WILDWAYS is a Nature Connection and Awareness programme based on the acclaimed 8Shields approach and teachings of the Wilderness Awareness School.

This Youth Day programme has been designed for parents with children of ages 6-13.

We will introduce techniques and activities that aim to awaken the authentic joy innate to childhood when in connection with our natural selves and the community of life around us. Awareness of our shared surroundings is naturally expanded by igniting delight, curiosity and simply allowing ourselves to be fully there... and play!

Parents are first given an overview to the core philosophy and practices, and are then free to join the children in games or have time for themselves, as they wish. Children may be divided into smaller groups, depending on the ages and numbers of participants on the day.


About the team (see pic below)

Daniel has worked with the Waldorf schools running sports and outdoor camps, and nature connection programmes based on the teachings of the Wilderness Awareness School.

Jess is a PS Waldorf teacher, semi-retired into motherhood and integrating a deep love and knowledge for Waldorf teaching with outdoor schooling

Matt is an outdoor educator, nature connection (“be.wilder”) facilitator, and co-founder of the Masiyembo Association which invites us to “remember our roots” in nature.

They will be joined by Rein Buyze of Call of the Wild camps, a Cape Town based branch of Nature Lore 


Dan, Jess & Matt

Date & Time

16th June, 9:30am - 3:30pm


Olifantskloof Farm, Uplands (20min outside of Plett, past Wittedrift enroute to Prince Alfred Pass)

High clearance vehicles (at least 60mm off the ground) are needed to get to the farm, so do life share if needed, even if just from the farm gate. 


R250 per child, R150 for siblings

(includes breadsticks and small veggie stew on the fire)

Group Size

12 Minimum / 30 Maximum


Outdoor, earthy forest colours, hats, shoes

What to Bring

  • Day pack
  • Healthy snacks 
  • Water bottle 
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming gear (no sunscreen in our dam please)
  • An open curiosity! 

(Please keep cell phones off and away during our time together)

Fitness Level

Little to moderate


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