The 21st international circleway-summercamp
with Manitonquat, Ellika Linden takes place
from 22nd July until 04th August 2017.
Registration for this years camp is open!
building, successful communication and loving relationships, constructive
conflict solutions, living connections with children, sustainably,
nature, mutual respect, appreciation, listening, attention, feelings,
a lot of fun, playing and celebration together and much more.
the year 2017 our 21st summer camp takes place.
While the first two camps took place in Sweden and later on in Denmark,
we have been in Germany for many years now. The first camps were
a colorful mix of different nationalities but in the last years
in many countries national camps arise, so our camps can help to
build new communities everywhere in Europe on the base of peace
Our participants are from all ages. Babies, hopeful, young adults
who enrich the camp with their life experience.
come back every year so every year we feel as
if we were on a family
meeting: with old and new family members and friends.
Some of the people who come to us live already in communities, others
live on their own and want to experience during camp the idea and
the support of a bigger community.
Our summercamp is part of our Circleway-Tribe, which has grown over
the years. During camp every participant stays in a clan. The clans
are the heart of the camp. It is the place where we can begin to
try a new, hopeful way of
living together. “Being together” is a good contradiction
to our inner and
outward trends of isolating ourselves. When we come together we can
succeed at everything! In our camp we use "supportive listening"
and Circles of attention to get a deeper understanding of ourselves
have a bigger life. It is a very hopeful way to deal with our topics
and to connect with our fears when we are not alone. Just as we
are sharing our joy about our development and our success with each
As an elder of the Assonet band of the Wampanoag Nation Manitonquat
enriches us with stories of his tribe and the wisdom which he acquired
through contact with many other people of indigenous background
all over the
world. To Manitonquat it is very important to enlighten the common
human issues and solutions of problems of human beings of all ages
With the vision of the Circleway Manitonquat has established his
very own connection between spiritual indegenous knowledge and elements
of "supportive-listening", which we would not do justice
to, if we called it an “Indian Camp”.
Every morning it will be time to enjoy the clans, in which you can have the
breakfast together and do a talking stick circle. Later on we gather in a
big circle to praise mother earth and to thank her for everything she gives
us. Afterwards Manitonquat talks about his vision of the “Circleway”, how it
was born and how it can enrich our lives. We listen to the original instructions
which Manitonquat has learned from his elders. They can - even today - be a
precious support for our coexistence. After lunch and a break there are
workshops which last until the evening. After the common supper
in your clan we meet to sing, laugh together and celebrate our communal
There will be introduction workshops to "supportive-listening"
(exchange of caring listening and attention). On the base of Co-Counseling there will
workshops, too: for example about living in communities, about how
our goals, about leading, being a man, a woman, a young adult, about
adultism, racism, about families and much more. These workshops
will be led by Manitonquat, Ellika. Emmy Rainwalker and skilled supportive-listening-teachers. These offers
are a good
support for us to free ourselves from hopelessness, old patterns
and results of
oppression by society, so we can live the life we wish to have.
Language in the workshops:
Our workshops are translated from English into German and the other
round so that everybody gets the chance to understand everything
can feel connected to each other in spite of different mother tongues.
translation is a collaborative work for us, therefore it is split
up into short
passages which are led by different translators and their supporters.
Due to the long-term collaboration with Emmy Rainwalker
developed a special way of support for parents and children. In
there will be workshops for parents again. In cooperation to this
very helpful workshops for adults, in which they can experience
playing with children can encourage their emotional balance and
ourselves can keep a good attention while playing. In this framework
special understanding and practice of childcare
was born and improved:
Together we organize a childcare, which is geared to give a living
supporting companionship to the children, in which we encourage
experience their autonomy and creativity. For this reasons many
and adults come to our camp again and again for many years. During
whole camp the clan supports the togetherness with the children
so that the
responsebility which in our society would usually weigh upon the
alone is shared amongst the participants of the camp. Let’s
find it out together
how well this can work.
In our camp we would like to experience another meaning of leadership:
For us leadership means that we all keep thinking like leaders.
challenge each one takes responsibility and gets the chance to grow
the trust offered by the other participants. In the process we support
other the best we can. Everyone does his or her best and in this
we learn from each other. In our camp lots of small and bigger jobs
to be done that make us as a community grown together and let us
well about each other. That’s an important fundament of building
community. It helps us feeling close and visible with our strength
to go into
leadership and accept leadership. Needless to say that this happens
with as much fun and support as possible! In the workshop we get
to know this different form of leadership. In our clans we can try
to build up circles and to be operative in it, solve conflicts in
another, more healthy way and to get closer to each other. In the
Clan-Leadermeeting we bring together our experiences, archievements
and difficulties and can recieve support. Some of our participants
begin to build up their own circles at home afterwards to enable
more of community in their everyday life.
The “non-violent communication” created by Marshall
Rosenberg is another
element in our camp which Manitonquat and many of us more and more
in our interactions and processes. It is a way of communicating
other which helps us to connect with others in a caring, rational,
bright way. Talking stick circles, "supportive-listening"
and non-violent communication complete each other in a wonderful
In every camp there is time, in which the participants themselves
workshops to share the things they like and do well with us. When
our talents we can see each other in our full beauty and power.
Here we can
try ourselves and take new talents with us when we go home.
Play and fun
On every camp we have playtime for everybody, a talent show, the
evening, stories from the Wampanoag tribe and appreciation circles.
Furthermore there is time and place to dance, sing and talk by the
If there are News, we’ll send a newsletter. If you’d
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New this year:
The pre- and postcamp is included in your contribution!
always we split the incoming works during camp such as cooking,
childcare, translation, etc. in collective sense. Therefore we set up a joblist
for all smaller duties and you can register via internet before the camp.
the evening at the beginning of the main camptime the clan-building
will take place for everyone joining the camp. People arriving later
invited into the existing clans - but it is advisable to join the
ceremony for a
comfortable arriving in the camp.
We’re looking forward to lovely, powerful and inspiring summercamp
with all of you wonderful people!