a tropical learning environment is under construction. Due to Corona, kick off 1st Edition is postponed till further notice!


Plantation School is a cross cultural learning environment.

We encourage to stimulate the creative process to connect our participants with the local way of life on Zanzibar, like:
Handcraft, fishing, music, spirituality, nature and sealife.

Plantation School makes you aware of your cultural similarities in both your personal and the local identity but celebrate its differences.

Through experimentation and reflection Plantation School raises questions about daily life in a tropical environment which have to be explored during a two week residency. Plantation School kick-off will start with a maximum of 8 participants.

Who Can participate?

Everyone who is acting in the cultural field or in the field of Art and Design, who is preparing for graduation, who just graduated, who just got a grant… or not! And of course for all people who like to get a new experience.

Plantation School participants are surprised makers, engaged thinkers, contageous storytellers, vulnerable creators and touching explorers.They don’t go with the flow but observe, they raise questions and generate ideas, open up new perspectives.

Do you seek for this adventurous environment?
Do you need fresh input to create new work?
Do you like to exchange knowledge?


Register for Plantation School now!


Plantation School is located on the beautiful Western side of the island of Zanzibar, close to the village of Muyuni and Pete Inlet Bay that watches over Uzi Island. The plantation is partly in use and offers many different kinds of fruit and vegetables like: cassava, papaya, banana, coconut, mango, oranges and lemons and belongs to Pandu Nyonje. He’s Gambiani’s head of the village and Plantation School’s chief manager. He will be our host for two weeks.


Our Location


Each participant stays in a large tipi tent which guarantees full privacy to be able to sleep in stylish comfort. For the ultimate “Hemingway” experience the accommodation is equipped with a comfortable Zanzibarian handmade bed including mosquito net, a cosy washbasin and bedside table with oil lamp to be able to read a good book. The six-person tipi has a spacious internal feel with a large door for easy access to the ample living space. Flexible ventilation can be simply opened and closed from inside to control airflow.


The construction of the basic facilities have already started after our succesful crowdfunding campaign last December. All tent places are constructed with traditional coral concrete platforms. On the site there will be a functional kitchen building including a diner place and will be equipped according to the traditional standard of the Kiswahili art of cooking. Within this building there will be safe locker system to store valuable belongings and can be locked safely. Beside these buildings there will be two bathroom and toilet spaces with watertanks. The arena is situated under a big lovely overshadowed mango tree, where all participants come together to work, discuss and present their ideas. To complete your workshop day, watch the sun setting on our sundowner place accompanied with a cold drink to overthink all impressions and prepare for the mystical night.



Plantation School offers a tropical establishment where manufacturing or handicrafts are carried on according to traditional lifestyle and crafts of Zanzibar.

The workshops are especially focusing on daily life according to Swahili time and rhythm. Time that doesn’t match with our perception of the clock in the context of a 24 hour economy. Plantation School focuses on the experience of time according to ebb and flood tides on the island. It will infuence the dynamics and the daily habits we are used to.

The situation at Plantation School doesn’t supply luxury, au contraire, it’s going to be an experience to trigger the magical and natural characteristics of this beautiful culture with an adventurous touch.

In this context all participants are going to focus on their plan in the workshops of their choice after an exciting orientation week. Please read the workshops and time schedule and the registration terms below.

Workshops, Excursions and Cultural Activities


1. Furniture making

2. Drawing/ painting

3. Pottery making

4. Textile weaving/ screenprinting

5. Woodcarving

6. Cooking class

7. Carpet weaving

8. Traditional Tarab music



Marine life and Fishing

Seaweed plantation

Shaman visit

Spice tour

Traditional village tour

Architecture tour Stone Town

Cumbi cave tour

Coconut fibre rope making


Cultural activities

Music and dance

Sea side relaxation


Beamer presentations/ movie


Traditional wedding



Time Schedule

Time schedule – 12 – 27 October 2019  – “Kick Off First Edition” (with reservation)


Saturday 12. October arrivals. 2 Transports:

1 transport at 11.00h,

1 transport at 17.00h

From Zanzibar Stone Town airport to Plantation camp site Muyuni)

20.00h Introduction team

21.00h dinner


Sunday 13. October

10.00h – 11.00h Breakfast. Start welcoming all participants.

11.00h – 13.00h Introduction Orientation week. Tour on the campsite.

13.30h – 15.30h Siësta

15.30h – 17.00h Introduction Specialisation week.

17.00h – 18.00h Q+A

18.00h – 21.00h Dinner

21.00h – 23.00h Relaxation

23.00h – Preparation Moonwalk

00.07h – 02.00h Full Moon beach walk


Monday 14. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Visit workshop Pottery

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 18.00h Preparations Beamer Presentations

18.00h – 20.00h Presentations participants 

21.00h – 23.00h Movie


Tuesday 15. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Visit workshop Textile Weaving/ Screenprinting

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 16.30h Departure Stone Town

16.30h – 18.30h Visit Music Academy Stone Town

19.00h – 20.00h Back to Plantation campsite

20.30h– 22.30h Dinner and sleep


Wednesday 16. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Spice Tour (collecting spice for Friday)

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 19.00h Visit workshop Woodcarving Stone Town

19.30h – 22.00h Relaxation at Livingstone Beach Restaurant

22.00h – 23.00h Plantation camp site


Thursday 17. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 09.30h To Stone Town

09.30h – 12.30h Visit workshop Drawing/ Painting

12.30h – 13.30h Prepare lunch

14.30h – 18.00h Sea side Zen

19.00h – 21.00h Dinner

21.00h– 22.00h Evaluation and reflection


Friday 18. October

07.00h – 08.00h Breakfast

08.00h – 13.00h Visit workshops Carpet weaving and furniture making

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 19.00h Traditional Cooking Lessons

19.30h – ? Big Dinner and Dance party with Tarab musicians and other guests


Saturday 19. October

No program until 17.00h

18.00h – 20.00h Visit Shaman

21.00h – ? ‘Die heart’ Night Fishing


Sunday 20. October

07.00h – 08.00h Breakfast

08.00h – 14.00h Marine Life

15.00h – 16.00h Introduction Specialisation Week

16.00h – 18.00h Selection groups workshops

18.30h – 20.30h Dinner/ Chill


Monday 21. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Start workshop of choice

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 18.30h Visit traditional village and Storytelling

19.30h – 21.30h Dinner and Evaluation


Tuesday 22. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Start workshop of choice

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 18.30h Bush walk and visit Cumbi Cave

19.30h – 21.30h Dinner and Evaluation


Wednesday 23. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Start workshop of choice

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 18.30h Visit Coconut fibre rope skipping proces

19.30h – 21.30h Dinner and Evaluation


Thursday 24. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Start workshop of choice

13.30h – 15.30h Lunch & Siësta

15.30h – 18.30h Tour Architecture in Stone Town

19.30h – 21.30h Dinner and Evaluation


Friday 25. October

07.30h – 08.30h Breakfast

08.30h – 13.00h Start workshop of choice

13.30h – 15.00h Lunch & Siësta (confirmation return flight tickets)

15.00h – 18.00h Evaluations

19.30h – 00.00h Dinner & Dance Party


Saturday 26 . October. Departures. 2 Transports.

1 transport at 03.00h,

1 transport at 12.00h

From Plantation camp site Muyuni to Zanzibar Stone Town airport)

Sunday 27. October

Departure on this day from Plantation camp site to Zanzibar airport at own costs


More details to be announced soon.


Our professional and multifunctional team is explicitly composed to make your Plantation School activities and accommodation
an unforgettable experience.

Marcel van Kan

Founder – Tutor

My individual practice has formed and grew from diverse experiences as independent artist as well as working with artists and designers as educator, coach and consultant. Currently my research is focused on the development of Oasis & Lagoon. The initiative is founded in 2014 by artist/project developer Cathelijne Engelkes and artist/educator Marcel van Kan. Our practice aims to research and debate the contemporary meaning of well-being through site-specific workshops, study trips and collaborative projects.


Danny Netto

Founder – Tutor

Since 1985 I have been concentrating as an artist on painting and drawing. I am also a passionate photographer.
I  try to focus on the originality of people, objects and surroundings. In doing so, I regularly integrate symbolic meanings in my work. Since 1998 I am traveling to Zanzibar, Tanzania on regular basis. I consider the South of the island as my second home.
Many of my paintings and drawings are created on Zanzibar. The Kishuahili culture always fascinates me in my creative proces.


Pandu Nyonje

Chief Manager Plantation School

Pandu is born and raised on Zanzibar. He is a personal friend and humorous care father for his immediate environment. He holds the status and position of “chief” and has an enormous know how influence on the cultural, political, economic and logistical infrastructure and development of Mfumbwi and Jambiani. He is Plantation School’s landlord.

Hassan Nyonje

Assistant Manager

Hassan, studied business information technology at Zanzibar university. He has professional ideas based on tourism and social cultures. He is well known with the economic structures and possibilities of his country to create commercial trading networks for both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
His ambition is to draw attention for tourism in promoting traditions and Kiswahili cultures in all aspect and to blend them with the tourist development on Zanzibar.

Fatima Nyonje

Chief Cook

Mr. Joshi


Mr. Kudura

Plantation Cook and Gardener

Hamid Mzale

Campsite Host

Mr. Bukela

Head of Security

Mr. Thomas

Head of Security

Aysha Nyonje

Cleaning Services


Cleaning Services

Ibrahim & Maulid

Allround Campsite Assisitants

Mr. Ibrahim Nyonje

Administration Officer

admission fee and registration

Registration and admission fee

Admission fee: €1250,-

Please note that admission fee doesn’t include flight ticket.

Payment Terms

First deposit € 500,-. This sum confirms your participation and is non-refundable. Deadline payment before 26. July 2019.

Second deposit € 750,-. Deadline payment before Thursday 12. September 2019.

(The admission fee includes accommodation, meals, transport from/ to airport, from/to location Plantation School and shipping all produced work at Plantation School).

How to register?

Please send your basic plan (max 150 words) including the following information as PDF:

  • Short motivation
  • 5 images of your work
  • short updated CV


Applications are registered in the order in which they come in.

Contact, registration and bank account details

Marcel van Kan
Telephone: +31(0)6 45546205


ING Bank

Mr. M.J.M. van Kan

NL67 INGB 0001 8427 84



Daniel Netto
Telephone: +49 176 78635710


DKB Deutsche Kreditbank AG

attn. Herrn Daniel Netto

IBAN: DE73 1203 0000 1064 4295 80



Important information you need to know

Travel Documents

Passport, at least 1 year validity is required. Medical passport is optional (not obligatory)


All participants must be sufficiently insured for civil liability with regard to third parties and damage to buildings, as well have a travel, theft, health – and accident insurance.


The regulations of relevant participants’ liability insurance associations should be observed. accepts no liability for damage, theft, loss, injury, health or accidents caused to a tenant or his or her properties, irrespective of the cause.

Hospital and health care

In case of emergency related to health, there’s a hospital in Stonetown called: Tasakhtaa hospital.

Please check all info’s:
Telephonenumber: +255 242 232341


January and February are months with most active sun hours with an average of 10 hours a day. Sufficient sun protection is required.

Malaria prevention and other vaccination

Preventive Malaria medication is required. All other vaccination please consult your local doctor or hospital.

For preventive care:

  • Malaria mosquitoes are only active after sunset. Take care of clothes with long sleeves and legs.
  • Try to avoid pools of water. Those are a breeding ground for malaria mosquitoes. 

For more info, check the World Health Organization: or
Centers for disease Control and Prevention:


Plantation School provides you with drinking water from bottles. There’s a professional water well we use for other purposes.


Be informed about your own risks in terms of food allergies, intolerances. Don’t forget to tell us well in time if there are vegetarians or people with food allergies.

Currency and Payments

Zanzibar currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), which was being exchanged at a rate of around €1 = TZS2492 or USD1 = TZS2232 in May 2017.

At the beach resorts, US dollars or euros are accepted but at a bad exchange rate. Best is to exchange some euro or dollars in Stone Town (best rates are given for 50 and 100 notes). US dollar notes printed before 2004 will not be accepted!

Exchange bureaus will often have better exchange rates than banks. Compare!

One ATM is outside the arrivals hall on Zanzibar airport, however, it is mostly out of service. Other ATMs are only in Stone Town. Please note: There are NO ATMs outside Stone Town, not even at tourist centers like Nungwi! The ATMs usually have a maximum withdrawal of Tzs 400,000. If you need more, use your credit card on different ATMs. Credit cards are only accepted by the larger hotels and a few stores in Stone Town – usually with a surcharge of 5%. Travelers cheques are not accepted in Zanzibar.


The campsite will be guarded by security. All valuable goods will be kept in a guarded vault.



Zanzibar Airport Authority:

The international airport located is large and has daily flights connecting it to the mainland by Kenya Air, Auric Air, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and Costal Aviation.


Ferries operate from Dar es Salaam several times per day and service the main port in the Stone Town section of Zanzibar City. Transit to Zanzibar happens by plane or boat, most likely departing from Dar Es Salaam. The plane takes half an hour. The ferry is cheaper and can be a far more pleasant experience. The high-speed boats run four times a day each way, take about two hours, and a ticket will run you less than half of what it costs to fly.


The easiest way to get around the island is via a taxi cab. They can be found at the airport and all major hotels. If you are staying in a guest house, most provide a list of telephone numbers. Taxis are not metered and the price is agreed to before the journey. Renting a driver for a full day runs about $100 USD.

Bike & Scooters

If you are looking for an easy way to maneuver the roads around the island, try renting a bicycle or a scooter.  The roads are flat and follow the coastline so it’s an easy ride via bike. It also is much easier to navigate the busy streets and you don’t have to have a special license to ride one.  For vespa, scooter, or motorcycle rentals, you must have an endorsement if you don’t have an international driver’s license.

Public Transport

There is no official public transportation in Zanzibar but there are many ways to get around easily and cheaply.  Locals use a Dala Dala, an openair truck with seats that’s very crowded but cheap. Mini-buses are available; you can get timetables at the hotels or if you are a larger group book one for a private tour. Dhows are small fishing boats that can be hired to take people to deserted beaches, however they’re not regulated for safety.

Car Rental

Renting a car is fairly easy and they deliver, for a price, to your location. You must have an international driver’s license or get an endorsement before driving. Police have checkpoints around the island so make sure everyone driving has documentation. If you only want a day tour, consider renting a taxi or minibus to drive you around.

Swahili time

Time-keeping is initially confusing, but actually makes a lot of sense. In Swahili culture, people start counting time at sunrise rather than at midnight, which means that 7 a.m. Western time is one o’clock in the morning Swahili time, and 7 p.m. is one o’clock at night. (This works because sunset and sunrise times are relatively constant year-round, since Zanzibar is so close to the equator.) A trick to decipher this code is to imagine drawing a line directly across a clock face: three becomes nine, four becomes ten. When arranging meeting times, it’s best to specify the time of day you’d like to meet—morning, afternoon, evening, night—that way, even if your numbers are off, chances are you’ll still connect.

Meet and greet

Swahili is an easy language to pick up, and the initial learning curve is quick. Learning just the basics will take you pretty far. Don’t assume the constant streetside attention from people is an attempt to sell you something, or trap you into taking some sort of tour—that does happen, but saying hello is also an important part of the local culture. The “Mambos” and “Jambos” are often just that, so it’s a good idea to say hello back. It might be initially overwhelming, but it’s nice to realize that so many strangers will take the time to acknowledge your presence and ask you about your day. (A “Shikamoo”, usually reserved for those you don’t know, your elders or superiors, is a respectful greeting that locals will appreciate.) Start learning basic Swahili now!

Go to course:


All (non-food) goods/ products/ art pieces produced within the workshop period not taken home by individual participants are going to be shipped by the organization of Plantation School after the workshop period is over (in consultation). We make use of carrier services like UPS, DHL, FedEx or other carrier service available on the island. All goods shipped from Zanzibar, take an average of three months before they arrive at destination. To secure and minimize breaking risk, all participants need to pack their own goods prepared for shipping. Plantation School will not hold liability for any risk based on wrong packaging. Insurance for damage is always available at own choice.

partners & funders

special thanks to ...

Lianne Engelkes, Jules van den Langenberg, NavNak Design (Roy van Kan), Oasis & Lagoon (Cathelijne Engelkes), Klaudia Schmeing, Gerd Telsemeyer,  Susanne Waltermann, Markus Werner, team Zanzibar, team, Dinie Besems, Sander Wassink, MAISON the FAUX, Jelle Mastenbroek, Ted Noten,  Ju Walter, Benedikt Fischer, Staring Back At Me (Edith van Kan), Sjoukje Bierma,   buro BELÉN, Frederike Top, Floor Nijdeken, Maaike Gottschal, Roos Meerman, Current Obsession, Aliki van der Kruijs, Crafts Council NL, all supporters from crowdfunding on


 Marcel van kan

+31 (0)6 45 54 62 05


Daniel Netto

+49 176 786 357 10

Bank account

Marcel van Kan:

ING Bank

Mr. M.J.M. van Kan

NL67 INGB 0001 8427 84



Daniel netto:

DKB Deutsche Kreditbank AG

Herrn Daniel Netto


DE73 1203 0000 1064 4295 80