Be part of a growing, global, green movement.

2 – 9 October 2022 |  Wild Spirit Lodge, Garden Route

The Eden Festival of Action is an environmental action gathering combining practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa’s finest musicians.

The event aims to create an empowered regenerative community, equipping you to become custodians of the natural world,  moving from commitment to action!

Join our 7-day sustainability experience this October 2022 and create real, long-term environmental impact.

Join us for a week of environmental action!

TREE PLANTING

ALIEN CLEARING

LIVE MUSIC

WILD FORAGING

ECO WORKSHOPS

CITIZENS SCIENCE

WELLNESS

PLANT-BASED FOOD

How much does it cost?

R4,500 (SA Residents) & $320 (Visitors to SA) * ex VAT

Join us for a week at the Eden Festival of Action!

Your festival ticket includes access to the event, a place to pitch your tent, fully-catered 3 meals per day, snacks, and all workshops and activities. Your festival ticket excludes accommodation upgrades and transport to the event (see below for further information).

Meet our expert facilitators

Wild Foraging

Wild Foraging

with Roushanna Gray

Veld and Sea founder, Roushanna Gray, shares her passion about the edible landscape through immersive educational experiences, connection and creativity. She will be hosting a foraging workshop at the event in the surrounding forest, sharing her wild foraged food experiences, from harvesting to meal preparation, bringing nature to the table.

Natural Building

Natural Building

with Ansgar von Oertzen

After studying architecture in Germany, Ansgar von Oertzen found his passion for sustainable and natural building with eco-architects in Cape Town. Based on the Garden Route, Ansgar is an renowned local expert who will be sharing his knowledge of various building methods from cob construction, straw bale or light straw clay building to rammed earth construction, adobe, and sandbag.

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture Principles

with Alex Kruger

Alex Kruger will be sharing in Permaculture & Agroforestry first principles – Applying succession processes we see in the forest to regenerative agriculture. “Learning from the forest so we can do things better, grow food and wood materials in a sustainable way, which mimics nature, and supports restoring natural systems”.

Songs for Change

Songs for Change

with Street Wise Band

Thabani Dube and Zukiswa Faith Nomungeka make up Street Wise Band, joining the festival to bring positive environmental messages through their soul, jazz, reggae and pop-influenced music.

Biomimicry Ethos & Life's Principles

Biomimicry Ethos & Life's Principles

with Jane Lourens

Join Jane in exploring the Biomimicry ethos –  integration of living systems thinking and Biomimicry Life’s Principles into products, processes and systems to create conditions conducive to life and a flourishing ecosystem of regenerative living.

NatureFix: Supercharge your wellbeing

NatureFix: Supercharge your wellbeing

with Matt Zylstra

Ready to supercharge your wellbeing? A session with biomimic and nature enthusiast Matthew Zyltra, sharing evidence on why nature is good for your (mental) health as well as practices to help turn your green space into a wellness place.

Mycology Walk

Mycology Walk

with Scone Malone

Scone, of MycoMinded, will introduce to the world of fungi, talking about their biology, ecology, cultural history and relevance. Walking through the forest to find a few species, you will marvel and discuss them in their natural setting, ending the session with a practical workshop on cultivation and/or tincture making.

Medicinal Plant Talk

Medicinal Plant Talk

with Roxanne Joubert

Interested in learning more about the medicinal side of nature? Join Roxanne Joubert (Herbalist at Lady of the Herbs) on a Turn to Nature for Health Medicinal Plant Talk and Tour at the Eden Festival of Action. Learn more about using plants as medicine, how they work within your body and get to know some of our local medicinal plants and trees. 

Citizen's Science

Citizen's Science

with Nature's Valley Trust

Nature’s Valley Trust will be hosting a field trip to Nature’s Valley lagoon, where they will facilitate a group analysis of nurdles and micro plastics. This will further inform nationwide policy, surrounding single use plastics and consumer responsibility laws.

Festival Information

The Eden Festival of Action is an environmental action gathering combining practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa’s finest musicians. 

Get active at Greenpop’s Eden Festival of Action 2022 supporting our work in the Garden Route through:

  • Reforestation tree planting
  • Eco-education workshops

The 2022 event will be held at Wild Spirit Lodge.

As an implementation partner to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which is advocating for the halt of ecosystem degradation, Greenpop is aiming, through this event, to promote a new culture of restoration, highlighting its importance when trying to undertake the planet’s biggest issues such as climate change and food security.  

Restoring degraded landscapes is vital to prolonging life on earth. What is incredible about ecosystem restoration is that it provides a foundation for all of the Sustainable Development Goals, for example reducing flood and fire risk, ending hunger and aiding economic growth. The goals are the heart of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, sharing the essence of peace and prosperity for the people and planet, now and for generations to come. 

At the Eden Festival of Action in 2022, Greenpop plans to plant 2000-3000 indigenous trees, participate in much-needed alien clearing, paint environmental murals in collaboration with local communities and host talks and workshops on sustainability. We will be inviting an array of NGO partners to attend to engage in further conversations imperative to furthering climate restoration work advocacy.

From natural building to upcycling, the festival will provide a space for turning environmental awareness into positive action. Collaborative artworks, live music, DJ’s, and dancing under the clear, unpolluted night skies, are some additional highlights of the festival. The skills learned and shared will be invaluable in creating a more environmentally conscious society that can better respond to the environmental and social challenges we face, now and in the future.

When you are ready to commit to the programme, please apply here: https://bit.ly/ApplyEden22

We will then read through your application and if you successfully make it onto the programme we will send you an invoice to pay via EFT, or alternatively should you wish to double your impact, raise trees for Greenpop’s reforestation projects, and receive a discounted or free spot to the event, we will send you all the information you need to know to set up your Trees For Fees fundraising campaign.

Please see the Trees for Fees fundraising campaign page here for more information: https://bit.ly/TreesForFees22

Subsidies

Want to join the event but do not have the financial means? Email for reduced ticket price subsidised by our community: [email protected]

During the day In the evening
Sunday Arrive at Greenpop Village Orientation & Settle in
Monday Introduction to local context Music around the campfire
Tuesday Programme activities Environmental film screening
Wednesday Programme activities Free evening / campfire jamming
Thursday In-camp workshops Guided hike & speaker evening
Friday Programme activities Quiz Night
Saturday Free day Live music celebration
Sunday Departure & goodbyes

 An example of what a day looks like:

06:45am Breakfast
07:45am All ready for the day
08:00am Programme activities in groups
– Reforestation planting
– Alien clearing
– Mural Painting in local community
01:00pm Lunch
02:00pm Free time and optional activities (workshops, talks, hikes)
04:00pm Forest walks / Sunset yoga (optional)
07:00pm Dinner
08:00pm Evening activities – film screening, quiz night, live music, campfire jamming

 

Upgrade your experience with the following tickets:

Shared Traveller Tent: Not so keen on setting up your own tent? The Traveller Tent is a canvas safari tent that comfortably sleeps two people, and includes two camping mattresses. You must bring along your own bedding and pillow. Share with a friend or we will place you sharing with someone of the same gender and similar age. 7 nights: R850 / $60   *excludes festival ticket 

Private Traveller Tent: Stay solo in the Private Traveller Tent,  a canvas safari tent that includes one single camping mattress. You must bring along your own bedding and pillow. 7 nights: R1,700 / $120  *excludes festival ticket 

Staying at Wild Spirit Lodge (prices below based on 7 night stay * excluding festival ticket)

  • En-suite Forest view Dorms: R1,960
  • Safari tent (sharing): R1,645 – large safari tents with wooden beds + bedding
  • Safari tent (private) R3,290 
  • Double/ twin en suite: R4,690

     

The magnificent venue has accommodation on-site at the festival, you must book this with [email protected]

 This September, the Greenpop Festival of Action brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active. 

After 6 years hosting the Festival of Action in Livingstone, Zambia, in 2018, Greenpop moved the Festival of Action to the Garden Route in response to the fires that devastated the area the previous year. After an incredibly successfully 2021 event, we are returning to the region in 2022 to build upon our existing work, bigger and better than before with old and new partners, projects and renewed energy!

Greenpop aims to partner with and contribute to the many local environmental and social initiatives and be part of an environmental solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant across the globe, sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.

Terms & Conditions

View our full terms and conditions here

Refund Policy

View our refund policy here.

Alternatively, we can move the cost of your festival ticket to a future event. Get in touch with [email protected] should you have any questions.

 

*COVID-19 on-site protocol will be updated in line with gov recommendations closer to the time

Here is a google map link for the venue Wild Spirit Lodge.

Address: Wild Spirit Lodge on Heidehof Farm, R102 Nature’s Valley Road,  The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6602

You can get to the event’s base camp (just outside of Plettenberg Bay) by bus, car or plane. If you take a bus, the Greenpop team will arrange transfers from the bus station in Plettenberg Bay. If you fly, we will arrange transfers from the airport in George (this is the nearest airport).

Getting around the area

During the progamme we travel in several overland trucks and busses that are driven by licensed and professional drivers to get to our activities.

We believe that environmentalism should accessible to everyone, especially the communities surrounding our projects.

Greenpop events prioritise inclusivity and diversity. Help us by sponsoring a local youth bursary space.

  Got questions? Click here and fill in the short form for more information. 

Do you want to join the event but do not have the financial means? Email for reduced ticket price subsidised by our community: [email protected]org

Partners & Sponsors

WESGRO
Wild Spirit Lodge
Wellness Warehouse
PETCO
BOS Tea
Pesto Princess
Boland Cellar
Pink Lady
Soaring Free Superfoods
Oumph!
AGT Foods Africa
Arise Coffee
University of Stellenbosch
Better Earth
Biomimicry SA
Bodhi Khaya
Essential Green
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
GLFx Cape Town
Getaway Magazine
Greenpeace
Global Landscapes Forum
Herbi Raw
Learn Biomimcry
Meet Changemakers
Nomad Africa
Passion for Purpose
Veld & Sea
The Cyclical Collective
Thyme & Again
Golden Reef Milling
Cape Union Mart
ButtaNut
Shop Zero
Infinite Foods
Beyond Meat
Just Egg
Violife

Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.

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