Social relations/ Togetherness/ Interpersonal dynamics

We are looking forward to a relaxed and exciting camp with brilliant, sensitive and thoughtful people.

In an idyllic atmosphere we want to debate critically about ourselves and society. Fundamentally we welcome a respectful togetherness, mututal consideration and a common transfer of responsibility. We want all people to feel comfortable and to be able to develop freely without exceeding the boundaries of others, even if those boundaries are not obvious. It’s about a more true life amidst wrongs.

Discrimination and the exceeding of personal limits are daily occurrences in our society. Therefore it can not be ruled out that displeasing situations might occur. Appropriate responses to these situations are then required, so the camp space can be as pleasant and as safe as possible. However these responses should neither be unplanned nor arbitrary, and so we wanted to give some thoughts about social interactions on the camp. We consider limits to be exceeded once the humanity of someone is not being acknowledged. We will not allow any space for such attitudes.

We distinguish various actions: in our view an assault or a discriminating affront is different to a frivolous use of a term with discriminating implications. How we will deal with such incidents, we will decide in the moment of the particular situation. If people, however, are resistant to respectful interaction we will expel them/ the person from the camp.

Our priority: respecting personal boundaries. In the case of limits being passed, the decision of if and how support is needed is up to the affected person themselves. The power of defining what has happened to a person, rests alone with her_thim/ them.

A matter that often leads, especially on summercamps, to a conflict is the exposure to nakedness. For a variety of reasons some humans do not want to have to see naked bodies unasked. This shall apply particularly to the bare male upper bodies, which are socially accepted. This acceptance frequently results in men* taking off their shirt quickly as it gets hot. On the other hand getting undressed can also be empowering e. g. for women* or trans*persons, who are exposed to quite different viewers‘ gazes or comments in public. Therefore we decided to not frame any common rules concerning the exposure to nakedness. Nevertheless we would like to ask you to bear this set of problems in mind and not to take off your shirt without reflection.

The issue of desire is a broad area of conflict – getting to know each other, gabbing, getting attached to one another, flirting is all well and good as long as it remains a mutual agreement. In general it would be ideal, if all actions be based on respectful decision-making by consensus by the people involved. However consent given in one situation does not mean it is given for all situations.

Discussions and debates are important and encouraged, but are most productive with respect, without domination over another person.

In case it still gets down to discrimination, disrespecting of personal boundaries or you feel uncomfortable because of other reasons, we thought about the following possibilities:

Support/ Backup
The backers can be contacted on the following number: 01577-77 13 102
What the support can look like is up to you – we won‘t do anything that you don‘t want.

Transformative work
Our attention will focus on the support of the people that are affected by disrespecting of personal boundaries, discrimination and/ or violence. Nonetheless it is our standard to support the offending person to reflect on and change their behaviour. We are fully conscious, however, of the fact that the duration of the camp can not create an all-encompassing change. This matter is the main responsibility to the offending person themsleves and his/their/her environment.

Safer spaces
„Safer space“ (more safe, more secure space/room) is what we would like the entire camp to be. Yet there will still be extra secure areas:

Inside
There will be two rooms on the camp which are tagged as “safer space” from Friday to Monday. These rooms, marked with a sign, are located in the „White House“ on the second floor. There you can retire, be alone, or be just with the persons that you are in need of right in that moment.

Outside
There will be a tent on the camp with 24-hour access, where you may also withdraw or read some information on awareness and support in a calm atmosphere.

Further spaces
Social relationships of domination/influence make an impact on spaces. In order to counteract these, it may be wise to create exclusionary spaces. For the moment there are a sleeping rooms and sanitary facilities for women*.

Domestic authority/ Sanctity of the home
The sanctity of the home falls to the preperation group during the entire camp.

Critique
With our thoughts on „social relations“ we want to contribute to a relaxed and respectful atmosphere on the camp. We try to shape our basics principals and lines of action as transparently as possible. If there is resentment or critique we will provide a framework to discuss them together.

With this in mind: let us try a more true life amidst wrongs.

The * shall visualize the social construction of „men“ and „women“.

Translation

If you need translation during the camp, please contact us before the camp. We will also announce before the camp and on the different language pages, which languages we will have folks to do translation for. If you would like to do translation, please contact us!
The translations will be as whisper translations. This means that folks needing translation, i.e. from German to English, are sitting together with the translator. The translator will summarize the content of the workshop or presentation while whispering. There will be no simultaneous translation – except for German sign language.

Transport

The camp will take place at some kind of castle called “Burg Lohra” that is situated in the free state of Thuringia (region of Nordhausen). The easiest way to come by car is to take the highway A38. If you prefer to take the train instead, the nearest station called “Gebra/Hainleite” is located on the railway track between Halle/Saale and Kassel. From the station, you would have to walk about five kilometers or to take a car or bike for the last 6 kilometers. Please note that you would have to challenge about 250m difference in altitude. Unfortunately, there are no bus connections between the castle and the train station but we are trying to make a shuttle possible (see Shuttle). Several times per day, there are buses from Bleicherode via Gebra/Hainleite that stop in Großlohra. There will be enough parking space at the castle if you come by car.

Wheelchair accessibility

We are sorry: because of incorrect information we have to announce that neither the castle nor the entire site and community places/buildings are wheelchair accessible.

We are looking forward to spending amazing, but also relaxing days with you!