Category Megan de Beyer


Keeping it simple & the discovery of a love exhibition

We planned the Khoi San Cave hike for Saturday 28th July but circumstances changed and we found ourselves simply enjoying being together again while taking a hike along the Grenadendal river. It meandered into the most beautiful gorge while a deep blue sky hung overhead and we were warmed by the sun. Lawisson took up […]

Education in the Garden of Eden

Eco-Ed in the Garden of Eden

We met with Eco-Ed, a group who run nature based education programmes for children in the forests between the village of Knysna and the town of Plettenberg Bay. We wanted to share ideas and discover how and why they run their lessons and in particular do they successfully engage with adolescents from different ethnic groups. […]

Rap and gifts in action

The night market is an informal gathering outside Via’s restaurant in the main road of Greyton intended to bring the community joyfully together in a night of delicious healthy food as well as to raise awareness about Transition Towns. This Friday night the 6th July Joseph lovingly played guitar and Charles and I decided to […]

Megan mind-mapping

Fundraising and tree-planting

Mind maps and fundraising An opportunity arose for the Eco-crew to sing their Eco-rap song at the night market at Via’s in Greyton. This Friday night! Charles decided that a part of creative leadership skills could involve fund raising and that it is an important skill for the group to learn. After brain storming possibilities […]

Group pulling aliens

An Alien Adventure

What we did and how it happened… Today was a turn around of the teenager’s energies and we all went home, as the sky was darkening- tired but satisfied. We spent the morning clearing alien tree species from the river bed (probably over 100) and then learnt how to mix nutritious soil for Spekboom and […]

Near sunset

Dissertation Frustration

Voicing some early frustrations of the Holistic Science thesis process. I wondered who else has gone through this. At Schumacher a visit to the snack room would have allowed me this dialogue. Now I just have a laptop in a hut on a farm…. One session with Phillip or Stephan would have short circuited this […]

Anthony has brought along another four people to join in the Eco-Crew

A night out singing with the Country Conquerors.

Song, celebration and a message unite Since Marshall, our medicine plant guide, and Rian, the permaculture-green-finger-expert, are both members of the Country Conquerors, the teen’s ‘Eco rap’ song soon reached their ears. This is in a way, a romantic story of how the love of the land and all things green blends it’s way into […]


Experiencing the first lesson plan at Emil Weder high school

Today we began our ‘class’ with the adolescents and the immediate difficulties were evident. The school was very disorganised being their last week of term and students had little to do and most were in the hall watching DVDs. Why start a new ‘course’ when you can just hang out? From the original Grade 10 […]


Ecological awareness programme beginnings….

THE ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME This is a programme for a peer group of adolescents from Emil Weder School in Genadendal near Greyton SA. We met with the Geography teacher and the Principal who were fully supportive of such a programme (if it did not use up school class time.) Charles and I met with Helene […]


BACKGROUND   Greyton is a unique multicultural village in the Overberg, South Africa and is one of the first registered Transition towns in South Africa.  Charles, Joseph and I have embarked on a collaborative dissertation, applying the skills and knowledge that have nourished us during our Holistic Science MSc course at Schumacher College. I came […]


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