IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WORKSHOP CLOSED TILL JANUARY 2022
There have been a number of extremely exciting developments with our workshop and lives! If you follow us on Facebook you will know that we have moved to the most beautiful part of the world. Our home is now on a mountain next to a lake and we could not be more delighted!
We have to pause our workshop while we move and settle - There is more to the story please keep reading to find out more.
Somewhere in the middle of the COVID-19 turbulence Nicole and I had a notion that we wanted to make a change.
We have always loved the idea of a simpler life. A life that recognises and is grateful for the abundance that we are blessed with. A life that is more connected to the earth. A life that gives back to our community. A life that gives back to nature.
At some point in 2020, we put out the word that we were looking for some land to build our home on. We were guided to a very rural area next to a lake in Eastern Mpumalanga, near Barberton. We fell in love! We have negotiated some land and been granted permission to build.
BUT. The Vision has grown! We are blown away by this place and we cannot keep it to ourselves! We are building a lodge and retreat alongside our home and more than that, we are moving our entire bag making workshop here.
The bags have been the first step on our life's path and they remain integral to building our future. The next step is to take the bag making to the next level and to add the community element.
We have just secured government funding for machinery and so we will build a workshop here on the mountain. Funding has come in for 12 machines so that we can set up our workshop and train the local people to make the bags. We are aiming to employ and upskill the local community who are currently underserved and largely without prospects.
In order to get this up and running, we need some time to build the workshop and get the machines in place so we are stopping production until January 2022 to allow for this.
We are also offering a retreat for those of you who want to see what we are doing and participate/collaborate/ contribute your time to the vision of The Nyalungu Afrikan Retreat.