Avnø højskole is part of the emerging ecovillage, Avnø Oasis, which besides the school consists of 2 other projects: A co-housing community and Green enterprises, both still in the start-up phase. This totally unique setting provides a creative learning environment in conscious and active interaction with people committed to being part of the solution. During the period of the course students form a community of their own, which to some degree will be integrated in Avnø Oasis.
To deepen the sense of community throughout the course students co-create morning exercises, evening and weekend activities as well as plans for cleaning & kitchen service together with volunteers, residents and staff where appropriate. The tried and tested self organising method of sociocracy will ensure that everybody feels heard and that activities during the period aligns with the needs and values of the group.
In the modules the more complex issues of HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND GREEN LIVING will be addressed from many different perspectives, including expert presentations, dialogue, student inputs, knowledge sharing, exchange of experiences, and experiential learning through practical experiences, exercises and project design and implementation. Through using the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals), we will gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind key current global issues.
Teaching will be in Danish with English translation or English with Danish translation.
Sport – Do-in – Qi gong, Liberating movements, meditation, Chanting etc.
The morning session start with the morning assembly, where we sing a song and important informations for the day will be given. Immediately after Module 1 starts.
Module 1 focus on the more theoretical aspects of earth care, people care and fair share, which is known as the ethics of Permaculture. There will be presentations on
This modul is an action module. The aim is to integrate what you have learned in module 1 and develop associated skills by working on practical projects, making decisions relevant for the student community, or doing group work to dive deeper into a subject, design personal or communal projects.
In the beginning you will be involved in designing and implementing projects already existing in the Avnø Oasis community. Students form groups together with more experienced community members and committed volunteers to learn and practice practical skills.
Examples on projects: Forestgarden, Café, Optimizing our energy consumption (renewable energy, CO2 negative heating etc), Avnø Oasis cookbook, Green commercial Kitchen (redesigning the kitchen at Avnø Oasis). New projects emerge, some lay idle in some periods, and others may already be implemented, when your course starts, so this list is by no means complete.
Besides the actual project implementation the outcome of this module will be articles, short films, multimedia presentations, exhibitions, performances and other local initiatives to share the insights and performance.
Evening and weekend activities are planned week by week in collaboration between students, volunteers, residents and teachers where appropriate.
Students on the HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND GREEN LIVING course, who wants to dive deeper into particular subjects, are welcome to participate in on our short courses for half price.
Additional fees may apply for excursions and certain materials in some elective or student organised subjects / activities / projects.
Transport to and from the station, private use of the car, snacks purchased in the shop etc. are private cost, which you are responsible for.
Registration fee of 2000 DKK / 270 Euro to be paid to secure your place as soon as you are accepted.
Deposit: 2250 DKK / 300 Euro to be paid at arrival. Will be paid back when your keys are given back, and you have left your room in a clean and nice condition for the next person.
During the term, you will have the chance to share your culture at cultural evenings, cultural cafés and theme weeks. It is possible to invite the local community for these events.
You’ll feel a deeper connection to Self and Nature and be more aware about how everything is interconnected, e.g. mind, body, relationships, culture, food, climate change, economic system, social (un)justice etc.
You’ll be able to design your own healthy diet plan and have the option to be trained to assist others in making theirs.
You’ll have the option to develop some skills as a vegan or macrobiotic chef.
Kristiane Ravn Frost
Together with other people, engaged in the Avnø Oasis project, Kristiane developed the HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND GREEN LIVING studies in the spring of 2022 with the intention of creating a comprehensive 12 week program that would give people skills to take well care of themselves and at the same time go out and start green projects on their own.
Thus the course is a compilation of the knowledge you normally would have to attend a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate Course) and an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) to get combined with Kristiane’s comprehensive approach to health and personal transformation.
It is structured so that those who wants to dive deeper into the health and personal development parts of this course can choose to participate in optional short courses, running partly through the week and partly in weekends.