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Summer Solstice at Well-Being Sanctuary

Well-Being Sanctuary

2024-07-21

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Summer Solstice at Well-Being Sanctuary

Community of like-minded souls

Soul tribe, it’s time to gather again. To dance, to sing, to co-create what has become the most unique, magical, family-friendly transformative festival. 

As free spirits, we love sharing our gifts and talents from heart to heart, honouring the Earth and her cosmic cycles, valueing our own uniqueness as well as the divine light in others. 

Learning together, growing together as well as giving back to the land and one another. Welcome to the next evolution of our ongoing journey!

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH PARTICIPATION

At our family-friendly event, alcohol and drugs are not welcome. Nor are bad attitudes and big egos. We love to dance and make merry, as well as strike a good balance between sound and silence. We co-create a safe space and container for everyone, including those who are sensitive.

Our musicians, DJs and drummers have their glory moments, but not to the detriment of a good night's rest for all. We encourage each participant to make the most of an amazing environment where you can rest, relax and resource yourself from nature... while having loads of fun into the bargain.

Click on the links for more information and join our Facebook and Instagram page. Like and share our event please, we need your support to build our community. 

http://www.facebook.com/summersolsticewbs

http://www.instagram.com/summersolsticewbs

VOLUNTEERS

We call on volunteers to help set up, manage and pack up. All volunteers will receive a Fair Exchange Ticket. There are only 12 places available, so get in touch soonest! 

First step: Fill in the Volunteer Application Form. Here's the link:

https://forms.gle/sqtcrPTxKeK39Lbf8

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, contact Dion Viljoen: 072 433 7421

CREATIVE IDEAS AND OFFERINGS

Whatever you can dream up, we will try our level best to support.

Conscious dance and live music – Contact Dion Viljoen: 072 433 7421

All other modalities & offerings - Contact Mariette Carstens: 066 256 8468

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW BY GOING TO "MAKE BOOKING" on this page

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Summer Solstice Event Information

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SUPER EARLY BIRD R890 (Limited number of tickets, available from 1 July)

EARLY BIRD R1,190 (Limited Number of tickets, available from 1 August)

STANDARD R1,590 (Available from 1 September until 31 October )

LATE RISERS R1,990 (Available from 1 to 30 November)

LAST MINUTE! R2,290 (Available from 1 to 23 December)

CHILDREN 6 to 16: R590, Available Now (Children under 6, FREE!)

Family R3,488 (Two adults and Two children between 6 and 16)
20% saving effective from 1 September

NB! Where on the Garden Route can you glamp or camp at the rates that we offer during peak holiday and summer season? It is a unique opportunity to come out of the city and into pristine nature to completely relax and ground. Relax, reset, recharge, rest and rise ... together! 

TICKETING POLICY

We care for the Well-Being Sanctuary environment and are committed to managing the impact of our footprint on the land. We also favour intimacy, quality over quantity, and spaciousness rather than frenetic activity. Thus, ticket sales are limited to a maximum of 600.

The ticket price is the same whether you come for the whole event or intend to attend only for a day. This is to encourage you to immerse yourself in the community experience, and to discourage the nuisance factor of curious spectators dropping in without understanding how we roll. 

Importantly, please note: we do not sell tickets at the gate! And we have a NO REFUNDS policy. If, due to unforeseen circumstances you cannot attend the event, you may sell your ticket to a friend – on condition that you notify us in advance of the arrangement.

GLAMPING

Deluxe Glamping will be available - it was sold out last year!

All glamping enquiries: Mariette Carstens, 066 256 8468

Glamping Accommodation

Welcome to our hospitality haven, where glamping takes on a whole new level of comfort and luxury. Our cosy and comfortable beds are fit for royalty, offering a range of options including king, queen, and single beds. Each tent accommodates one to two people, allowing you to choose the perfect bed to suit your preference. For larger groups, our spacious tents comfortably accommodate three to four people, providing ample space to relax and unwind.

Whether you prefer a shady spot or basking in the sun, our boutique glamping village offers an array of tents with carpets, pillows, and soft cotton bedding that will envelop you in a cloud of relaxation. Our 5 metre Bell tents are spacious enough to stand up in, allowing you to move freely and comfortably. From your tent, enjoy breathtaking views over the serene lake, lush meadows, and the enchanting beauty of the fairy forest.

Immerse yourself in community and nature, where the only thing separating you from the twinkling stars at night is a canvas roof. Rest assured, your safety is paramount, and our well-lit surroundings provide a sense of security throughout your stay. Wi-Fi is available upon request should you need to connect, and you'll find good cell phone reception with various service providers.

EARLY BIRD OFFERING, available now till end October

R1,200 – for 1 to 2 people per night per tent 
R1,800 – for 3 to 4 people per night per tent 

From 1 November, the cost glamping will be: 

R1,400 – for 1 to 2 people per night per tent 
R2,200 – for 3 to 4 people per night per tent 

HOW WE ROLL

The entire event is a communal gathering bonded by the glue of co-creation. Some of it is pre-conceived, yet much of it arises spontaneously in the moment. Whatever you have to offer, please let us know and we’ll strive to weave you in. For more information, contact Dion Viljoen (072 433 7421) or Mariette Carstens (066 256 8468).

The venue has hot showers and excellent compost toilets. It also has good drinking water. Beyond that, the emphasis is on maximum self-reliance. Take responsibility for feeding and nourishing yourself. In addition, there are a number of food stalls that cater for a wide spectrum of people, with an emphasis on healthy vegetarian and vegan meals. Meal offerings from various food stalls will be announced closer to the time. This will be done via the DISCUSSION thread of our Facebook events page or via our Creative Cradle platform on Telegram.

You'll have to sign an indemnity form and are responsible for your own behaviour thereafter. Thank you for respecting all boundaries.

Also, the event is open to all who have a conscious camping mindset. This means taking full responsibility for your own recycling, taking your rubbish home with you and leaving no trace when you pack up and go.

WHAT IS MAXIMUM SELF-RELIANCE?

Once you've bought a ticket, you'll receive a detailed list via e-mail of suggestions on what to bring. Feel free to ask questions if need be. In general though, please arrive with a can-do attitude and EVERYTHING ELSE for a comfortable camping experience, plus additional food to share for the communal Summer Solstice Rainbow Meal feast.

WHAT NOT TO BRING (AND DO!)

No pets! And no alcohol, drugs or psychedelic stimulants.

No open fires where you camp (as this is a high fire-risk venue). There are designated fire circles and a cooking area where cooking fires may be made. You may also cook your own food using a gas burner at your campsite.

Right of admission reserved, so respect this boundary.

FAQ

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE

The GPS co-ordinates provided below will only take you to Lake Avenue. But if you read the directions below, you'll get to the venue. Guaranteed!
https://maps.google.com/?q=-33.971325,22.776617

FROM THE SEDGEFIELD SIDE

Once you pass through Sedgefield on the N2, take the Karatara turnoff to your left. Travel about 4km to the first turn to the left (also signposted: Karatara). Pass over a low water bridge, travel about 3km to the first left turn. It is a dirt road with a sign saying Hoogekraal/George.

Follow the road over the river and up the pass for about 5km to the first left turn. Signs say Well-Being Sanctuary, Wilderness Forest Estate, Fynbosvlei. TURN LEFT into Lake Avenue.
From the top of Lake Avenue just keep following the blue and white WBS arrows. At the bottom of the road you will see a face brick entrance, TURN LEFT and you will see a large wooden gate. You have arrived.

Once through the gate (where you will be required to present your pre-booked tickets) travel along the grass road and park your vehicle in the designated area. Voila! Enjoy a blissful time!

FROM THE WILDERNESS SIDE

Once you pass through Wilderness on the N2, take the turn off to Hoekwil. Travel for approximately 21km and take the right turn onto the dirt road to Ruigtevlei.

Travel approximately 3 km along the dirt road and turn right into Lake Avenue (at this juncture you will see a few signs, including Wilderness Forest Estate, Fynbosvlei, Tomorrowland & Well-Being Sanctuary). TURN RIGHT into Lake Avenue.

From the top of Lake Avenue just keep following the blue and white WBS arrows. At the bottom of the road you will see a face brick entrance, TURN LEFT and you will see a large wooden gate. You have arrived.

Once through the gate (where you will be required to present your pre-booked tickets) travel along the grass road and park your vehicle in the designated area. Voila! Enjoy a blissful time!


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What our friends say

I have been to the WBS many times. It feels like home. Tranquillity, nature, lake. Comfortable glamping. Peace.
Such a sacred and beautiful land - with vistas beyond the imagination! Thank you for sharing it - so we can all Glamp / Camp, walk in the indigenous forest and swim in the salt water lake…
What a piece of paradise. Beautiful nature with amazing energy. Loved my stay here and looking very much forward to the next visit.
Amazing place to relax if you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track, peaceful , quiet and beautiful. Mariette is a most generous and responsive host - great communication and so informative about the land and all its magic. What really adds to your whole experience is that the it centres around sustainability with a fantastic glamping experience. The tents are spacious and the beds are super comfortable - had such a good sleep after all the day’s activities: Beautiful walk along the banks of the lagoon followed by the longest swim. Tip - try out all of the beaches - each has its own unique character!
A most magical destination, filled with loving and supportive facilitators. The combination of land, water, trees, energy and safe space of love and compassion. I cannot recommend this location enough, please do yourself a favour and visit the Well-Being Sanctuary.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Well-Being Sanctuary and it exceeded all of my expectations. The glamping tents were luxurious and secluded, offering the perfect escape from the city. The views of the hills, forest, and lake were absolutely breathtaking, and the natural recreational activities available on the property were a highlight of my trip. I particularly enjoyed exploring the indigenous forest and spotting small buck tracks and other animals. The Sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of birds, including the beautiful Knysna Loeries. The lake provided the perfect spot for swimming and lounging on one of the four beaches. I also appreciated the option to bring my own kayak or stand-up paddle board to explore the lake at my leisure. The location of the sanctuary is also ideal, with easy access to the nearby towns of George and Knysna, as well as the Wild Oats Saturday Farmer's Market. The organic veggie garden and natural beekeeping walks were a nice bonus, and the clear shared hot showers were a welcome relief after a day of activities. Overall, I would highly recommend the Well-Being Sanctuary to anyone looking for a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway. The staff was friendly and the glamping was very comfortable and beautiful. I can't wait to return!
Love this place. So very special! The serene beauty. I love the ethos and respect for the land. Thank you Mariette for being such a fantastic host.
Well Being sanctuary is exactly what the name describes, A sanctuary of sacred serenity and abundant simplicity where Mother Nature gifts a beautiful balance of Earth, water, fire and air. My soul is nourished, revived and inspired after being there every time.
Wonderful serene place to get away from it all and connect with nature - and yourself. Glamping accommodation that is clean and comfortable and caters for every need. Off the beaten path but close enough to civilisation. Beautiful walking paths through indigenous forest, breathtaking views and insane sunsets. Ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. Enjoying fireside chats, SUP’ing on the river/ lake, horse riding and reading. Highly recommended!
Wow what a magical place! I’ve been here for a number of festival and even a wedding. It’s out of this world! The setting of the wedding ceremony overlooking the vast lake with the sun setting in the distance over the lake was magical and so romantic. It’s a fabulous setting for festivals too or even just for a break away week or weekend on your own or with family and friends. We loved swimming in the warm waters of the beautiful lake. The forest walks were enchanting! The facilities are great and the service of the team there is excellent, responsive and friendly. I really recommend this place, it’s a hidden gem