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The Afrikara Cooperative

Hoekiesdam Farm, Wolseley

What's Afrikara

Afrikara, situated at Hoekiesdam Farm, is a socio-agricultural community that actively upholds and promotes soil fertility, animal health and sustainable interrelationships between human beings and nature.
Through youth-focused education and the practice of biodynamic permaculture, which enlivens the soil and stimulates life forces, we produce the highest quality of food to nourish body, mind and spirit without depleting natural resources.
We are a working, bio-diverse farm and established cooperative, producing organic dairy products, lamb, wool, eggs, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, medicinal plants, fruits, olives and honey.
We host Waldorf-themed youth camps that encourage learning through participation in authentic farm activities, as well as art and movement workshops.
Our ultimate aim is to build a land-based community of people who are committed to ethical, natural and sustainable agro-ecology.

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Majestic beauty

Hoekiesdam rests in the arms of the Witzenberg Mountains in the Western Cape.
Often snow-capped in winter, 'Magic Mountain', the mountain most visible from Hoekiesdam, is never the same, its mood ever-changing, from gentle majesty, to pink-robed splendour, to stormy grumbling, and everything in between.
Here waterblommetjies, a seasonal delicacy that traditionally forms part of a local South African bredie (mutton stew), grow in abundance.

"Conserving nature must become the very essence of who we are"

Initiatives

I did not know what to expect but during my two week stay at Hoekiesdam, the home of Afrikara Co-op, I learnt how much fun it can be healing the earth through a big balance of hard work, patience and surrendering to the presence of God.

Patrik Golop

I wanted to learn about bio-dynamic farming, but what I gained was far more holistic than just practical knowledge. I also found the devotion of the community to changing agricultural practices both inspirational and soul-enriching.

Lila Kelly

At Afrikara I found great ways of making a difference. I am passionate about cheese making and had the time of my life in making labneh, a soft probiotic joghurt cheese! Just could not stop eating this tasty product from Afrikara.

Tom Hones

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Shirley

Poetry writing workshops

Shirley's work has been published in several literary journals and anthologies and she recently received third prize in the 2017 Dalro Poetry Awards.  She has been running poetry writing workshops in the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg since 2016. The workshops usually run over six weeks, with participants meeting once a week for two hours. She hopes to run weekend poetry retreats at Hoekiesdam and other venues in the Western Cape, and also to continue offering six-week workshops to anyone who may be interested in learning to write poetry, or improve their writing skills. 

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Wooden toys

Hennie will be moving to Hoekiesdam in April 2019. 

Once there, he will be upgrading the workshop and converting part of it into a woodwork shop, where he will be manufacturing wooden developmental toys and domestic accessories for sale under the Afrikara umbrella.  Once the workshop is fully functional, he aims to offer training in woodwork.

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Tarot-I-Ching

Both the Tarot and I-Ching can successfully be used as tools to encourage and empower people to take right action and make right decisions for their lives, by highlighting possibilities and concerns and bringing ideas and suggestions into play that may otherwise not have been considered.  Shirley has successfully been reading the Tarot for herself, and for friends and family, for many years.  More recently, she was introduced to the I-Ching, and has found combination Tarot-I-Ching readings to be incredibly helpful and insightful, to the extent that long-standing clients have urged her to start doing readings professionally.

For prices and more information, please WhatsApp Shirley on 082 928 8671.  

Body Alignment

Using the chakras and minor chakras as gateways, Body Alignment seeks to address energetic imbalances on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.  It works at the root cause of issues, with the permission and guidance of the client's Higher Self.  The facilitator, or practitioner, locates specific body points to access the energy fields of systems and organs in the body, linking to and releasing, energy blockages in the physical and supersensible bodies. 

Shirley is a qualified Body Alignment practitioner and can be WhatsApped on 082 928 8671 for more information and/or to book an appointment. 

Medicinal Plants/Herbs

We grow a large variety of medicinal plants and herbs, like Artemisia afra (African wormwood or mugwort), lion's tail (lion's ear/wild dagga), thistles, and many more. 

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Herbs

We grow a limited range of perennial and seasonal herbs for teas and culinary purposes.  Please contact us if you would like us to cultivate herbs for you. 

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Salad Packs

We supply mixtures of assorted young lettuce leaves, herbs, edible flowers and other greens for good-looking salads.

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Consultancy

Aletta is always happy to share her knowledge and experience of biodynamic farming practices. However, if you would like her to visit your farm for an assessment or should you require more hands-on involvement, feel free to contact her to discuss her fees. Contact Afrikara

 

Dreamcatcher Workshop

Contact Thierry to organise a dreamcatcher retreat or workshop, or to order a personalised dreamcatcher.

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Mantra Art Workshops

Contact Thierry to organise a Mantra Art workshop or retreat at Hoekiesdam, or a venue of your choice. Mantra Art is a whole-art form practised by many Kung-Fu practitioners and can effectively be used as a team-building or personal-development tool.

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