With great joy we invite families to join the new cycle of the “Eimaste” Parents Cooperative, for 2023. Our plan is to offer tailored childcare and learning resources responding to shared needs, building on the experience we’ve gathered since 2019. Our goal is to create a childcare environment and rhythm based on beautiful community and a sense of emotional security and belonging, where our children are safely able to learn and explore, embedded in a broader, reliable support-system of like-minded families. “Eimaste” serves as the foundation and primary infrastructure made up by pedagogues, spaces, materials, accummulated knowledge and best practices with elements from the Waldorf-Steiner, Forest School, “parenting by connection” and worldschooling movements.
We are able to support two mixed age cooperative pods one for the morning and one for the afternoon, made up of 4-8 families each. Contact Chrystalleni, our coordinator, at 99586369 to learn more and sign up for our Open Day on January 21st.
invitation to circle and harvest 14:00 19 Nov. 2022
part of “Connective practices in community-integrated arts, nature- and tradition-based learning and care, across the divisions of Cyprus” developed for the Artistic Connective Practices Symposium, Fontys University Tilburg,
facilitated by Chrystalleni Loizidou and Hülya Dede
In the beginning there is flow. There is the “being in the rhythms of nature”, the “being in social connection”, with uninterrupted experimentation and creativity, the feeling of the elements and the seasons, the observing and the doing, the running and climbing and picking fruit and making shelter, and getting sand between your toes. There is the joy and gratitude of harvest. But then the care-work that reproduces the “being in the rhythms of nature” is imprisoned by top-down notions of education and productivity. These impositions dominate the doing and life, so they separate us from the flow and our rhythms. Being and doing are turned into work and people into things. Thus the world is crazy, and revolts are practices of rediscovering connection and rhythm.
From Greek history and mythology to the myth of Genesis we explore the ripples of losing the connection of co-creating life, of losing our paradisial innocence. We heal by enhancing our Inner, outer and greater body acceptance through stripping layers of conditioning.
Remember that time you sat together in front of a youtube video, with lots of your friends, taking notes about how to handle conflict in your relationships, and then talking about it? We do this regularly. Get in touch if you’re interested.
Some of us are focusing on opening up the work we’ve been doing together through an online Workshop, part of the international Deep Commons Conference, on Friday October 28th, 11am-1pm.We will be streaming the workshop from Lefkara village and are organising parallel flow for our children to prepare carobs for making carob syrup, science experiments, explore the village and have a bruch picnic. Our aim, after years now of working hard to set-up projects, schools and cooperative spaces, is to just settle and meet our and our children’s everyday needs for clean air, green food and connection. Here is the description: