dear interested people,
This page is dedicated to all questions in preparation of the e*camp concerning camp organization and structure.
From transport to food, we try to collect all information that seems important to us in order to make the get-together at the camp much easier.
If there still remain some questions, please ask them directly via facebook or email (email@example.com).
- Accessible Language
- Child Care
- Domestic Authority
- German Sign Languages
- Keeping the site clean
- Open Space
- Participation Fees
- Public Meetings
- Reading Corner
- Social relations/ Togetherness/ Interpersonal dynamics
- Wheelchair accessibility
We tried to use accessible language as much as possible, and grappled with this issue, but in the end we were not as successful as we would have liked.
News: Unfortunately all beds are blocked by now. We kindly ask you to bringt your tents.
There will be two houses and sanitation at our disposal. Also, there is a huge meadow around the houses to put your tents on. Therefore, we ask you to bring your tents with you. You also need to bring your sleeping bag with you, wherever you sleep.
During the camp, there will be at least one person present who is responsible for child care. However, it would be cool if there could be others folks to help out. Materials, such as Slackline, balls, swings and so on will be available.
During the camp you will have the possibility to show and watch films. Therefore, feel free to bring films with you.
Dogs are welcome at the camp, but we ask those who bring them for a responsible handling. Also we ask you to keep the dogs on a leash on the whole camp area and they are not allowed to come inside any building. We will gladly connect participants with dogs.
In the event of any disputes or issues, the organizing committee (*vibes) reserves the right to intervene. We ask that you respect the decisions made by the committee.
We advocate a reasonable and self dependent handling of alcohol and other drugs. Overuse can lead to awkward situations and consequences, not just for the person consuming, but also for everyone around.
You can get screw top jars for cigarette stubs at the infomation desk. Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings.
At the camp we offer vegan food. If you have allergies or intolerances, please write us an email and we will pass along the message to the kitchen team, who will do their best to accommodate your needs. They are also always looking for helpers if you‘d like to volunteer!
The amount indicated under « Participation fees » includes a donation for food.
German Sign Languages
Unfortunately we do not have translators for German Sign Language any more. If there are any other translators interested in helping, we invite you to contact us.
Also, all telephone numbers that we will publish will be contactable via text messaging before and during the camp.
Under „help“ you will find a short abstract about where we need support most at the moment.
Keeping the site clean
The camp site is mostly located in a nature protection area. Not just for this reason, we ask you not to leave your waste. Also, we ask you to take on some tasks, such as cleaning toilets, washing dishes and so on.
On site we will install a small kiosk where you can buy drinks, chocolate, cookies and so on. We will sell beer and wine only after 8pm.
There will be a sound system, that will play music around us mainly during the day. We invite you to be the DJ_. Ideally, you would bring what you need with you, or check in with us for possible technical questions. Also, there will be a small show on Sunday evening.
We ask that between midnight and 9am be „off-hours quiet time.“ Also, please respect the different sleep(ing) needs of other participants.
We consider the camp as Open Space. An Open Space is where you have the opportunity to include spontaneous ideas and content and therefore actively contribute to what the camp is. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!
Unfortunately, the organization of such an event often costs some money. We tried to limit these costs, and a portion were covered by grants. Nevertheless, we would appreciate it if you are able to make a financial contribution at the camp – that is certainly not compulsory, and free participation always remains possible.
Also, we would like to advise you that there is no ATM (cash point) in the near surroundings.
Every day during the camp, there will be a public meeting. At this meeting, every participant is invited to reflect the day, to share experiences and to discuss the upcoming day.
There will be a cozy room where you can read books or read them to other people. Feel free to bring your own, but we‘ll bring a selection as well.
We would like to ask you to register (no obligation) prior to the camp. This registration allows us to evaluate the number of participants approximately. It also allows us to adapt the camp to your needs (your preferences on where to sleep, child care, allergies and intolerances, translations, etc.) There is also the possibility of staying the camp without registration. You can register under firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check in at the info point when you arrive.
It is possible to be picked up at the train station Gebra Hainleite. But it is really important that you call as at least two hours in advance in our „Information Phone“. For us it is not only important to know when you will arrive, but also how many people you are an how much luggage you got with you. Eventually you will have to wait for a couple of minutes, even so if you called in advance.
The phone number: 0049 (0) 1573 – 167 80 37
Social relations/ Togetherness/ Interpersonal dynamics
We are looking forward to a relaxed and exciting camp with brilliant, sensitive and thoughtful people.
In an idyllic atmosphere we want to debate critically about ourselves and society. Fundamentally we welcome a respectful togetherness, mututal consideration and a common transfer of responsibility. We want all people to feel comfortable and to be able to develop freely without exceeding the boundaries of others, even if those boundaries are not obvious. It’s about a more true life amidst wrongs.
Discrimination and the exceeding of personal limits are daily occurrences in our society. Therefore it can not be ruled out that displeasing situations might occur. Appropriate responses to these situations are then required, so the camp space can be as pleasant and as safe as possible. However these responses should neither be unplanned nor arbitrary, and so we wanted to give some thoughts about social interactions on the camp. We consider limits to be exceeded once the humanity of someone is not being acknowledged. We will not allow any space for such attitudes.
We distinguish various actions: in our view an assault or a discriminating affront is different to a frivolous use of a term with discriminating implications. How we will deal with such incidents, we will decide in the moment of the particular situation. If people, however, are resistant to respectful interaction we will expel them/ the person from the camp.
Our priority: respecting personal boundaries. In the case of limits being passed, the decision of if and how support is needed is up to the affected person themselves. The power of defining what has happened to a person, rests alone with her_thim/ them.
A matter that often leads, especially on summercamps, to a conflict is the exposure to nakedness. For a variety of reasons some humans do not want to have to see naked bodies unasked. This shall apply particularly to the bare male upper bodies, which are socially accepted. This acceptance frequently results in men* taking off their shirt quickly as it gets hot. On the other hand getting undressed can also be empowering e. g. for women* or trans*persons, who are exposed to quite different viewers‘ gazes or comments in public. Therefore we decided to not frame any common rules concerning the exposure to nakedness. Nevertheless we would like to ask you to bear this set of problems in mind and not to take off your shirt without reflection.
The issue of desire is a broad area of conflict – getting to know each other, gabbing, getting attached to one another, flirting is all well and good as long as it remains a mutual agreement. In general it would be ideal, if all actions be based on respectful decision-making by consensus by the people involved. However consent given in one situation does not mean it is given for all situations.
Discussions and debates are important and encouraged, but are most productive with respect, without domination over another person.
In case it still gets down to discrimination, disrespecting of personal boundaries or you feel uncomfortable because of other reasons, we thought about the following possibilities:
The backers can be contacted on the following number: 01577-77 13 102
What the support can look like is up to you – we won‘t do anything that you don‘t want.
Our attention will focus on the support of the people that are affected by disrespecting of personal boundaries, discrimination and/ or violence. Nonetheless it is our standard to support the offending person to reflect on and change their behaviour. We are fully conscious, however, of the fact that the duration of the camp can not create an all-encompassing change. This matter is the main responsibility to the offending person themsleves and his/their/her environment.
„Safer space“ (more safe, more secure space/room) is what we would like the entire camp to be. Yet there will still be extra secure areas:
There will be two rooms on the camp which are tagged as “safer space” from Friday to Monday. These rooms, marked with a sign, are located in the „White House“ on the second floor. There you can retire, be alone, or be just with the persons that you are in need of right in that moment.
There will be a tent on the camp with 24-hour access, where you may also withdraw or read some information on awareness and support in a calm atmosphere.
Social relationships of domination/influence make an impact on spaces. In order to counteract these, it may be wise to create exclusionary spaces. For the moment there are a sleeping rooms and sanitary facilities for women*.
Domestic authority/ Sanctity of the home
The sanctity of the home falls to the preperation group during the entire camp.
With our thoughts on „social relations“ we want to contribute to a relaxed and respectful atmosphere on the camp. We try to shape our basics principals and lines of action as transparently as possible. If there is resentment or critique we will provide a framework to discuss them together.
With this in mind: let us try a more true life amidst wrongs.
The * shall visualize the social construction of „men“ and „women“.
If you need translation during the camp, please contact us before the camp. We will also announce before the camp and on the different language pages, which languages we will have folks to do translation for. If you would like to do translation, please contact us!
The translations will be as whisper translations. This means that folks needing translation, i.e. from German to English, are sitting together with the translator. The translator will summarize the content of the workshop or presentation while whispering. There will be no simultaneous translation – except for German sign language.
The camp will take place at some kind of castle called “Burg Lohra” that is situated in the free state of Thuringia (region of Nordhausen). The easiest way to come by car is to take the highway A38. If you prefer to take the train instead, the nearest station called “Gebra/Hainleite” is located on the railway track between Halle/Saale and Kassel. From the station, you would have to walk about five kilometers or to take a car or bike for the last 6 kilometers. Please note that you would have to challenge about 250m difference in altitude. Unfortunately, there are no bus connections between the castle and the train station but we are trying to make a shuttle possible (see Shuttle). Several times per day, there are buses from Bleicherode via Gebra/Hainleite that stop in Großlohra. There will be enough parking space at the castle if you come by car.
We are sorry: because of incorrect information we have to announce that neither the castle nor the entire site and community places/buildings are wheelchair accessible.
We are looking forward to spending amazing, but also relaxing days with you!