How does it work?

We are a community of fairly like-minded people, but not so like-minded that we all believe, agree or prioritise the same things.

The inspiration: The Monastery + Burning Man

The monastery has historically been a place where people can seek refuge from whatever haunts them in the outside world, it’s a community, appreciation for being together; breaking bread and sharing drinks, and a place for deep conversations. The monastery has also been a place to preserve important literary texts, inventing new forms of music. It has also, of course, been a place of worship, a place that has been off-grid enough to not let everyday lives and to-do-lists enter into the space where rituals and spiritual practices can be explored and realised.

Burning Man is the largest participatory event in the world, gathering around 80 000 people in the deserts of Nevada every year. At Burning Man there is no ’performer’ and ’audience’. Every participant is both. The event hinges on everyone pitching in with their creativity and good will to create something truly meaningful and memorable. In addition no money is used, and no bartering takes its place.

The combination: The outcome of combining these two blueprints is a deeply creative and genuine space. It is also radically democratic. If someone has an idea they don’t wait for someone else to serve it for them. If you want it to happen – you make it happen! What is offered is the space to do so! You are most welcome to reach out to others who can also realise your vision with you, or help someone else realise theirs (or both). This is refered to as a do-ocracy. The principle of Radical inclusion means we don’t go around telling others why their ideas are not good. We allow for the diversity of ideas, art projects, performances and spaces to pop up along side one another. Thus, inclusion in this case doesn’t mean that there is one singular vision that leads the whole process and that people are allowed or tolerated to have themselves included in it. Inclusion in this case means that the content is entirely shaped by who comes. Leadership exists to facilitate the space where all this can happen.

A participatory event

To take part in a participatory event - the kind of events we offer - takes some planning.

  • Register and donate. Our events have a maximum capacity, so it's important that you register so we know you intend to come. You choose what monetary contribution you can make.
  • Get informed. What do I need to bring? How will I get there? Where will I sleep? What will I eat and drink? All these questions are up to you to solve. They are not solved centrally. You bring what you need to create your own experience in the way you want it to be. 
  • Get involved. Hop onto our Facebook group and share your ideas, read up on other's ideas and see what you can get involved in. Claim a space in the old barn for your workshop, bring instruments for a jam-corner, offer a DJ-set, get involved in planning philosophical talks, bring fabulous decor, hold a workshop or whatever you feel like. See who can help you, and who you can help.
  • Troubleshooting is not done centrally, but between participants. If you have a problem, there will be a lot of people showing a lot of good-will. Make use of this, and reciprocate. Trust that there is a lot of good will, but don't take things for granted. Make sure you solve whatever problems you have (with the help of each other).
  • Be safe, but not safe. Come with an open mind, be physically safe so you don't need to go to a hospital, but step out of your comfort zone and let the interactions with people and art challenge and transform you.