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’.
iWEEK Summer school
At the end of the academic year, right after the exams in period 6, we organise the iWEEK during which we focus on the theme of Inner Sustainability in an experiential and interactive way. Some of the themes and methods that pass the revue under the professional guidance of various trainers are:
- The Work that Reconnects
- Personal Leadership Exercises
- Shadow and Embodiment work
- Nonviolent Communication
- Theater of the Oppressed
- Community Building
- Dragon Dreaming
- Deep Nature Connection / the Art of Mentoring
Most of our time is spend outdoors in the nature around Wageningen, with our base camp located at Ecovillage Ppauw. During the week we work towards a transformative solo experience in a nearby nature area.