"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Green Building

The Sandbag House: an eco-friendly house takes root in the Eastern Cape

Back in March 2002, while on a short vacation, we played golf at a par 3 course in George. After our game we embarked on a search for that perfect spot by the ocean to enjoy a quiet drink. Combing the coastline, we drove into a side road off the N2 to Kleinkrantz, on the outskirts of Wilderness.

Natural building, green building

Building materials have undergone a speedy evolution over the past century. Standard dimensions and shapes, predictable qualities, and manufactured precision make it quicker and easier to design and construct new buildings with laserflat walls, straight and sharp corners, and glass-smooth floors.

Cob in the City

Muizenberg’s first cob house has almost been completed. Cob is one of the natural building techniques — like adobe bricks, rammed earth, sandbag structures and straw bale — presently used in South Africa. All of them use natural materials (sand, clay, straw) to create solid structures that breathe


Cover of Issue 28

Issue 29 of Biophile is going electronic and will be available soon. It will also be available to our international readers. Stay tuned or contact us for more details! find out more


I was just checking the website of the SEXPO which has just visited SA, this is what the Cape Town site says. . . . “The world’s largest Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle expo is coming back to Slaapstad and it’s bigger and sexier than ever! continue reading


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