”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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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:
*”Die schönere Welt, die unser Herz kennt, ist möglich”
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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
70 300, Crete
*LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS
**These are early bird fees. Expect a 10% increase from April 1st.
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 email@example.com. 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.