More info about what's happening at Afrikara


Our agro-ecological practices build healthy soil, conserve water, protect pollinators and keep the air and water clear of harmful pesticides.
We work with the land that is in our care to develop a living, learning, edible environment that restores health to the whole of the Earth Community.

Education and Awareness Raising

Part of Afrikara's vision is to support a rapid evolution of consciousness in agriculture.
For this to happen, we host meetings, workshops, training sessions and informal gatherings to share ideas on how to shape the future that we are creating on a day-to-day basis.

Reforestation project

As part of a Breede River reforestation project, many indigenous trees have already been planted on Hoekiesdam.
We also have a nursery of oak saplings waiting to take their rightful place on the farm.

Breede Valley Sustainable Development Initiative

Afrikara has spear-headed the development of the BVSDI as a model for an alternative approach to rural development and land reform in South Africa.
At Hoekiesdam, we believe that through healing the land, we can help to heal and build the communities that live in the region.

Magic Mystery School of Gud Stuff

The Magic Mystery School of Gud Stuff (which is in the making) is in memory of Gustav van der Merwe, late son of Aletta Venter.
His big dream was to have a school on the farm that operated outside of the normal educational mode. As a computer programmer he was convinced that young people should be taught binary language as a basic skill to be in control of computer technology, instead of being controlled by it.
As a founding member of Afrikara he facilitated and capitalised the move towards renewable energy. He also planted many trees.

Poetry writing workshops

Shirley's work has been published in several literary journals and anthologies and she recently received the 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 moved to Hoekiesdam in April 2019. 

He is busy 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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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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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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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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