The Peacebuildings Circus
The Peacebuildings Circus is a project for schools, youth groups and festivals across Europe
Each program has at its core the development and awakening of consciousness as our primary response
to the challenges of our current world.
The Reciprocal Frame roof structure of the yurt is an architectural mandala that demonstrates the nature and strength of our inter-connectedness and provides a visual reference as we explore the challenges facing young people in the world today.
We use the mediums of painting, storytelling, puppetry, role play, meditation and the way of council
as ways to explore our current world and the way we play within it. With that reference we look to the beliefs that limit and the diversity of gifts, skills and awareness that reside in every individual. We practice listening and deep courageous communication. We ignite the recognition and belief that we are the one who can, and must take our place facing the monumental challenges that we on our planet face. That it is our courage, our determination, our skill, and our awareness that will unearth the substance and nature of the changes necessary,
to create a world of peace, well being and sustainability for all.
The Project was founded in Steirermark, Austria, where have sought governmental support from youth and culture departments in Graz, initially for the finance that will enable us to take the Circus into schools or youth groups for two week long programs.
Hot news June 2020
The Youth department has granted €8000 Euros support for the Peacebuilding Circus program with youth
but not for the yurt itself. We currently have a refusal from the Kulture Department which we have appealed. Unfortunately this has again been refused because and I quote:
"No funding recommendation can be made, as the project is presented in too general a manner and lacks aspects of both cultural mediation and contemporary art, and therefore, in the view of the Board of Trustees, does not fall within the scope of responsibility of art and culture funding. .....
Interesting what constitutes cultural involvement and expansion in Steirermark
We therefore seek funding for the creation of the yurt and a trailer in which to take it on its journey across Europe.
Our initial requirement is €35,000.
To take the project on a year long journey connecting young people across Europe we seek funding totaling
€100,000 which includes the creation of the yurt.
We will launch a crowdfunding program in the coming weeks and invite you to participate.
Please contact Graham Brown for further information or visit the contribute page if you wish to donate now.
All assistance gratefully received
Wasserfest was brought to life 7 years ago in the Austrian Tyrol where Dany and Christian, the founders used to live. When they moved to Steirermark they brought the festival with them and for the last couple of years its home has been Harter Teich Großhart, Steirermark.
Christian Lechleitner, his son Matthias and I loaded the just finished yurt on to Christians works van and trailer and drove from Upper Austria to Harter Teich three days before the festival opened. We erected the yurt in one day and to our delight everything fitted and worked perfectly.
I was such a pleasure to work so hard and so silently with Christian in 35 degrees heat.
Wasserfest has changed my understanding of what is possible. and therefore calls for a rethink. 9 short workshops from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday and 4 over the following weekend revealed how quickly the wisdom embedded in the Reciprocal Frame makes a home in peoples consciousness when they are in the embrace of the Yurt.
It now seems obvious to go to a place, stay for longer and let this transformational impulse go further and deeper. To invite elders, teachers, business leaders, politicians, doctors, mums and dads to the same enquiry in this beautiful space. A space which by its own geometry energetically invites awakening to the silent awareness by which all experience is known.
So now we will rework the Peacebuildings Circus program, and how we will extend it.