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The Eco Summer Camp

 

The Eco Summer Camp is an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-generational sustainability week. Together with outstanding experts, participants will have the opportunity to discuss current global ecological and socio-economic challenges. We will explore sustainable strategies to tackle these challenges and ways to change our own habits

The Eco Summer Camp is also a summer school. This gives our participants the opportunity to earn 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. However, it is not compulsory to apply for ECTS points to participate in the Eco Summer Camp and we warmly encourage non-students to apply

All important information

Program

Click Program 2024 to see a first draft of the program for the Eco Summer Camp 2024. A finalized version will be uploaded at a later time.

Experts

The following speakers will be present this year

Dr. Jeannette Behringer
Sustainability in Research and Teaching. Project Leader Study Week “Sustainable Development and Transformation”. Senior Scientist at the University of Zurich
 
 
Christian Felber
Book author, University lecturer, Initiator of the “Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie” (economy of the common good)
 
 
Prof. Ranka Junge
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
 
 
Seline Friedli
Responsible for Carbon conversation Fastenaktion «Ending hunger together»
 
 
Martin Föhn SJ
Jesuit priest and spiritual mentor (martin.foehn@jesuiten.org)
 
 
Dr. Lilla Gurtner
University of Bern
Cognitive Psychologist (Postdoctoral researcher)
 
 
Dr. Elina Christes
Board Member of LMS Switzerland (Lifestyle Medicine Society Switzerland)
 
 
Martin Kirchner
Founder of Pioneers of Change
 
 
Karthik Rajmohan
Sound and Movement Artist
 
 
Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ
Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change, Philippines
 
 
Fabian Moos SJ
Jesuit priest and member of Ukama Centre for Socio-Ecological Transformation, Nürnberg, Germany
 
 
Dr. Aneeqa Malik
 
 
Dr. Arash Golnam
Psychoanalyst at the CG Jung Institute. More information on https://www.arash.ch/
 
 
Dr. Amar Nayak
Professor at Xavier Institute of Management. Explore his work here
 
 
Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA
 
Giulia Dockerty
Clinical Psychologist, Research Assistant (University of Florence), member of the Italian Climate Change Anxiety Association
 
Dr. Stefan Einsiedel
Researcher and Managing Director of the Center for Social and Development Studies (Zentrum für Globale Fragen), Munich School of Philosophy
 
Miriam Kisilu
Agroecology project advisor of Fastenaktion’s Country Coordination Unit Kenya (Online participation)
 
Benno Steffen
Thematic advisor Agroecology and Programme Manager Haiti at Fastenaktion
 
Jan Maisenbacher
Mentor and facilitator for teamwork, participation and transformation
Objective

The camp aims to broaden the participants’ horizons  and  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 focus on our consumption behavior as individuals and that of our society, since we believe that transforming our consumption behavior 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 to promote personal encounters as well as personal growth through a direct and informal transfer of knowledge.

Through an innovative pedagogy (self- amd group-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 organizing the week (harvesting, cooking, cleaning, etc.).

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

Who are we addressing?

The camp is intended for people 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 the world while engaging in a constructive dialogue and discourse.

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? (Accessibility)

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.

Accessibility

The Lassalle-Haus is not wheelchair accessible. There are no barrier-free rooms available on site.

Arrival by car: The Lassalle-Haus is easily accessible by car.

Arrival by public transport: Trains from Lucerne or Zurich run every half hour to Zug. Each train has a bus connection to Edlibach, Bad Schönbrunn within 10 minutes.
From Bahnhofplatz in Zug, take bus no. 602 in the direction of Menzingen to the Bad Schönbrunn stop (stop on request). The journey from the station to Bad Schönbrunn takes just under 12 minutes.

Cost

The total expenses for camp participants in 2023 will range according to room choice and age from 590.- CHF (Women only, four-bed room without shower) to 1’030.- CHF (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 as well as office supplies.

Students don’t have to pay any additional fees. However, participants until 35 years will pay 200.- CHF, participants older than 35 will pay 400.- CHF as a course fee.

Please be aware, in all transparency, that the actual costs for rooms, speakers, or facilitators are higher than the fee. Still, the Eco Summer Camp needs donations to finance the wonderful program.

ECTS

From 2024, the Eco Summer Camp will become a summer school. This will give participants the opportunity to apply for 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

Classes take the form of lectures, discussion seminars, workshops, and excursions during the week.

Bachelor: The examination is taken in two ways: 1. Students are expected to do assigned readings and participate actively in working sessions (60% of the final grade); and 2. The entire course’s content will be examined through a written home assignment at the end of the course on a topic occurring during the course (40% of the final grade) amounting to five-page research paper. The home assignment is due no later than three weeks after participating at the Eco Summer Camp.

Master: The examination is taken in two ways: 1. Students are expected to do assigned readings and participate actively in working sessions (40% of the final grade); and 2. The entire course’s content will be examined through a written home assignment at the end of the course on a topic occurring during the course (60% of the final grade) amounting to ten-pages written research paper. The home assignment is due no later than three weeks after participating at the Eco Summer Camp.

Application for students until 30

This application is for students under 30 only. If you are a student over 30 please use the application form for “age 18-35” or “over 35” accordingly.

We are eager to ensure a fair proportion of participants from different countries around the World, with varied personal backgrounds, and gender. Moreover, to ensure the participation 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 June 15th, 2024. All applicants will be informed no later than within fourteen days of the deadline. They will be notified whether they have been accepted, wait-listed, or unfortunately rejected.

Application for people from 18 to 35

We are eager to ensure a fair proportion of participants from different countries around the World, with varied personal backgrounds, and gender. Moreover, to ensure the participation 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 June 15th, 2024. All applicants will be informed no later than within fourteen days of the deadline. They will be notified whether they have been accepted, wait-listed, or unfortunately rejected.

Application for people over 35

We are eager to ensure a fair proportion of participants from different countries around the World, with varied personal backgrounds, and gender. Moreover, to ensure the participation 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 June 15th, 2024. All applicants will be informed no later than within fourteen days of the deadline. They will be notified whether they have been accepted, wait-listed, or unfortunately rejected.

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.»

 

Sponsors

Lassalle Institut

Ernst Göhner Stiftung

Heinrich & Julie Sandmeier-Streiff Stiftung

Jesuiten Weltweit (Deutschland)

Jesuiten Weltweit (Schweiz)

Jurt Stiftung

Katholische Kirchengemeinde Steinhausen

Katholische Landeskirche Kanton Zürich

Kirchengemeinde Baar

Katholische Landeskirche Kanton Luzern

Reformierte Kirche Kanton Aargau

Reformierte Kirche Kanton Zug

 

 

Join Edition 2024

Edition 2024: 18th-25th of August 2024 at the Lassalle-Haus in Switzerland

After the success of the Eco Summer Camp 2021, 2022 and 2023 this year, students, young professionals, less young professionals, and seniors are expected to participate from all over the world alongside a dozen experts and scholars. With our one-week academy, young people (18-35), our future decision-makers, can exchange ideas with experts and like-minded people at eye level. Moreover, with the participation of less young generations (over 35), younger people can also tap into the wealth of experience of older ones. We believe that these fruitful encounters will contribute to advancing the ecological, social and spiritual transformation within our society, as the ecological transformation of our individual and collective living-styles can only succeed if we all see ourselves as part of a common and sole destiny.

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. We want to promote the dialogue between the generations and allow a mutual learning process from each other, which is essential for the common path toward a brighter future.

Edition 2024

Experts 2024

Dr. Jeannette Behringer

Sustainability in Research and Teaching. Project Leader Study Week “Sustainable Development and Transformation”. Senior Scientist at the University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge

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

Christian Felber

Book author, University lecturer, Initiator of the “Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie” (economy of the common good) www.ecogood.org
Photo: Robert Gortana

Dr. Elina Christes

Board Member of LMS Switzerland (Lifestyle Medicine Society Switzerland)

Dr. Lilla Gurtner

University of Bern; Cognitive Psychologist (Postdoctoral researcher), Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Martin Föhn SJ

Jesuit priest and spiritual mentor

Martin Kirchner

Giulia Dockerty 

Clinical Psychologist, Research Assistant (University of Florence), member of the Italian Climate Change Anxiety Association

Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ

Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change, Philippines

Karthik Rajmohan

Sound and Movement Artist Karthik Rajmohan

Seline Friedli

Responsible for Carbon conversation at Fastenaktion «Ending hunger together»

Miriam Kisilu

Agroecology project advisor of Fastenaktion’s Country Coordination Unit Kenya (Online participation)

Dr. Amar Nayak

Professor at Xavier Institute of Management. Explore his work here

Dr. Stefan Einsiedel

Researcher and Managing Director of the Center for Social and Development Studies (Zentrum für Globale Fragen), Munich School of Philosophy

Benno Steffen

Thematic advisor Agroecology and Programme Manager Haiti at Fastenaktion

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA 

Dr. Arash Golnam

Psychoanalyst at the CG Jung Institute. More information on https://www.arash.ch/

 

 

Fabian Moos SJ

Jesuit priest and member of Ukama Centre for Socio-Ecological Transformation, Nürnberg, Germany

Organizing team

Valerio Ciriello SJ

Founder of the Eco Summer Camp

Jakob Ellensohn

Program Designer and Moderator for the Eco Summer Camp

Hafsa El Horri

Co-Moderator for the Eco Summer Camp

Theo Haas

Administration and Fundraising

Max Schachinger

Advisor for the Eco Summer Camp
Member of the Supervisory Board of Schachinger Logistik (Austria)

Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge

Advisor for the Eco Summer Camp
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Dr. Vanja Romlin

Study director of the Eco Summer Camp

Jan Maisenbacher

Mentor and facilitator for teamwork, participation and transformation. More information on janmaisenbacher.com

Lectures

The lectures are held by an international mix of experts in socioeconomics, ecology, environmental economics, politics, activism, mindfulness, fasting, ecological engineering, and logistics. You learn about actual developments and worldwide challenges concerning the ecological transition and how climate change affects our society, economy, and political system. The experts share their professional and personal experiences with you. Every class is a place for discussion: you can ask any question you have and share your opinion and thoughts with the experts and participants.

Workshops

The workshops offer an in-depth learning experience in different subjects in connection with nature and sustainability. The participants can choose to learn more about the ecosystem of a forest, eco-farms, sustainable cooking, and sustainability communication.

Community

A sense of community is key for the Eco Summer Camp. In terms of an effective transition towards more sustainability, change is achieved by the exchange of ideas and knowledge and through collaboration. The camp’s goal is to create strong bonds between the participants as well as the experts and maintain this community after the camp. The program contains different forms of interaction between the participants: we have guided reflection groups, cultural evenings, fireside talks, and possibilities to interact during free time

Being in nature

Several excursions and workshops are held in nature during the camp. The goal is to reconnect with nature. The camp takes place at the Lassalle-Haus, located outside the city of Zug, surrounded by nature and farms. In the mornings, you can enjoy a walking meditation in the forest nearby the Lassalle-Haus.

Spirituality

The aspect of spirituality and mindfulness is essential, also when it comes to transformation. You have the opportunity to experience different forms of meditation. The Lassalle-Haus is a center for spirituality, dialogue and responsibility founded by the Swiss Jesuits and has been a centre of welcome ever since, of meeting and dialogue open for every kind of worldview, religious or secular.

From wild consumption to responsible engagement. This is the slogan and goal of the Eco Summer Camp. 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 contributions 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.

Former participants said…

“Belonging to the Eco Summer Camp community has made me see that our land is fragile, but it is also fertile and loved. Now I feel reconnected to responsible engagement, and whenever possible I transmit the experiences and knowledge acquired to the people around me so that what I think, say, and do go hand in hand.”

Esther, Spain

“This camp changed my perception of the world, challenged my thinking about sustainability, and expanded my circle of friends. I am truly grateful for experiencing this joy, new knowledge, culture, and friendship during this journey.”

Uuljan, Kyrgyzstan

“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

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

Navahina, France

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

Sophia, France

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

Melina, Germany

Support us

With your donation, you give people with few resources the opportunity to participate in the camp as well as support the very existence of Eco Summer Camp.

You can donate to our crowdfunding campaign or directly on our account:

Raiffeisenbank Menzingen-Neuheim

IBAN CH08 8080 8004 2073 3072 8

SWIFT-Code:  RAIFCH22XXX

“Eco Summer Camp”

Bad Schönbrunn

6313 Edlibach

Organizers and partners