Deadline for registrations extended till 31 July 2022! Apply today!

What is it about?

Lectures

Workshops

Community

Being in nature

Spirituality

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🦚 Why Eco Summer Camp?

From wild consumption to responsible engagement. The struggle against environmental degradation and the preservation of our planet must first and foremost become a cultural movement in which everyone assumes their own responsibility, as individuals and in cooperation with their peers; knowing, however, that any true and lasting change is only possible through a deep change in one’s own inner attitude.

Thus, we are all called upon to make our personal contribution as well. The time to merely delegate our future to others is over. Only in this way can we bring about changes in the long term that will deeply transform our society from within, so that we can look to the future with confidence – for ourselves and for the generations to come.

🌎 Dates and Location

The Summer Camp will take place at the Lassalle-Haus from August 25th to September 1st 2022 (Thursday to Thursday).

ℹ️ More details

  • For young people between the age of 18-35 and a small number of older participants
  • The cost will range from 310 (four-bedroom without shower) to 610 Euros (single room with shower)
  • All the details available below

🎓 Speakers

Dr. Sabin Bieri

University of Bern, Director, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Head of Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster

Prof. Dr. Gaël Giraud

Georgetown University (USA); Director | Environmental Justice Program; Senior researcher | CNRS

Dr. Monika Griefahn

Former Minister of the Environment of Lower Saxony and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle design

Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo – Buchinger

Scientific Director of the Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic

Pia Hollenstein

Former member of the Swiss Parliament and co-founder of the movement KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz

Bernd Nilles

CEO of Fastenaktion “Ending hunger together”

Max Schachinger

Member of the Supervisory Board of Schachinger Logistik (Austria); Former CEO of Schachinger Logistik

em. Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) ; Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)

Ursula Popp

Instructor and meditation coach, ursulapopp.ch

Peter Rožič

Coach & personal consulting

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After the success of the first edition of the Eco Summer Camp in 2021 (see also the Program 2021), this year it will be held and in an extended version. About 60 students and young professionals (18-35) are expected to participate from all over Europe alongside a dozen experts and scholars.

This year, the holistic aspect of the week will be reaffirmed by increasing hands-on activities, such as sustainable cooking, gardening, and more time in nature. Furthermore, this year about 10 people over 35 years old will be allowed to participate in the camp in order to promote the dialogue between the generations and to allow a mutual learning process from each other, which is essential for the common path toward a brighter future.

Deadline for registrations extended till 31 July 2022! Apply today!

All important information

Program

Check the program for 2022 edition here.

Organizers

The Eco Summer Camp has been launched by the Lassalle-Institut and is jointly organised by

Furthermore, experts will be involved from

  • Georgetown University
  • Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic
Experts

The following Keynotes speakers will be present this year

Dr. Sabin Bieri
University of Bern
Director, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Head of Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster

Prof. Dr. Gaël Giraud
Georgetown University (USA)
Director | Environmental Justice Program
Senior researcher | CNRS

Dr. Monika Griefahn
Former Minister of the Environment of Lower Saxony and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle design

Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo – Buchinger
Scientific Director of the Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic

Pia Hollenstein
Former member of the Swiss Parliament and co-founder of the movement KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz

Bernd Nilles
CEO of Fastenaktion “Ending hunger together”

Max Schachinger
Member of the Supervisory Board of Schachinger Logistik (Austria)
Former CEO of Schachinger Logistik

em. Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
 
Ursula Popp
Instructor and meditation coach, ursulapopp.ch
 
Peter Rožič
Coach & personal consulting
Objective

The aim of the camp is to broaden the horizons of the participants and to strengthen an international network of young people who contribute to a true cultural change in environmental issues. The guiding principles throughout the entire week will be focusing on our consumption behaviour as individuals as well as that of our society, since we believe that transforming our consumption behaviour is one of the most important prerequisites for building an ecologically sustainable society.

All participants as well as the experts will be on campus during the whole time in order to promote personal encounters as well as personal growth, through a direct and an informal transfer of knowledge.

Through an innovative pedagogy (self-reflection, excursions, encounters, etc.) in the framework of a holistic approach (head, heart and hands), the participants have the opportunity not only to listen to outstanding speakers, but also to foster interpersonal growth through a mindful approach (e.g. eco-spirituality, meditation etc.) as well as through a practical contribution to organising the week (harvesting, cooking, cleaning etc.).

Experience shows that such a pedagogy, which not only touches the intellectual sphere, but also considers the spiritual as well as the practical dimension, is a more effective way to foster change in one’s own everyday life.

Whom are we addressing?

The camp is intended for young people residing in Europe between the ages of 18 and 35, who are interested in widening not only their personal knowledge about ecological issues, but in experiencing a unique opportunity to enlarge their own network in meeting peers and experts from all over Europe, while engaging in a constructive dialogue and discourse.

Moreover, this year about 10 people over 35 years (retired people as well as professionals) are allowed to participate in the Eco Summer Camp.

The official language of the gathering is English. Applicants should have at least a B2 level in English.

Where does the Eco Summer Camp take place?

The Summer Camp will take place at the Lassalle-Haus, a unique educational institution committed to a more peaceful and just world. The Lassalle-Haus is a centre for spirituality, dialogue and responsibility founded by the Swiss Jesuits and held as a place for Zen meditation, yoga, Ignatian exercises or Christian contemplation. Although there is a spiritual dimension to the Eco Summer Camp, the program will be held in a non-confessional way open to everyone. The Lassalle-Haus is located outside the city, surrounded by nature and farms. The place invites you to leave everyday life behind and to engage with people and topics in an undisturbed manner.

Cost

The total expenses for participants of the camp in 2022 will range from 310 (four-bed room without shower) to 610 Euros (single room with shower). Please take into consideration that there is limited room availability, therefore, free choice of accommodation is limited. The expenses are all-inclusive and include accommodation, on-site catering, excursions, course fees as well as office supplies. In short, there are no additional costs of any kind.

Participants who are over 35 years old will pay the full accommodation price.

Application for young people (18 to 35)
To ensure a fair proportion of participants from different European countries, varied personal background and gender will be taken into consideration. To ensure the participation of a variety of highly motivated people, a paper-based selection will follow upon registration for the “Eco Summer Camp”. For further information please refer to the application form.

The application process is open. All applications must be submitted at the latest by 31 July 20222 June 30 2022 (deadline extended). All applicants will be informed no later than within fourteen days of the aforementioned deadline. They will be notified whether they have been accepted, wait-listed or unfortunately rejected.

If you are a student, there is a possibility that the Eco Summer Camp counts as part of for your studies (e. g. as elective for 3 ECTS). Please clarify this with the responsible person of your home university in advance.

Application for age over 35

This year, the holistic aspect of the week will be reaffirmed by increasing hands-on activities, such as sustainable cooking, gardening, and more time in nature. Furthermore, this year about 10 people over 35 years old will be allowed to participate in the camp in order to promote the dialogue between the generations and to allow a mutual learning process from each other, which is essential for the common path toward a brighter future.

Apply here

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Valerio Ciriello SJ

Lassalle-Institut

Bad Schönbrunn

6313 Edlibach

Switzerland

 

E-Mail: ecosummercamp@lassalle-institut.org

«My heart beats for an ecological turnaround that will bring about an inner and social transformation that promises us and future generations a prosperous and bright future instead of the downfall of an entire civilisation.»

 

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Former participants said…

“I enjoyed the session with Sabin; I could go deeper into interconnectivity. I’m looking forward to going further, especially on solutions.”

Melina, Germany

“It is a great opportunity to meet people who have the same goal: protecting our earth.”

Anselm, Germany

“We are motivated to meet other people who life as a vocation the care of our common home, and to learn from them, to be inspired with them.”

Ignacio, Spain, and Valery, Kameroon

This camp is the first time where I exchange with experienced adults, experts in their fields and I feel encouraged to share my point of view as well and to ask them questions.

Sasha, Switzerland

“Let’s make High Tech lower, and connect with the Earth more!”

Sophia, France

“The method(s) of ‘work that reconnects’, which we experienced here, is excellent for the mental health.”

Navahina, France

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SWIFT-Code:  RAIFCH22XXX
Konto lautend auf: Lassalle-Institut, Bad Schönbrunn, 6313 Edlibach

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