Greenpop to host their 8th annual Festival of Action at Wild Spirit Lodge on the Garden Route.
The 2019 Eden Festival of Action will be Greenpop’s 8th annual Festival of Action event. Hosted over three weeks from 22 to 29th of June, 30th June to 7th July and 7th July to 14th July 2019, the festival hosts high school students over the first two weeks of the program and adults in the third week. In 2018 the Festival of Action was hosted on the Garden Route for the first time, and the Festival is returning to this beautiful space to continue its work in the area after the devastation of the 2017 fires.
This year’s event will be hosted at Wild Spirit Lodge located near Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route. The area is surrounded by indigenous forests, pristine beaches and the mountains of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The location is a perfect place to take a break in nature and give back to the surrounding area which is still suffering after the effects of the wildfires that ravaged the area in 2017.
Every June and July, the Greenpop Festival of Action brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give-back and get active. Our vision for attendees is to create a space for personal growth and personal sustainability and to create an empowered, regenerative community. We want to equip guests to become custodians of the natural world. This year we plan to plant over 4500 indigenous trees; participate in much needed alien clearing; paint environmental murals in collaboration with communities; and attend workshops on sustainability. We believe in getting active (not anxious) about the future of our planet! We are on a mission to green communities with indigenous forest trees. Furthermore the indigenous trees will allow for the biodiversity and ecosystem services of the area to be increased. We aim to immerse attendees in this week long sustainability experience through our 8 pillars: Reforestation, Wellness, Plant-Based Eating, Permaculture, Personal Growth, Connection, Arts and Creation as well as Sustainability.
The Eden Festival of Action 2019 will be an opportunity for people to get involved with the global community, connect with sustainability leaders and build crucial leadership skills, all while furthering their knowledge about our environment. Our goal is to create a platform where current and future leaders can collaborate in searching for sustainable solutions together. Curating our programme for this year’s event will be Matthew Koehorst. Matthew of Six Kingdoms is eager to sink deep into the world of applied human ecology, working on projects that close our waste streams, increase our efficiency and allow us to reconnect with the ecosystems of this planet. The program will include reforestation within the Garden Route, alien clearing, biomimicry, permaculture, natural building, eco-enterprise, environmental mural painting and beekeeping. Attendees will also have time for hikes, nature immersion, quiz nights, movie evenings under the stars, listening to live music and connecting with like-minded people. There will also be free time to enjoy the venue and a day to enjoy all the incredible activities and nature that the Garden Route has to offer. Another aim of ours is to make this event as inclusive and accessible as possible. We want anyone to be able to come and change their world and become an active citizen no matter their background. Which is why thanks to the amazing support from Bitou Municipality, Knysna Municipality, Garden Route Initiative and Cape Nature we offer scholarship places for low income youth, as well as some (still available) sponsored tickets that will be offered to the public through a competition to be held soon.
22 -29 June 2019 = Youth Week 1
30 June – 7 July 2019 = Youth Week 2
7 – 14 July 2019 = Adult Week
Event page: Youth Weeks: http://bit.ly/2P7HFUd
Event page: Adult Week: https://bit/ly/2D2VNqk
Who is Greenpop
Greenpop is social enterprise on a mission to re-connect people with the planet. They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental education and activate people through green workshops and events. Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planeted over 100,000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools, other urban sites, community farms and forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees Greenpop is inspired by the hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our beautiful planet.
Phone: +27(0)21 461 9265