Wednesday 15th June
Community project management – introduction to Dragon Dreaming
Dragon Dreaming is a method used in some intentional communities to help clarify aims and to facilitate achievement of goals. It is a training methodology based upon the principles of personal and group empowerment. Dragon Dreaming uncovers the blockages that limit the effectiveness of groups of people who may be working together to achieve a common task, and can be applied to government agencies, business enterprises, local or personal projects and not for profit community organizations.
Principles and conditions of social sustainability in communities
Introduction to Community and Sustainability – three-dimensional model of environmental, social and economic sustainability from Brundtland Report for UN. The necessary conditions for sustainability by Diana L. Christian, the main bottlenecks according to Dieter Halbach. Psychological sense of community and collective unconscious, groupthink and its aspects versus the collective wisdom.
Thursday 16th June
We will visit a local community project, which will be used as an experimental case study for the next two program blocks.
Permaculture design of homestead
Working with the nature. Searching for the balance between dreams and needs of owner and the possibilities of the land he/she owns. Permaculture ethics and principles applied to the design of rural settlement harmonizing the ecological, economical and social aspects of life in the countryside. The aim of the workshop is to explain permaculture principles in the praxis during common guided designing process. The outcome should be a really aplicable design of a family homestead.
Friday 17th June
Water management for small communities
How to design a regenerative water landscape with permaculture approach ~ Passive methods for water collection ~ Passive irrigation with swales and infiltration basins ~ Oil to water and soil – use energy to shape the landscape / permaculture earthworks ~ Synergy betwen water, plants, fungi and soil – how to keep water in your structures ~ Active methods for water collection ~ Closed loop system for waste water recycling – living machines technology ~ Aquaponics and hydroponics in permaculture ~ Bioshelters for water purification and reuse
We will visit local community projects dealing with the permaculture, land conservation, traditional crafts, local economy systems, social cooperation, etc.
Saturday 18th June
Alternative economy systems and social sustainability
Alternative monetary systems as part of the “natural economy”. Basic division of alternative currency systems – virtual, barter (LETS), clearing debts, time banks, additional local currencies. Well-known examples of additional local currencies. Their philosophy, differences, pros and cons. Examples and experience with the implementation of local currencies in the region.
Food bank and its three aspects – social, ecological and economic. Principles, rules and practical management of food banks. The process of establishing, the basic conditions and requirements. Impact on environment, relations, community and social life. The real world example and sharing the own experience.
Sustainability through community of communities and rediscovering tribal culture
The hindrances or even impossibilities of living together often seem to lead to a dead end, as communities perpetually tend to drop into using “our society-model” of rules, laws and prohibitions, characteristic for “civilisation”, rather than draw lessons from tribal cultures which can be explored as a gift from nature – and a natural remedy. The challenge is to resolve the dilemma of building and development of a healthy community and not tearing it apart or compromise. The health of a community means its sustainability, stability as a system, as well as being vibrant and nourishing for every individual. In communities that flourish, a balanced ongoing process of both group building and personal development are practised.
The Way of Council
Council is an ancient and at the same time modern practice that is based on non-hierarchy, inclusiveness and non-violence. It offers groups a way of communication with a focus on attentive listening and speaking from the heart. Every single voice is welcome, respected and seen as a part of the whole. These intentions, together with confidentiality, make council to be a safe and almost sacred place where mutual understanding, wise decision making and even healing can happen.
The program is subject to change.