Summer school

iWEEK Training 2021

Organised by Stichting Otherwise Wageningen

Sun 4 July 2021 19:30 until Sat 10 July 2021 13:00

The iWEEK is designed to give you tools and experiential knowledge on how to deal with and address major societal and environmental challenges of our time. It is an i(nteractive)WEEK with workshops and spaces to exchange, allowing you to explore the principle of inner sustainability: how do you relate to others, yourself and nature?

This year it takes places from the 4th till the 10th of July. Our base will be at ecovillage Ppauw in Wageningen.

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= Sign up =
You can sign up here! The deadline to subscribe is Sunday 13th of June 2021. A maximum of 15 participants can join.

= Who is this training for =
This training is open for everyone. We invite everyone who is looking for a chance to balance the predominantly rational and individualistic lifestyle that is the status quo in our society with a more embodied, emphatic and communal way of knowing, relating and being. Because all outside sessions are given in Wageningen or surroundings, it is convenient if you are a Wageningen resident. Previous years the iWEEK was focused on students, recent graduates and PhD's between 18 and 32 years old. Since last year we decided on not having an age restriction.

= Why this training =
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 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 the 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'.

When talking about sustainability, we often try to find solutions that should be implemented in the world, but we struggle to develop sustainable ways of living in practice in our personal lives and in society. 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. The iWEEK is an experimental playground for social innovation, aimed to inspire you and show that a different, more intimate way of relating to the world is possible. We invite you to become inspired through interaction with others, your own intuition and various nature- and community based practices.

= Practicalities =
Due to the corona measures we are preparing for two scenarios this year. If it is allowed we will camp the whole week in the ecovillage. However, this may not be allowed. In that case we will still host the same program, but without camping. We will spend the day together and cook an evening meal for us to share around the fire.

Practically, this means that we count on the best scenario: with camping. The fees below include camping, breakfast and lunch. In case we have to deviate to the second scenario, we will refund €75 to you.

We apply two different participation fees for this training: - students: €225 - non-student (regular): €375