green culture 8 & train camp

Green Culture 8 & Train Camp

Introduction, Programme, Workshop Facilitators and Train Schedule

The 8th Green Culture gathering

2019 will mark the eighth Green Culture event where we continue to merge arts~culture, green~creative businesses, science~education and philosophy in search for sustainable and heart-centred solutions to protect and preserve the only home we all share, our planet Earth.

This year we are partnering with even more new organisations and educational institutions and our speakers are delivering workshops for over 200 participants. This includes a collaboration with the University Mediteran and the Underhill Film Festival from Podgorica, as well as the San Francisco Green Film Festival among others.

We are also continuing our collaboration with the European branch of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership project. This year we are delivering the long planned Green Culture TrainCamp with Turn Club from Amsterdam, promoting sustainable travel which wil be packed with events and brainstorming sessions along the route from London via Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade, all the way to Montenegro and we are very excited about this endeavour. The heart of our Gathering in Montenegro will be the Ada Bojana island resort in the South of Montenegro, a secluded island with a deep green forest and long sandy beaches where the pink and purple sunsets are spectacular. It is a place of true, unspoilt natural beauty, the perfect spot for spreading our mission and hosting our land artists, students and activists.

We are hosting an artist’s colony and daily yoga and meditation sessions. Massage therapists and Reiki masters will be available to offer services for a donation. The evenings will be filled with a variety of art forms and, a world music festival with live gigs and film screenings. Renowned photographers will capture the significance of the event and the atmosphere using the latest drone technology.

Exciting times ahead of us!

The programme is the initial list of the planned schedule and there are likely to be a few additions to the programme, which will be updated continuously to reflect these additions.

Our venue

Welcome to Ada Bojana resort – our home 8-11 June 2019! If you love festivals but don’t love crowds and tents join us at Green Culture 8 in Montenegro next June. At Green Culture you will have a roof over your head and a proper bed. Moreover you will enjoy the wonders of socialist era architecture from the early 1970’s – an utterly authentic retro experience.

Ada Bojana was built in Tito’s Yugoslavia and the minimalist bungalows, grouped closely together, give a sense of belonging, community and joy. The original avant-garde, free spirited community still return, bringing their children and grandchildren to spend time with them at the island. It is a much loved place for a fascinating group of people.

The resort recently has been modestly refurbished, but with such a loyal clientele the management of the resort doesn’t feel the need to overly impress its guests. They come back year after year for the unique atmosphere, the crystal clear water, the incredibly fresh air and the breathtaking sunsets. This is not a pristine modern resort. There are some issues. For example, there is a high concentration of strong-smelling sulphur in the water.

However, the beneficial health aspects of this mineral are well known (It’s fantastic for the skin and hair). There is no swimming pool, but the clear waters of the bay are an incredible experience.

Our venue is situated on the island of Ada Bojana, which sits on a delta of two rivers merging into the Adriatic Sea. It has a scenic approach – wooden bungalows on both sides of the river, inspired by the original fishermen’s huts, and with large fishing nets acting as a huge arts installation. Every year a horse riding club is based at the resort for the summer, and they offer sunset rides by the calm sea waters. The sandy beach is 3 km long and during the season the sky is filled with windsurfing kites and all kinds of summer sports – a festival of colours like sky lanterns.

Because of its beautiful natural setting we are hoping to help develop Ada Bojana into an eco-arts centre which will offer artists residencies in solar panelled/wind turbine powered buildings. This is also going to be our home for the residential Green Culture Global Academy starting next autumn. Whatever you make of it, it will open new perspectives and you will be moved by the experience.

We look forward to seeing you in this magical place next June.

Our audience

Green Culture is a platform for exchanging innovative, educational experiences and a network of collaborators from the cultural sectors of the Western Balkans and around the globe. We bring together regional leaders and international industry experts from all fields who embrace the global sustainability agenda into their philosophy and convey their knowledge to the wider public to inspire action.

WHO is coming?

Among the others we’ve had: Activists. Artists. Ambassadors. Beekeepers. Businessmen. Bikers. Creatives. Cultural Leaders. DJ’s. Dancers. Environmental Experts. Entrepreneurs. Educators. Glaciologists. Fashion Revolutionaries. Festival organisers. Film Makers. Biomimicry Specialists. Green Builders. Hydro Engineers. Journalists. Kiters. Climate Leaders. Light Workers. Musicians. Muses. Ministers. Naturists. Oceanographers. Professors. Royalty. Radio Presenters. Students. Dark Matter Scientists. Tree huggers. Urban Foresters. Volunteers. Writers. Yoga Teachers. Zoologists

WHAT is Green Culture?

A-an: Gathering. Open Space. Fest. Knowledge Retreat. Summit. Think Tank. Platform. Movement. Connecting Space. Creative Network. Speakers Corner. Eye Opener. Hard Facts Provider. Green Power Engine. Enabler. Values Explorer. Brain Picker. Depth Searcher. Educational Space. Direction Giver. Quality Validator. Wisdom Sharer. Coming Home to Yourself. Extraordinaire Finder.

WHY they attend?

To: Network. Share ideas. Learn. Exchange experiences. Express concern. Look for solutions. Brainstorm. Talk to leaders. Meet cool people. Have Fun. Be among the likeminded. Feel free. Support the mission. Share your wisdom. Stay tuned. See what other people do. Get inspired. Energise your mind body and soul. Be amazed by the surroundings. Create a cleaner future. Contribute to a hands-on immediate action. Make your say for something that matters to you. TAKE ACTION and Make a difference.


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From + departure time To + arrival time EVENTS + time OPTIONS & REMARKS

Event details

MON 3     Evening event in London    
TUE 4 London 8:16  Amsterdam 13:11   40Euros *direct one way  
      16.00 -19.00 event in Amsterdam confirmed See us off Event:
Local Action Event together with local environmental/train promoting organisations .  
Location: THNK Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV Amsterdam
WED 5 Amsterdam ±8:08  Munich ±15:28

EVENT MUNICH: 17-18:30

Two options:

1. Wine down at Impact Hub
2. Presentation Kreativquartier/Kreativlabor

70euros* One change in Mannheim 

1. Impact Hub Munchen:Gotzinger Str. 8, 81371 München, Duitsland

2. Dachauer Straße 114, 80636 München


  Minich 19:55  Vienna 00:30   100euros* One change in Salzburg  
THU 6     12:00 Lunch  event in Vienna. There is an community lunch event in Impacthub Vienna the 6th of June 12.00-13.00 Impact Hub Vienna
Lindengasse 56
1070 Vienna,
  Vienna 15:00  BUDAPEST 19:05   9euros* direct   
      20:00 Evening event in Budapest    
  Budapest  23:00
Night bus FlixBus to Belgrade
    25Euros direct bus.   
FRI 7    Belgrade arrival at 05:55 10:00 Morning event in Belgrade    
  Belgrade ±13:00 Montenegro (Bar)  arrival
Between 20-22:00
  The train from Belgrade to Bar (Montenegro is supposed to be a stunning ride!)  
SAT 8     Day 1 – Gathering Montenegro    
SUN 9     Day 2 – Gathering Montenegro    
MON 10     Day 3 – Gathering Montenegro    
TUE 11 Option to start return journey        
After return Travellers organize their own event, sharing their findings with their supporters.   EVENTS + time    



Programme schedule 8-10 June

The programme is open for participants to propose their talks and workshops on the day, so new segments might be added to this programme

 Day Time Event
JUNE 8 11:00 – 17:00 Elmo Vermijs – PART I – AN IMAGINARY WORLD OF WOOD (interactive workshop in the local woods)
  11:00 – 12:30 Stephen Whithead Galloway – ONE WITH THE NATURE – Green Diplomacy
  11:00 – 13:00 Merlijn Twaalfhoven – SINGING WORKSHOP
  11:00 – 18:00 Mahagony group – Carneval workshop – USING NATURAL MATERIALS IN CREATIVE EXPRESSION
  13:00 – 14.30 Lunch break 
  14:30 – 17:00 Peter de Koning – VOICE OF THE EARTH
  14:30 – 16:00 Kristin Tieche CYCLING TO SAVE THE PLANET, Screening of Kristin’s short films about San Francisco’s activists/cyclists: Velo Visionaries
  16:00 – 17:00 Break
  17:00 – 18:30 Merlijn Twaalfhoven – Interactive Lecture: ARTIST MINDSET,
click here for more info about this event
  19:00 Dinner
  20:30 Peter de Koning – VOICE OF THE EARTH performance/presentation
JUNE 9 9:00 – 17:00 Elmo Vermijs – PART II – AN IMAGINARY WORLD OF WOOD (interactive workshop in the local woods)
  9:00 – 11:00 Merlijn Twaalfhoven – SINGING WORKSHOP
  9:00 – 13:00 Annabella Rijksen – TOGETHER WE ARE CREATIVE CHANGEMAKERS
  9:00 – 13:00 Malou van Doormaal – THE WEB OF RELATIONS
  13:00 – 14.00 Lunch break
  14:00 – 14:30 Pachamama Alliance – AWAKENING THE DREAMER – intro presentation
  14:30 – 17:00 Ida van der Lee – RITUAL ART – Saying farewell to Fossil Fuels
  14:30 – 16:00 Merlijn Twaalfhoven – sustainable travel – brainstorm & creation
  16:00 – 17:00 Break
  17:00 – 18:30 Elmo Vermijs lecture & presentation AN IMAGINARY WORLD OF WOOD
  17:00 – 18:30 Rehearsal with choir & singing workshop participants
  19:00 Dinner
  20:00 – 21:30 Concert with Choir by Merlijn Twaalfhoven including Presentation VOICE OF THE EARTH & RITUAL
JUNE 10 14:00 – 17:00 Awakening the Dreamer workshop by the Pachamama Alliance from San Francisco in collaboration with the National Museum of Montenegro,
on the 10. June at 14h. Places are limited. Contact us for enrollment.

Download the programme in pdf – click here




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