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Enrich yourself at the Swellendam Winter School

Posted By Admin Staff / May 7, 2019 / 6 Comments

Something remarkable is happening –
and you can be part of it!

The 2019 Swellendam Winter School
is ready to help you become your best self


Swellendam Winter School


The Swellendam area is a beautiful one. It is rich in history, heritage, nature, and opportunities for action and adventure. There are many fascinating stories to be told and heard, many quirky characters to meet, and many exceptionally beautiful sites to visit. The municipal area stretches from Barrydale down to the coastal area at Infanta, so there is a vast expanse to explore and discover.

What could be better than staying in such a stunning area, and, at the same time, enriching yourself with knowledge or new skills, developing your creative instincts, or peacefully reflecting and renewing your spirit?

That’s where the Swellendam Winter School comes into play.




If the natural world is your thing, some of the specialist plant courses are incredible. You can learn about fynbos, aloes, and herbs from qualified experts. Organic vegetable gardening and “Green Interactions” might also appeal to you. You can go walking in a local game farm with a ranger who will take you on a journey of discovery from the smallest creature and plant, to the tallest of wild creatures, the giraffe.




This is the world of motorbikes, car maintenance, rock climbing, and even taking part in a rock school. These courses offer a very different type of experience.




While some are in their leathers exploring their inner beast – others may find exploring their inner soul more rewarding. This is done in some of the meditative courses, such as pilates, core breathing techniques, the art of ageing, and Horse Human Harmony.




For those of you who would like to give your creative instincts a chance to blossom, the arts courses on offer are fantastic. You can explore clay with internationally-renowned potters, learn the intricacies of botanical art, and the incredible detail of Mandala painting. Join a fun ‘painting together’ group or attend the beginners’ art workshop. A choice of photography and creative writing courses are being taught by professionals, well known in their fields.





Home crafts, such as décor tips, paint techniques, crochet and knitting, and fabric printing are all opportunities to upskill yourself in a fun environment. Maybe you would like to have fun in the kitchen learning to make traditional South African foods? What about making jams and preserves, and bread the old fashioned way? There are even tea blending and cheese making classes to explore!




Do something you have never done before! Maybe some of you have encountered critical thinking courses before – but if not, the mentoring, thinking, and goal setting courses can challenge to you to re-think your thinking!




One of the most attractive aspects of this initiative is the opportunity to make new friends and connections. Couples travelling together can each take a course that appeals to them as individuals and compare notes over dinner. For single people – what a great chance to make new friends, knowing that the people on your course are interested in the same things as you!




You will leave Swellendam with a changed heart. You will have fallen in love with the town, the surroundings, the food, and the people. This is an absolute guarantee.




The Swellendam Winter School, an initiative dreamed up by resident John Paisley, is the result of bringing to life an extraordinary and unprecedented cooperation between all community members.

Swellendam is full of gifted artists, talented musicians, creative writers, enthusiastic hobbyists, crazy adventurers, knowledgeable experts, inspiring entrepreneurs, and meditation muses. Somehow John, with a small team, pulled everyone together and created a unique and exciting project.

Over 50 midweek courses will be running from June to end of August.  The courses are either 3 or 5 days, and if you sign up for a course your package includes:  tuition, materials, excursions, refreshments and lunches during the course All you have to do is get yourself to Swellendam. 

The Swellendam Winter School has made arrangements with some of the superb accommodation establishments to offer discounts and special packages to anyone who makes a direct booking and quote Swellendam Winter School on booking. Some of the excellent restaurants in town will also be offering special prices to ‘students’ on the courses.


You can find details of all of the courses and accommodation
on the Swellendam Winter School website HERE.

We highly recommend early booking as class sizes are small.



Early Bird Discount – Book and pay before 30 May
to receive a 10% discount on course fees!



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  • Amy Trevorrow
    May 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Love to be part of this lot

    • Marilynh
      May 9, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Looks like it will be great fun, Amy. Are you planning on going?

      Regards, YEI

  • Isabel van der Hoven
    May 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    How can I see the full program? Also accommodation suggestions.I am especially interested in the Creative Writing course. I am a pensioner.

    • Marilynh
      May 13, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Hi Isabel

      Amanda from the Swellendam Winter School has very kindly put up the full prospectus with courses and prices.


      Warm regards

  • Amanda Shackley
    May 11, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    here is a link to the Prospectus, with an overview of all the courses and prices. https://indd.adobe.com/view/21080e90-5223-44e0-919c-596ca7ae9c28

    • Marilynh
      May 13, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Amanda!

      YEI members – this is going to be a memorable winter school!

      Regards, YEI

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