Friday, 17 May 2013


All Nations R & R

28  young people (mostly German) came to Fynbos for a weekend of rest and recuperation in between their outreach work in Ocean View. They are part of All Nations which is a family of churches working together worldwide . The movement has a strongly evangelical mission which coincides with outreach programs among the poor.  The particular group that came here took a weekend off between their hard work building a school in Ocean View. They swam and played football and rested and ate and left in high spirits

We are here for a leadership and decipleship training of which part is a practical outreach to Ocean view. We came here to get some rest and we are overwhelmed by the hospitality of Fynbos
This is exactly what we needed. The food was wonderful and the spirit of Fynbos inspiring

Transformation workshop

A group of 9 participants came to Fynbos for a Transformation weekend of meditation and plant wisdom. They had a lovely energy and we were delighted to have them here.

This was a perfect place for our work. We will be back. Fabian 

Young in Prison (YIP)

11 participants from around South Africa came together  for a teambuilding and to plan strategy for the next three years.

Young in Prison is a global organisation founded by Noa Lodeizen from Netherlands in 2002. The first Young in Prison project was started in Pollsmoor Prison, in Cape Town and later expanded to other projects in the Western Cape and Gauteng.  South African YIP works in partnership with similar organisations in Colombia and Malawi.

YIP’s global vision is that wherever children and youth (14-25years) are incarcerated, they are at risk of becoming career criminals. Siyakhana is a holistic program which targets four intervention levels, to ensure that young people in conflict with the law are rehabilitated and reintegrated in a manner that will ensure that they do not return to a life of crime. 

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As a team this was an ideal location for us. We had peaceful surroundings and ample space for all the activities planned. The accommodation was comfortable, and there was a feeling of home away from home. This allowed the team to connect with each other. We will be back nex year. Thank you Diana and johan for providing such a lovely place. Tarisai (Organiser) 

Food Security Retreat

This was a 3 day  retreat for members of the Southern Africa food laboratory to create a platform for dialogue towards the goal of increased food security. The food  lab  brings people together across the food value chain, who wouldn’t normally talk to each other.  In other words, all the way from farmer to consumer, and including the manufacturing ,processing and packaging industries, as well as government policy makers. 

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We were beautifully looked after, fed delicious meals, and were in a peaceful and lovely natural environment condusive to the work, and to formulating what needs to be done.
Rebecca Freeth (Facilitator)  
Thank you so much for hosting us for the SAFL retreat.  Your farm was a very beautiful and peaceful environment to tackle some heavy issues and I will certainly be back in a private capacity.  
Abigail Harper 

Agricultural Union Vineyard Study group  

The Vineyard Study Group came to Fynbos for a braai lunch following one of their vineyard inspections in the area.

Evaluation of a National health insurance pilot study.

A small group from different parts of the country held a research workshop at Fynbos analysing the evaluation of  a pilot referral system between clinics and  hospitals in Kwazulu-Natal. They hope to provide a model which can assist in making national health insurance more efficient.

This is the second time we have used this venue, and as before, found  it a marvellous place to think clearly.  As before we felt wonderfully looked  after.  Ingrid Obery (Facilitator)

Laughter and forgetfulness

We provided wine at an exhibition of painting by our friend Lynden Page at a small gallery in Woodstock. Lynden is a South African who lives part of the year in Scotland and part of the year here. She is involved in printmaking, drawing and painting, and more recently, running art classes for children in the townships. For more info on Lynden and her work, see

Department of Agriculture Empowerment for Emerging Farmers

This group worked for some days in this part of the world, basing itself at Fynbos and then going out each day intothe field.

Thank you. After the hectic training fynbos gave us the rest we needed to relax and the care was excellent. Klaas-jan leeuw
Great hospitality and friendliness. Moses Ratsaka
I engaged with the natue of God and enjoyed the fresh air. Millicent Motalakgotha
Peaceful quiet environment, great meals, fresh air ! What more can one want !

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