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I am a freelancer, art therapist and currently working as a circus pedagogue with kids, mainly refugee kids with this organisation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRY2QAtnbQ0.
Sometimes I have a lot of projects and an overdose of people and might just ignore your message completely. Sometimes I have less jobs and might accept guests - Go try your luck ;-)
I am a very easygoing person that can get along with many people and doesnt ever get bored. I have plenty of interests - from dancing and juggling to
painting and listening to (and sometimes doing) music, reading or hanging out with friends. I am very interested in psychology and in political/social issues, racism, gender, ecology, etc. I am curious about alternative lifestyles; alternative education, communal living, ecological lifestyles, etc.
I currently live in a flatshare of 5. We are not an intentional community, but something towards it. Our fridge isa communist and we are part of a Community Supported Agriculture project, because we want to support local organic agriculture. We have a guest platform bed in the corridor which will be yours.
Please include the codeword "gaestehochbett" into your message to show me you have actually read in my profile at least a bit! (it means guest platform bed). I dont anser any messages that dont include this word
some random stuff I am interested in
wiki for DIY appropriate technologies / building low tech stuff
freecyle network http://freecycle.org/
get stuff for free and recycle!
http://www.bewelcome.org/ --> alternative to Mc Couchsurfing ;-)
some interesting places/projects I visited in the last years
- Canmasdeu, Barcelona, Spain:
- Alte Muehle Goemnigk, Germany
ecocommunity near Berlin
- Karlshof, Templin, Germany
interesting cooperative project producing potatoes and other stuff based on solidar exchange not money)
- Balmeggberg, Suisse
most beautiful permaculture farm I know
Tribodar Learning centre, Portugal, ecocommunity
- Centro de Convergencia, Alentejo, Portugal
centro social by gaia network (environmental organisation of Portugal)
- Los Molinos de rio Aguas, Spain
cute little ecovillage
- tamera, Alentejo, portugal
ecovillage, very interesting concepts, tends to be a bit too dogmatic for me personally but superinspiring anyhow
- Matavenero, nothern Spain
ecovillage of Rainbow movement
- larzac, Millau, south france
interesting area with many small farmers cooperatives and alternative people, with networks for exchange of food and services, all resulting in resistance against military camp in the 70s
seminary centre for art and ecology in southern Spain
- Longo Mai network
network of anarchist farms in different countries(dating back to the 70s)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am on couchsurfing since 2005, when it was a pretty small and unknown thing to do. I met a lot of inspiring people through it, soulbrothers and soulsisters from all over, people who touched me deeply and changed my perceptionand my life a lot. Beautiful inspirations! To be honest, I have not used much in the last years. It has changed a lot, and I have changed a lot too.
Nevertheless, dont hesitate to try to contact me, if you think that it will fit and that we have something to share!
I have hosted a lot in the past. Travelling myself I rarely used couchsurfing because I am too spontaneous, but I have nevertheless stayed in many many peoples places in my life and love hospitality exchange a lot. Towards a sharing culture, yeah! :-D
If I am not involved in some workshops or project weeks then you will most likely find me in a park training (juggling with poi, balls, contact ball, staff, fire, ...). If the weather is bad or it is evening I might be in a dance studio ( for a dance class, contact improvisation jam, physical theatre/dance theatre workshop, ...). Or I might just be hanging out with friends and talking talking talking, massaging and cuddling or singing and jamming. Or reading articles about political issues or psychology online.
I love to work on the edge of art and bodywork, which is why I prefer performance, circus, contemporary dance, physical theatre, music to other types of art usually.
I participate in CSA (community supported agriculture) cooperatives since several years and find it the by far best concept to "change the world" that I have come across so far. I was dumpsterdiving and upcycling a lot for many years, now I got a bit lazy about this, but I still support this idea a lot, too.
I am very intested in free schools and unschooling, popular education (Paulo Freire), autodidactic learning and skillsharing. I visited a lot of eco-communities and ecovillages in the past years and feel very inspired by the ways of living that I experienced there. Ahja, for example I am the biggest fan of compost toilets ever! :-D
I am searching for ways to live more sustainable in an ecological and social sense and for ways to integrate our modern lifestyles with permacultural and traditional approaches. I love ecological architecture. I hitchhike since many many years.
I collect methods of group communication and organisation. I appreciate ideas that connect artistic tools with political change like street art or theatre of the oppressed (Augusto Boal).
I can spend many hours discussing about feminist struggles, racism, better ways to live relationships and community structures and so on... But lets not get deeper into politics for now.
Ah by the way I consider myself to be a spiritual person and seeking for change within myself at first. I appreciate meditation, mantras and some techniques of self reflection, but I usually dont talk much about this and dont make a big deal of it. The only thing I am very convinced about is being undogmatic about it
Ah ja, and what everyone seems to write as the first sentence in this website: of course I love travelling - who doesnt? In the summer I am usually out of home for months, working in circus project weeks, jumping around at festivals and juggling conventions or woofing and spending time in farms and countryside communities. And sitting on gas stations for many hours trying to catch a ride... :-)
I believe in oneness. I believe in diversity. I believe in cooperation.
And that is all I have to say for now I guess :-)
- performing arts
- graphic design
- street art
- dumpster diving
- scuba diving
- art history
Music, Movies, and Books
some political stuff:
"schooling the world", the white mans last burden (great great movie on the imperialistic and capitalist structure of "helping" so called "third world" countries by building schools there) - watch it here http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/schooling_the_world_2010/
"we feed the world" ( a film about food destruction and all the crazyness of our production and distribution system)
"a tornallom" (inspiring and great documentary about the resistance against a harbour company of inhabitants of la punta, a village near valencia, spain, against their desapropritation and distruction of their village),
surplus (great movie on our waste society too)
"Slam" with Saul Williams is simply beautiful film,
"La belle verte" (french movie by Colline Serreau) really made me laugh and cry,
"Hair" - Aaaaaaaahhh, Hippies!!:-) ...anti war classic!
"Life is beautiful" just sadly beautiful,
"waking life" - animated crazy shit about lucid dreaming,
" soylent green", "Clockwork Orange" and "Dr Strange, how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb", (science Fiction films from the 70s/80s)
"Good Bye Lenin" and "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei ("the educators")", (great German movies) ,
"V for vendetta",
"Yamakasi" fun french film on parcours
some authors I like
Aldous Huxley (one that no one knows is "Island", great book),
marshall b. rosenberg (nonviolent communication)
some books I love:
Ismael" by David Quinn,
"The Kin of Ata are waiting for you" Dorothy Bryant,
M. Gilliland "The free",
"Otherland " by Tad Williams,
Ivan Illich, "Deschooling society",
Paulo Freire "Pedagogy of he oppressed",
Erich Fromm "to have or to be",
Bolo Bolo, by P.M,
Collectivo Situaciones: Que se vayan todos!
Ken Wilber "Wege zum Selbst" (German title),
David Gribble: "Real education: varities of freedom"
and many permaculture books (sepp holzer, Patrick Whitefield, Fukuoka)
Sorry guys, but no, I really dont start with music now ;-)))-
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
living almost 4 years without private space changed my view onto our capitalist society completely
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In