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Join us for an unforgettable heritage craft and wilderness skills festival, and immerse yourself in the practical skills and cultural traditions that support a low-impact lifestyle – one with a distinctive African flavour.

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3 days | 10 skills to choose from

For three days in September, craft, outdoor and earth-skills enthusiasts will have the opportunity to gather at beautiful Blue Hippo farm near Greyton and immerse themselves in the traditional skills and heritage crafts that support low-impact living. Many of these have deep roots in our beloved land, and we fully intend to honour these, and the people who preserve these ancient skills, during the Gathering.

Hosting the Earthskills Gathering on the days leading up to South Africa’s annual Heritage Day celebration is, of course, no coincidence. We firmly believe that to truly know a place, you need to know the crafts of its people, and South Africa is indeed a rich land when it comes to multi-cultural heritage crafts.

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Skills Ticket participants are invited to learn the crafts/skills on offer during five scheduled sessions of two hours each during this three-day event.

No more than 10 participants will attend each workshop session, unless otherwise indicated. (Important note: In order to maximise this learning opportunity for registered participants, tickets may be limited, so don’t delay your booking!)

Registration for the sessions will happen between 8am and 9am each morning, giving those who are still finding their way into the crafts the opportunity to try out a few different skills during the festival.

Four repeat spaces will be allocated for each workshop (following the first one), if you wish to deepen your learning in a particular skill/craft.

In addition to learning practical skills to support a low-impact lifestyle, you will be treated to live acoustic music and story-telling each evening round the fire, as well as a wholesome vegetarian meal on Saturday and Sunday evening.

There is also plenty of fun to be had on the farm between sessions. Blue Hippo offers scenic walks, cycling and swimming in the dam, and is ideally located only 4km from Greyton. But be sure not to miss our facilitators’ demos, where you’ll get a chance to find out more about all the crafts on offer and how to continue your learning throughout the year.



Skills Ticket: R1500 pp
Note: Price available only until Friday 13 September. Thereafter Late Bird (or limited access) rates apply.


  • 5 two-hour skills workshops

  • 3 nights farm camping (own tents and gear)

  • 2 vegetarian meals (Saturday & Sunday evenings) prepared by Loretha Kennedy of FreeRangeFoods in Jeffrey’s Bay

  • a traditional Khoi welcome ceremony

  • live acoustic music by Luyolo Lenga and Howz the Moon

  • African story-telling by the Balisa Nathi Storytelling Collective

  • unlimited access to farm walks and swimming

  • free (optional) access to the Earthskills Indaba (includes an extra night of camping)

Note: Skills tickets are available at a reduced rate for non-campers staying/living nearby.

WHAT IS THE Earthskills Indaba?

The global movement that connects us to our ancestral roots is growing. We warmly invite all those who are called to actively engage in developing the earth-skills movement in Africa, to participate in the first Earthskills Indaba – a collaborative visioning experience and sharing immediately following the Earthskills Gathering 2019.

4pm Monday 23 September to
12 noon Tuesday 24 September





At Earthskills Africa we wholeheartedly believe in the ancient tribal custom of a children’s fire. This means that when the ‘elders’ come together, a fire is lit as a reminder that all that we do, we do not for our own gain, but for the future of our children.

Raising our children to respect the Earth and to engage in deep relationship with nature is of utmost importance, and our Earthskills Gathering youth programme is designed with this in mind. Our Skills-based programme (for ages 7 to 13) brings young hands together in bush skills, games and craft activities, while our Play-based programme (for ages 3 to 6) inspires exploration and wonder through tinkering and texture play.

Please note: If your children (under 14) wish to accompany you to your craft workshops, they are very 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.

passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young
— Richard Louv


Skills-based Youth Ticket (children aged 7 to 13): R900 pp

Play-based Youth Ticket (children aged 3 to 6): R500 pp


  • Access to all relevant Youth Programme activities (according to the current schedule, 5 x two-hour sessions, running alongside our craft/skills workshops.)

  • 2 vegetarian meals (Saturday and Sunday evenings)

  • Live acoustic music and story-telling

  • Farm camping with family and friends

  • Fun, friends and a visit to the farm animals. Did we mention the foefie slide?


For more information on this event, visit our Gathering FAQ section here.