workshops Oerol 2023in collaboration with Roberto Callisaya, Chihiro Geuzebroek, Remi Hougee, Pieter de Jong, Tanja Dekker, Martine Verweij and Arjan Berkhuysen
13 – 17 June, 2023
The subterranean intelligence of the forest was the starting point for an in-depth program consisting of five workshops on cyclical production processes, system constellations, the wood wide web, Indigenous land use and sensory organisational forms. A soil scientist, forest manager, sawyer and processor, climate justice activist, system designer, organization expert and Aymara musician, together with the audience, investigated what a new forest organization model, based on the underground intelligence of the forest, could look like so that there may be a sustainable relationship between people and the forest on Terschelling.
Pieter de Jong & Remi Hougee13 June 2023
What will the forest and wood production process look like on Terschelling in the future? What moral and practical dilemmas are at play now, in 2050 and in 110 years’ time? And what does the forest think about all this? An interactive workshop in which the public searches for principles and outcomes together with each other and the underground soil systems.
Remi Hougee is a forester for Staatsbosbeheer on Terschelling. Staatsbosbeheer manages 9,500 hectares of nature on Terschelling, of which approximately 750 hectares are forest.
Pieter de Jong is (co)founder of Islandwoods, a local sawmill and furniture maker on Terschelling. They process islander wood in a circular manner and are committed to a future-proof forest and wood sector.
Chihiro Geuzebroek & Tanja Dekker14 June 2023
How do we relate to the underground society of the forest floor? We reflected on the teeming life in the earth, our own intestines and the moon: we explored what GROWTH means for a reciprocal cyclical earth. Together the participants listened and whispered in the dark, did a musical meditation and sent messages addressed to the wood wide web.
Chihiro Geuzebroek is a multidisciplinary artist, singer, trainer in decolonial climate justice understanding and activism and teacher of Planetary Poetics (Sandberg Institute).
Tanja Dekker is a soil scientist and consultant for Soil Food Web, with years of experience in analyzing and restoring soil.
Martine Verwij16 June 2023
Based on a question about forests, Terschelling and its inhabitants, Martine guides a system constellation exercise. System constellations are about order, belonging and experiencing the (im)balance in give and take. In this workshop, the participants explored – through experiential exercises – by representing different roles in relation to the underground life of the forest (on Terschelling).
Roberto Callisaya16 June 2023
Ceremony and an introduction to the Aymara culture from Bolivia form the basis for a collective exercise in expressing appreciation for Pachamama (Mother Earth). Dressed in traditional clothing, Roberto Callisaya enchanted the participants through the stories, music and the role of the soil in the way of life of the Aymara people of the Andes Mountains. Participants shared how they translate the concept of Ayni, in which everyone’s needs are seen and met, into the Dutch context.
Roberto Callisaya is a musician and storyteller about the Aymara culture in which he grew up. He wants to introduce people to the Aymara cosmovision of Living Well with the earth.
Arjan Berkhuysen17 June 2023
In this workshop, the participants investigated whether soil life can inspire a different view of organizational forms. All over the world, fungi and bacteria are incredibly successful in creating healthy breeding grounds. How do they do that, and can we as humans learn from them and organize ourselves in the same way? Through sensory experiences, a system constellation and reflection, new insights about putting Earthfulness into practice emerged.
Arjan Berkhuysen is a nature developer and driving force behind Earthfulness. He is the former director of the Wadden Association and started the fish migration river project on the Afsluitdijk.