PT12.Georg 22The third Empathy Festival in ZEGG took a look at the nature of change, centred on the question: "What sort of R:EVOLution could happen because of me now?" 350 people took up the Whitsun invitation and strolled, tripped and danced in the tracks of empathy for five days, together with their inner selves, other participants and the world.

What happens if we let our everyday mask drop and share our deeper fears and worries with others? Humorous sketches, inspired talks and enlivening music charged up the participants in the Big Top in the morning and they then took a more intensive look at their personal issues in one of 14 different smaller groups in the afternoons. Led by an eclectic variety of workshop leaders, they encompassed an equally wonderful variety of methods, including contact improvisation, non-violent communication, deep ecology and much more. Although the methods used were very different, they all shared a common quest for the authenticity of the present moment.

"We'd rather abandon our plans if they aren't right and tolerate the joint experience of not knowing what to do next." This was the unusually radical approach adopted by the young festival organisers: "After all, in a time of crisis and change, sticking to predetermined plans won't help us adapt to the future as much as the ability to listen to the moment in a judgement-free way and let new answers develop out of what we hear together." With this in mind, the festival was conceived as a learning field for a new form of R-Evolution, borne out of Love – as illustrated in the festival logo. Unfortunately, love seems to have been forgotten in previous societal upheavals.

The festival's judgement-free, loving attitude helped many participants to find their next personal steps, which they shared in the small groups' closing sessions. And celebrated together in a large party with live music on the last evening.

More Pictures from the Whitsun Festival



Seminar "Tools for Community Education" in Skala Ecovillage in North Greece

ZEGG's Zisula Cordaches lead a seminar for community education and formation from 4.-14.3.16 in Skala Eco-Village near Thessaloniki in Greece. The seminar was made up of various modules in Community education and leadership of inner processes in the community, and was funded by an Erasmus EU program for adult education.



If I don´t deal with the fears in myself, I am all too ready to project them on to others.

How can we communicate with people from a different culture who have lost everything? Dolores Richter, a member of the ZEGG community, is part of a group in Bad Belzig exploring deep listening with refugees.

I live in a town which has hosted many asylum seekers. We see each other every day in the food store, in the street. There are more every day. We got to know when the buses come and gathered musicians, baked cakes and made music for their arrival. We want to let them know that they are welcome. The social worker in the refugee home was open to this but also challenged. Some days later she said: I would like you to come back for the next bus. But will you? If not all the people will...



Winter flight over ZEGG

Ingo Sparr, our layout expert and multi-talent, flew his quadcopter over the ZEGG site as it was covered in a blanket of snow. You can enjoy the wonderful images here.






Ecovillage movement in Iran

Beginning January ZEGG had a spontaneous visit by two Iranians, father and son, that belong to a group that want to found and build an ecovillage outside Tehran. A longtime Iranian friend living in Tehran initiated the group. He was visiting ZEGG several times. The group bought 1ha of land on 1800m an is ready to start. They asked for our support, morally and with our social and ecological knowledge. During Summer 2016 20 members of this group want to journey to ZEGG and stay for at least one week. They wish to learn as much from our experiences as possible.


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