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PDC Blog: Day 13

The last day of the course.

I woke up at the crack of dawn and went out to catch the morning light and take some (hopefully better) photo’s. The farm was covered in mist, which slowly dissipated as time went by.

Wild Olive farm, covered in mist

I visited Hazel's veggie garden, still amazed at how it's alive with colour and life.

Mandala garden is an oasis of green

Thriving Mandala beds

Bokkie in the Mandala garden

My faithful companion, Bokkie followed me everywhere, both of us enjoying each other’s company tremendously. I reflected on how much I was going to miss farm life!

Swing under trees in garden


Passing by Karen's flower bed I took some pictures of her roses and the always dramatic bird-of-paradise (sometimes known as crane) flower.


South Africa's bird-of-paradise

Then I found myself drawn back to the Wild Olives, where our Biodynamic Prep had been enthusiastically sprayed.

Wild olives

Meandering along the river, I spotted a tiny bird perched against the backdrop of the river, and the sign for the Farm Kitchen, showing wanderers such as myself, the way to breakfast.

Goukou River

Bird perched on reeds at Goukou river

Farm Kitchen Sign, Wild Olive Farm

Wild Olive farm house

For breakfast, Avice had made fresh curd to eat with fruit salad.

Avice Hindmarch makes fresh curd

After breakfast, we played a game where we split into two’s, sharing a rope between us. Forming a circle with the ropes laid out over each other on the grass, we then picked up the rope and went underneath and around each other, tying ourselves into a gigantic tangled web. Then we had to untangle ourselves!

PDC group plays game


Somehow managing to untangle ourselves, we went inside and sat in a circle, everyone taking a turn to say what the course meant to them. Emotions ran high – for some of us it was a dream come true, for others a transformative experience, and I knew we’d all go on to make a difference to this world.

We then got a piece of paper, which we stuck to our backs and forming a chain, everyone took a turn to write a small message on each other’s backs.

It was hard to put into a few words what each person brought to the course, from humour to insight, knowledge to spirituality, and we’d formed meaningful connections and friendships. We then met inside to receive our certificates, a bittersweet moment as we now we knew the course was finally over.

Presenting Avice and Hazel with a plant to remind them of us, their first PDC course graduates, we packed up our things and said our final goodbyes. It was a last farewell to my mom as I’d be going back to Cape Town and flying to Dubai in a few days.

But I knew I’d be coming back to South Africa soon, as the last destination on our Dubai to Cape Town overland trip, and I’d visit Wild Olive again. So it’s never goodbye, just “au revoir” (till we meet again).

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