In the Summer 2011 with a group of friends in Amsterdam we have improvised a self-organized summer school (see wiki page). Every day one of us would lead the group in a specific activity. We have learnt a lot in those few days, from practical things such as how to make hand-made pasta, brewing and tasting beer, making houses on trees, to more theoretical things such as learning about Jazz, and esoteric mathematical theories. But most importantly, we had a great time together!
In 2014 we decided to move one step forward, and organise an entire week of activities in the countryside, where we will not only share our passions and interests, but also an entire week of living together. The experiment was successful beyond any expectation, and around 20 people from all over Europe and beyond enjoyed a dense program of practical and theoretical activities, and a lot of nice meals together! The experience was repeated in 2015 in the exotic location of Samliku, Estonia, in 2016 in the city of Berlin, in 2017 in Toulouse, France, and in 2018 in Kosobudki, Poland.
We encourage everyone to organise a similar event! A good open summer school should be as open and unrestricted as possible in terms of regulation, the only exception being to use English as the official language if participants are not from the same country, and the promotion of as much a diversity as possible among participants, e.g., in terms of background, gender and nationality. We encourage you to contact us at the address below should you need further information, or to advertise your event on this blog.
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