IWEEK Training 2020 "A Journey From I to We"

Organised by Stichting Otherwise Wageningen

Mon 6 July 2020 19:00 until Tue 14 July 2020 15:00

Venue Scheidingslaan 1, Ecovillage Ppauw

6 - 14 July 2019 - "A Journey from I to WE" - iWEEK training on (re)connection to yourself, others, and nature.

The iWEEK is OtherWise Wageningen's summer school inviting students, recent graduates and PhD's to an interactive full-week experience to explore inner sustainability and leadership in the context of the major societal and environmental challenges of our time.

Sustainability is oftentimes discussed within the realm of technological solutions, policy measures or innovations. This could be called the 'outside' of sustainability. However there is also a growing awareness that at the base we are intricately connected to all life. This could be called the 'inside' of sustainability. When the awareness of this interconnectedness is not experienced, this can give feelings of isolation, disconnectedness and a loss of respect for other lives, including natural environment. As long as other
people and other life forms are recognised as part of a whole that we all belong to, it becomes very difficult to do harm to another being. When this connectedness is experienced consciously, decisions are made differently than when we presume to be on our own. This embodied sense of sustainability and interconnectedness is what we call 'Inner Sustainability'.

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Spending our days in school, we learn to analyse, model and calculate solutions, but most of us struggle to develop sustainable ways of living in practice. We lack space to reflect on a deeper level on how we want to relate to ourselves, others and the non-human living environment, and we lack a vision in our hearts from where we can initiate a regenerative culture. The global environmental crisis needs more than technical solutions, it needs people who feel connected and who know how to shape a new future within the entanglement of current confusion.

This training will be an experimental playground for social innovation, interaction and intuition, during which you are introduced to various nature- and community based practices which can shape new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you.

In this week we will take a journey 'From I to WE', by fostering connection and compassion. We will inspire you to reconnect to yourself, to others and to the living environment around us. What does it mean ‘to be connected’ at all these levels? Why is it important?  What keeps us away from connecting, and what can we do then? We will question and experience through embodied exercises what this all means to us and what it could mean to the world.

= What you can expect =

•Discovering creative and intuitive methods in personal
development, communication, and nature connection.
•Active and embodied exercises that challenge you to get out of your comfort zone
•An intimate group process in which we aim to create a bedding in which we can open up to each other
•Getting in touch with your own power as well as with the power of being together and being in nature!
•Explore what this all can mean in your daily life and projects. In this journey, nature will be our guide and mentor.

To get a more up-close idea of this year's iWEEK you can have a glance at the program from last year: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ap6i-qAgdjsUzKr_zltRDUE2wJnkAH_l/view?usp=sharing
This year's program will be posted on the facebook page when it is ready.

= Who is this training for =

This training week is meant for students, recent graduates and Phd's between 18 and 32 years old, who are looking for a chance to balance the predominantly rational and individualistic (university) life with a more embodied, emphatic and communal way of knowing, relating and being.

= Location =
We will camp at Ecovillage Ppauw, in Wageningen.

= Participation fee =
We apply two different participation fees for this training:
•students: €225
•non-student - regular: €315
Contact us if you really want to join but money is an an issue for you.

= Sign up =
You can pre-register via this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L5DWaFBeHketY8Ji5KRsBvVTHALQiQosyT1vUYDi5Lw/edit?fbclid=IwAR3fbOOQ_YXqk1EtFxNSI8Xybrsck-jfJSjK63c5EX_XzCqH54fxeZAOnK0&pli=1

We are actively hoping that the iWEEK can continue this year. You can use the form to show interest, and we will keep you updated on the organisation of the iWEEK.

Deadline to subscribe is Sunday, 31st of May. A maximum of 20 participants can join.

Follow the event on Facebook to receive updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620319558120261/

Stay tuned and we hope to welcome you at Ppauw this summer!


At OtherWise Wageningen, we believe that in order to build a sustainable world, we need to (re-) connect to the web of life: to ourselves, to others and to the nature around us. When we truly connect rather than to separate ourselves, we feel empathy, and from empathy comes the willingness to support and take action that is in line with life, nurturing growth rather than destruction.