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“Who Lives With Whom? Why? And How?” Summer Camp

The 8th annual self-organised, hierarchy-aware summercamp for children, young people, their main significant people, parents, co-parents, (chosen) relatives, flatmates, friends, people with or without responsibility for children and all others who are interested in the matter!

This year the camp will take place at Schloß Gersdorf (close to Döbeln/Roßwein, eastern Germany) from August 2 to August 9, 2017 and together we’ll (once again) get a taste of the good life. Furthermore, we will meet from July 29 till August 2 2017, right before it starts to build some more infrastructure/prepare the camp!

We want to spend the week with you on a camping field and talk, chat, discuss, play, consider, paddle in water, question, sit around a bonfire, change social conditions, make plans, write, relax… and provide one another with practical support to live an alternative way until these choices become self evident for us and the rest of society.

Who feels responsible for accompanying young people? For how long, with which reliability and how often? What are all the options available? Which form can I choose when I refuse to or can’t live in a (heteronormative) nuclear family? How do other people do it and how do they feel about it?

How can I actually tell younger people about what matters to me? How can I make common experiences with them, learn and grow? What is the impact of nursery schools and schools – and how could it be different?

Which gender roles do I want to put into question and take on – or not? How do I want to live, love, with whom and why? How can I support young people in developing and living according to their own understanding of themselves inspite of prevailing social expectations regarding gender roles?

How can I shape my daily life with younger people on the basis of an approach that is aware and critical of racism? What racist structures, experiences and beliefs have an impact on my life, be it openly or unconsciously? Where and how do I contribute to the reproduction of bias? What can I change within me?

Which power do I, as an „adult“, have on a „child“? How can I deal responsibly with it? How can I strengthen younger people and include them without overly challenging them?

Living with children IS political – and how can I live with children and remain within political structures? How should these structures be shaped so that children and their significant people can be part of them?

Is a community a potential solution? Collectives, communes, collective housing – what can be tough about them and which potential do they have?

Some of us reading this have been living practical answers to these questions for years. For others among us, some of these issues may still be a little new. We want to manage to create a frame where deeper discussions requiring a certain background knowledge can take place while providing sufficient space for many, many questions.
This is why we decided to experiment with something new this year: We gave each day a specific focus on an issue. This issue will be at the centre of one or two prepared workshops and of a lot of space for the related topics we’ll all be carrying with us.

Of course you are welcome to offer workshops, room for exchange etc on different issues than the main topic of the day. There are issues that are present across all issues and will ideally be included every day, such as education, how to deal with stress and overload, and critiques of capitalism.

Everything for everyone! Well… a lot for all, some only for older people and a lot for the younger ones. We want to provide diverse activities for younger people of various age groups. We are planning to have a group of people who want to spend time with and care for younger people during the workshop phases. We also want to provide younger people with the opportunity to actively take part in and shape decision making structures.

The camp aims to be a space for all people: With workshops and participatory options for different age groups, affordable food for all, a clear daily structure, financial models for the participation towards camp and travel costs based on solidarity, awareness groups and a Women Lesbian Trans Inter* camping area. We are working on solutions for people in wheel chairs, for translations and further needs. Do get in touch with us so that we can think together about what is needed and how to make it possible.

The camp thrives on your topics, ideas, workshop offers, contributions to discussions, questions etc… We’re already looking forward to all of this and to seeing you!
So don’t hesitate but fill out our online registration formular here – if you need help to do so or have any questions, feel free to contact us at wer-lebt-mit-wem [at] riseup.net

See you soon,
The preparation crew 2017