Self-Sufficiency

Thrive Courses


We offer personal one-on-one courses, tailored to your family. You tell us when you're visiting Hogsback and we will offer a personalised course based on the number of days you choose. Each day costs R300 per person, although children under 16 are free and encouraged to join as part of the experience. We can't offer accomodation at this point but a full, healthy gourmet lunch is included in the price. We typically start at 9am and end at 4pm.

Prepare & Grow

Anytime during late Winter, Spring, Early Summer

One cannot achieve personal health if you do not completely understand and prepare your soil. This is a hands-on, in-the-garden course which we can tailor for either the novice or experienced grower. Throughout the course you will learn integrated principles of permaculture, biodynamics, organic and regenerative methods.

Day One: Understanding healthy soil, and how to create and sustain it.
Day Two: Planting for optimum growth, companion planting etc.
Day Three: (if desired) Further info

P.S. Please bring pictures of your property with you to discuss and explore the best options for your own needs.

Prepare & Grow

Harvest & Process

Anytime during Summer or Autumn

Much of the fun of growing is in the eating. This is a hands-on, in-the-garden and kitchen course, which we can tailor for either the novice or experienced grower and chef. Throughout the course you will learn integrated principles of permaculture, biodynamics, organic and regenerative methods.

Day One: Harvesting, Processing & Storing Food
Day Two: Matching Your Menu to your Garden
Day Three: (if desired) Further info

P.S. Mothers and daughters may prefer sharing this course together, while father and son explore Hogsback's forests, learn how to chop wood, build cord-wood housing with us etc. Alternatively, perhaps fathers may prefer the kitchen while mom prefers to handle the axe. Either way, we will make a plan for the utmost enjoyment and learning experience.

Harvest & Process

The Elements

Experience Hogsback Life

This is a one-day meditative, experiential course, where we explore and awaken our senses to Nature's elements. Start by exploring the light of the sun, and how it is vital to all plant and animal life. Moving to the earth, we experience Mother Nature with all our senses.

Water is next, the vital veins of our planet. Fire provides us with our lunch, after which we explore air and the role it plays. Lastly, we end the day with a brief meditation, focused on sound and the vibration of life itself.

This is a practical hands-on experience, and we will be taking you around Hogsback visiting special sites. Backed by solid science and understanding, helping you to make sense of your place in the world.

Water Harvesting

Design Your Own Course

Tell us what you want to know and we will create the course for you.

Whilst all our courses are customised around each participant's needs, this specific course is focused only on you. You tell us in advance what you need to know and we will revert with a course design, timeline and proposed cost. Pay what you can afford and get the exact results you want!

Design Your Own