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 people at different ages and stages in life - 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 for anyone who finds this project resonating 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 organizing a four-week long pilot project called Summer School 2021. Each week focuses on one bigger topic - I Community Structures, II Expression, III Ritual, IV Concretizing Dreams. The program is created so that the learning process is happening in a group setting and the knowledge gathered can be easily applied after leaving the school, each taking it into their every-day life. There is a group of participants, guides, facilitators, cooks, organizers all working together within the model of sociocracy, exploring a horizontal structure, enabling one-to-one mentoring if needed and smaller groups (Tribes) for daily check-ins. Learning is incorporated into everyday duties and into camp life with a strong sense of community.