks, announcements, live music, performances
- Dance Zone Dj’s and dancing, offerings needing music for movement, yoga
- Info : The schedule for the day, Medical aid, Lost and found, Talent Exchange info
- Circle of Dreams Percussion, meditation, dancing, community check-in at 5pm- 6.30pm
- Market zone for an hour each afternoon, to sell anything for talents
- Recharge Tent a space to recharge your phone.
- Recycling Zone Where you bring your separated waste and clean recycling
- River The lazy River without end for swimming and grassy banks for relaxing
- Ops Centre This is where volunteers meet and if you need to speak to the crew.
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 all week. 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.
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, you participate entirely at your own risk.
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 at night. Use strings of solar-powered fairy lights. Have a small torch or headlamp for walking 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 allowed, but sometimes, if the solar power runs low, we might have to use one that we power with biodiesel. Invest in some solar fairy lights and solar lanterns with a usb port that can also charge your phone.
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 four days of the festival. New Year’s weekend will go on later and end according to general consensus vote the day before.
New Year’s Eve
From lunchtime on Saturday 31st the music and festivities will start. DJ’s can offer to play (but no psytrance please – plenty of other parties for that). We will be celebrating the New Year with specific intention and in the evening there will also be live music, drumming, and a meditation to galvanise our collective intent. The music stage can also be used for performances, pop-up drumming and percussion jams happening everywhere. Hoola, poi, fire dancing, juggling, fireside singalongs. Bring your thing and let’s play!
Some Ideas to Earn Talents
- Your clan can have a theme camp offering anything from a relaxing space, learning how to do something, knowledge on something you’re an expert at, a small cafe or snack bar or a theatre… Anything at all to add to the village vibe.
- If you are an expert in any useful practical skill, offer a talk, workshop or a demo
- If you have good knowledge, do a presentation, call a panel discussion
- Think of things people will need or run out of. You could open a little spaza shop.
- You could even make trips into town for ice and set up a stall selling ice for Talents
- Mind someones kid while mum goes to a workshop
- Wash someone’s dishes, or handle their recycling
- Cook for people
- Make pancakes, open a breakfast cafe, serve cocktails, coffee, ice
- Life coaching/counselling
- Anything goes, as long as it’s empowering
Promote what you do
Post what you are offering on the Learning Man event page on facebook so you can raise some awareness and interest. Send us an email and we will place it on the website Programme page.
Engaging the Community Exchange System
We encourage you to offer generously of your knowledge, your talents, your crafts, and your services to your community. It feels good to give and we don’t want to always have to put a number on things or be bartering for our value.
If you learn something or receive something you value from someone, or are moved by a performance or kindness, then use the exchange to reward them.
Just write your name, your exchange number, and the amount on their Sales Sheet (or use your smartphone, the transaction is done in seconds) ~ and this enables people to pass on the love, and reward others for their offerings.
‘Sellers’ can either leave it up to the ‘buyer’ to decide the amount, or, you can charge a set amount in Talents. Remember the value of 1 Talent has been set at the value of 1 Rand.
We must just stress here that we are encouraging people to spend their Talents on many different offerings so keep your rates as low as you can so that people can participate in more of the offerings. Or feel free to give for the joy of giving if you prefer.
Sales Sheets will be available from the Talent Exchange Info Booth.
You can go into T500 debit, allowing you to spend on your account without having earned anything first. You must however undertake to square your balance and you will need to earn some Talents to bring your balance back to zero or into the positive, even if it is after the Fest, in some other way.
IT’S REALLY EASY FOLKS, DON’T GET PUT OFF BY THIS EXPERIMENT – YOU WILL BE GLAD – IT IS A USEFUL COMMUNITY BUILDING TOOL WE CAN USE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
If you have these lying around, please bring for the village
- For kids area: scrap paper, pencil crayons, water paints, brushes
- Old books, toys, clothes. These will be used for kids area for play and dress up and then all be donated to under privileged children in the local community when we leave.
- Battery powered clocks
If disputes arise, the issue can be presented to the Council of Elders to help get issues sorted out quickly and effectively.
The organizers accept no responsibility whatsoever for injury, death, loss, or damage of any nature to persons, vehicles or belongings, resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence. Although care has been taken to make this event safe and secure, participation at Learning Man is entirely at your own risk.
From Cape town – 7kms beyond Riviersonderend, take the DR1306 to the left, cross 2 bridges and you will see the entrance gate on the right.
From Garden Route – watch out for the DR1306 to the right after you see the 10kms to Riviersonderend sign.
THANK YOU FOR..
- being mindful about your community, nature and everyone around you
- for recycling, for picking up litter and for leaving no trace
- for looking after your own stuff and being very respectful of other peoples stuff
- for considering your neighbours and honouring the quiet times
- for being mindful where you light up and for collecting your butts
- for honouring other people’s belief systems, but speaking your truth
- for understanding that it’s a co-creation, not a laid-on event, and that some things may not be to your liking. Thanks for helping us to find solutions instead of complaining.
- for being as open minded as possible about new ideas and opposite views and for helping to bring about change, and
- Thank you for valuing yourself by sharing your talents and your time to build your community and make relationships for life!
For more info, questions, talks/workshops/demos/performances/DJ’s: Angie email@example.com
For infrastructure help and cash ticket sales: Rod firstname.lastname@example.org
For offerings in the Heart Space: Barbra: email@example.com