We’re waiting for you in Osada!
May - October 2024
- you are concerned about what is happening to the world
- you want to explore ways of being that are relevant to the issues of our times
- you are looking for people who, like you, want to learn how to live bravely and wisely in the face of the poly-crisis
- you feel anxiety/sadness/anger/powerlessness/confusion related to the crises
- you are open to looking deeper and proactively at these emotions
- you are looking for a place where in the context of a wider community you can learn the art of growing up and being a true adult
- you are trying to find your gifts to the world and get better at contributing them
- you want to be close to nature, the Earth, and your body
…...there is a good chance that Osada is the place for you!
What is Osada?
Osada is a living laboratory, focused on exploring questions and practices related to being human at a moment that poses key challenges to humanity.
We serve as a haven for people who do not want to run away from these challenges but need support to fulfill their unique role in the world. We co-create a village that helps people mature and cultivate concern for the common pasture. In what may seem like an individual challenge to you, we see a hidden wisdom and calling. We ‘compost’ unhealthy pieces of modernity that we carry inside and act out in groups. We live more fully in the face of omnipresent death, not in its denial. We accompany each other in embracing the pain of the world, allowing it to transform us, remind us of what is truly important, and show us what is ours to be done.
We are not:
- self-development center focused on the individual
- an activist collective
- an adventure to be consumed
- a place of passive mourning or contemplation
- a micro-utopia detached from the rest of the world
- an idyllic ecovillage full of chill, fun and excitement
What will you find here?
Perhaps you will meet your herd here - people rooted in common values and experienced with psychological, facilitation, activist, scientific, artistic, or nature-related work.
Everyday life in Osada consists of shared meals, physical work (e.g. tending the garden, building a house, chopping wood), and practices that deepen our contact with the polycrisis and each other. We also meet daily in circles, in workshop spaces or to read books or poetry crucial to our main questions.
We learn and draw wisdom from such approaches as Hospicing Modernity, Work that Reconnects, Griefwork & Orphan Wisdom, Regenerative Cultures, Soulcraft, Theater of the Oppressed, Deep Adaptation, and many more. We work with the body, emotions, and intellect. We sing by the fire and bravely meet our sorrows. All this so that we can better respond together to the challenges of our times.
Over the summer we will invite various groups to visit us.
The main event this summer will be a month-long Laboratory adequate to the times of the polycrisis. A university one wants and should attend encompasses more than the intellect. Our intention is to create conditions for deep work on the internal, group and being-in-the-world levels. It will be supported by the wisdom and experience of people whom we see as elders - teachers responding to today's challenges. We will end our time of learning together by harvesting, celebrating and sharing the results of this inquiry with the rest of the world.
What are you invited to?
We invite you to become a part of the community - to participate in the everyday life, work, and practices of the village. To contribute your ideas and skills. To discover every day how to be human in times of the polycrisis.
We are rooted on the outskirts of the village in the Drawskie Lake District, far away from the city, between wide meadows and beautiful forests. We learn about the place we live in, its essence, and its role in the region. We sleep in modest conditions, in tents. We regenerate the ecosystem and cultivate the Market Garden using a permaculture approach.
It is an invitation to try to live with others as if what is happening is really happening. It is an invitation to openness, courage and perseverance. Living in a community every day and trying to be in deep contact with the people around you and with the context of the challenges of our times is a beautiful and demanding adventure.
Will you join us?
We are now inviting for people who want to spend at least a month with us. If you are one of them, we invite you to fill out the form.
We invite persons of all ages and nationalities, and if you are under 31 years of age, an EU-country citizen, and want to spend up to 6 months with us (minimum 1,5), we encourage you to apply for places financed by the European Solidarity Corps. Your transport, stay and small pocket money will be fully covered.
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