Project "Zähne putzen"

Retreat spaces for activists of social-ecological change in ecovillages, communities and political communes

Dear people, if you have a need for relaxation and retreat in your activism, please contact us.

In order to support you, we have been forming a welfare network in cooperation with a large number of ecovillages, political communes and some smaller communities since May 2019. Nowadays more than 20 places provide their rooms and competences to you, in large part freely-given. This initiative comes from the desire to show solidarity and to work together for the socio-ecological change that we need.

We are a subproject of the Global Ecovillage Network Deutschland e.V. and linked up with the Kommuja Network and the #by2020WeRiseUp campaign.

Take a retreat

What you need to recover, reflect and strengthen, you know best for yourself. That is why we would like to support you in finding a place for your needs. A place to ‘retreat’. You can get in touch with us at any time and together we will see which of the communities fit your needs for your time of recovery. At the same time, please remember that it usually takes a week or two to organize your stay.

We have very diverse places: From small alternative house projects to large ecovillages, from places in northern Germany to Austria and Switzerland (a map of the projects can be found under ‘Retreat Places‘). Some can accommodate larger groups for longer periods of time, others rather fewer people and/or for a shorter stay. And you can of course also use our services as an individual.

If you moreover wish to be accompanied explicitly in the processing of stressful experiences, we will see if we can find a suitable place and facilitator for you.

For further psychological/psychotherapeutic support we also work together with the organisation „Psychologists for Future“.

Legal assistance

In order to support activists of change, we also want to be able to provide legal assistance and financial relief to people who fall through existing structures in case of possible litigation costs. Here, we are still in the process of building up and knitting networks. There are, however, people with legal assistance knowledge in our team. If you have needs and/or questions here, please feel free to contact us.

Our understanding of activism

It is important for us to stress that we have a broad understanding of activism. Thus, we also think in terms of a broad understanding of social-ecological change. For us, for example, sea rescue on the Mediterranean sea is as elementary as queer feminist revolt or the construction of solidary economies. In our perception, all these ‘different’ movements come together and support each other. In addition, we also want to address people who tend to stay in the background, take care of others or support the movements from a distance. With our care network want to strengthen you in all your manifold activities.

We would also like to invite you not to start thinking about recovery, when you are already at or above your stress limit. Overall, we want to promote a regenerative activist culture where we all take ourselves seriously in staying healthy and effective at the same time.

Of course we do not offer any space for discriminating and inhuman attitudes within our network.

Contact us

You are welcome to contact us via the following e-mail address: retreat_in_gemeinschaften@riseup.net   (Public Key)

Here you can also inquire about the possibilities of psychological support or legal assistance, and which framework conditions you can find in the individual projects.

Write us if you have any other questions, criticism or if you would like to support us in one way or another. For example through additional rooms or your own abilities in the psychological accompaniment of activists.

In order to be able to continue our project, monetary donations are also necessary for us and a large support.