Plein air landscape painting of Western Cape scenery by artist Niël Jonker | Contemporary South African art | Artisan baking with sourdough.

Niël Jonker

Discover your self-expression;
Commit your body as nature;
Renew your daily practice rhythm.

Welcome to Niël Jonker's new series of interactive workshops that fill the ongoing need for experiential learning through sharing. Building on the well-known Sourdough Experience which has been running monthly (!) for ten years now, wow! Congratulations to dough! Read more about this two-day immersion below, (I should start a writing course on exclamation marks!!!) and the exciting new inclusions.

Franschhoek workshop - Earth & Sky - intro landscape painting outdoors

Short introductory workshops

Earth & Sky - intro landscape painting outdoors

Brand new is the three hour introduction workshop into outdoor oil painting and the second event is fully booked, wahoo!

Observation skills, within and without, are ignited as we remind ourselves that we are nature, and practice landscape painting in oils outdoors with economy.

For beginners and experienced artists alike, together we find our gifts and leave recharged for maintaining ongoing practice.

13 February, Franschhoek, FULLY BOOKED: Earth and Sky - Introduction to outdoor landscape oil painting.

19 February, Stanford, OPEN: Earth and Sky - Introduction to outdoor landscape oil painting.

March dates will be set shortly.

Cost is R450, and I travel for group bookings of six to eight participants.

Two-day experiences

Earth & Sky - immersion landscape painting outdoors

As above, but more thorough, this immersion leaves you committed to maintaining practice. Four four-hour sessions that establishes the rhythm of steady observation, feeling, and a light committed touch.

Wednesday, Thursday 10, 11 April 2019, Baardskeerdersbos, Earth and Sky (paint)

Earth & Fire - immersion into sculpture

Alternating is clay sculpture, where you get your hands dirty and kick off your shoes around the fire in the forest at Baardskeerdersbos, this includes making clay and fire-pit firing.

Wednesday, Thursday 6, 7 March 2019, Baardskeerdersbos, Earth and Fire (clay)

artisan breadmaking workshop

The Sourdough Bread Making Experience

This fun yet thorough workshop emphasizes the benefits of slow fermentation, wholegrain ingredients, and process consciousness.
An advanced understanding of bread-making’s core principles are covered while apprenticing in a fully functional artisan bake-house. Novices and experienced bakers are catered for equally.

Friday, Saturday 22, 23 February 2019 BONUS: Free Restoring Rhythms included.
Friday, Saturday 29, 30 March 2019
Friday, Saturday 24, 25 May 2019
Friday, Saturday 28, 29 June 2019
Friday, Saturday 26, 27 July 2019
Friday, Saturday 30, 31 August 2019

Group bookings with alternative dates are considered gladly.

The venue is on my stoep in Baardskeerdersbos, a little hamlet about two hours from Cape Town. The brick oven (3x2m) on the stoep is generous, yet there is limited space in the bakehouse.

The rate is R2200 and a 50% deposit is required at least 14 days in advance.
Special rates are considered for those with a good story.

The first day starts at 08h00 with hands getting dirty immediately. Although we manage to fit in a pizza party, the baking has been known to continue into the night. On the second day we deliver bread to the village market where we meet at 09h00 before continuing the programme.

While the Friday is a baptism by fire where hands are thrust into the dough immediately, Saturday is about revision and and ownership of your practice. All in all, an immersive experience.

Four-day immersions

Restoring Rhythms

This retreat will leave you recharged for top performance with a revolutionary approach to moving in your world.

Co-hosted by movement specialist Andre Oelofse; neurobiologist Dr. Lauria Rauch; health consultant Dr Julienne Fenwick; health chef Nicola Cunnignham; and myself throwing flour around the room.

27 February - 2 March 2019, Wolwengat
13 - 16 March 2019, Wolwengat

Please note that this retreat is currently under construction with free guinea pig sessions announced at random.

Feel free to email me any of your questions.

Confucius or someone famously said:
'I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.'

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Interesting Links

Beachcomber Guide

African Relish
African Relish is a Recreational Cooking School and a member of the ICTA (International Culinary Tourism Association), set in the Karoo town of Prince Albert.

Some years ago I stayed at the Scott household and apprenticed to oven building jobs, worked in nearby bakeries, and collected some of my best breadmaking memories ever!

Aphrodisiac Shack:
Born out of a passion for food and the art of Chacuterie this small concern with a family sized staff compliment are putting in place training programmes for their staff by working alongside the Fair- trade Organisation.

Eureka Mills:
High-quality, locally-produced premium stone ground flour. No additives, preservatives or chemicals. Naturally rich in fibre, wholesome and nutritious.

Platbos Forest:
The bread-bakkie´s carbon footprint is off-set by expanding the nearby Platbos Forest. An ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa: Offset your carbon footprint by sponsoring the planting of trees at Platbos Forest.