Sydenkoulu



We decided to follow an intuition-driven process in understanding what it means to be alive in times of planetary meta-crisis. We are all motivated by a shared interest: developing ways of living in a sustainable, resilient and environmentally respectful lifestyle. The project’s main idea is to create an alternative to the existing structures for learning and a content that deeply resonates with who we are and what we need. Making a collective effort to redefine socio-cultural programming.































Place


in the midst of nature where we can gather in peaceful and buzzing surroundings to learn together, transforming the understanding of what a school and a community is. Grounding each experience in practice. Staying truly connected to our innate wisdom.



Of


interconnectedness, interdependence, creativity, cultivating compassion, opening for curiosity, strengthening self-agency, integrating our body-mind.



Becomings


and planting seeds into the uncertainty of current times. Taking the responsibility for this new environment to thrive, recognizing our actions as part of a vast continuum of life on Earth. For us and for coming generations.





An expansive cultural shift becomes possible if we begin a change deep within ourselves. At the same time recognizing that we are part of a larger ecosystem. Thus, our program is focused around practices for social resilience, sustainability and strengthening the connection with our embodied wisdom. We are exploring it through three main elements - education, hub (place) and serving








[w:] wisdom



                                                 













We wish to aid individuals on their path of self-discovery, in recognition that each one of us can bring about a change and participate in a greater process of transformation of the way we are, as humans, on this planet. In a way, we are getting humanity back into humans.



Through the practice of self-awareness. Through community life. Through reconnecting with nature - one’s true nature as well as the habitat. Through awakening the sense of self-agency… So that one becomes guided by natural intelligence and can then proceed on their own. Carrying the feeling of a true belonging to this body, this Earth.



What we bring is a supportive structure for these changing patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours. And cultivate compassion, love, joy, well-being that can inspire others to follow. In a larger view, we weave new collective narratives of a socially resilient lifestyle amidst current times of uncertainty.












[e:] education



                                                 



















As Sydenkoulu, we participate in a systemic regeneration - from an increasingly worthless to an increasingly meaningful schooling (or un-schooling). We offer opportunities for learning, experiencing and creation together with a structure supporting it. A new type of education functioning as a rite of passage.



We are working towards a well-established alternative, so that people can make better choices for themselves, for younger generations and for generations to come to do the same. A full program based on diversity of tools that one shall acquire in order to explore their full potential as a human being. Constantly in resonance with what is happening in the world, so that we can adapt to our, as humanity, changing needs and dreams. Remembering and practicing the forgotten wisdom of elders and nature itself, moving in direction of interconnectedness and heart-driven decision making.



The school is primarily suitable for adults. We wish to meet those who are settled in a certain worldview and are having a longer experience in one or several professions, those who have already established a family, those who are searching for their placement in life, those who are just graduating from school or university... We are open to anyone who finds this project resonate with them. And even if you do not yet know why, we will take time to find answers.



Having the opportunity to show them a different perspective on education is part of a larger mission of guiding people into a truly soulful adulthood and nourishing the child-caregiver relationship. As the development of the school progresses we might as well be able to welcome individuals of all ages and even entire families, so that we can bridge intergenerational knowledge.



We are currently researching what set of skills is most needed nowadays and how can they be learnt, who shall be the guide and how can the program’s structure be adaptable to our quickly changing world. Including our own individual life experiences in this process has been crucial. We keep exploring how to make things more sustainable, learn from our actions and be able to recognize what is most needed at each given moment, then discuss it with others through shorter gatherings, courses etc. that we started facilitating.




Before we establish our curriculum...

We are, among others, organizing a four-week long pilot project called Summer School. You can also meet us during the Sightseeing Uncertainty tour!




[h:] hub



                                                 





















What type of surrounding can best support us?




Where we are working and living from is in tune with the essence of what we are doing. We are now becoming friends with a wooden house in the dense forests of the Eastern Finland in Revonkylä, Joensuu. This place is our creative hub. Home. Project’s headquarters. Host for shorter and longer events.




Living a countryside life brings us closer to nature - surrounded by vast forests, lakes and wild animals there is no doubt that in future our school will be built in a similar environment. We share house as a community, animals and humans, and keep exploring what makes it thrive, what are its challenges, how to be able to create fertile grounds for learning. Our everyday life is a continuous playground for dreams that we have.




Visioning is an important part of this process, but without planning and doing we would not be able to explore our ideas in practice. We also let ourselves rest when needed and celebrate in various ways the completion of our tasks. At the moment our core working group is experimenting with such topics as ///community structures / creative process / sustainability / compassionate leadership / self-discovery / somatics / gardening///  We are collaborating on several different levels, developing our operations and searching for a permanent place.






Sydenkoulu ry
3144787-6
info@sydenkoulu.com
Revonkylä, North Karelia, Finland