Basic Info

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

Participant Testimonials

”La conférence EUDEC 2014 a chamboulé ma vie. L'éducation démocratique a tellement résonné avec mes convictions personnelles que j'ai décidé d'y dédier ma vie. Depuis, j'ai cofondé une école, contribué à la création de EUDEC France, cofondé un village démocratique, et surtout rencontré la femme de ma vie avec qui nous élevons notre fils de la manière la plus démocratique qui soit 😉

The EUDEC conference 2014 completely changed my life. Democratic education matched so well with my convictions that I decided to dedicate my life to it. Since then I co-founded a school, contributed to the creation of EUDEC France, co-founded a democratic village, and most of all, I met the woman of my life with whom we raise our son in the most democratic way possible 😉 (Copenhagen, 2014)”

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Ramïn Farhangi, EUDEC France, Village de Pourgues

”I have participated in each EUDEC since 2012 and i am completely in love with this event. It showed me a different approach to education and provided an opportunity to develop wonderful friendships. The best thing about it is that it not only preaches values of democratic education, but also puts them into practice with the open space system. Everyone co-creates this conference and is free to participate in any way they want. My time during EUDECs was always full of philosophy, playing frisbee and dancing. It is a great way to have inspiring holidays ”

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Michał Sienicki, EUDEC Poland

”Expérience inouie ! Riche en émotion, humainement très belle. Des moments de partages de vie uniques et authentiques. Merci.

Incredible experience ! Emotionally rich & humanly so beautiful. Unique and authentic life-sharing moments. Thank you. (Paris, 2017)”

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Anne-Sophie Massi, EUDEC France

”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

”C'est d'la bombe bèbèh! Une semaine à manger du tofu avec des gens complètement fou de liberté, de démocratie, d'émancipation, de libre-arbitre, de responsabilité. Apprentissages, joie, partage, rencontre, ouverture d'esprit et échange toutes les 20 minutes en moyenne. J'ai rencontré mes idoles, j'en ai trouvé de nouvelles.

The EUDEC conference 2017 (Paris) was bombastic baby !! One week spent eating tofu with people completely found of freedom, democracy, emancipation, free-will, responsibility. Learning, enjoying, sharing, meeting new open-minded people every 20 minutes on average. I met my idols & found new ones. (Paris, 2017)”

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Aminata Diallo, EUDEC France, co-founder École Yvonne Guégan, in Caen

”My first EUDEC was the latest in France. It was the most energizing event I have ever attended. It creates a great social environment of conversation and discussion. I met so many people, from all walks of life, who share my love for democratic education. I am so grateful that EUDEC exists!”

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Alektra Kess ,

”Avoir été volontaire pour ma première Conférence EUDEC à Paris en 2017 a été une expérience qui a changé ma vie ! J'ai adoré à la fois contribuer activement et construire de nouvelles amitiés au coeur d'une communauté si riche et diverse. Les bonnes ondes que tu peut ressentir dans une Conférence EUDEC sont à peine imaginable 🙂

Volunteering for my first EUDEC Conference in Paris 2017 was a life-changing experience ! I loved both contributing actively and building new friendships in such a diverse and rich community. The good vibes you can feel in a EUDEC Conference are barely imaginable :)”

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Pierre-André Balestrieri, EUDEC France

”Résumer la semaine parisienne en 2 ou 3 phrases ? Heu, comment dire... C'était tellement riche !

How to sum up the Parisian week in 2 or 3 sentences ? Hum, what to say... It was so rich ! (Paris 2017)”

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Vanina Roques, EUDEC France

”La famille s'est agrandie ! Et le cœur aussi.

The family has grown ! And the heart as well. (Paris 2017)”

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Jessie Hecquet, EUDEC France

”Ça a été particulièrement chouette de rencontrer les acteurs de l'éducation démocratique des autres pays : aborder les choses de points de vue légèrement différent, et profiter de l'expérience de ceux qui exercent depuis de nombreuses années!

It was particularly nice to meet people from other countries involved in democratic education : it helps considering things from a slightly different point of view, and you can really benefit from what some have been experiencing for years ! (Paris, 2017)”

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Cécile Prokop, EUDEC France, co-founder École Sudbury Lilloise - Project in Lille

”Une semaine riche de rencontres, de partage, de réflexions, de conviction... Tellement de belles personnes et de belles énergies que l'on repart boosté, prêt à relever de nouveaux défis pour l'éducation démocratique ! A ne pas manquer !

A week rich in encounters, convictions, ideas... There are so many beautiful people & beautiful energy that you leave boosted, ready to face new challenges for democratic education ! It's worth it ! (Paris, 2017)”

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Christelle Alaux, EUDEC France, co-founder École Créactive, in Montauban

*If you wanna share what the EUDEC Conference has meant for you,
send your testimonial (& square photo) to 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.
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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.

Register

Keynote Speakers

*Click on the speaker’s name for bio and talk description
** Hover over photo for videos or links
***Missing translations, descriptions & more speakers coming soon

Anastasia Vafea
Anastasia Vafea
THE LONG WAY FROM DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENTAL SCHOOLS TO DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
The (impossible?) art of being human and not influencing others
Derry Hannam
Derry Hannam
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, innovation and social inclusion - Why we need Democratic Education!
Freya Aquarone
Freya Aquarone
Beating the system at its own game; why an education revolution needs double agents
Angelos Patsias
Angelos Patsias
From Democratic Schools to Democratic Education
Yaacov Hecht
Yaacov Hecht
Democratic Education 2.0 – the global shift from a Pyramid Paradigm to a Network Paradigm
Mikros Dounias (Little World)
Mikros Dounias (Little World)
How to handle discrimination within the community: Adultism
Mikro Dentro (Litttle Tree)
Mikro Dentro (Litttle Tree)
How to handle discrimination within the community: Gender, body and sexuality in childhood

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.

Furthermore, this year throughout the conference, EN EUDEC will provide workshops, performances and other events for all ages including babies and infants (accompanied or not). Our tools are theatrical alchemy, creative circus, dance, acrobatics, improvisation, music, song, puppet and object theater, fine arts and crafts, storytelling and games.


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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Keynote Speakers
    Keynote Speakers

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  • Dinner
    Dinner

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  • Who is the oppressor in the current educational system?
    Who is the oppressor in the current educational system?
    A Theater of the Oppressed workshop by Christos Karystinos
    Who is the oppressor in the current educational system? Is it people, is it its structure, is it us? In this workshop we will explore the answers on these questions and many more like them, which concern education and oppression. We will use our bodies to express our ideas and feelings about the current educational system and investigate possible ways to overthrow this oppression. Theater of the Oppressed (ΤοΟ) is a theatrical tool for activists, educators and social workers. Its fundamental principle is to create active spectators (spect-actors) and eventually active citizens, which through ΤοΟ they can rehearse the change they want to see in the world. ToO, a “son” of Pedagogy of the Oppressed of Paulo Freire, is a method supporting that the oppressed people should (re)take the means of producing theater back from the elite, which is using their body and language to produce spectacles, also called the Aesthetics of the Oppressed, by the founder of ToO Augusto Boal.
    The workshop will consist of two sessions of 4 hours, which will contain many games to stimulate our minds and bodies, exercises of Image Theater and Forum theater, techniques of ToO, and discussion on the results of our collective work. ToO as a sustainable* tool for creating communities in the alternative education world , networking or a tool for fighting again systemic educational oppressions. *ToO is a sustainable tool, meaning that one of its objectives is to reproduce itself just like a living organism, through the continuing sharing of the knowledge of its practitioners.

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  • The Game of Now
    The Game of Now
    with William Graham Stewart
    I am a social artist, educator and entrepreneur. My work is The Game Of Now. What is a game? A temporary reality with its own rules and objectives, designed and agreed upon by the players. What is Now? It's all there is.
    Conceived in January 2006 on a plane from Scotland to Sweden, The Game Of Now has been played by thousands of people all over the world.
    Come join in and play, for when we are at play, we are truly human.
    (Pic is Will and his son, Guillem, which is William in Catalan).

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  • 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.

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  • Communication through Touch
    Communication through Touch
    with Nikiforos Sorofikin Papoutsopoulos
    It is a lab that refers to the heightening of the senses, in relation to the environment, ourselves and those around us. We will express the dynamics and capabilities of our communication through awareness. We will aim at familiarity with touch, liberation from prejudices, blossoming of childness and approaching freedom. Until a certain age, children seem to be totally familiar with textile expression and they express the need for guidance and discussion intensely. Individually and collectively we will approach healthy maturation by redefining the limits and conditions in which we want to be in touch with each other.

    We breathe and wander around, we process shades, textures, colors and sounds. The soil, the grass, the air, the flowers, the sky, the breath. We explore the scenery of our body along with the environment. We explore our senses one by one or combined. We close our eyes and surround the place, where we will meet each other, with our hands or faces. We observe the diversity and intensity of the moment. We all talk together about the emotions that came and the thoughts that followed.

     

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Donation

Any profit from the conference and from any of our projects is used to:

  • Provide volunteer positions, scholarships and discounts for the conference and for our pilot and co-operative programs.
  • The establishment and operation of educational structures (formal and informal education, within and beyond the public sector) in Greece.

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

*REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON JUNE 30TH
**In case of cancellation, you will be refunded 70%

Financial Policy

  • It is our priority to make the conference accessible to everyone who wants to be a part of it. The prices here are for people who can afford them, so that others can participate at a lower cost.
  • For those who can’t afford them, all prices are open to review via contact with us at maro@eudec.gr. Volunteering positions are now closed, but there are financial assistance options.
  • Any profit from the conference and from any of our projects is used to:
    • Provide volunteer positions, scholarships and discounts for the conference and for our pilot and co-operative programs.
    • The establishment and operation of educational structures (formal and informal education, within and beyond the public sector) in Greece.

Standard Fee

€350

  • 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

€220

  • 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
Address:

Helmholtzstr. 25
4177 Leipzig
Germany

EUDEC2018 FAQs

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