Thinking of coming to Learning Man?
A few things you need to know…
The focus of this gathering is on community empowerment and resilience. Everyone participates in some way to co-create the village and provide the content: it’s a platform for sharing our skills, knowledge, artistry, crafts and entertainment.
So while there will be a wide variety of music and dancing, Learning Man is not a “trance party”, or a public event. We are limiting numbers to no more than 350 people so we can get to know each other and keep it focussed. .
We have some great contributions so far, which we are posting on the website www.learningman.co.za/offerings. So let us know if you have anything to add.
Please note we also need people to attend these activities, so don’t feel like you have to have a skill or talent to come, just an interest in learning,and discussing the realities we face as communities in a fast-changing world.
If you want to be part of the Learning Man village, get your tickets soon as there will be no tickets at the gate. And be sure to read the Tickets page on the website for a list of what to bring. www.learningman.co.za/tickets
Lots more info below to help you decide….
QUICK STEPS TO GETTING ON BOARD
• Join the Talent Exchange and get your TE number
• Buy your Ticket on quicket or by email
• Start thinking about packing to live off-grid, on the land, under the stars, for all weather.
Bring what you can teach, take what you can learn
Think about something you can add to the community village. You don’t need to have a particular talent, so no pressure to ‘perform’. But if you have something useful to offer: a gadget, a craft, an idea, some expertise, a service, a cause, or a little café, you can bring it along and share it, either as a gift to the community, or to promote what you do, or to trade for Talents. You can create a “shop front” in front of your tent on the village high street, and let everyone know what you’re offering.
Tell us about your offering
If you would like your offering to be posted on the Website Offerings page, and the Village Notice Board at the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you need a time slot on the main stage or the workshop area or the Heart Space or yoga zone. Or if you are happy to set up your own camp to do your thing there. And feel free to post about what you’ll be doing on the Facebook event page too..
Add to the Village vibe
The Village will spring up in the forest as people arrive, and we will create a village lane of stalls or theme camps, leading into the central communal area.
If you need a stall, plan to camp behind your stall, either by yourself or with a group of friends.
Make an attractive frontage or lounge or installation to face the village lane, with your campsite directly behind and your car behind that. Make pretty with solar lights and cloths and whatever signs and branding you want – this festival is for you to promote what it is you do or have a passion for, as long as it’s empowering. And even the smallest things in life can be empowering.
Workshops, talks, discussions, yoga and other movement classes, stalls, building, growing, empowering, learning and trading, swimming, cycling, walks, soft music, medicine walks, hanging out with friends, and riveting conversations. 🙂 and kids activities
Sunset Drumming Jams
Each evening at Sunset we’ll have a percussion jam around the bonfire for anyone to join in and play or dance or sing, while dinner is being prepared and eaten.
Wisdom fire gatherings, solar powered cinema with short documentaries or important movies, sweat lodge, live music, fire dancers, DJ music and dancing till just after midnight.
There will be a music stage for musicians wishing to perform, we’ll have a plug-and-play PA, but let us know if you would like us to allocate a time for your performance . Musicians /Bands and other performers can put their Talent Sheet up on the notice board for people to donate. (you donate by filling in your name, TE number and amount – the seller/performer then enters the transaction.)
If your clan would like to create a larger camp with a particular theme, let us know so we can allocate a space. Again make the front onto the village high street attractive, and camp with your crew tents/cooking washing areas behind.
Trading without Money
This is a no-money village. We’ll be using the long established Talent Exchange to trade with each other. Talents are not money, they are simply a measure of value given and received within a community. More info on why we’re doing this on the website. www.learningman.co.za/earning
You need to have a TE number at the fest,
Click on these links to sign up.
www.ctte.org.za if you live in Cape Town
www.ces.org.za if you live anywhere else and find the exchange nearest you
You need to add an offering on the Exchange when you sign up (this means anything you can do for the community) but this does not need to be the same offering you bring to the Festival.
You can go into a negative balance up to T500 but you should think of ways to earn some, to balance your account. A healthy balance is around zero.
At the festival, the seller enters the transaction either on a sheet for entry online later or immediately on a smartphone.
Don’t worry if you cannot think of an offering to get some of those elusive Talents, the Talent Exchange desk at the fest can exchange some of your hard-earned Rands into Talents so you have some ‘starter capital’.
You can either bring all your own food, or buy food from those who may be offering meals for Talents. Best to bring long lasting food: fruit, root veggies and other non-perishable food that won’t go off – unless you can think of a way to keep things cold, as they did in the old days !
Bring an enamel mug and a spoon you can keep in your bag or on your belt. There will be no take-away packaging from food sellers, you bring your own and wash your own. A travelling mug will also be handy to use for delicious mountain water on tap. You can cook on several designated fireplaces scattered throughout the village or with gas or your own enclosed braai but no open fires at your campsite please.
There will be a central Kitchen and the Learning Man kitchen chefs will cook a delicious vegetarian meal each night and a bowlful will be available for Talents.
You can offer to trade ingredients for a meal or volunteer to help in the kitchen.
People offering food classes or kitchen remedies can also use this space for demonstrations and talks.
To get the communal vibe going, everyone will be asked to contribute some time towards the harmonious running of the village.. This will either be helping with the building projects, manning the gate, helping in the garden, recycling, composting, lifeguards at the river for kids, wood gathering for fires, fire safety, security checks, keeping the loos tidy (although we hope everyone will be conscious enough to keep them tidy!)
Feel free to bring art you’d like to sell if you are prepared to sell it for Talents. You can of course arrange for it to be paid for in Rands after the Festival. We would also love to see live art happening too so bring your easel and paints and see what emerges !
Let us know if you would like to build something so we can allocate a space. Unfortunately we cannot offer any grants as this Festival is being run on a shoestring. But you can post on the LM Facebook pages for any help or resources needed etc.
We have grand ideas of building from local materials: a temple, a pizza oven, a labyrinth, benches. And how about a pedal powered blender? Any able-bodied builders out there to make these dreams come true ?
Although we cant grow much in 8 days, growing is an essential part of village life so we will be learning about growing from those who know. Calling all those learned permies to teach us about soil and composting, groovy bacteria, seed saving, companion planting, food forests, and more. The veggie garden demo site can become a permanent fixture at the venue.
Ice is Nice
It will be hot in December and off grid is all very well, but no ice?? Instead of having to dash to the closest town, we would rather work on innovative ways to keep things cool or perhaps hire an ice machine and make our own while the biodiesel gennie is running. Does anyone have any contacts for an ice making machine they could hire to us for a month? If not, then it will be a good exercise in letting go of a few comforts and having a gas anyway! 🙂
New Year’s Eve
On Thursday evening 31st Dec, the village will rock. Live music, flow arts, performers and all night boogying. We will take time out before midnight to gather and join in a full-on village-people-percussion-session of note, so bring your drums and shakers, didges, voices and dancing feet.
And there’ll be a focused moment at midnight to engage the power of our collective intent. Dancing till the wee hours and a sunrise dedication and drumming on the morning of the first day of 2016.
We encourage you to try and come for as many days before New Year as you can, to partake in the village dynamic and the topics we’re exploring.
We agree that the end of the year is for relaxing and escaping, so come and relax with friends and escape the matrix. Time to get real !
If you have any questions or suggestions – let us know
Angie and Rod
and the village crew
• Email • Website
Facebook PAGE – posting useful, relevant links here
Facebook GROUP – a secret group for interested people – discussions, ideas, comments, suggestions.
Facebook EVENT – let us know if you’re coming