Avnø Peoples College

AVNØ PEOPLE’S COLLEGE

Transformational learning. Regenerating people, communities and land.

Vision

A world, where everyone increases their quality of life, while ensuring optimal living conditions for future generations. A world of regeneration!

Mission

To increase competences essential to well being and human happiness in the new paradigm.

Did you ever wonder how to:

  • Increase your vitality and energy level and improve your health?
  • Get out of the hamster wheel and create an income while making a difference? 
  • Adjust to major changes in life?
  • Create better relationships with other people?
  • Find the people, you resonate with, and would like to create projects together with?
  • Contribute to the green transition to secure the earth for future generations?
  • Create an organisation with shared power and decision making that doesn’t create winners/looser’s?
  • Connect with your true self?
  • Make money serve you rather than control your life?
  • Design an intentional community or green project?
  • Grow your garden using permaculture principles?

If you engage in questions about health, how we live our lives and grow our food, what kind of work we do, how we spend our incomes and invest our savings, how we save our planet and alike, then Avnø højskole (Peoples College) and recreational center is worth a visit.

Aim

People of all ages from all over the world come together to heal body, mind and soul and share & learn from each other:

  • reconnect with their inner and outer nature
  • realise core needs & true values and reshape their lives with a balance between head, hands and heart
  • constructively partake in modern sustainable communities
  • contribute to the new paradigm

Ecovillage as a learning environment:

Important life and social skills are best learned, when theory and praxis go hand in hand. Thus students will engage in community life, group decision making, daily chores, cultural activities & enterprises. Observing what works and learning from what doesn’t.

Holistic approach to nutrition & lifestyle for people and planet. 

Long term students form groups, who work more independently on co-creating and designing green projects and regenerative enterprises to be initiated, when they return home.

Generally formative subjects

Each subject is taught for a period, while it is integrated into related projects. This will allow students to join the college at any time of the year and stay there for any length of time. Many subjects will be taught as short courses/seminars with additional attendees.

During the last century society has changed with giant steps: agriculture -> industrial production and consumerism -> digital age.

We’ve moved from country to city and become dependent on fossil fuels and chemical-based agriculture. Mostly we perceive ourselves as separate from the whole and has lost touch with nature & true values.

Based on history, the students will clarify natural steps towards a modern conscious society. Scientific sustainable society concepts as well as the concepts of the ecovillage /permaculture /transition movements will be explored.

Students will design a sustainable community as they go through the other subjects.

People usually work to earn the money they need to live the life they want.

The students are challenged to turn this upside down and ask the question: How can I earn a living by doing what I love to do? Who needs what I love to do / produce? What kind of project / job / conditions can I create to make a livelihood from what I love to do?

In the process students learn design of sustainable projects, entrepreneurship, economics & fundraising, media & public relations.

Over the last half century, broken families have become the norm. People don’t know their neighbors. Our live relationships are often replaced by virtual ones, and true emotions are squeezed into emoji’s. Conflicts often take over small voluntary organisations.

This subject focus on improving the skills necessary to have successful relationships and work in a team, i.e. communication, conflict resolution, social tools, group decision-making, singing, music and other cultural activities, etc.

As a society, we have moved from autocracy to democracy. New forms of governance, such as sociocracy, holacracy, consensus, etc are in their infancy.

This is paralleled by different forms of organization in the corporate world. Students are trained to participate in and facilitate participatory decision-making using the sociocratic model in regards to decisions that relates to their stay at the College.

Over the last half century, broken families have become the norm. People don’t know their neighbors. Our live relationships are often replaced by virtual ones, and true emotions are squeezed into emoji’s. Conflicts often take over small voluntary organisations.

This subject focus on improving the skills necessary to have successful relationships and work in a team, i.e. communication, conflict resolution, social tools, group decision-making, singing, music and other cultural activities, etc.

As a society, we have moved from autocracy to democracy. New forms of governance, such as sociocracy, holacracy, consensus, etc are in their infancy.

This is paralleled by different forms of organization in the corporate world. Students are trained to participate in and facilitate participatory decision-making using the sociocratic model in regards to decisions that relates to their stay at the College.

Recruitment

We attract students by offering lectures, workshops and online seminars as well as from ecotourism, vegan vacations, healing holidays, our partners in green associations, Danish and international networks like GEN-Europe, LØS, Permaculture Denmark, Gaia-education, SoFA (Sociocracy for all), International Macrobiotics and local organisations, such as AOF-Næstved.