Wild Water: in the footsteps of Viktor Schauberger IMG_8739

A 3-day experiential workshop in Austria discovering the depths and relevance of Viktor Schauberger’s work on water for our time. Viktor Schauberger (1885 – 1958), an Austrian forest warden, who had gained a strong reputation for his innovative and well functioning economic timber-floating systems. With uniquely sharp and accurate quality for observing living systems like trout fish, snakes and water, he applied his basic principle of “Kapieren und Kopieren (comprehend and copy)”. He recommended to only harvest the ‘interest’ (rente) of the forest.

What can we learn from Schauberger’s observations and principles in a world where many rivers have been straightened, regulated, and polluted, where many forests have been cut and almost all of Europe’s old growth forests have disappeared?

IMG_8745Together with Viktor’s grandson Jörg Schauberger, we will visit the Pythagoras Kepler System (PKS) Institute. We will experience water systems: rivers, waterfalls and lakes. We will learn directly from life by activating our senses.

This workshop is for anyone, no specific experience or education is needed. We do specifically  welcome people with an interest in water, landscapes, and healthy ecosystems: engineers, (social) geographers, (landscape) architects, ecologists.

Together we will read ‘Living Water’ (Dutch: Levend Water) written by Olof Alexandersson, this book will be send to all participants. From participating in this workshop one will:

  • practice sensing, experiencing, learning from and evaluating a living system (river, lake, tree)
  • get insights in functional principles for designing in alignment with these systems (those from Schauberger and others)
  • compare existing principles and converse about the implications of applying these in daily life/work
  • deep immersion into beautiful landscapes of Salzkammergut
  • meet a diversity of interesting contributors and co-participants

There is limited space for around twelve participants.

When: 7-11 July (workshop)IMG_8635

Arrival: Thursday evening 7th of July with dinner at Shared Silence with host Hayo Stam

Departure: Monday morning 11th of July after breakfast (optional to stay and join a 3-day wilderness hike 11-13 July)

Where: Salzkammergut area, Austria (home base Neukirchen & Bad Ischl)

Rough programme: campfire site dinner (Thursday 7 July); visit PKS in Bad Ischl and river (Friday 8 July); experience lake(s) and waterfall(s) (Saturday 9 July); walk through local forest (Sunday 10 July)

Language: English

Teachers: Jörg Schauberger, guest contributors (tbc), with support of Li An Phoa

Register: email springcollegenl@gmail.com with ‘Austria workshop’ + one short paragraph with your motivation + with 50% deposit (325€) your registration is confirmed

Workshop fee: 650€ (personal); 900 euro (business, ex VAT) this includes organic meals for four days + book; early bird discount of 10% with full amount paid before 29 May (this excludes your transportation costs); there are scholarships available on request

Accommodation: at Shared Silence, sleeping options for four nights:Flyer_WildWaterWorkshop_SpringCollege

  • 3 rooms with 2 beds (costs for 4 nights 160€ pp)
  • 1 room with 4 beds (costs for 4 nights 120€ pp)
  • own tent or mattress in open room (costs for 4 night 40€)

Shared Silence, they have 10 beds in a room, and plenty of space to bring your own tent or sleep on a mattress in an open room. Be swiftly in making your choice of where and how you wish to sleep. In case you are in need of a private rooms, this can be discussed with us and a neighbouring gasthaus or hotel.

Payment: total amount workshop fee + sleeping option needs to be paid to Spring College account NL38 TRIO 0254 8451 26 at Triodos Bank, Zeist with your name + Austrian workshop

If you would like to join, be swiftly in making your choice of where and how you wish to sleep. In case you are in need of a private rooms, this can be discussed with us and a neighbouring gasthaus or hotel.

Total amount course fee + sleeping option needs to be paid to Spring College

Optional: 3-day wilderness hike 11-13 July in the mountains of Salzkammergut (average or good fitness required for this, costs 130-185€ depending on your departure time)