Learning from Water, inspired by Schauberger

Too much, too little, too polluted. These are our current water issues anywhere on earth. This planet we call Earth despite her surface being two-third Ocean. How entangled are these three water issues of quantity and quality? How symptomatic are these issues of a worldview and habits that systemically and fundamentally undermine the natural flows and thus the logic of life.

What can we learn about this logic of life? What can we learn from water, from moving down the river, with the flow? And what from those moving up a river, like the trout? What can we learn from the patterns we can witness in water and those expressed within plants?

We started exploring this question last Fall during ‘River Restoration‘. We will proceed with a follow-up walk this Spring, together with Jörg Schauberger, grandson of Viktor Schauberger, we will continue to discover what we can learn from water.

This walk is for anyone with an interest in water and in learning from and within the outdoors.

When: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 14-18:00 (arrival from 13:30)

Where: Dordrecht, Biesbosch (details will be send to partipants)

Register by email to: springcollegenl@gmail.com, with payment your registration is confirmed

Costs: 35€ (25€ for  ‘5 October alumni’; 10€ for students)

Payment: Spring College account NL38 TRIO 0254 8451 26 at Triodos Bank, Zeist with your ‘19 April + your name’

In the fall (5 October 2016), we imagined how rivers can be restored. Rivers were approached tangibly and  technically from a river engineering view. Creating value and interest for engineers, (aquatic) ecologists, hydrologists, landscape architects and –planners. As well as, interpreting rivers metaphorically with music, natural flow and as blood in our veins. We gained understanding in Instream River Training, a method to ‘train’ or build the river system in a natural way and to discover how to guide the river. It is developed and worked out by Viktor Schauberger, (practical uses, river engineering), Otmar Grober and others as a kind of river engineering that follows the ideas and principles of Viktor Schauberger. It means not to build concrete walls, but instead to use ‘micro groins’ and ‘meandering ramps’ to concentrate the energy of the water to the center of the river and thus stabilising river banks and structuring river beds. It shows to be much cheaper than other methods used so far. Schauberger: “Everything that is natural is silent, simple and cheap“.