Prof Graeme Addison 084 245 2490
Karen Addison 082 475 8767


We are three kilometres from Parys on the NorthWest bank of the Vaal.

What to bring

  • Laptop and/or smartphone
  • Pen, paper, thinking cap
  • Clothing for hot and/or rainy and cool days
  • Camera, binoculars if wanted for outings below


We continue to observe mask wearing and social distancing indoors. As our place has lots of space for outdoor conferencing we will try to keep inconvenience to the minimum, making use of nature’s own classroom.

Meals and refreshments

Due to Covid we cut back on all catering and refreshments. However, we will now provide teas morning and afternoon. Everything else is self catered except the optional braai on the Tuesday evening, 8 February.


Both meat and a vegetarian option can be catered for. We do not do vegan, Banting or any special medicinal catering. The cost of the braai is R125per head including a soft drink and/or a glass of wine. On the first morning at registration we will take orders for the braai. We’d like to encourage everyone to be there for the chats which are sure to be fascinating.


There is always time in the early morning or late afternoon to do something active. Exercise is good for the brain cells. Talk to Karen in Reception about various options outlined below. There are small charges for canoes, and access to private land on hikes, but we’ll be happy to guide you free.

What to expect in the workshop

Workshops are held in the Heron’s Nest conference room, with breakaway areas in the surrounding gardens and under lapas. Short instructional talks are followed by exercises and discussion. There is free Wifi in the Heron’s nest although it’s not all that fast as it comes off satellite. Mobile connectivity is fair to good. In the evenings you should review the day’s outcomes and perhaps work on your own project ideas.

Diversions morning and evening can include:

  • short talk and hike into the Vredefort Dome (world’s oldest and largest meteorite impact site, a Unesco World Heritage site)
  • canoeing on the river among wilderness islands
  • forest walks
  • chilling out beside the pool!
  • rafting at weekends
  • Book at the office

Getting out into nature is one way to break writer’s block!