Opening YIP12. News from YIP - October 2019
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News from YIP - November 2019
Picture by Janne Bierens
Dear friends of YIP,
Can you believe that it's only a month ago since you read our previous newsletter? Meanwhile, the seasons have changed and so we enter the next chapter of YIP. After seven weeks of Global Realities, YIP and the Yippies now turn inwards for the next course block on Personal Awareness. We've explored several global realities and started discerning old and new paradigms and our relation towards the world. In this next phase, the Yippies will be looking more closely at their relation towards themselves and their own identity. Slowly, we are also preparing to leave Sweden behind for the Outpost, are continuing the preparations for the International Internships, and are taking the first steps in organising the Initiative Forum. I wish you a wonderful day, until next time!
Mien Stoffels
newsletter editor
In this newsletter you will find:
- Capitalism and the Commons by Jonas Amacher
- Earth is 'Ohana: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology and Resilience Thinking by Kenny Hoste
- The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter by Esmée Begemann
- Marking transitions: from Global Realities to Personal Awareness by Saci Reilly-Jasper & friends
- Biography Work by Hedwig Barczuk
- Creative Wednesdays: Social Eurythmy by Kensho Toyota, Metalwork by Ami Cochrane, Creative Gardening by Janne Bierens & Art Therapy by Lynette van Pelt
Capitalism and the Commons 
with Stacco Troncoso
Picture by Mien Stoffels
Capitalism and the Commons
Or from TINA to TAPAS
This is a story of this world, a story that is repeated by many speakers and so often so that there is little room for questioning. The story almost seems given by God and we just have to believe it.
It is the story of Capitalism as the only system that works and TINA (There Is No Alternative). But is this the truth? Are we as intelligent human beings unable to see alternatives? To decide which story we want to tell? And which narratives do we want for ourselves? In the lectures with Stacco we learned to search for and see TAPAS (There Are Plenty of Alternatives and Solutions). We started to find our narratives to describe the world.
In a short overview Stacco described to us how capitalism and globalisation lead to not seeing anymore what we are doing or supporting, by buying things. Capitalism gives us the feeling of independence from one another, even when we are more dependent on the system now than ever before in history. There are almost no people left in the world who are able to produce all the food and tools they need themselves.
In capitalism it is difficult to see and easy to ignore the impact we have. We do not directly experience anymore that cheap clothes are only cheap because workers are paid badly and rivers are polluted with toxic chemicals. We also do not fully realise how the consumption of cheap meat leads to burning rainforests in the Amazon. The paradigm of infinite growth, which is a core element of capitalism, leads to an world of infinite crisis.
Luckily there are plenty of Alternatives and Solutions, and all we need to do is just allow ourselves to think about them. To overcome the lack of imagination that causes crisis in this world it is important to start sharing knowledge. The process of sharing will help to develop our knowledge further. This will be a benefit to all of us.
How can we work more together and for each other? Can we share things to save resources? The Commons is a resource (for example: soil, machines, knowledge, or even a whole company) that is used and governed by all the involved people together, with clear rules they have created for themselves. It is important to design the rules for Commons so they are Free, Fair and Alive. That way, the resource is taken care of, stays accessible for those who need it, the distribution is fair and respects the circumstances of our world.
If we manage to Design Globally, by using group intelligence, and Manufacture Locally, we reduce energy use and transport. If the large-scale problems are faced with many small-scale solutions set up in a bigger context, then there is hope to find ways of economy that serve us and future generations. Let’s begin now to write a new story of sharing and caring.
Written by Jonas Amacher
Earth is `Ohana: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology and Resilience Thinking 
with Kailea Fredricks
Drawings by Kenny Hoste
The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter 
with Kajsa Balkfors, Isabel Chender, Rachel Derrah & Yannick Wassmer
Picture by Mien Stoffels
A: “AH! I really want to speak about how we can redefine growth. I wish there was a space for this.”
B: “Well maybe you should become a caller in the Open Space. You can host a space alongside the other conversations around stepping into action, the power of play or crafting good questions.”
A: “Wow. That’s a great idea! People who also feel drawn to my topic can become participants in my time slot."
B: “Yes or they can become butterflies or bumble bees...”
A: “Uh, what is that?”
B: “If you want to know then you should take part in an Art of Hosting workshop”
And well, that is exactly what YIP12 did just before the autumn break.
For 5 days we were taken by our 4 contributors, Rachel, Yannick, Kasja and Isabel, into the world of the Art of Hosting. We learned by doing.
“This is where you sign up to host something this week.”
And so, brave as we are, we did. We hosted Open Spaces, World Cafés, Check-ins, Knowledge Camps, games, conversations and we learned by doing, by listening and trying to stay present. If you are wondering what all those hosted spaces are then I would advise you to take part in an Art of Hosting course yourself or to come to our Initiative Forum in April. I have a sneaky suspicion that many things will return there.
Alongside all the different methods and tools that were offered to us we dived into the first stage of deciding what our Initiative Forum will be about. We used the different methods to see what themes and questions are alive in our group. What common ground there is, but also what difference there is. No decision has been made yet, but a seed was planted together and I am curious to see what will come out in April.
It has been a wonderfully full, exciting and eye opening week.
Another workshop of the Art of Hosting will be given to us just before our Initiative Forum in April and cheesy as it may sound – I am already looking forward to it.
Written by Esmée Begemann 
Marking transitions: from Global Realities to Personal Awareness
Picture by Janne Bierens
Learning from knowledgable contributors who are actively creating positive change was deeply inspiring. But with each new contributor came the same message of a planet driven into crisis by the acts of humans. Thus, I found the Global Realities block challenging and hard, yet at the same time fruitful and empowering.
For me the greatest shift from Global Realities to Personal Awareness was the feeling within the group, which was heavy for a while. I think a big part of this was because we were studying difficult topics. This heaviness began to shift during the course on Spiritual Ecology and Resilience Thinking as we were guided through a process of reflection and connection to each other and nature.
When autumn break came it gave us the time we needed to process and reflect further on what we had learned. It gave us time to revitalise.
A real shift in the energy in the group happened during Biography week when we transitioned into the Personal Awareness chapter. Focusing on each other and ourselves was very different to focusing on worldly problems.
I feel now the group is very connected and the feeling of heaviness has gone. I look forward to the deepening of connection with my fellow Yippies and myself as we delve further into Personal Awareness.
Written by Saci Reilly-Jasper with the help of friendsr
Biography Week 
with Annie Meijer & Mary McArthy
Picture by MengZhen Wu
Biography week - Finding our place in life
The Personal Awareness block started with our own personal life stories. Last year I was so busy studying and working, that I wouldn't spend much time on my own biography. This week I discovered how valuable it is to study my own development.

Every morning Annie gave a lecture about the anthroposophical view on human development. By giving a rough overview of the history of humanity, starting at ancient Indian times, it became clear that we are much more individually oriented in the present time than ever before. As human beings we are now waking up to ourselves. We are more and more conscious about our thoughts, emotions and actions. With this consciousness our freedom grows, as well as our responsibility. Once you are awake to the impact you have on your surroundings and your fellow human beings, you cannot go back to being unconscious. This gives us the wonderful opportunity to create our own life instead of being lived.

We see a tendency in modern society where no one tells you what to do anymore. Everything seems to be possible and you are the only one to make a choice. But being this free and responsible can be scary. It can go hand in hand with feelings of doubt, meaninglessness and isolation. The risk of being individualistic is that we get stuck in our own perspective, limited and closed.

Our task in this time is to open up to the other human being to build a connection, to be truly social. Can we move beyond the feeling of loneliness? Can we forget about ourselves for a moment and listen, genuinely listen to each other? And regarding our own lives: can we look at our own biography, step away from it and decide how we want to continue with our lives? How do we create our own values in times where no one tells us what to do anymore? How do we make moral and ethical choices when there is so much to choose?
In order to learn about ourselves we looked at different parts of our own history. In our little room upstairs in the Hive we shared our stories in a smaller group of five to six people. Creative expression was a method to connect with ourselves in a different way: we drew our family structures and we sculpted one of our threshold experiences in clay. On Monday we started with a first sketch of our early childhood by picking a postcard we could resonate with. On Tuesday we looked back at ourselves as being a 9-10 year old child. On Wednesday we told each other about meetings in our lives that had a big influence on us. Our little room was filled with respect, love and good memories of our beloved family members and friends. Thursday was about treshold experiences and therefore a bit more heavy for me. I was moved by other peoples' experiences and the only thing I could do to support them was just listen, witness their stories and feel compassion. The week ended with a moment in life where we made an independent decision. Apparently every human being has the inner wisdom to distinguish what is right and what is wrong. A strong feeling from deep within, or a very clear knowing can lead us to the moral and ethical wisdom I feel we are all looking for.

Following this path of personal awareness is not going to be easy, neither is it to open up to every other human being without judgement. But we can choose how we want to create the future, because it is created now. This week I experienced how nourishing it can be to share our stories, to feel acknowledged and heard, to meet each other on a deeper level. Our contributors Annie and Mary guided us through this week and created a warm atmosphere to show ourselves to the group. I can tell from experience that it becomes impossible to dislike someone once you know their story.
Written by Hedwig Barczuk
Creative Wednesdays 
with various community members
Pictures by Maaike Verbanck, Ami Cochrane & Janne Bierens
Creative Gardening with Brigid
The garden. She has been my view for the past two months. In August and September, she was full of green colours. With leek, all kinds of cabbages, potatoes and pumpkins. It was growing in front of my room. Turning into deep red, brown and purple colours with entering the end of September and the start of October, the garden has changed. She has fulfilled her beautiful task of growing and feeding. She is almost ready for winter now.
For the past weeks I was able to go into the garden. With six other Yippies, we worked together with Bridgid and Johan on Wednesday afternoons. From the observational perspective behind the window of my room, I could work in and with the garden. I felt the soil, the leaves of growing vegetables, I saw the big earthworms coming up when digging the earth. I admired the wonder of potatoes growing out of a mother-potato and I carried the big pumpkins in all their different colors and shapes.
Although the creative afternoons on Wednesday have come to an end, I keep on looking to the garden from behind my window. I realize that this was all in her, in the garden. And it’s still in her, but it will go to sleep. Ready for the winter.
Written by Janne Bierens
Metal Work with Richard
The moment I stepped into the metal workshop my eyes widened. What's that! What's this? There were so many unfamiliar tools and gadgets arranged chaordically (a new word we learnt in the Art of Hosting that describes the state between chaos and order) throughout the room. It was exciting to be in a space where creative possibilities seemed endless. But what were the possibilities? I had never worked with metal before so I was full of curiosity.
We were first introduced to one of the oldest known processes of metalwork: forging. The anvil, the hammer, the forge, these were things I had only seen in movies about the Dark Ages! I felt like I was going back in time. The process of forging involved all the elements: iron extracted from the earth, fire fed by coal, air to control the strength of the flame and water to cool the scorching iron. We worked in pairs hammering rhythmically at the hot iron rod, pounding it into shape, while making sure not to overwork and snap the iron. It was a repetitive process of heating, hammering, cooling and then reheating again.
In following sessions we learnt how to manipulate and solder silver and brass and how to shape copper. Then, with this accumulated knowledge we were given the freedom to work on our own ideas. It was fun to see everyone working with so much focus on their individual projects and to see their happy and contented faces when their ideas manifested into physical form.
We walked out of our last session, smudged with charcoal, and adorned with our new creations; shiny rings, torques, crowns, pendents and earrings. I think it's safe for me to say that we all fell in love with metalwork and with our cheerful teacher Richard, who inspired us with his passion and skill.
Written by Ami Cochrane
Social Eurythmy with Regula
I liked it quite a bit. I had my doubts about eurythmy since I didn’t have such an enjoyable experience during my twelve years of Waldorf education. I thought I would choose eurythmy intentionally over the other creative sessions, because I wanted to see how I might be able to experience it differently when I stepped in with a positive attitude.
Written by Kensho Toyota
Art Therapy
In infinite state of change.
In that glass house we sit together in ourselves.
We shape our inner world in clay.
It is not meant to be a product, it is a message from inside out.
Beauty is not of essence, it is pure being that may be.
Get to know your life shapes and colours.
Touch your process, re-shape it, and let go of control.
Give the shape what it needs.
And inwards it goes again, I changed it, it changed me.
Written by Lynette van Pelt
A message from the Yippies
Dear community,
We are set to leave on our International Internships in less than four months! As a group, we have been organising ourselves into various projects to raise funds for our journey. One of these initiatives is a 5K FUNDRUN happening this Saturday November 9th. We will be running through the forests and fields of Ytterjärna, and invite any of you in the local community to run with us!
We believe it is important to co-create a worldwide and interconnected community and wish to enter different cultures with an intention to learn, shape and build. By interning with socially oriented organisations we hope to experience first hand how initiatives that strive for positive change are implemented and to test some of the skills we have been learning at YIP.
We would very much appreciate your support for our FUNDRUN and internship journey. Please follow the link below to donate or to find out more information. Thank you very much!
With gratitude,
YIP 12
Support the YIP12 internships 
Some thoughts for the road
Large-scale problems don't require large-scale solutions, they require small-scale solutions within a large-scale framework. 
- David Fleming, in Stacco's week
What are you practising? What do you need to practise? 
- Kailea Fredrick
If something needs to happen, someone needs to host it.
- Rachel Derrah, in the Art of Hosting week
What attitude do you want to meet life with?
- Annie Meijer
Looking forward
In the next newsletter you can expect to read more about:
- Portrait Painting
- Anthroposophical Anthroposophy
- Landing in Hoy (arriving and introduction week)
- Initiative & Initiation
- Original Instructions
- Autobiographical Storytelling
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