EARTHSKILLS GATHERING 2019 FAQ
Q: CAN I BUY A DAY TICKET to this event?
A: Day visitors are welcome between 9am and 6pm on Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September, and from 9am to 3pm on Monday 23 September, and will need to pay R40 pp to access the event. Please note, however, that day visitors are not guaranteed access to workshop participation as this will be reserved for pre-booked event participants. Day visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and observe the workshops in action, or enjoy the atmosphere and a taste of farm life in this beautiful space.
Q: IS THERE A DIFFERENT RATE IF I STAY for ONLY ONE OR TWO NIGHTS?
A: We have designed a high-value, full-event participation experience, but please stay tuned to our Facebook updates or sign up for our newsletter via this site for possible limited access options closer to kick-off.
Q: WHERE WILL I PARK MY CAR?
A: To help with unloading, campers will have vehicle access to the Tipi Village camping area between 4pm and 6pm on arrival on Friday 20 September. As soon as you have off-loaded your camping gear, however, you will be required to park outside the Tipi Village, but within an easy walking distance from our Gathering venue.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?
A: We choose to operate in goodwill and with a strong sense that security will not be an issue. Here’s why: The event is on a private farm with a newly installed electric gate at its entrance. Further to this, the event will be held within one section of the farm, which is, for the most part, fenced. This section is also fairly open vegetation wise, so there will be good natural surveillance for us all. Having said that, we don’t foresee any security issues as this is a privately organised, community-oriented event and all who are there (a relatively small number compared to most other festivals) have paid to be there or are there to share skills and/or support the event. Let’s keep it clean.
Q: Can i make an open fire next to my tent?
A: No. A sacred fire and a cooking fire are available for food preparation, ceremony and evening socialising, and our Wild Clay and Bush Skills facilitators have permission to create fires for the purposes of firing clay and primitive fire-making skills sharing. No other fires are permitted during this event. Cooking on a gas top is permitted, The communal kitchen has facilities (gas cooker, toaster, kettle, microwave plus sinks for washing up) to assist in the preparation of your self-catering meals if necessary, but these will available during limited times only, to allow our caterer enough time and space for the preparation of our volunteer and communal meals.
Q: CAN I CAMP IN MY ROOFTOP TENT OR CAMPERVAN?
A: Yes, we will allocate a small area for campers and vehicles with rooftop tents.
Q: CAN I buy food or camping supplies at the farm?
A: No, there is no shop on the farm. However, the village of Greyton is only 4km from Blue Hippo farm, and has an OK store and petrol station, as well as numerous small shops and cafes to meet your needs.
Q: BLUE HIPPO OFFERS TIPIS, HOBBIT HOUSES AND CABINS. CAN I STAY IN ONE OF THOSE?
A: Before or after this event, of course! Book, head out and enjoy this wonderful space! During the Earthskills Gathering 2019, however, these accommodation options will be reserved for our facilitators, organisers and volunteers, all of whom need private, enclosed spaces to prepare for the workshops and store tools and materials. We’re also aware of the need to make this event pocket-friendly for you, our participants, so come and pitch a tent and enjoy! Thanks for your understanding.
Q: ARE THERE ANY EXTRA COSTS?
A: Saturday and Sunday dinners (kindly catered by FreeRange Foods) are included in your ticket; all other meals are self-catering. You may choose to drive into Greyton for a light bite or to browse the shops, so factor that in if it appeals. Local Greyton barista Soa se Koffie will be on site each day for a warm brew (cash sales only), and on Monday we may have some raw materials and second-hand tools for sale, which will also be for cash purchase, unless otherwise indicated. With special permission, our Khoi facilitator, Chief Stephen Fritz, will have T-shirts for sale (branded as “Alliance for the Sacred Sites of Earth Gaia”) in an effort to raise funds for the Ocean View drumming group (around R250 each). In addition, those who choose to do Leatherwork may need to factor in an additional cost for materials if a large project is chosen.
Q: WHAT ABOUT RECYCLING?
A: Out of respect for the venue and the people who manage it, we kindly request that you take home all your own rubbish, single-use packaging and recycling after the event.
Q: CAN I bRING ALCOHOL?
A: Yes, but – as per our recycling request – please take all glass and other containers away with you. We also sincerely request that you be mindful of your behaviour at all times, as this is a family-friendly event.
Q: CAN I BRING MY DOG?
A: Blue Hippo occasionally allows dogs on request, but for the purposes of this event and the sake of the organisers’ and facilitators’ sanity, no dogs – not even the well-behaved ones – will be allowed at the Earthskills Gathering. Same goes for other pets. If you get pet withdrawals, visit the resident alpacas and other farm animals!
Q: can I STAY WITH MY CHILD DURING THE YOUTH PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES?
A: Our programme, in its current form, is designed so that the craft/skills workshops take place at the same time as the youth programme activities. We understand the need to settle children with an unfamiliar carer or facilitator, but we have every intention of supporting this process so as to ensure that Skills Ticket holders are able to focus on their chosen workshop activities. Rest assured that the Blue Hippo Tipi Village (our venue for this event) is a relatively small and contained space, so most craft workshops and youth programme activities will be in close proximity and you should be able to see or check in with what the children are up to. Please be sure to reconnect with your child/ren immediately after your workshop.
Q: WHAT If MY CHILD DOESN’T WANT TO ATTEND THE YOUTH PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES?
A: If your children (under 14) prefer to accompany you to your craft workshops, they are welcome to do so, to observe and assist in your process. They must, however, please remain in your care during this time if not engaged in our youth activities, and be mindful of the fact that our core skills workshops are geared towards adults. While children may be invited to participate in a workshop, this is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the facilitator in question, depending on space, capacity and available materials.
Q: CAN MY CHILD CARRY A KNIFE ON SITE?
A: Knife safety will be demonstrated during the first Skills-based Youth Programme session. We kindly request that you reinforce the importance of knife safety with any child in your care who would like to carry a knife for the purposes of whittling or other bush craft activities.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED?
A: In the unlikely event that the Earthskills Gathering is cancelled or postponed, such as due to a natural disaster (don’t put it out there!), your ticket/s will be refunded.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
A: Our Quicket event page has additional information, but regular updates are being shared via our Facebook page. An email will also be sent out to participants on Tuesday 17 September confirming final details.
Q: OKAY, I’M IN. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
A: Proof of your ticket for registration purposes, all camping equipment (including a torch), a camping chair, crockery and cutlery, food for self-catering meals (excluding Saturday and Sunday dinners, which are catered and included in your ticket), and a yoga mat/block (if participating in our morning yoga sessions). Be sure to pack camping gear and clothing for all weather, as it can be an unpredictable time of year. Most importantly, you should bring curiosity, willing hands, an open heart and a sense of adventure and fun!
See you there!
PS. If you have any more questions, please contact us directly.