GROUNDING 2 – Call for submission!

We invite you to apply for a second edition of a seven-day women’s activist retreat program, which will take place in the natural environment in Utrine, Serbia, from the 9 – 14th of July 2024!

Deadline for submission: June 15th, 2024

After last year’s first edition of Grounding, it became clear that it is necessary and important to organize this program regularly and gather the community, empower female activists and artivists, and share knowledge and experience.

The importance of empowering and supporting female activists, artists, cultural managers, and project coordinators, who often work in precarious and insecure working conditions and are often victims of burnout, is poorly spoken about, and rarely recognized. Endeavor to motivate, inspire, initiate, and lead actions, often endanger mental and physical health, and consequences remain invisible when not taken care of. Let’s not forget all the other roles and tasks women still have to perform while dedicating themselves to initiating social change. The idea behind the project comes from our activistic experience where we are often at the edge of our strength, in search of understanding, creative support, and grounding. That’s why we designed a seven-day retreat for renewing energy in a natural environment and recharging batteries in a safe women’s circle.

The organizing team will select 12 female participants who complete the application requirements:
– you are a female activist, cultural worker, artist, cultural manager, or project coordinator;
– you want to reconnect and restore;
– you want to connect with like-minded female activists, artists, and cultural workers;
– you are from the following countries: Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, BIH, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria or Greece;
– you work with the community;
– you are engaged in your community or want to be.
(If you can offer and share a new practice that you already apply in your work or that you have
just devised, this is a safe space to try it out!)
This will be a care/healing/empowering/networking/holistic seven-day summer retreat residency for women, in nature, serving vegetarian food, that will be held from 9th to 15th July 2024 in Utrine, Vojvodina, Serbia.

Short glimpse from last year.
We will strengthen each other through the exchange of practice in the following programs:
– Creative program (dance, yoga, voice workshops, creative writing…);
– Debate program (exchange practices and experience);
– Free time (movie projections, nature tours…);
– Motivational program.
(you take part in these programs as you want or feel)

Participation is free for selected participants, (travel, accommodation in joint dormitories, food). The
language of communication is English.
If you are interested:
Fill out the application!
– Send us a short motivational letter in which you will present yourself, your motivation, and the practice
you want to share (optional).
For any other information be free to contact us via email:
Female candidates who enter the first circle will be invited to an interview where we can get to know
each other more closely.
The deadline for application is June 15th, 2024.
The project is implemented by the organization Klara i Rosa from Subotica, Serbia with the support of the Urgent Action Fund – UAF, European Fund for Balkans, and Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Office in Belgrade.


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