Workshop: CO-CREATORS: Paradisial nudity as fundamental for community recovery by revealing and accepting truth

developed and facilitated by Sylvia Serena Hadjigeorgiou with the curatorial support of Chrystalleni Loizidou

Part of the Deep Commons Conference, on Saturday October 29th, 13:15pm. To take part call 99802833.

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.

Continue reading “Workshop: CO-CREATORS: Paradisial nudity as fundamental for community recovery by revealing and accepting truth”

Workshop: Connective practices in community-integrated arts, nature- and tradition-based learning and care, across the divisions of Cyprus

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:

Continue reading “Workshop: Connective practices in community-integrated arts, nature- and tradition-based learning and care, across the divisions of Cyprus”

Notes towards an afternoon program

I’m working to write down the types of exchange and resources the Eimaste network is currently able to share in the Aglantzia area. For example, I’d love to make my foraging trips up the hill here a little more regular and set on the same day each week, so that more families/kids can join. Sometimes it’s edible things (collecting and cleaning prickly pears is such an amazing adventure at the moment), and sometimes it’s materials that we can craft with, use to make baskets, practice knots, and so on.
At the same time I’m finding beautifully supportive material around exchange beyond money ❤ Here’s my notes from Marshal Rosenberg’s work on nonviolent communication and money:
“Three things:
  1. Never pay money for anything
  2. Never charge money for anything
  3. Transform the concept of worth
Let’s get it out of our head that “anything is worth a certain amount of money.” Let’s get rid of the word “pay”. Instead “give” money, give it so you can serve life in the way you want to serve it. Never “charge” money for anything you do. “Request” money from people to help you do the work you want to do. Don’t ever say “I’ll only give you what I do if you give me money”. I’ll be glad to give you what I offer and I’d like you to give me some money so that I can keep giving it to others. […] Never do anything for money. Do what meets your needs for meaning, and request the money you need to do that. “
I call on you amazing people, who found yourself in this group, to find ways to share in this way and recover community.
Image of a salad made with Sylvia, who shares like noone else I know, of Othonas’ castle made of gifts and foraged materials, with a nod to Lital and Vinas for their inspiration, and to Christina who keeps reminding me that this really is possible.

“It takes a village”: Weekly Parents Circle and Waldorf Pedagogy for the Early Years with Erika Wieser

Online, Tuesdays 9pm – contact 99586369 for details

This is an ongoing series of consultations focusing on the Applied aspects of Waldorf-Steiner Early Years Education and unlearning-related wisdom, addressed to educators as well as interested parents. 

Current assignments

  • Collect individual articulations and put together a shared vision in keywords: Capture collective intention: what we wish for the child: which wishes do we have for the body: for the soul: for the spirit 
  • Parents Circle on Nonviolent Communication  and Ethos for parental cooperation

Themes covered

March 30, 9pm -The Twelve Senses: We have twelve senses and these senses are our doors to this world. How do we nourish these senses so that the child can have good roots in this reality?

  • Rhythm and transitions
  • Role models
  • Pedagogic material and activities
  • Family-specific questions and solutions
  • How to connect and meet age-specific challenges
  • Questions about each child’s developmental journey

Erika Wieser biography

I am a Kindergarten Teacher since 1978. Two years working in the Linz Tobacco Factory Kindergarten in Upper Austria showed me that I didn’t know anything about “difficult children” and that I had to continue my education. I went to Vienna for the next two years to complete the school for children with disabilities and then worked for the next 3 years in Christoph Lesigang’s outpatient department for children with multiple disabilities. Professor Lesigang was an excellent anthroposophic doctor for children and I was lucky to learn a lot from his behavior with children and parents. I worked with the children and gave advice to the parents. After the wonderful years in Vienna I came by accident to Greece where I fell in love with my husband Dimitris Papaioannou, a painter of Byzantine icons. When we came back to Austria, I worked for the next 10 years with children with severe disabilities in a dedicated kindergarten. In 1994 my daughter Myriam came to this world and changed my life. In 1996 I started studying Waldorf Education in Vienna which lasted 3 years, completing my final thesis on the subject of the tactile sense. For 5 years I was special assistant in the two Waldorf Kindergartens in Linz for children with additional needs, and finally, 13 years before my retirement, I started and led a natural Kindergarten on a farm focusing on Waldorf Education. Beside my work I taught for 10 years Basal Stimulation for Kindergarten teachers for children with additional needs. For three years I was working with adolescents with very difficult childhoods and trauma from the war in Bosnia. I am a trainer of health gymnastics since 1985. I am a beekeeper since 2005. Now I am in pension and I am lucky to do what I like most: to share my experiences.