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July Wrapped

Welcome to our July update! The past month has been one of lots of behind the scenes work: preparing our upcoming residencies, refactoring our web3 guide, and contemplating and developing an exciting new project. So lots to be keeping an eye out for over the next few months!

The Bergerac Hub hosted an Open Residency in June/July. Summer by the Dordogne provided the perfect backdrop for a relaxed, “Minimum Viable Practices” residency. Life Itself’s Summer Gathering is currently taking place in the Bergerac Hub, with both core team members and members of the wider community coming together to connect and create.

We hope to have you join us out at our beautiful Bergerac Hub sometime soon, but in the meantime, we invite you to keep up to date with what we’re up to by subscribing to our YouTube channel, listening to the Life Itself Podcast, following us on social media, and subscribing to our mailing list. And as always, please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments and/or feedback; we love hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Eilidh, Communications Associate đź’›

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As we work on new projects, designs and ideas, it’s really useful for us to gain fresh perspectives on what we’re working on. For that reason, we’re looking to develop a list of people who would be interested in volunteering to help us look over new designs and ideas. Volunteering will most likely consist of participating in short user research interviews, so nothing too complicated or time consuming. If that sounds intriguing, drop us an email at hello@lifeitself.org and we’ll pop your name down to inform you of upcoming volunteering opportunities.

Upcoming Residencies & Retreats

August 2022: Light, Shadow, Integration

How do we acknowledge our culture’s overrating of thought and theory, and the associated trauma, without getting caught in anti-thought and delusion (which are thoughts)? How do we discuss all the stuff that fills our heads without re-traumatising ourselves?

What: This residency will concentrate on enjoying presence and embodiment while playfully and lovingly dwelling with “spiritual” shadows – new dogmas or prides of a budding culture. Participants will be invited to bring their own practices, experiments and works, embodied or intellectual, into the open space, suggesting activities and co-creating our exploration. All activities will be optional and we will have time for our own work.

When: August 1st – 29th, 2022

Where: Life Itself Praxis Hub, Bergerac, France (near Bordeaux)

With: Liam Kavanagh

Sep-Dec 2022: Embodying Collective Transformation

Sharing personal and collective practices to address the challenges of our time and help create a world that works for all life.

What: A series of three one-month-long residencies consisting of a seven-day intensive training in personal and group practices for courageous collective transformation, followed by a three-week community immersion to integrate and deepen these practices in our daily lives. The immersion includes time and space for you to continue your daily personal work and projects. Apply to attend just the week-long training, the entire month-long residency, or multiple months of residency.

When: September 2nd-30th; October 1st-30th; November 1st-30th

Where: Life Itself Praxis Hub, Bergerac, France (near Bordeaux)

With: Karl Steyaert, Nadine Helm, & Jocelyn Ames

Reflections on the Life Itself Open Residency

Marc Santolini, co-host of the Open Residency, has shared some reflections of his time at the Bergerac Hub during the past month:

“This Open Residency marked my third time at the Hub, this time as a co-host. The small-group format during the two weeks that I spent there allowed for a familial and relaxed atmosphere that was ideal for the early summer days. Our stay was punctuated by the few “Minimum Viable Practices” of collective living that are the heart of the hub: a morning meditation practice, a collective care of cooking and house maintenance, a shared meal and facilitated sharing circles.

With the summer days, we experimented with morning walking meditations and evening circles at the river, cooling off afterwards in the fresh water of the Dordogne. Our little crowd was a mix of artists and scientists, laying the ground for discussions spanning the rational and the embodied, from collective intelligence and organisational theories to shamanic rituals and ecospirituality, ultimately ending the day with some particularly inspired jam sessions to put these insights into practice. I am already looking forward to be back soon for more reflections on science, insight, and the further development and understanding of metamodern practices for collective living!”

Latest from the Life Itself Podcast: Exploring Social Transformation

On animism, kinship, and the social change ecosystem with Hannah Close

In episode 5 of our Exploring Social Transformation series, Theo Cox is joined by Hannah Close, a writer, photographer and curator. During the conversation, Hannah reflects on relationships, kinship and intimacy, her experience of the social change ecosystem, in particular being a woman within this space, animism and Schumacher College.

On reigniting social and political imagination with Geoff Mulgan

In episode 6 of our Exploring Social Transformation series, Theo Cox is joined by author, professor, former director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and former Head of Policy at Downing Street, Geoff Mulgan. In this episode Geoff and Theo explore the questions, why is social and political imagination important, why is there is a deficit in today’s society, and what we can do about this?

Latest from ‘Making Sense of Crypto & Web3’

On regenerative finance & web3 for public goods with Jeff Emmett

In this episode, Rufus Pollock sits down with Token Engineering researcher and co-founder of the Commons Stack, Jeff Emmett to discuss regenerative finance.

Regenerative finance (ReFi) is about combining web3 finance tools with regenerative purposes like tackling climate change or cleaning up the oceans. Rufus and Jeff explore the promises and pitfalls of ReFi for providing public goods and nourishing the commons.

On decentralization, platform monopolies and web3 with Samer Hassan

In the latest episode of our Making Sense of Crypto & Web3 series, we talk with blockchain researcher and expert, Samer Hassan. Samer is an academic at Harvard and Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain focused on decentralized collaboration. In this episode we talk about decentralization both pre and post blockchain, why platform monopolies like Facebook and Google are so ubiquitous and whether Web3 could help replace them with something fairer, freer and more participatory.

Until next month!

Thanks so much for following along with us. We look forward to bringing you all the exciting things we get up to in August in next month’s update.

The Life Itself Team