Skillsharing Camp 09/24-10/07

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UPDATE 09/15 – The program below has been updated! Some times have been changed or moved. Some workshops have been added and others disappeared. In any case it is worthwhile to look at it again. The German version (see link above) of this program always is the most actual one, that’s why it is partially in English. You’d better check if dates and times match.

This year’s Skillsharing Camp will take place from Sept. 24th to Oct 7th . In order to give you an appetizer you can find here the provisional program. Provisional means that both individual times as well as items still can, and probably will be modified. So it is worthwhile to look at the blog from time to time for updates and changes. The workshop program goes up to and including October 2nd – afterwards you are invited to romp about in and around the forest with activities of your choice.
You want to offer something too? Send a mail with your favorite date & time to: hambacherforstÄ or just announce your workshop spontaneously at the camp.
We are looking forward to the camp and hope you will come numerously. This year there was no flyer, so we are all the more dependent on your promotion for the camp (internet, word-of-mouth…).

The Program:
24th, Saturday
10:00 am – 11:30 am How to build an awareness group
11:30 am – 01:00 pm Sexual consensus – an introduction
02:00 pm – 04:00 pm How can communication succeed?
04:30 pm – 07:00 pm Collectivity and community in anarchism
08:00 pm – – Welcome meeting

25th, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Positive experiences with doing politics and reassuring each others
09:00 pm – – Colourful art evening with moving figurines of Daisy Blue, singer-songwriters and maybe you?

26th, Monday
10:00 am – 01:00 pm Peer pressure in the leftist scene
02:00 – 04:00 pm DIY Dildos handicraft
02:00 – 04:00 pm What is and does an Ermittlungsausschuss (committee of enquiry)?
05:00 – 07:00 pm Political vs result-oriented conduct of a case
9:00 pm Concert with David Rovics

27th, Tuesday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Practical Prison Preparation for who-knows-going-to-be-prisoners
2:00 – 4:30 pm Support of prisoners with subsequent letter-writing workshop
2:00 – 5:00 pm Come on, it’ll still do it? What climbing equipment really can endure
5:30 – 7:00 pm Climbing knots and what you can do with them (Part 1)

28th, Wednesday
10:00 – 12:00 am Tree science
02:00 – 07:00 pm Critical man*hood
02:00 – 05:00 pm Brainstorming on a libertarian participation at the wide area concept 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm Climbing knots and what you can do with them (Part 2)<!–1:00 – 4:00 pm Brainstorming: Antiauthoritarian covering draft 2017–>
9:00 pm Lecture with Rehzi Malzahn “How to sustain your activism”

29th, Thursday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Action photography
2:00 – 5:00 pm Rescuing helpless persons in climbing situations.
2:00 – 5:00 pm Lecture “Contraception and prevention of STIs”
9:00 pm Lecture: Anti-repression – damage limitation or offensive counter-attack?

30th, Friday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Building tree to tree connections
2:00 – 4:00 pm Rescuing helpless persons in climbing situations. – Part 2
5:00 – 6:00 pm Dangerous? Risks of falling during action climbing.
2:00 – 7:00 pm Flirting in the leftist scene
1st, Saturday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Clowning
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Contact with cops and security people
02:00 – 07:00 pm How to represent my goals and concerns persistently & non-violent – my own role in conflict situations
2:00 – 5:00 pm Painting and drawing for children and any other people
2nd, Sunday
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Activism? Yes, I also used to do that… back then, in those two or three wild years
4th, Tuesday
Exercises from the wilderness pedagogy
<!–Lecture: Theses on “System Change not climate Change” – But how?

Also promised, but still with no fixed date:

  • Menstruation – An open exchange for menstruating people
  • Blended decision making in groups
  • Film “La Buena Vida” (Relocation of a village in the Colombian open cast coal mine area)
  • Self-defense – Filipino Martial Art
  • How can communication succeed?
  • Face painting against video surveillance
  • Legal tips with lawyer Mertens
  • Building barricades
  • Building with clay, e.g. mud huts
  • Efficient activism by a healthy way of life? Collective reflection on the benefits and importance of healthy nutrition, fitness and hygiene
  • Revolution in Rojava? Knowledge sharing and discussion
  • Survival beyond 25 – Dealing with government requirements, such as health insurance and others. (But perhaps this also fits into the “life without money” workshop)
  • What next in the Hambach Forest? Exchange of perspectives, concerns and strategies


### 09/24th SATURDAY ###

Basics of anarchist thinking and acting
4:30 – 7:00 pm Uhr
With the BildungsKollektiv e.V.

Welcome meeting
8:00 pm

### 09/25th SUNDAY ###

Positive experiences with doing politics and encouraging each others
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
„And then they ran away from us…“
„Hey, how was the demonstration?“ So the conservation often starts. What went wrong? Who didn‘t come at all? Who bloked? And in the end there stays the question if all the running, freezing, the bruises, the printing of flyers, the preparation of speeches changed anything. If it’s the talk with your person in love or the last blockade – everything is political. In this workshop we will deal together with you with the positive aspects of doing politics, to reassure and motivate one another.
With Queer_topia*, the radical_queer_feminist_workshop_collective

4:30 – 7:00 pm
With the Rote Nasen Ruhr.

### 09/26th MONDAY ###

DIY Dildos handcraft
2:00 – 4:00 pm
In this workshop we would like to construct dildos out of things which other people call rubbish and duck tape 🙂

Anti repression
2:00 – 4:00 pm
What is and does an Ermittlungsausschuss (committee of enquiry)? The function of legal aid and support
With the AntiRRR:

Asexualität – an introduction
4:30 – 7:00 pm
With Queer_topia*, the radical_queer_feminist_workshop_collective

Concert with David Rovics
9:00 pm

### 09/27th TUESDAY ###

Practical Prison Preparation for going-to-be-prisoners
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Holger Isabelle Jänicke, who has herself had the chance to gather quite some experience as a prisoner, will share tips for self-support and contact with other prisoners and supporters. The focus will be on practical and psychological aspects, but also some juridical hint will be given.

Support of prisoners with subsequent letter-writing workshop
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Also with Holger Isabelle Jänicke. In this workshop the focus will be on correspondence with prisoners, packages, visits and solidarity in front of the prison. The workshop will flow into a collective writing-café. Postcards, paper and stamps will be provided, but you’re also invited to bring your own materials.

Come on, it’ll still do it? What climbing equipment really can endure:
2:00 – 5:00 pm
We want to talk about the characteristics of climbing equipment we get in touch with in the Hambach Forest. Besides an introduction of the different kinds of materials and their characteristics we’ll take a close look on signs of wear and the assessment of used climbing equipment or structures in trees. We also take a closer look on how to use and take care of your climbing equipment.

Climbing knots and what you can do with them (Part 1)
5:30 – 7:00 pm
We want to talk about the basics of tying knots. After that we’ll look at different climbing knots, how to tie and use them and which characteristics they’ve got. In Part 1 we’ll look at the prusik knot, the overhand knot, the double overhand knot (with sling), the double fisherman knot and the figure eight knot.

### 09/28th WEDNESDAY ###

Tree science
10:00 – 12:00
2:00 – 7:00 pm Critical man*hood
Contact with cops and securities
1:00 – 5:00 pm
We want to start with the legal basis around contact with cops and securities. Then we’ll leave the gray theory behind and have a look at what’s actually happening and jointly search for as many possibilities as we can for dealing with that.

Climbing knots and what you can do with them (Part 2)
Part 2 is basing on Part 1. So please only join us if you’ve been taking part in Part 1. This time we’ll talk about the alpine butterfly knot, the clove hitch, italian hitch and the distel knot.

Brainstorming: Antiauthoritarian covering draft 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Lecture with Rehzi Malzahn: “How to sustain your activism”
9:00 pm
Left activism is something for young people – when you are 30 other things will be more important and you’ll “leave the scene”. Is that true? When the author was 30 she was still in the middle of activism. But peers of the same age became less and the doubts grew: One dimensional theories, always the same slogans, conflicts in the scene and lack of perspectives, and in addition your group falls apart. So, how does it work to continue fighting?
With 25 interviews this book examines the question: how older companer@s as left people in society and as older people in the left can life: How did they sustained with their activism? And: What are they doing? It’s about frustration and motivation, doubts, fears and passion, as well as the troubles of daily life, having a long breath, inner attitude and the searching for a good life.
Rehzi Malzahn will read a selection of the interviews. Afterwards the main topic is which doubts and questions the audience has. How do you experience your activism? Why do you do it? And what are you doing? Did you ever thought about finishing? What happens with the anger, the critic, the searching for a good life? There are no wrong questions, instead many different approaches. Interesting is what is important for you.

### 09/29th THURSDAY ###

Action photography
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
With Pay Numrich

Rescuing helpless persons in climbing situations.
2:00 – 5:00 pm
What to do when your climbing mates are exhausted and/or disoriented, unconscious or hurt. Besides medical basics on the situation “helpless person in a tree” this workshop is about bringing helpless persons back to the ground. A big part of this workshop will be to practise rescueing, so bring your climbing equipment. The practical part of this workshop is just for experienced people which are able to climb safely.

Lecture “Contraception and prevention of STIs”
2:00 – 5:00 pm
With queer_topia*.

Lecture: Anti-repression – damage limitation or offensive counter-attack?
9:00 pm
It’s about the mechanisms of repression and about pointing out possibilities how to or even punctually undermine them. That means practical approaches for anti repression work as well as always considering the needs of affected persons.

### 09/30th FRIDAY ###

Building tree to tree connections
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
It’s pretty useful to get to another tree without climbing down. So therefore we got rope connections between trees (traverses). In this workshop we want to talk about some physical specialities of traverses and how to build and use them. You only may take part in this workshop if you have also taken part in the workshop „My friend the tree“. If you have got a climbing harness please take it with you but you can also join the workshop without a harness

Rescuing helpless persons in climbing situations – Part 2
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Flirting in the leftist scene
2:00 – 7:00 pm
“May I give you a compliment about your dancing-style?” – workshop for exchange about pleasant flirting.
How does it work with flirting in the „normal“ world? How does it work in the left_queer scene? And what does my utopia of flirting look like? Flirting is a word which brings up not mainly positive thoughts_feelings. We would like to change that:)
In this workshop we would like to go together the first steps to a pleasant (party) flirt atmosphare.
For that we come close to the consent-principle (sexual consent) with little games, share experiences and experiment.
With queer_topia*.

Dangerous? Risks of falls during action climbing.
5:00 – 18:00
We want to talk about different kinds auf falls and there dangers. Besides dangers we want to look at safety chains and how to build them in a way we can reduce dangers.

### 10/01th SATURDAY ###

Queer Edge – a Lecture
11:00 – 1:00 pm
With queer_topia*, the radical_queer_feminist_workshop_collective,

How to represent my goals and concerns persistently & non-violent – my own role in conflict situations
2:00 – 7:00 pm
With “Mediation für Alle – Cologne”

Painting and drawing and any other people on the meadow
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Dear children, dear grown-ups,
Forest and meadow

  • places where numberless colours and shapes life
  • places that are threatened by the lack of judgement of other people
  • places that can inspire to draw pictures according to you your own fantasy

Therefore will be a possibility on Saturday, 10/1, from 2-5 pm, together with Mechtild Lohmanns (
The material will be provided, the artist welcomes a voluntary contribution to expenses.

### 10/02th SUNDAY ###

Activism? Yes, I’ve also been doing that… back then, in those two or three wild years
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The average time that people stay in activist and resistance scenes often enough is regrettably short. I want to encourage to ask how we can build up structures in which people see a perspective, so that they don’t break away from their being resistant, because it doesn’t offer them a future. Let’s talk about protection against depoliticization, about family planning, solidarity and perspectives for a resistant life. About common economies, a solidary handling of money, infrastructure and living space as a counter-model to individualized wage labour without becoming isolated islands and always with the focus on staying stay unconciliatory, uncomfortable and militant.
I was confronted with former activists asking me, how much longer this phase of mine would be going and if I don’t want to become “normal” at some point. I watched close intimates and compas change from nuclear waste transport blockaders to lobbyists within a few years. I’ve experienced how hard it is to trust new people over and over again and to get involved in new groups, because I’ve been disappointed so often. The remaining people often work too much, overload themselves and burn out. How can we prevent that? How do we help ourselves and others? And: Could it maybe be liberating to give up the illusion that we can save the whole world? Because this might prevent us from giving up in frustration, when we realize that we might be able to change the world but can’t save it?
With fulltime activist Hanna Poddig.

critical man*hood
2:00 – 7:00 pm
„Respect for all boys*, who support our fights.“ – Workshop about critical man*hood
In this workshop we will deal with the topic man*hoods. What does man*hood actually mean? How can I handle (my) man*hoods? How and when do I use/perform them? Where does (my) man*hoods limit myself?

### 10/4th TUESDAY ###

Exercises from the wilderness pedagogy

Lecture: Theses on “System Change not climate Change” – But how?
9:00 pm

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