27. Srpanj 2018 - 13:00
Emerald Gardens , CroatiaDonji Oštrc 51, Zumberak10455

Community Building Experience, Emerald Gardens, Zumberak,Croatia, Anu, Petak, 27. Srpanj 2018

Experiential 10 day experience on how to communicate, work and live in harmony with others.

Are you thinking of creating an eco village or an intentional community? Are you already working in a community or collaborative project? or maybe you are looking to create a community project but are not sure:
- How to begin
- How to find the right people
- How to keep people together in harmony
- How to have fun in the process!

Amazing projects failing to go the distance is a well recognised pattern, and as you may have already experienced, it is usually due to lack of cohesion between people and a clear shared vision.

But there are also well recognised patterns, and plenty of community tools which do allow projects to last... and we are excited to share these with you all. The core part of the experience is about sharing tools that help us to communicate, problem solve and bond. We will learn various tools, experience the tools, build our temporary community, and make sure everyone who wants to facilitate using these tools gets the opportunity to do so.

If you are looking to work better within your community, whatever that may be, this course is not to be missed.
To secure your place email rakeshaji@gmail.com

=== DATES ===
27th July to 5th August 2018: 10 day community building experience
27th & 28th July: Two day introduction to collaborative decision making (sociocracy)

This will be a unique experience. During the 7 days we will look at what causes projects to fail, so we can learn to spot potential pitfalls, we will then not only learn, but actively put into practice the patterns and tools that allow projects and communities to succeed.

You will walk away knowing that it is possible to live and work in harmony with other people. You will have knowledge of a rich set of tools and have experienced using them in a collective setting, 7 days we will form a community that works out how to live together in harmony. Collaborative decision making forms the basis of how we will work together hence the first 2 days of this experience will be focused on learning and using an invaluable community decision making tool called sociocracy (also known as Dynamic governance). Sociocracy has 95 years of experience in allowing individuals needs to be heard, and used to form a cohesive project with actions that every person consents to.

For people who cannot make the whole 10 day experience, you can attend the first 2 days on sociocracy as a stand alone course (more information on sociocracy is provided at the end)

For the remaining 8 days we will use sociocracy to make decisions including how we structuring our time together to meet everyone's needs and encourage everyone to share their gifts for the benefit of all.

Suggested structure of our days (open to discussion and re-design): Before lunch we will present various tools related to community building combined with activities. After lunch we will decide what hands on activities we will design and implement together. The venue wants to be converted from a weekend house to a place where someone can live all year in abundance, using permaculture and forest gardening design. So we will collectively design and implement parts of this exciting transition.

The following are some examples of the community tools we can explore together over the 8 remaining days after the sociocracy course.
• Thriving in community (how to identify successful patterns for communal living and working, and associated tools)
• Dragon dreaming (how to create outrageously successful community projects)
• Six thinking hats (good communication skills)
• Forming storming, norming, performing (patterns of a healthy human relationships)
• Spirals of abundance (how to create abundance in relationships)
• The work that reconnects (replacing activist burnout with creative solutions to achieve your activist goals)
• Prama (how to create physical, mental and spiritual balance individually and in a community)
. Forum (a tool for communities to deeply share and better understand each other)
. Hero's journey (Using patterns which are common to all hero stories so we can understand our personal hero's journey)

As we find out our needs, more exciting and useful community building tools will emerge, so the above list is by no means complete.

We would also like to propose that we collaboratively design and implement a permaculture design of the venue, so we leave a legacy behind. We can also implement some small physical structures such as a fire pit, a Biochar burner, a compost toilet, raised beds or anything that we dream of and consent to build (we could build more than one thing, if that is what we consent to).

=== COST ===

Amount for the teacher is by donation. Suggest between €150 and €400 for the 10 days.

Food is organised by the participants so bring enough ingredients for the first 3 days, thereafter we will decide using collaborative decision making. Typically this works out to be €5 per day, so approx €35 for the week. But that depends on what everyone decides to buy (simple local food or expensive imported organic)

Camping option
For people on a budget, we can offer camping accommodation for which we will ask a donation towards water, electricity, etc (somewhere in the region of €15 to €25 will suffice)

Indoor Option
For indoor accommodation (a bed in a shared room), we can offer a discounted rate from the venue's normal accommodation rate. For the 10 days of the course we will ask €150 (approximately €15 per day), instead of the normal €250.


Emerald Gardens is located in Žumberak Nature Park which is far enough into the wilderness, yet just an hour drive from Zagreb. The abundance of Hills and Valleys is supportive to the diversety of plant and animal life which is thriving on the edges. 5 hectars of land that we have in our care is open for design and enrichment. Always inspired by the Natures way of Abundance and sharing
More outs and abouts with map, can be found on the link below:

We have 2 rooms, both of which have 4 beds, plus an attic, which can sleep 10 people.
For those who prefer, there is also plenty of camping space.


Rakesh is an experienced low impact living designer and teacher from the UK, specialising in community resilience, permaculture, creating food forests and low maintenance food growing systems. He has worked as an advisor to several community projects in London and throughout Europe and has taught in many countries around the world. Rakesh has turned his dyslexia to his advantage by developing a talent for observation and hands on learning and teaching methods. At a young age he established a successful computer consultancy and, after achieving financial independence, acquired skills as a homeopath and yoga teacher which he put to use in Ananda Marga humanitarian relief projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Along with Permaculture Rakesh focuses on the human skills of communication and planning so necessary for successful communities.


“You have given me a massive gift, a gift of new lessons, of deep connections, of sharing love and you have given me new vision – both massively inspiring and also deeply challenging. I leave here feeling ever inspired to keep growing and expanding and i know i am only one of many who have left feeling this way after learning from you.” Talia

“Thanks a lot for all this knowledge and experience. It was so great to learn from you and go deeper in the topic of communities” Jesika

“A great journey of learning and collaboration. This was an incredible highlight for me and such a transformative experience. Thank you for taking me along on the journey. I am eager for more!” Stef

“Our community experienced a transformative, deeply moving group journey under your guidance. You were in so many ways our guardian. Thank you for your honesty and commitment to enable the group and each of us individually. “ Rebecca


Sociocracy was developed as a new method of governing businesses, but it has also been adopted in many different kinds of public, private, non-profit, and community organizations as well as in professional associations.

Consent as defined and practiced in sociocratic organizations is claimed to be a more efficient and effective decision-making method than autocratic decision-making because it protects the ability of each member and unit of an organization to work toward the aim effectively. In the end this decision-making method builds trust and understanding, even though its objective is to reduce friction and facilitate effective action. The consent process educates the participants about the needs of the other members in doing their work effectively.

The well-defined, information-based, and highly disciplined decision-making process helps organizations stay focused and move swiftly through examining an issue and making decisions. The feedback structure between circles and the involvement of all members of the organization in the policy making process ensures a united organization.

Sociocratic principles are now applied around the world in corporations, small businesses, nursing homes, colleges, ecovillages and cohousing communities, religious organizations, private schools, and international professional and educational membership organizations.


===== CONTACTS ====
For more info please contact

Rakesh Email: rakeshaji@gmail.com (course content)
Katya (venue and accommodation)

Petak, 27. Srpanj 2018, Anu, Community Building Experience, Emerald Gardens, Zumberak,Croatia

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