Niel Jonker

Monthly workshop in Baardskeerdersbos

This fun yet thorough experience 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 24, 25 June
Friday Saturday 23, 24 September
Friday Saturday 28, 29 October
Friday Saturday 25, 26 November
And then Friday, Saturday at the end of every other month that follows. Group bookings on other dates are also most welcome.

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.

For apprenticeships the rate is R2500 and a 50% deposit is required at least 14 days in advance.
Bank details: Nedbank; Branch code 198765; Acc. No. 1626010331;
please email proof of payment to
Special rates are considered for those with a good story.

Upon confirmation you will receive notes that are best studied before the workshop, while practicing any basic baking.Bake simple recipes at home and experiment in order to benefit from and enjoy the workshop optimally. If you have taken part in some of my online classes or the Sourdough course, this will be a revision of that material plus learning about the wood-fired process and more hands-on experience while eating and having a good time out.

Confucius said :
‘I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.’

Those not wishing to rush off will not be disappointed by the many remote and unpopulated beaches of this unspoiled coastline.
Other nature-based experiences in the area over the weekend include hiking, trail runs, mountain biking, etc. as well as the Stanford and Elim wine routes (some may be temporarily closed).
Please note there is no ATM in the village. Petrol and diesel is available at the general dealer.

How to get there:

Drive the tarred R43 via Gansbaai. Don’t just trust Google maps that takes one on a seemingly endless (yet scenic) gravel route.


In Baardskeerdersbos village:

Eva’s garden room, 071 644 4001

Near Baardskeerdersbos, safe and in nature, private self-catering units a short drive away:

Murasie, Leana 0723413822,

Rusthof, Christa,, 0823007294,

Tierfontein rondawel, Liz, 0833068882,

Coastal, within 30 minutes:

Whalehuys, De Kelders , Bruce 0738716723,