VILLAGE LABORATORY ON ECOSOMATICS






Village Lab (shortly) is a monthly weekend gathering for exploring ways of relating to the world we live in through bodily senses and movement improvisation.


Being more in nature over the last few years has inspired in me new possibilities of moving and sensing. I have been tapping into the human body’s ability to communicate with that vast aliveness and observing how the way I am has shifted into a more settled, playful, healthy way. There has been a growing urge in me to share with others what ecosomatics has to offer. I got to the point where I decided to open my research for others and invite more people to this work. That is how the Village Lab was born.


The addition of ecological perspective to the field of somatics expands our understanding of who we are. It plugs us to a continuum of life on Earth where everything that is there: everything that decomposes, breathes, crawls, flies, jumps, climbs, swings and sways… is connected. And that we have access to it through our bodies - as we walk barefoot on wet grass and in the movement of our fingers brushing through the air that the trees breathe out. This brings a possibility for us to feel how our wellbeing is not separate from the wellbeing of our environment; one being born into the other.


We will be moving across the relationship between: Body - Mind - Earth.



We are going to work both outdoors (as much as the conditions allow us to) and come back inside for parts of the program that focus on introducing an idea, reflection, discussions and sharing. There will be space for individual practice and group work. At the beginning of each Village Lab we are going to set an intention which shall bring more personal focus to the work we are doing.



We are going to learn how to ask questions and navigate through the insights that they open. We are also going to challenge ourselves with not knowing where we are exactly going or not being able to find exact answers. The lab’s focus is on processes, adaptations and interactions, rather than fixed goals.



The labs develop and evolve through a facilitated co-creation process. Our group will be introduced to Revonkylä’s community. Our weekend schedule will also carry elements of communal living striving towards sustainability.


Village Labs are hosted by Sydenkoulu’s somatic guide, Dagmara Maslowska (Mara) - is trained in movement improvisation, butoh dance, contemplative practices, sensorial theatre and ensemble theatre work. Education in Dance and Somatics is her foundation. She is currently expanding it through ecological perspectives into research on Ecosomatics and studying communication with the more-than-human world.

Schedule proposal


The Village Lab starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. The idea is to have a set opening and closing together. There is also an option to stay a bit longer on Sunday for those who wish to (to be discussed with the community). In between, we will organically develop the proposed schedule and follow our needs into sauna, rest, dance, dialogue, cooking, screening, sharing, silent/nocturnal walk… 

Friday:
Arrivals until 17:00.
Opening. Communal dinner. An introductory evening session.

Saturday:
7:30-8:30 Morning Hour
8:45 Breakfast
9:30-12:30 Guided program
13:30 Light lunch
14:30-18:00 Guided program
19:00 Dinner
Open space…

Sunday:
Open space…
9:00-12:00 Celebration! proposal: CI jam / Sunday morning disco / sauna + snacks
12:30 Brunch and closing 


Apply 


To apply, fill in this form online.

Deadline for applying is Friday one week prior to the event

In case you would like to ask something, please feel free to write directly to: mara@sydenkoulu.com

We accept participants on a rolling basis and there is a limited number of places available. The minimum number of participants is 4. We are going to work in a small cozy group of ca. 10 people.

The acceptance letter and payment details will be sent within a week after applying. More practical information about the place, travel and what to bring will be sent to the accepted participants via email.


Safety Policy


We are following current government regulations regarding Covid-19 and we will organize the Village Laboratory on Ecosomatics accordingly. We kindly ask you to come only if you are either fully symptomless or can provide us with a recent negative Covid test (taken max. 72 hours prior to the arrival).

Each participant coming to the Village Lab is responsible for their own accident insurance.



Dates


The Village Lab happens every month with a summer break (July-August).

The schedule for 2021:
Oct 22.-24.
Nov 12.-14.
Dec 10.-12.

(new!) The schedule for 2022:
Jan 21.-23.
Feb 11.-13.
Mar 11.-13.
Apr 8.-10.
May 13.-15.
Jun 10.-12.

Deadline for applying is Friday one week prior to the event. 

Place


Revonkylä (North Karelia) ca. 50 km East from the city of Joensuu.

Coming by bus → there is a direct connection from Joensuu (Joensuu-Ilomantsi, the ticket costs 5€) and it is possible to organize a lift from the bus stop (Revonkyläntie th) for the participants.

Coming by car → it is possible to drive all the way to Revonkylä and park the car by the house. We be organizing ride-shares for each lab.


Accomodation


Shared space (studio) or countryside hut (huvimaja). There might be a possibility for a private room (to be discussed closer to the date).


Participation fee


Includes: accommodation, guided program, materials, basic necessities, food (vegetarian).

60€ / Village Lab
51€ / Village Lab (for Sydenkoulu ry members)

Want to become member? Read more here.

If the fee is the only reason that makes it impossible for you to join, please contact me on mara@sydenkoulu.com. We strive to make Sydenkoulu’s program accessible for anyone regardless of their financial situation.
If you are Sydenkoulu ry member it is also possible to donate from the heart in order to help us develop our operations and make it financially sustainable. 


Cancellation policy


Due to the current situation in the world, we want to make it safe to commit to participation, and therefore offer a cancellation policy for major obstacles.

Full refund of the participation fee (minus a minor handling fee): only possible by major obstacles (e.g. ban on travelling) or sudden medical reasons (in this case you shall provide us the doctor’s statement or a positive Covid-19 test). Otherwise the participation fee will not be refunded.

By other reasons or last-minute cancellations there is no refund available.



Would you like the labs to happen more often? Are you drawn to this work and would like to help make it happen closer to you? Write to me on mara@sydenkoulu.com. I am open to collaborations and to hosting The Laboratory on Ecosomatics in other locations as well.


KESÄKOULUNEN *
LITTLE SUMMER SCHOOL





Oletko valmis ottamaan seuraavat askeleet kohti syvästi kestävämpää elämää?





Kauan eläköön Kesäkoulunen.

Haluamme kutsua sinut mukaan viikon mittaiselle aikuisille suunnatulle oppimismatkalle, jolla tutkimme kestävämmän elämäntavan vaatimuksia eri näkökulmista. Viikon ohjelmaan on suunniteltu intensiivisemmän oppimisen lisäksi tilaa juhlalle, levolle, pysähtymiselle ja oman elämäntavan pohtimiselle.


Pyrimme luomaan kokeellisen ja monimuotoisen yhteisönä koettavan tapahtuman, jossa vertaisoppiminen on yhtä tärkeää kuin ohjaajan antama panos. Kesäkoulunen on tila, jossa jokaisen tarpeet otetaan huomioon. Viikon aikana ohjattu ohjelma vie meidät tarkastelemaan yhteyksiämme muihin (sosiaaliset rakenteet, yhteisöelämä, resilienssi) ja itsenäisten kehollisten ja rituaalisten prosessien kautta kirkastamaan unelmamme koulusta lähtiessämme.


Tapahtuman aikana järjestäjät, kokit, Kukoistuslaiset, työpajaohjaajat, osallistujat ja paikallinen ekosysteemi muodostavat väliaikaisen yhteisön, jossa jokainen kantaa vastuun yhteisestä turvallisuudesta ja hyvinvoinnista. Ohjatun ohjelman ja Aamutunnin lisäksi aikataulussa on Open Space, jossa kuka tahansa tämän väliaikaisen yhteisön jäsenistä voi jakaa osaamistaan halukkaiden kanssa. Ja sauna lämpiää tietenkin usein! Aktiviteetit tapahtuvat pääosin luonnossa ja ryhmätilanteessa.




Viikon ohjatut työpajat on rakennettu muutaman pääteeman ympärille.

Yksi näistä teemoista on rituaali, jonka kautta tutkimme yhteyttämme ympäristöön. Tulemme tutuiksi animismiin (kaikki on elävää) perustuvan shamanismin ja rituaalien luomisen perusteiden kanssa. Toinen teema on ilmaisu, jossa keskitymme yksilöprosesseihin ja vahvistamme itsetuntemusta, sekä intuitiota. Pohdiskelevien ja somaattisten menetelmien kautta tulemme syventämään tietoisuuttamme kehon materiaalisuudesta sekä tietoisesesta mielestä ja alitajunnastamme. Sosiaalisia rakenteita opiskellaan tapahtuman alussa sekä päivittäisessä leirirakenteessa. Leikkien ja ryhmätyöskentelyn kautta tutkimme millaista on olla osana yhteisöä ja kuinka yhteisön tunnetta voidaan tarkoituksellisesti luoda. Viikon lopulla aloitamme yksilöllisten löydöksiemme ja yhteisten oivalluksien keruun yhteisissä integraatioon ja kasvavaan ymmärrykseen pyrkivissä sessioissa. Lopulta tarkastelemme mitä Kesäkoulunen paljasti meille elämistämme ja suunnittelemme seuraavia pieniä kestäviä askeleita, jotka tuovat konkretiaa unelmiimme.




Are you ready to take action towards a more deeply sustainable living?







Here comes the Little Summer School. 

We would like to invite you for a one-week long learning journey for adults where we explore the requirements for a more sustainable lifestyle through various perspectives. The weekly schedule is designed to give space for both intensive learning and celebratory integration, with moments for rest and stillness.


We are interested in creating an experimental and transdisciplinary space which is experienced in a community, where a guide's input is equally important to peer learning and where everyone’s needs are considered as we move through the week. The guided program takes us from recognizing that we are here together (social structures, community life, resilience), through individual processes in body-based and ritual work, into clarifying our dreams as we leave the school.


During this gathering organizers, cooks, Kukoistus community members, guides, participants and the local biome will form a temporary community where each will hold the responsibility for general well-being and safety. Apart from scheduled workshops and guided Morning Hour, there will also be time for Open Space where any community member can share their know-how with others. And a frequent sauna, of course! The activities happen mostly in nature, in a group setting.




The workshops are built around a few main themes.

One of them is ritual, through which we explore our connection to the surroundings. We will familiarize ourselves with the basics of shamanism and the creation of rituals, which are based in animistic world view (all is alive). Another theme is expression where we focus on individual processes, strengthen self-knowledge and intuition. We will be moving through contemplative and somatic practices intended to deepen the awareness of the materiality of the body and the conscious and subconscious mind. The studying of the social structures will happen in the beginning and continue in the daily structure of the camp. Through games and group work we explore what it is to be part of a community and how the sense of community can be intentionally built. In the end, we will begin to harvest our findings in collective sense-making and integration sessions, and make plans on how to continue what Kesäkoulunen revealed to us in our lives outside of it - concretizing our dreams.







Ehdotus aikatauluksi

(Osallistujaryhmä päättää ja voi muuttaa aikataulua viikon alussa niin halutessaan)


Suurin osa Kesäkoulusen päivistä noudattaa säännöllistä rakennetta:

8-9 Aamutunti (ohjattu)
9-10 Aamupala
10-11 Aamutärkeät
11-13 Työpaja
13-14 Lounas
14-17 Työpaja
17-18 Päivällinen
18-20 Vapaa tila / Tarvetunti
20-22 Sauna + iltapala


Poikkeukset rakenteeseen:

2.8. maanantai → laskeutuminen
klo 15 saakka - saapuminen
  • avauspiiri
  • esittely ja yhteisön rakenteet
  • Kulttuurikollektiivi Kukoistuksen esittäytyminen

3.8. tiistai → istutus

4.8. keskiviikko → kasvu

5.8. torstai → kasvu

6.8. perjantai → sadonkorjuu

7.8. lauantai → juhla
  • juhlallinen seremonia
  • rento juhla-illallinen

8.8. sunnuntai → lähtö
  • siivoustalkoot
  • leirin päätös
klo 14 jälkeen - lähtö




Schedule proposal

(The participating group decides upon and might adjust the schedule at the beginning of the week)


Most days of the week will follow a regular daily structure:

8-9 Morning hour (guided)
9-10 Breakfast
10-11 Morning importants
11-13 Workshop
13-14 Lunch
14-17 Workshop
17-18 Dinner
18-20 Open space / Needs hour
20-22 Sauna + Evening snack


The changes to daily structure include:

2.8. Monday → Arriving
Until 15:00 - arrival
  • opening sharing circle
  • introduction to community structures
  • Cultural Collective Kukoistus introduction

3.8. Tuesday → Planting

4.8. Wednesday → Growing

5.8. Thursday → Growing

6.8. Friday → Harvesting

7.8. Saturday → Celebration
  • session focused on reflection and integration
  • celebration ceremony
  • low-key fancy dinner

8.8. Sunday → Leaving
  • cleaning talkoot
  • closure
after 14:00 - departure



Meet our guides: 




             




                       
                      






Maria Helena Salminen - Nature guide, Artisan, Artist


My belief is that one of the most important tasks for humanity in this time is to come back into a deeper connection with nature. The understanding and experience that we are inseparably part of the larger whole creates a space for healing in ourselves and for the whole planet. Us humans, as all existing parts, have an important place in this ecosystem.

Creative ritualistic practices have been a part of my life since I was very young. Song, dance, music, playfulness and different natural elements are parts of which I create my rituals and ceremonies. I had the joy to participate in many communal rituals in the past 10+ years, both as a participant and the master of ceremony. My animistic worldview has led me to include also other than human-persons into the circle of community: all living and seemingly lifeless. I have experienced how we can weave together the inner and outer Nature through ritual. I hold degrees as an artisan and in nature studies. I have practiced ritualistic witchery and magick for 25 years and I have been deepening my experience in shamanic ways of working for the last 13 years.


   




Sini Siipola - Dancer, Folkdancer, Student of animal training


One of the most important things I’ve experienced is to be seen in nature’s eyes; I belong here, I exist as moss, water, ant, pine tree does.

I’ve got perspectives on ritual through dance and shamanistic world view. Both are ancient, living traditions. By dancing I’ve learned to exercise my senses, strengthen my health, work with space and join one’s movement. I’ve learned to dance together. I “met” shamanism for the first time as a teenager. I walk and spend time outdoors. I greet, look, ask and listen; in- and outwards. I seek co-operation with the surroundings. I’ve learned shamanistic techniques from Jaana Kouri and Christiana Aro-Harle.



                        

             
                         






      
          

      


Dagmara Maslowska - Somatic guide, Performing artist


I found myself, year after year, turning more inwards and tending to the connection with ancient wisdom that my body holds. Dance is my spiritual practice. I am interested in how, through an easy combination of tools coming from different fields, can I guide people into exploration of who they are (here and now), often leaving the studio and taking time to dialogue with the surroundings.

Mara is trained in movement improvisation, butoh dance, contemplative practices, sensorial theatre and ensemble theatre work. Education in Dance and Somatics is her foundation. She is currently expanding it through ecological perspectives into research on Ecosomatics and studying communication with the more-than-human world.








Julia Kukkonen - Facilitator, mentor


Julia is a sharp-eyed, versatile and gentle facilitator, holding space with an open heart for others to find their unique wisdom.

During Kesäkoulunen, Julia will be a part of the guide team holding space for the exploration of temporary community’s social structures and facilitating integration at the end of the camp. She is bringing in knowledge from theory as well as from the experience of living in different kinds of more or less intentional communities for the entirety of her adulthood. Julia is passionate about systems thinking and its practical applications to holding space for group processes, and has studied them in Bateson Institute led by systems thinker Nora Bateson.






         
           
             






      
             


 Inkeri Kautto -  Facilitator, Lover of the Earth, Student of community education (Humak)


Community, embodied experience and wellbeing have been guiding me on my path for a good while and my greatest teachers amongst many others have been nature simply the breath. My sharings are based on my own experimental research on the world of communities and ecovillages as well as my own body through various embodied methods.

I will be sharing practises that nurture the structures of a community and hold space for the most authentic expression of ourselves.







           

                  / more information coming soon / 




Turvallisuuskäytännöt

Seuraamme voimassa olevia suosituksia liittyen Covid-19 -pandemiaan ja järjestämme Kesäkoulusen suositukset huomioon ottaen. Pyydämme osallistujia tulemaan vain täysin oireettomina tai tuomaan mukanaan tuoreen negatiivisen Covid-testituloksen (joka on otettu korkeintaan 72 tuntia ennen tapahtumaan saapumista).


Käytännössä


Päivämäärät:
maanatai 2. - sunnuntai 8.8.2021


Paikka:
Kulttuurikollektiivi Kukoistus, Korkeoja, Kokemäki

https://www.kukoistus.org/kukamitaha

Paikka on maaseudulla, noin 30 minuuttia Porista kaakkoon. Kesäkoulunen tapahtuu Kukoistus-kollektiivin tilalla ja käytämme Kulttuurinavettaa aktiviteetteihimme.


Ympäristö:
metsiä, peltoja, pieni järvi aivan vieressä ja suurempi noin 25 minuutin kävelymatkan päässä.


Majoittuminen:
teltoissa tai jaetussa tilassa (Kulttuurinavetta)


Sisältää:
ohjattu ohjelma (35 tuntia), materiaalit, majoitus, perustarvikkeet, neljä kasvisateriaa päivässä (aamianen, lounas, päivällinen, iltapala), todistus.


Todistus:
Kaikki koko Kesäkoulusen suorittavat osallistujat saavat virallisen Sydenkoulu - Place of Becomings: Kesäkoulunen 2021 -osallistumistodistuksen.



Haku


Hae mukaan Kesäkouluseen tämän lomakkeen kautta.


Tapahtumaan on rajallinen määrä osallistujapaikkoja ja ne tullaan täyttämään ilmoittautumisjärjestyksessä.


Hyväksymiskirje ja maksuohjeet tullaan lähettämään viikon sisällä täytetyn lomakkeen vastaanottamisesta. Tarkemmat tiedot käytännöistä, paikasta, saapumisesta ja tarvikkeista lähetetään osallistujille sähköpostitse heinäkuussa.


Osallistumismaksu


*Early bird -hinnat ovat voimassa 20. kesäkuuta asti.

120e Early bird kaikille Sydenkoulu ry:n jäsenille [ohjeet jäseneksi liittymiseksi täällä]

160e Early bird

/

*Perushinta 21. kesäkuuta eteenpäin.

145e Perushinta kaikille Sydenkoulu ry:n jäsenille [ohjeet jäseneksi liittymiseksi täällä]

190e Perushinta



Ota meihin yhteyttä (venla@sydenkoulu.com) jos hinta on ainoa este osallistumisellesi, tai jos tarvitset osamaksusuunnitelman. Jos haluat tukea vaikeassa taloudellisessa tilanteessa olevia, voit myös maksaa korkeamman hinnan kuin mainittu yllä.


Osallistujan osallistumisen peruuttaminen


Nykyisestä maailman tilanteesta johtuen haluamme tehdä osallistujaksi sitoutumisesta turvallista ja tarjota mahdollisuuden peruuttaa osallistuminen ylivoimaisen esteen (force majeure) sattuessa.


Täysi maksuhyvitys osallistumismaksuun sisältäen vahvistusmaksun (poislukien pieni käsittelymaksu): mahdollinen ainoastaan ylivoimaisen esteen tilanteissa (esimerkiksi maiden välisen rajan ollessa suljettuna tai äkillisistä terveydellisistä syistä, jolloin edellytämme lääkärintodistusta tai positiivista covid-19 testitulosta). Muissa tilanteissa osallistumismaksua ei voida hyvittää.


Muista syistä, tai viime hetken perumisesta emme tarjoa maksuhyvitystä.








Safety Policy

We are following current government regulations regarding Covid-19 and we will organize the Little Summer School accordingly. We kindly ask you to come only if you are either fully symptomless or can provide us with a recent negative Covid test (taken max. 72 hours prior to the arrival).



Practicalities


Dates:
Monday 02. - Sunday 08.08.2021



Place:
Cultural Collective Kukoistus, Korkeaoja, Kokemäki

https://en.kukoistus.org/kukamitaha

It is a rural area circa 30 minutes South-East from Pori, Finland. The school takes place in the premises of the Kukoistus community and we will be using Culture Barn for our activities.


Surroundings:
forests, fields, one smaller lake across the street and one bigger within ca. 25min walk


Accommodation:
tents or shared event space (barn)


Included:
guided program (35 hours), materials, accommodation, basic necessities, four vegetarian communal meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening snack), certificate.



Certification:
All participants completing Kesäkoulunen, will be given an official Sydenkoulu - Place of Becomings: Kesäkoulunen 2021 certificate of participation.




Apply


Apply for the Little Summer School using this form.



We accept participants on a rolling basis and there is a limited number of places available.

The acceptance letter and payment details will be sent within a week after receiving a filled application form. More practical information about the place, travel and what to bring will be sent to the accepted participants in July via email.



Participation fee


*Early bird price valid until the 20th of June.

120e Early bird for all Sydenkoulu ry members
[become a member via this link]

160e Early bird

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*Basic price from 21st of June onwards.

145e Basic for all Sydenkoulu ry members
[become a member via this link]

190e Basic



Contact us (venla@sydenkoulu.com) if the fee is what prevents you from participating or if you need a payment plan. If you would like to support those in a difficult financial situation you can also pay more than indicated above.




Cancellation policy


Due to the current situation in the world, we want to make it safe to commit to participation, and therefore offer a cancellation policy for major obstacles.


Full refund of the participation fee (minus a minor handling fee): only possible by major obstacles (e.g. closed borders) or sudden medical reasons (in this case you shall provide us the doctor’s statement or a positive Covid-19 test). Otherwise the participation fee will not be refunded.


By other reasons or last-minute cancellations there is no refund available.








SIGHTSEEING UNCERTAINTY 


















Here are questions that we bring with us:
What makes a community?

How do we create conditions where people can really hear and see each other?

How to make someone see the world through different eyes?

How to facilitate a process based on ‘not knowing’, exploring uncertainty?




We would like to invite you to a safe space where you can explore a different narrative than that of isolation, fear and emptiness that was raised by the pandemic.


During the event we will approach the uncertainty with the curiosity of a tourist and view it from all different angles. As much as the group allows us to. But what is most important, we will gather to experience something new and observe how it informs us about ourselves - as individuals, as part of a bigger group. We are particularly interested in exploring the importance of strengthening community and coming together in this process. We are inspired by village life, social clubs, talkoot, sensorial theater and somatics.


At the heart of the evening is an outdoor, silent sensorial walk in which participants are guided to look at the world from new perspectives. Otherwise, the event will happen indoors. It will be formed around the unique presence of the group and a discussion led by the working group. They will hold the space with gentleness and guide the group with sensitivity, participating in the exploration of the topics equally by themselves as other participants.


The event is free and open to everyone. Participation does not require any specific skills, all you need is an open mind and clothes suitable for the given weather conditions. The part outside will take up to 45min. In case of disabilities, please inform us in advance. The event will be held in either English or Finnish, depending on the participants.







pics by Emiliano Verrocchio





Locations:

cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak ///

02.03. Pori, Galleria 3h+k
04.03. Seinäjoki, Taidehalli
08-10.03. Helsinki, Oodi
13.03. Turku, Pääkirjasto
18.03. Kankaanpää, Taidekoulu
19.03. Tampere, Takahuhdin Taidekeskus
21.03. Jyväskylä, Maatalo
22.03. Liminka, Taidekoulu
25.03. Rovaniemi, Galleria Napa (as part of the Arctic Design Week)

not cancelled ///

27.03. Joensuu, Taidekeskus Ahjo



See you on the road! 





Sightseeing Uncertainty team members:


Julia Kukkonen FIN
Dagmara Maslowska POL
Emiliano Verrocchio ITA





Emiliano Verrocchio - Photographer

Emiliano is a pacific observer and avid reader of his own thoughts, just as much as trying to read and picture the novels of everybody else around his existence. He has a special degree in procrastination, applied to the evergreen daily rule that the future does not exist. He silently watches humans in cities and wonders about the way we live and how we feel, living. Often finding all answers - and great inspiration - by simply watching other animals, just being.

He loves Finland, especially because Helsinki is his current love companion. Working as a freelance photographer, he would also like to exhibit again some of his most personal projects, one day.















Photo: Isra Hamdon



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