a participatory, immersive learning experience
Our residencies are the heart of what we do. They are a time when a diverse group of people come together to think, play, practice, learn, exchange and to develop a collective action to do in the world. Eroles Project believes it’s from the creativity of artists, the heart of activists, the minds of thinkers, the souls of carers, the hands of builders, and gardeners, the spirit of wise people where we can build a future in which we all thrive.
Perugia, Italy 16th - 31st March 2017
This emergent 15 day Community of Practice will take place in a rural house in the province of Perugia, Italy, giving the intimate context for 9 participants with diverse backgrounds to exchange understandings from their work, research or practice that concern the co-creation of present day cultures & communities.
The content and flow of the days will be designed by participants along with Ruth Cross (Eroles Project) including getting to know each other & the space, sharing practices, participatory sessions, participant led sessions, time for walking, playing, gardening, house work, meditation, cooking, bodyworks and documentation.
Why this, why you and why now? In an age of uncertainty we are witnessing the power of narrative to galvanize collective responses to the challenges of our time. Divisive narratives have amplified fear of the other and permitted systemic racism at all levels of society. Yet simultaneously we see robust responses with Indigenous lands being celebrated and defended by people of many cultures, new waves of on/offline collaboration, experiments in degrowth and movements of radical friendship between newcomers and locals.
We urgently need to create new narratives that celebrate such cross cultural responses, that speak to our commonalities rather than our differences, that spark hope and that harness our collective assets.
This CoP asks can we share human and nonhuman lives on our earth whilst being with our collective past, present and unknown future? What energising practices and new narratives do we need to support the emergence of peaceful and integrated cultures, which have capacity to generate meaningful and effective responses?
One aim is to visualise the activities, thinking and practice from this exchange into a booklet, film or new media to share approaches of plurality, intersectionality, cultural diversity, and the yet undiscovered.
Cost on a sliding scale 600€ - 350€ *Price includes food, accommodation & resources for 15 days (bursaries available please email for details)
Each residency has a different theme chosen by the Eroles network and designed by the Eroles core team. It is an attempt to respond to what is needed, relevant and urgent in the world, and to reach out across different movements that can learn from each other.
During the Eroles residencies we find ways for both structure and emergence. On the first day of the programme there are guided sessions facilitated by the Eroles team, providing a way to get to know each other and our intentions for the programme, and create a safe space for people to step in and take the lead. Most of the programmes are open for participants to offer questions and enquiries, lead activities, or take time out for self reflection. Usually at the beginning of the week(s), participants work together to programme the schedule of activities. Some residencies are more held by the Eroles Team or invited facilitators, but always keeping the element of participation and collective ownership of the learning process. We strive to set the conditions for a culture of participation and leadership, where anyone can feel comfortable to take the lead.
Each day there is a framework for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cooking, gardening, community meetings and house work. There is also regular time set for collective and personal reflection, in the form of morning check-ins, meditation, body-works sessions, sleeping in the wild and free time to walk in nature.
In the summer Eroles residencies take place inThe Ulex Centre in the village of Eroles, in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain. During other times of year Eroles residencies take place in different places around the world. If you have a large space that can house 12+ people and you would be interested in hosting an Eroles residency, please get in touch!
The village of Eroles is surrounded by mountains, olive trees and vineyards, eagles and vultures soar the skies, which happen to have the least light pollution in the whole of Europe – a spectacular amount of stars reveal themselves at night.
Normally there are between 10 and 16 people on the residency from many countries around the world.As a participant on an Eroles residency you will most likely share a room. We share vegetarian cooking, mostly organic and some of the vegetables are self grown. The Eroles Project strives to have as low-impact living as possible; the house is powered through solar energy, water use is kept to a minimum, and we try to make efficient use of the garden through permaculture designed food-growing.