Festival of Action – What is it all about?

MARCH, 2020
By Sahara Thagunna

The Eden Festival of Action 2021 is on a mission to get participants active, not anxious, about the state of our planet. Are you keen to work with us to empower yourself and your community to be equipped for tomorrow? 

The Eden Festival of Action is an environmental action summit where participants of all ages can connect with like-minded active citizens and reconnect with nature. Shift your awareness and make an impact in the beautiful Garden Route. Celebrate with live music and a renewed consciousness.

In 2017 and 2018 raging fires swept through the Garden Route area in the Western Cape.  The fires were devastating and were the largest the area had seen for generations. They resulted in over 80,000 hectares of burned land with hundreds of animals being affected and several homes burned. But once the flames had burned themselves out and the heat no longer raged, residents of the Garden Route, both human and animal, were returned to an utterly changed land. 

A bare, blackened lunar landscape with little resemblance to what it once had been. The land needed to be revived, regenerated and restored.  Though the fires had left behind a trail of destruction, it had also left a gift, dense ash-filled soil full of fertility and ready for a new life.

Enter:  The Eden Festival of Action.

In 2018, after 6 years of hosting the Festival of Action in Livingstone, Zambia, Greenpop made the decision to move the festival to the Garden Route and will be returning for their 3rd Eden Festival of Action from June 27 – July 11 2021.

But What is the Eden FOA?

Built on three main principles – Resilience in Diversity, Strength in Community and Action in Collaboration – the Eden FOA hosts multiple activities and experiences.  Plant a diversity of indigenous plants and trees, collaborate on environmental mural paintings, immerse yourself in the abundance of nature, learn new skills through workshops and gain knowledge from insightful guest speakers.  Feel empowered to be doing all of this (and more!) with a group of like-minded individuals all taking action for the future of our planet.

What Does a Typical Eden FOA Day Look Like?

Wake up within your tent in the early morning to the sound of the camp gong ringing and twittering birds.  Get yourself ready for a day of learning and action. If you have time you might just get to watch the sunrise come up over the mountains.  Breakfast is a communal experience, with laughter, chatter and warm bowls of porridge (or pancakes!) and hot mugs of tea.

Then it’s time for the day to begin.  Plant day, workshop day, activity day or free day at camp, there is always a new experience to be had. After a beautiful full day of new experiences and adventures, it’s time to wind down for the day.  

Take part in yoga or meditation, maybe a nature walk or sunset viewing from the treetop platform.  Delicious plant-based dinners are served followed by the evening activities. Campfire jams, documentary screenings, speaker evenings, talent shows and post plant day celebrations.

So How Do You Sign Up and Get Involved in the Action?

For all the information on the festival, fees and how to register head to www.festivalofaction.com or email [email protected].  

Get a Free Ticket!

Raise Trees for Fees and earn a free ticket to the Festival of Action.  Become a fund-raising activist and raise funds for trees at the FOA, by starting your own online activist page on GivenGain.   

Raise funds for 80 trees and you’ll get a free ticket!  Didn’t hit your target of 80 trees? Don’t worry you’ll still receive a discount off your ticket for the money you raised (e.g if you raised 30% of your goal you’ll get 30% off your ticket!).  All the information can be found here

We hope to see you there!

by Sahara Thagunna (Website & Instagram)

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