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.”

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Stelios, EUDEC Greece

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

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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.
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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.

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Keynote Speakers

Coming soon…

EUDEC2018 Schedule

  • 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

            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

            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!

            LOCATION

            Kato Vrisi – Astritsi village

            70 300, Crete

            Pricing Plans

            *LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS
            **These are early bird fees. Expect a 10% increase from April 1st.

            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.

            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
            • EUDEC Members get a 50€ discount

            Hotel Fee

            €490

            • Hotel or Local Host Accommodation
            • 7 Day pass to all Workshops etc.
            • 3 Meals a Day
            • EUDEC Members get a 50€ discount
            • Price is indicative; more info in the registration form
            • ! VERY Limited Availability !

            Under18s

            €200

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

            EUDEC2018 FAQs

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