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Tied deeply to our theme of Ecovillages in the World, the World in Ecovillages, we consider our communities as situated within the macro and micro-cosm and how we can align in solidarity for Peace, Rights of Nature and Social Justice for all.

Just as a mycorrhizal network develops deep symbiotic interconnection under the earth, our focus areas of Peace, Ecology and Social Justice issues are implicitly intertwined.

 

Irene Goikolea

Shadow work as a pillar for the co-creation of sustainable communities

Dmitry Solovyev

Russian Ecovillages. Homeostasis or development

Daniel Waterman

The power of Song

Aili Pyhala

Territories of Life

                                                                     

Simon Jamnik

The circle way

                                        

Lars Blume 

Food democracy Mindful ways for healthy and affordable food for All!

 

 

Roberta Ferruti

RIACE, the Global Village

               

                                              

Laura Kaestele

Staying Sane and Compassionate as Youth Growing Up in a Global Crises

albert bates

Biochar masterclass

                                                                    

Tamera Community delegates

Why love and sex are political issues?

 

 

Tom Henfrey

Co-creating a knowledge commons for community-led transformation

 

 

Laurie Michaelis

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the System

more workshops to be announced soon 

Across five distinct and engaging areas, you may choose your path and become immersed in over 130 individual action-orientated workshops, ceremonies, healing therapies, music, dance and more! Prepare yourself to genuinely encounter the deeply diverse world of Ecovillages in the World and co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Irene Goikolea

Shadow work as a pillar for the co-creation of creative and sustainable communities

In this participatory workshop, we will carry out practical exercises to explore the aspects that we reject from ourselves (the shadow) with the aim of releasing the creative potential that they contain. The final goal is to embrace them and experience the power and fullness of feeling complete with what we are - both light and shadow. At individual and collective levels, owning all our parts and learning to contain them will favor more peaceful and fair relationships, since they will become an ally in the co-creation of a more compassionate and responsible world. 

Irene Goikolea, council member of GEN Europe (2017-2019), integral coach, PhD in Depth Psychology by the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California and guest faculty of Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies, has been working for more than 25 years for the awakening of consciousness, facilitating individual and group processes of personal growth and development. In the 90’s, she started organizing circles of women focused on awakening to the deep feminine aspect, whose qualities are interrelationship, the collective, unity, healing and compassionate action.

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Dmitry Solovyev

Russian Ecovillages. Homeostasis or development

 There was not a lot of information about the movement of eco-settlements in Russia, although there are more than 400 intentional communities / eco-villagers there. From the presentation you will get to know about types of communities, their history, relation to ecology, economics, spirituality, etc.

Dmitry is a board member of GEN-Russia and Kind Land (Vladimir region), eco-village community and social center, organiser of Kind Land ecological festival and forum of sustainable development of rural territories.

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daniel waterman

the power of song

Singing has played a hugely important role in communities as part of their spiritual and healing traditions and as a source of inspiration, empowerment and resistance. Singing connects people between themselves and places, to the planet, to social movements and so on. 

My involvement in communities began in the 1980s in the squatters movement in Holland. I bring to my work ai integrated understanding of spirituality, psychology, science, politics and various other disciplines. I seek to share and help others ‘envision’ possibilities to facilitate transformation on multiple levels simultaneously. 

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Aili Pyhala

Territories of Life

In this session I will introduce the ICCA Consortium, a global network that works to promote, support and defend "Territories of Life" (or ICCAs: Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities). 

Aili Pyhälä has extensive grassroots-level experience in more than 25 countries, immersing herself in, and engaging with, indigenous peoples and local communities, along with their knowledge systems, beliefs and practices. She has 20 years of experience evaluating international cooperation projects worldwide, and is a committed activist defending Territories of Life and their defenders, in support of decolonized and decentralized governance systems. 

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Simon Jamnik

The circle way

The Circle Way is a non-profit learning center and service organization. Our mission: to foster a more human society, based on cooperation and equality, closeness and caring.

A peaceful attitude is important. Everybody can support a change to a more human and peaceful world. Dealing with difficulties, how to understand and deal with conflicts are core to his teachings. This workshop will outline tools from the Circle Way which are supportive and useful in daily life, for example, supportive listening, positivity, and understanding patterns and feelings. 

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Lars Blume

Food democracy Mindful ways for healthy and affordable food for All!

Food democracy is intertwined with ecology and social justice. Highlighting alternatives to the current profit-driven food systems illuminates new possibilities for peace.  

This workshop will bring existing ideas, initiatives and thoughts around food democracy together. After an overview of our findings from Southeast Asia, we will use an participatory format to learn more about what is already happening in different parts of Europe with regards to food democracy and what is still missing. We will identify the existing gaps and obstacles to increasing food sovereignty based on an analysis of existing solutions in Southeast Asia as well as Europe to understand: 1) needs and obstacles for producers and consumers; 2) how to establish systems for affordable and healthy food for all.

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Roberta Ferruti

Riace, the Global Village

Roberta Ferutti is a free-lance journalist. She began in the 1990s as a reporter working for various papers at local and national levels. Her work centers on foreign affairs, travel, solidarity, and ecology. She was among the promoters of the first “solidarity purchase groups" (GAS - Gruppi di Acquisto Solidali) in the Lazio region at the Green University of Castelli Romani and worked on the first legal proposal for organic agriculture in Italy. In 2016 she began a long solo trip focused on contemporary migration routes, concluding in Riace in Calabria. 2017, she has worked with the RECOSOL, (Rete dei Comuni Solidali) a network of municipalities that works to advance the causes of peace, civil rights, humane immigration, and the environment. 

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Albert Bates

Biochar masterclass 

Albert Bates' new book, BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth, defines biochar as taking carbon from the air, turning it into coal and burying it in the ground to reverse climate change. But biochar is much more than only a miraculous fertilizer... It can provide food, shelter, water and economic security. Biochar could be the financial engine that pays for the Sustainable Development Goals.

This 2-hour workshop intends to provide participants with accessible, advanced, theoretical and practical working knowledge of how to make, use, and formulate products with biochar from a variety of potential feedstocks. Conditions permitting, the class will make biochar, biochar bricks, biochar plasters, and biochar cement ("charcrete"). 

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Tamera Community Delegates

Why love and sex are political issues?

The question is a foundational pillar in the 40 years history of Tamera´s research for a New Culture. The term political is used in reference to a collective and systemic level of the question, that can find answers on this level, and not in the private, in the love relationship of two people only. The building of community is essential for creating new solutions for love to be free. The vision of the "Healing Biotopes" are new vessels for a regenerative and sustainable life on Earth, also in the most intimate realm of human life.

Tom Henfrey

Co-creating a knowledge commons for community-led transformation

The workshop will introduce a new knowledge commons for community-led initiatives created by ECOLISE, and invite GEN members to take part in its co-creation. The basic premise is that, when rooted in the values and working processes of community-led initiatives, knowledge generation can not only direct support practical action and related learning processes, it can itself become a form of transformative action. More democratic and inclusive than conventional approaches to the production and mobilisation of knowledge, this directly related to the social justice theme of the conference. The knowledge commons also exists to support the other themes of the conference: a platform for showcasing community solutions and supporting collaboration across our network of networks. 

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Laurie Michaelis

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the System

This participatory workshop will explore how we feel called to work for peace, justice and ecological flourishing. How is our vision of the possibilities and challenges for a transformed society informed by our experience of change in our lives and communities?  Can our journeys of self-change help develop our agency for system change? It will be based in essential principles of spiritual activism and nonviolent social change.

Laurie Michaelis is a GEN Board member and a Quaker. He is involved in several communities of inquiry into sustainable human flourishing and is particularly concerned with the ways we develop individual and collective agency in relation to climate change. In the 1990s he was a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was Director of Research for the Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption in the run-up to the Rio+10 Sustainable Development Summit.

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