About us

Meet some of the founders, members and friends of Afrikara.

Aletta Venter

Co-founder and Director

Afrikara co-founder, Aletta has been farming on Hoekiesdam for 35 years and has been on a journey of applying biodynamic practices on the farm since 2002.

Thierry Revert

Member and Director

Thierry interfaces with the three tiers of government, and other stakeholders and potential funders to promote sustainable development at Afrikara Cooperative.

Jason Higgins

BD Agriculture Apprentice

A qualified Waldorf teacher and resident apprentice biodynamic farmer, Jason hopes to help develop a sustainable agroecology-through-education model for South Africa.

Shirley Marais

Resident Member

Published poet, intuitive healer and language practitioner, Shirley does Body Alignment, runs creative writing workshops and manages farmstays at Hoekiesdam.

Hennie Marais

Resident Member

Hennie is involved in web design, farmstay management and maintenance.
He also manufactures developmental and other toys on the farm.

Hanna Hak

Director

Hanna is a long-standing member and director of Afrikara and is responsible for social life of the cooperative.
She is a staunch supporter who lends a helping hand whenever needed.

Roger Oxlee

Member

Roger is one of the longest-standing members of Afrikara. He has been a frequent visitor to Hoekiesdam and is an enthusiastic supporter of Afrikara initiatives.

Gustav v d Merwe

Co-founder

The late son of Aletta Venter, Gustav is a founding member, who made considerable capital and other inputs. The Magic Mystery School of Gud Stuff (see under Initiatives) is his legacy.

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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