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Training Course: Growth and transition within us – mental infrastructures in capitalism and a post-growth society

Dates: 27 November – 1 December 2019

Venue: Krzyzowa, Poland

Eligible are 16 participants coming from: Germany, Poland

Application deadline: 10th November 2019

Methodological training for (future) multipliers in Education on Sustainable Development (ESD) and Degrowth education from Germany and Poland. For all who share an interest in mental infrastructures and resources, and post-growth societies.

General Description

The imaginary of growth not only rules the world, but also our minds and souls. While we organize for a better future we find ourselves more and more entangled in the very logic of the system we work to change.

We want a world free of exploitation and unnecessary hardship, but we overbook our agendas, check emails dozens of times a day, pile up to do lists, and never seem to keep up with the increasing pace of self-optimization. How can we unlock the internalized psychological and cultural settings shaped by a profit-oriented society and instead contribute to a just and ecological transformation?

During this training we will explore the psychodynamics of capitalism and our own embodied barriers towards a transformation – in practice and theory. We will reflect on the influence that an economy based on growth and expansion has on our personal, social and professional lives.

The program consists of theoretical input and experiential methods such as theatre, play and walks. We offer space to actively reflect our own mental models and experiment with their convertibility by looking at and for alternative paths of thinking and psychological resources to subvert the logic of scaling.

The training is offered in the framework of the project “Courage to Change, Courage to Act”, which comprises a modular training cycle offering 10 thematic training modules in the fields of education for sustainable development and degrowth education to (future) multipliers from Germany and Poland.



This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and food are organized and covered by the organizers.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will be covered by participants.

Participation fee

The participation fee has a solidary structure:

  • 60-100 EUR for participants living in Germany,
  • 100-200 PLN for participants living in Poland (incl. accommodation, meals and program).



Kreisau-Initiative e.V.

Phone: 0049 30 / 53 89 31 63 64

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Mental Infrastructure.pdf

Contact for questions:

Elisabeth Kremer

E-Mail: kremer@kreisau.de