ZEGG – a place for living and learning


2014 GemeinschaftszeitThroughout the year, ZEGG offers an abundant selection of training courses, seminars, workshops and festivals:

you can learn about love and relationships, practice new forms of communication, or take another step on your path of personal growth. Events for working guests enable a direct experience of ZEGG as an ecological pioneer project.

All of our seminars and festivals are examples of “small-scale community”, making it possible for you to directly try out a holistic way of living.

Visiting us can change your life.

If you have become acquainted with ZEGG and are thinking about joining, apply for the community course. To participate, you must have a good knowledge of German. The community course takes place every year in March/April. It is a core part of our seminar program and lasts five weeks. Here you will not only experience an intensive time of self-enquiry in a group of committed people, but also a "basic training" in conscious community formation. You will learn tools for dealing with group processes and gain insights into the special community culture of ZEGG.

If you would like to stay further afterwards, the "getting to know phase" begins: At the invitation of the community, you can spend the summer with us as a seasonal worker. You will live and work at ZEGG, get to know different areas of work and take part in the weekly community meetings. In the following winter the mutual process of getting to know each other can deepen.

If you decide to join the community after one year, you can apply as a newcomer. The community decides whether to accept you or not. In the beginner time you have the opportunity to deepen your connections to people, to take care of your financial basis and to put the community (as well as your own motivation) through its paces.

After one year as a beginner, you decide whether you want to become a community member and apply. If you fulfill the financial conditions and the community has a Yes for you, you are a community member "with all rights and duties".

How do we organize us? How do we make an easy and effective decision? Those are the live issues that we deal with every day when we organize our community and the non-profit training center. The sociocratic method we are using today is an further developement from the holacracy that was used since 2009.

In sociocracy there is a bigSoziokratieger focus on companionship and the strong hold in a community which is needed to make decisiones. For this reason the sociocratic model fits better to our way of living together. Sociocracy concentrates on the concepts of cooperation and paticipation. There are various application possibilities in which this concept can be used, for example in shools, politics, universities or even in companies. In all these diffenrent places and occasions sociocracy can help to create an easier and more trustful contact. It is also able to strengthen our respect for each other, and offers new possibilities to cooperate with and live your own freedom in a responsible way.

Our decisiones are mostly made by the concept of consens, within which everyone can be heard and give approval. We always come together as a group before we make a decision to share our different opinions and objections so all oft hem can be integrated in the process and further developement can be possible. Maybe one day the concept of sociocracy will be used for all the different questions that come up in the ZEGG community, but until that day we will go on experimenting.

On our 15-hectare site surrounded by light woodland you can find our Campus (a large paved outdoor meeting area), a fire pond which you can swim in, a volleyball court, the guesthouse, a range of seminar rooms, the Children's House, the San Diego Café and the village pub, workshops and commercial premises, a media and office centre, a shared atelier for artists and much more.
One hectare is used as an organic garden. For our heating and hot water needs we have an environmentally friendly woodchip- and log-fired heating plants and several cogeneration (CHP) plants. Electricity is also produced by a photovoltaic system on the roofs different buildings. Our waste water is treated in our own constructed wetland sewage treatment plant.

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Forum in Brazil - German communities export social tools

"There is a special magic in the circle: I can show myself completely, I am accepted and everyone feels together. This impressed me completely, because it gives me confidence and hope. When people come together in this way, completely new paths emerge. That is what I want to do."This was the conclusion of a participant in the "Circles of Trust" Forum Training in Brazil.



Spring Action in ZEGG


From the 3th to the 10th of march about 30 people from 5 different countries were guests at the ZEGG Spring Activity. This time it was led by Roger Balmer, Kathrin Beyer and Bill Nickl. As always it was a nice mixture of working and living together. In the garden we have spread large amounts of compost to keep the garden fertile. We made our own firewood and stored it, cleaned the windows, swept the streets and cut back the reeds in the sewage plant so that the plant would work well again this year.

We cleaned up the heating house and the children's house, oiled the doors, dug out a big tree stump, painted the windows, renewed the border fences, prepared our flower beds for spring, dismantled an old oil heating system, tidied up the...



The ZEGG FORUM - a description of one of our brasilian friends

The ZEGG FORUM is a place for research and collective inquiry about everything regarding human beings. For 5 years we are offering now Forum Trainings in Brasil. And the possibilities to try it out are starting to appear. Here is a description of one of our brasilian friends



One Billion Rising

The Valentisday, 14 February 2019 at ZEGG - dedicated to love for all living things. Around 50 people stood up together at 7:30 a.m. to rise up with the worldwide protest action "One Billion Rising" taking place on this day. The appeal is addressed to all those who speak out against violence against women and in particular for their physical integrity, freedom and self-determination. No to abuse, sexual violence, torture, slander & betrayal. The goal is to win 1 billion people to dance together on this day. More information and opportunities to join in, on the action website:


Dressed in red & white, the dancers from...



ZEGG – Center for Social and Cultural Design

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 89
14806 Bad Belzig

Telefon: +49 (0) 33841 595-100
fax: +49 (0) 33841 595-102


The ZEGG is a community of about 100 adults and children. How can we create a sustainable and creative life and an awake awareness to promote issues of love and sexuality, ecology, community, and create policy. We invite you to visit us, especially our summercamp.

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