Long Courses

Structure of the long courses and possible elective classes

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A TYPICAL WEEK

  • Monday/Tuesday: Line subject
  • Wednesday – Friday:Elective subjects
  • Saturday/Sunday: Open space. Giving room for self organised events.

A typical day

  • Morning meditation / exercises*
  • Breakfast
  • Morning assembly
  • Course activity
  • Lunch
  • Tasks
  • Course activity
  • Time for walk, home groups etc
  • Afternoon meditation / exercises*
  • Dinner
  • Social time, events, private time…

*Singing, yoga/chi-gong/fitness/sports/liberating movements, meditation, walk in Nature.

Family groups allows you to develop the skills necessary to live in community. Each family group is responsible for some community tasks, like cleaning, cooking, social events… In the end, they will share a presentation about their decision making model, how they arrived at it, how it worked for them, any adjustments they made along the way and of course ideas to improvements.

FAMILY GROUPS

Project weeks & study trips

Every few weeks, we have a project week.

Some of these project weeks will involve obligatory study trips to ecovillages, permaculture projects, other green/sustainable projects, social economic enterprises etc.

Others will involve design/implementation of designs of areas of Avnø Højskoles property, products, green projects or entrepreneurships.

The purpose of the projects is to get inspiration, develop skills and experience in many areas.

ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

Some elective subjects has the form of themes that develops during the term or during an intensive day. Each theme will contain some background/history, some theory, some practical tools, some individual research and a group reflection on how this compare to  the field.

Others has the form of workshops or seminars, only taught once during a term. More elective subjects than the ones listed here may emerge during the term. At the beginning of each month elective subjects of that month will be presented. Elective subjects may be cancelled if too few people sign up for them.

4 teaching hours on Fridays for all levels in English/Danish. The class structure and primary language will depend on the number and level of participants.

The aim of this class is to enable you to understand the vital importance of storytelling and how to prepare and deliver stories to international audience. You will learn, practice and tell beautiful stories using various skills and techniques including your body language, voice, tone, focusing energy into your voice and your voice into the energy.

Hence, you will learn about:

Story narration based on your own life story, how to shape and delivery it, what to focus on, what comes first, in the middle and in the conclusion. You will learn how to use drama to boost your story in order to capture the attention of your audience and keep them focusing on you.

The method of the class will include:

  • Brief keynote lectures on selected aspects of storytelling with special focus on the why, how and what storytelling is all about
  • Drama, including group exercises, individual exercises, improvisations etc
  • The use of body language and other nonverbal instruments of oral communication.
  • Singing  – group singing, lighter multi-voiced singing, circling singing together to create common ground rhythm to establish a team
  • Active listening and being actively listened to according to human right to communicate and being listened to.

At the end of the course, you may expect the following gains

  1. What goes into your story, how to tell it and how to draw the attention of the audience and keep them interested
  2. Increased self-confidence in public speaking
  3. Better understanding and ability to use your body language to enhance your storytelling
  4. Increased ability to research, structure, design and deliver your stories that are aligned to the present audience and situation
  5. Understanding of the vital importance of listening skills and the core value of communication
  6. To be able to be an active audience and offer empathy to speakers
  7. Improvement of  your English speaking and listening skills

Teacher Gitte Hansen

Teacher in Danish, drama, music
Professional care clown/elderly clown

Kristiane offers a series of workshops on sociocracy

  • Introduction to sociocracy
  • How to use the sociocratic circle method for decision making in groups.
  • How to set up a sociocratic organisation.
  • Sociocratic elections and basic roles in a sociocratic organisation
  • Sociocratic evaluations.

Participation in the first workshop is a requirement for participating in any of the others.

Tamara, Helga, Gitte and Rohhna offers a wide range of art forms with the aim of giving you an experience of working with different materials and expressions, ranging from textiles, and visual art to upcycling of used furniture, etc.

You’ll learn the basics of presenting some information in the form of a short film. Filming, cutting and uploading it 🙂

Gitte will take you through the process of how to write your own book in this series of workshops, which requires that you are committed to follow them all.

Once a week we meet and share perspectives around a chapter of a book / podcast / video. Students are welcome to suggest books.

There will be daily yoga classes in the mornings or afternoons.

Kirsten offers chi-gong twice a week.

Kristiane will teach liberating movements twice a week during the first week and for those who are committed there will be a daily time for practicing together.

Various types of sports and fitness will be offered. Outside of teaching hours it’s possible to book the gym for badminton, volleyball and alike.

What does it mean to live sustainably? We look at various aspects of sustainability and how they may be implemented in modern life.

A series of workshops:

  • What does it mean to be a green entrepreneur?
  • What does it require? What is the benefits?
  • How can I find my niche?
  • How can I make ends meet?
  • Where do I find the money? Fundraising etc.
  • What does it mean to be healthy?
  • What causes disease?
  • The body’s ability to selfheal

We are all very good at judging our selves. In this workshop, you learn to go beyond self critique and observe yourself from a neutral, non judgemental place. It is what it is and once you can observe something for what it is you actually have a chance to change it.

Compassionate communication is developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Before each of these 9 sessions you need to listen to a one hour training session taught by the master. During the session we’ll share what we learned and talk about where in life this may be used and what difference it would have made in small everyday situations happening in our community.

You’ll learn how conflict escalates and how they deescalates.

You’ll learn how conflict escalates and how they deescalates.