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17 January 2018
Fishing Tackle Clean Up at Gericke`s Point – Sedgefield: Snagged fishing line and hooks act as ‘ghost fishing’ apparatus with the ability to catch and trap fish long after the line is lost by the fisherman. After season there is an excessive amount of lost fishing line, hooks and weights caught up on the reef around Gericke’s Point. Free dive to clean up the reefs of this debris. Equipment: mask, snorkel, fins, knife and bag. Meet at the Swartvlei beach parking area at 09h45. Save our Oceans and join this effort. – Garden Route Trail – Facebook Event
19 January 2018
An evening of ocean conservation stories – Knysna Golf Club: Do you love the ocean? Keen to learn more about ocean research and conservation from across the globe? Knysna Basin Project is very excited to have two internationally acclaimed marine biologists, who will share their stories. Join for a night filled with tales of the ocean, research adventures, and conservation victories – from sharks to seahorses! Space is limited, please make sure to RSVP with Louw Claassens: 0829289391; email@example.com. – Knysna Basin Project – Facebook Event
19 – 22 January 2018
World Sea Turtle expert Dr. George Hughes at Thonga Beach Lodge – iSimangaliso Wetland Park: A rare opportunity to hear talks and accompany Dr. George Hughes on turtle tours. Presentations will be given in the bar area before dinner 19-21 January. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. – isibindi.co.za
23 – 25 February 2018
Three Cranes Challenge – KZN: This 3-day staged trail run takes runners in and around the breath-taking Karkloof Nature Reserve, off-road and along trails through beautiful misty forests and scenic grasslands with magnificent views. This region is also the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three species are in decline due to man’s exploitation of their habitat. By participating in this race, you will help raise funds to support the protection of these beautiful birds. – wildseries.co.za.
27 February 2018
Building with Hemp – Cape Town: South Africa’s foremost hemp expert, Tony Budden, has lived in Africa’s first hemp house since it was built in 2011. Tony will share his personal experience and knowledge from his involvement in several local hemp building projects and visits with international forerunners in hemp building. Wolf of Wolf and Wolf Architects has designed & facilitated almost all of the Western Cape’s hemp building projects, and will also be on hand to answer some of your more technical questions. – Hemporium SA – Facebook Event
8 – 18 March 2018
In-Depth 10 Day Natural Building Workshop at Terra-Khaya – Hogsback: On the Building with Nature and Holistic Living course you will learn and practically explore a variety of natural building techniques, using natural and ‘scalvaged’ recycled materials. Elements and practical applications include Cobbing, Wattle & Daub, Adobe Bricks, Rammed Earth, Cordwood, Rocket Stoves, Cob Ovens, Water Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Recycling & Waste Management, Grey Water Management & Bio-Remediation, Introduction to Permaculture, Site Orientation & Location (Using solar aspects and thermal mass properties of the building materials). Participants will work on building a campers kitchen outdoor kitchen with a rocket stove, adobe benches and work surfaces, using the various techniques outlined above. Also enjoy morning yoga or meditation, sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall, and a visit to the Eco-Shrine. – terrakhaya.co.za.
16-18 March 2018: Reforest Fest Family Weekend
23-25 March 2018: Reforest Fest Friends Weekend
Join the Treevolution! The Reforest Fest is Africa’s largest annual reforestation festival, bringing people together in the Platbos Forest to plant thousands of trees, dance to live local bands, learn with sustainability leaders, camp under the stars, and be inspired by positive collective action. Bring the whole family and get your hands dirty for a good cause! More info at reforestfest.com.
22 – 30 March 2018
The SA Eco Film Festival aims to bring you a world-class programme of beautifully shot and engaging short and feature-length films exploring a wide range of environmental topics. The 5th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town and surrounds, proudly supported by leading Western Cape Eco-Friendly business partners sustainable.co.za, Ballo, Reliance and Hemporium. 21 Documentary Films with eco & sustainable themes, 30 screenings over 7 days, award-winning films, solution focussed, entertaining and thought-provoking. With audience Q&A’s, guest speakers and more, this year’s SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before. – saecofilmfestival.com.
31 March 2018
Easter Rock Hunt / Beach Clean up – Knysna: Take the kids Easter Weekend for a day of amazing fun and education. An Easter Painted Rock hunt / Beach Clean up with great prizes. The days’ activities will include:
Fun Rock Hunt Competition on Brenton Beach, A Jumping Castle, Tug of War Competition, Sack Race Competition, A quick lesson on the use of plastic with an interesting Bio-Brick making crash course. – Hosted by Knysna Wildlife Project and BioWise Garden Route Knysna – See the Facebook event for more details.
30 March – 2 April 2018
Garden Route Walking Festival: An exciting programme of talks and more than 52 walks between Mossel Bay and Nature’s Valley over Easter Weekend. – walkingfestival.co.za.
7 April 2018
Medicinal Plant Workshop – Cape Town: Join Veld and Sea for a half day hands on workshop on medicinal plants, how to identify them, what they cure/alleviate and how to prepare them. Adults with background or no background in medicinal plants and children are welcome to join their parents as they are valuable companions with their acute intuition. All people who are curious about how fynbos and other plants around them can bring longevity, cure, alleviate ailments or medical conditions suffered by themselves or those around them. Whether it be cancer or a pounding headache from tick bite fever, nature all-ways has an antidote for you!! – See the Facebook event for more details.
18 April 2018
Free Water Talk: Grey water recycling, water storage, filtration – Woodstock, Cape Town: Learn the art and science of: Grey water recycling for home use, Water storage units which are bacteria-free, Turning city rain into purified water. Presented by Alosha Lynov of BioVeda Academy. Book your space at bioveda.co/water-in-ct.
27-29 April 2018
Pringle Bay Village Festival: Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with live music, local crafts, food stalls, wine tasting and much more at the Pringle Bay Village Festival. The purpose of the festival is to create awareness of Pringle Bay as a destination as well as to promote ocean conservation along the coastline. – https://xplorio.com/pringle-bay
18-20 May 2018
Mdumbi Green Fair – Wild Coast, Eastern Cape: The annual Mdumbi Green Fair is more than just a music festival! It is a an event designed solely to grow job opportunities, impart skills and develop talent within the rural Mankosi community in which it is held as well as to promote and preserve the local forests. More info and tickets are available at mdumbigreenfair.com
31 May – 4 June 2018
Swell Eco Lodge Yoga Retreat: Escape to the Wild Coast for a Vinyasa and Yin: Restorative Yoga Retreat like no other! The 2 experienced Yoga coaches,Tash, from The Mindful Movement, and Cami, from Yogi BearsZA, will be hosting this once in a lifetime yoga retreat. Both women have years of experience in practicing the art of Yoga and mindfulness, and can help you achieve an inner peace you may be seeking, through their soulful approach based on personal experiences. – See the Facebook event for more details. View Swell Eco Lodge on lovetostay.co.za!
JUNE / JULY
23 – 24 June 2018
Yellowwood Forest Market – Morgan Bay: Yellowwood Forest – Morgan Bay`s riverside eco-spirited retreat: This year`s market is a smaller and greener, family-friendly 2 day affair with HEART! Entrance is FREE: Dress like a Tree competition, plenty of Prizes, Stalls, Live Music, Kids entertainment, Great food, Beer and more. It’s school holidays so get your feet to Morgan bay!
23 June – 15 July 2018
Eden Festival of Action: In June 2017, devastating wildfires wreaked havoc on large areas of the Eden District along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, particularly near Knysna. The extremity of the fires was exacerbated by the uncontrolled spread of alien plant species in the area. Over three weeks Greenpop will plant trees, rehabilitate ecosystems, clear alien vegetation build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, paint eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world. – greenpop.org.
28 – 29 June 2018
The Green Youth Indaba – Johannesburg will convene together relevant government officials, private sector and green entrepreneurs as Government and business committed to the employment of young people in green economy activities.The conference is expected to bring together over 300 exceptional young people who are changing the face of the environment in South Africa and those that are aspiring to get into the Environmental industry. These youth and industry experts will come across South Africa to discuss the most pressing Environmental issues, opportunities and skills needed for youth within government, private sector and cities in South Africa. – greenyouthindaba.co.za.
1 – 22 September 2018
The Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike is an expedition for and about conservation. All money raised contributes to building essential conservation corridors stretching from Knysna to Addo and linking the three mega reserves of the area: The Garden Route National Park, the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and Addo Elephant National Park. These linkages are vital for preserving biodiversity in times of climate change. Experience 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes and probably some of the wildest areas in South Africa. The Eden to Addo Corridor is certainly the most bio-diverse corridor on the planet with fynbos, forest, thicket, succulent karoo and nama karoo biomes. Just one of the biomes, fynbos, consists of 9000 species of which 6192 are found nowhere else. Nowhere else on earth will you be able to experience such diversity of terrain and species on hike. – edentoaddo.co.za.
15 September 2018
International Coastal Cleanup Day: Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, hundreds of thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers and beaches around the world for trash. For over three decades, more than 12 million volunteers have collected over 220 million pounds of trash. Join the Wave! – oceanconservancy.org
6 – 7 October 2018
2 Day Hogsback Mountain Hike: Do you looooooove hiking, enjoy nature and are dying to meet new and like-minded people? Join Elundini Backpackers on a 2 day hiking adventure with Elliot and Vuyani, the local tour guides, and visit the 39 steps waterfall, descent down through indigenous forests, pass traditional Xhosa villages and make your way to Elundini Village. Sleep over at Elundini Backpackers and hike back up the following day into Hogsback town via the plaatjieskraal dam where you can have a spring dip. A sense of living guaranteed. – See the Facebook Event for details and bookings.
7 – 13 October 2018
Natural building course: materials and techniques – Swellendam: If you’re serious about building naturally and sustainably then you’ll know that each technique has pros and cons. The course is designed around the principles of understanding earth, how it works and does not work together. You will leave with the theoretical understanding and practical grounding of a range of techniques and materials, so that you are able to make the most appropriate decisions regarding materials and or sustainability once you are ready to begin your project. – naturalbuildingcollective.com.
19 – 21 October 2018
UP-YOUR-BEET Experiential Retreat for Well-Being – Gillits, KwaZulu-Natal: Join Matthew and Deborah from Rest and Digest Wellness Haven in a weekend exploring health and well-being. They`ll be sharing the principals they have garnered in their Life journey and throughout the environment, you will find examples that will inspire you. These living examples will ignite your inspiration to making changes in your home space and your health. Highlights include Kundalini Yoga, Digestive health, how to set up a pantry that supports menu planning, Prebiotics / Probiotics – fermented foods and beverages, Meal preparations, and more.- restanddigest.co.za.
8 – 18 November 2018
In-Depth 10 Day Natural Building Workshop at Terra-Khaya – Hogsback: On the Building with Nature and Holistic Living course you will learn and practically explore a variety of natural building techniques, using natural and ‘scalvaged’ recycled materials. Elements and practical applications include Cobbing, Wattle & Daub, Adobe Bricks, Rammed Earth, Cordwood, Rocket Stoves, Cob Ovens, Water Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Recycling & Waste Management, Grey Water Management & Bio-Remediation, Introduction to Permaculture, Site Orientation & Location (Using solar aspects and thermal mass properties of the building materials). Participants will work on building a campers kitchen outdoor kitchen with a rocket stove, adobe benches and work surfaces, using the various techniques outlined above. Also enjoy morning yoga or meditation, sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall, and a visit to the Eco-Shrine. – terrakhaya.co.za