Basic Info

Dates
1-7 August 2018
Location
Kato Vrisi, Astritsi 70 300, Crete, Greece
Speakers
All of us - with some special guests
Contact
violeta@eudec.gr

Participant Testimonials

”The 2011 conference in Devon was a life-changing event for me. It is hard to describe in words the feeling of elation that I finally found 'my' people, a place where I can be myself and my voice matters.”

alt

Stelios, EUDEC Greece

”If you want to share what this event has meant for you, send us your testimonial at stelios@eudec.gr”

,

Welcome to EUDEC2018

Every Year

For ten years now, hundreds of students, teachers, parents and “experts” in the field of education  gather as equals at the European Democratic Education Conference, searching for ways to improve the quality of learning and school life in general. In a warm, friendly, open environment, each one of us can bring whatever they may want to share. This can be an experiential workshop in Non-Violent Communication, a circle discussion titled “Learning from our mistakes”, a panel of speakers on “What is Democracy?”, a giant game of hide and seek… Join us to laugh, sing, philosophize, ponder, question, get inspired, change and create together.

Let’s live together in a temporary democratic community, where children and adults can ask ourselves what type of education we want, exchanging useful practices with people who have a lot of experience in free and democratic educational settings. With the power of solidarity:

“The more beautiful world,
our hearts know,
is possible”

Charles Eisenstein
*”Die schönere Welt, die unser Herz kennt, ist möglich”

Watch Cinevangelos Video from EUDEC2017 in Paris

This Year

The conference will take place at the very hospitable village Astritsi in Crete, 1-7 of August! The speeches, workshops, games and warm conversations of the community will be surrounded by a traditional Greek scenery of unique natural beauty.

One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be a daytrip to Tsoutsouros (the beach in the photo above) on the 7th of August, the departure day.
____________________________________________________

Conference goals:

  • To bring together all initiatives on alternative education in Greece.
  • To open the discussion on children’s rights in education.
  • To link education to social organization and facilitate a manifesto of social emancipation.
  • To contribute towards redefining democracy and imbuing democratic values.
  • To foster international and interclass networking.
  • To create open educational structures available to minorities, through cooperative initiatives.
  • To collect resources for the creation of a long term program introducing democratic methods in public schools.

Register

Keynote Speakers

*Talk Descriptions, Full Bios, Photos, Videos and More Speakers coming soon.

Angelos Patsias: Initiated the “School of Nature and Colours” project in a state primary school on the mountainside of Crete; an educational role model of creative self-management, in which pupils are taught beyond the curriculum – among other things – how to sing and dance, stage theatrical plays, raise funds for their school through a vegetable garden and make their activities and campaigns known to the public through their blog and online channel. His aim is “to launch various innovative activities that will help create a new educational system that will meet the specific needs of each and every place”. Currently running “Big Bang: a new Educational Organization. Re-designing Education for an era of exponential technologies, innovation and change. Unlocking the real potential of Humanity and transforming a new global generation into the creators of the future. Upgrading Humanity!” Also teaching how to redesign the school reality at the University of the Aegean…

Derry Hannam: Decades of experience in English secondary state schools as a teacher and a principle, pioneering the role of community schools, where the school is a learning resource for the whole community and the whole community is a learning resource for the school. He then became a school inspector where he tried to support other teachers and schools with similar ideas. He was part of the successful defence of Summerhill school against the threat of closure by the government in 1999. He has been an adviser/trainer/rapporteur for the Council of Europe Education for Democratic Citizenship project and a researcher/adviser to the development of citizenship education in the English national curriculum. At the request of the English ministry of education he authored the ‘Hannam Report’ based on research that demonstrates associations between democratic, participative, student centred methods in schools and higher academic results, less anti-social behaviour, and better school attendance, especially for students from economically and socially deprived backgrounds…

Katerina Varella: Lives and operates in Lesvos, an island strongly affected by the refugee flow. There, she has co-created “Mikros Dounias” a common, friendly and safe place for children in a natural environment, where adults and children can unite their powers to create frames that directly correspond to children’s needs and desires; with the prospect of coexistence of locals and refugees. In the past, she has Studied law, an interdisciplinary masters on “Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights” in the Free University of Berlin, a two-year training for teachers of the Free Alternative Schools of Germany, During her studies and ever since, she has been researching the topic of adultism, the usually unnoticed yet constantly present discrimination of children on the grounds of their young age…

Rachel Roberts: A long history with democratic education from being a student at Sands school to teaching at the Freie Schule Leipzig and supporting and promoting democratic education in the UK through the work of the Phoenix Education Trust, writing for the Guardian and speaking on BBC Radio. In her studies at university she focussed on how democratic education prepares students for the future. And now she works at a university as a careers consultant supporting students to make their own decisions about their futures. She is struck every day by the glaring impact of lack of democratic education…

Yaacov Hecht: An internationally distinguished leader and visionary in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 1987, he founded the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, the first school in the world to call itself democratic, that helped to establish a net of democratic schools all over Israel. In 1993, he convened the first International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) and shortly thereafter, founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), which focuses on making change in the public schools system through democratic education principals. Most recently, in 2010, Hecht co-founded “Education Cities-the Art of Collaborations,” an organization which focuses on turning educational systems into a central growth instrument for the cities in which they exis…

Zoe Burgess: Parent for 21 years, she home educated her own children and has worked with every age range in various settings. Trained as a Learning Disability Nurse working for ten years with children with Learning disabilities and challenging behaviour in respite and educational settings. She has completed Child-Minding Training and studied many alternative approaches to learning including Steiner, Montessori, and the teachings of J.Krishnamurti. In the past she has run different projects including a preschool and a the Down to Earth Community farm. Now in Portugal, she is running Expression Education, which received full International status from the Ministry of Education in September 2017 and is now registered as the first Alternative International school in Portugal. Growing all the time it mixes a wide range of Alternative approaches and uses ALC tools to create an environment of self directed learning in small scale, where there is no pressure or force to be something or go at the same pace as anyone else and learning about and expressing oneself is as important as academic facts…

EUDEC2018 Schedule

Next to the planned key note speeches, the biggest and most vivid part of the conference consists of the workshops, discussion rounds and games of the OPEN SPACE program. These can be either spontaneous or planned. All participants can offer and /or request activities/workshops. So, every day there will be numerous happenings simultaneously, about which you may be informed by the massive boards provided at the conference.

  • You can conduct as many workshops as you want. They can be repeated, or you may wanna run a series of workshops over a couple of days.
  • It is worth starting the workshop with a short introduction, so that people can check if it is what they expected and decide if they still want to join.
  • Similarly, when you join a workshop, you can leave at any time if it doesn’t capture your interest. You do not have to explain anything – just do it discreetly. The result is a workshop full of genuinely interested participants.
  • If only two people show up at a workshop, it will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better. If thirty people come together, there will probably be greater diversity and interesting questions.
  • It might take a while for you to get used to this approach, but once you do, you will feel the “flow” of the conference.


We
want to encourage you to lead a workshop (or other) and share with the community good practices, knowledge, questions, playfulness or anything else! If you already have an idea, you can send a description to stelios@eudec.gr and he will put it on the schedule below for people to see.

*Have a look at what’s already there!

  • Breakfast
    Breakfast

    speaker

  • Open Space
    Open Space
    Next to the planned key note speeches, the biggest and most vivid part of the conference consists of the workshops, discussion rounds and games of the open space program. These can be either spontaneous or planned. We encourage you to lead a workshop (or other) and share with the community good practices, knowledge, questions, playfulness or anything else! If you already have an idea, you can send a description to stelios@eudec.gr and he will put it on this schedule for people to see

    speaker

  • Lunch
    Lunch

    speaker

  • Open Space
    Open Space
    Next to the planned key note speeches, the biggest and most vivid part of the conference consists of the workshops, discussion rounds and games of the open space program. These can be either spontaneous or planned. We encourage you to lead a workshop (or other) and share with the community good practices, knowledge, questions, playfulness or anything else! If you already have an idea, you can send a description to stelios@eudec.gr and he will put it on this schedule for people to see.

    speaker

  • Keynote Speakers
    Keynote Speakers

    speaker

  • Dinner
    Dinner

    speaker

  • Free education movement in Catalonia
    Free education movement in Catalonia
    Discussion with Maria Menegaki - PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    From the Ferrer Modern School to current educational practices.

    speaker

  • Interactive Drama Workshop
    Interactive Drama Workshop
    With Kate Roberts, Theater Practitioner and Educator

    speaker

          Donation

          The profit we make from this conference is going to be used mostly, if not entirely, as a start-up fund to open the first entirely Democratic School in Greece! Your support is most welcome 🙂

          Location

          The Venue

          According to tradition there was once a nymph, living in a cave. Whoever happened to stop nearby to listen to her singing was enchanted and surrendered to a dance with her. At dawn, the singing would stop, along with the heartbeat of the unfortunate passenger… This cave, also known as Neraidospilos (Nymphcave), used to be a god worshiping location during antiquity, and still exists today at Kato Vrisi, Astritsi village. It is surrounded by endless green valleys and a stream, which flows through orange groves, finally reaching a duck pond right in the middle of the Cultural Camping, where we will be staying!

          This unique scenery that combines unspoiled nature and history will warmly host this year’s conference.

          nearest airport: Heraklion (about 30 min by car – 25 km to the venue)
          nearest port: Heraklion (around 30 min by car – 25 km to the venue)
          nearest beach: around 30 min (25 km) to the beaches of north Crete and 45 min (35 km) to the beaches of south Crete.

          • Restaurant - Entrance
            Restaurant - Entrance

          Car Pooling

          For those of you who might wanna share a ride, we made this document.

          Crete

          One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world!  Amazing food, beautiful beaches, excellent hiking and so much more…

          We will try to organize some post-conference activities, but we encourage explore yourself. My personal favourite is Kedrodasos (i.e. cedar forest), one of the latest untouched paradises in Europe, located on the other side of Crete!

          – If you zoom in the map below you will see the exact location of Astritsi Village

          LOCATION

          Kato Vrisi – Astritsi village

          70 300, Crete

          Pricing Plans

          *LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS
          **Extended Early Bird Fee until the 1st of May
          Prices will increase by 10% then
          .

          Financial Policy

          It is one of our priorities to make the conference accessible to everyone who wants to be a part of it. Feeling in our skin what relentless financial crisis and unemployment mean, the situation that is destroying our country over ten years now – as a result of a corrupt political system, that only ironically should call itself democracy – we can’t help regarding the financially vulnerable as part of ourselves.

          Our pricing system is agile and responsive to personal needs. The prices here are for people who can afford them; for those who can’t, all prices are open to review via contact with us at violeta@eudec.gr. There are various volunteering and financial assistance options.

          Under-18s are all priced equally in the philosophy that it is not age, but financial situation that determines what a family can contribute.

          There is very limited availability for indoor accommodation (local hosts) at an additional cost. The hosts are located about 15km away from the venue. You can fill your preference in the registration form.

          Standard Fee

          €320

          • Tent Accommodation
            (bring your own or buy one at the venue)
          • 7 Day pass to all workshops etc.
          • 3 meals a day
          • Transportation from and to the (air)port
          • EUDEC Members get a 50€ discount

          Under18s

          €200

          • Tent Accommodation
            (bring your own or buy one at the venue)
          • 7 Day pass to all workshops etc.
          • 3 meals a day
          • Transportation from and to the (air)port
          • Price is indicative – ultimately up to the discretion of the parent/Caretak0

           


          BANK DETAILS FOR THE PAYMENT

          Account owner: EUDEC e.V.
          Bank: GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
          BIC/Swift: GENODEM1GLS
          IBAN: DE43430609671109558600

          EUDEC2018 FAQs

          You cand send it to us using our contact form and if others have the same we will provide an answer here.