Personal, Relational and Environmental Sustainability
sustainability is a mindset of attention and integrity
The whole picture includes no less than everything
Forest is a living creature. It's growing and changing, going through seasons and different rhythms. Forest stands for multitudes. It’s a living ecosystem that contains everything and gives everything space to be. It's a place where all kinds of species coexist and live together. Everyone is being authentically who they are: a tree is a tree, a rock is a rock, a hare is a hare even if she changes her colour for a winter.
La Foresta is a forest too. A forest of stories, experiences and events, dedicated to the living ecology of everyday life, to personal, relational and global sustainability. In our understanding sustainability is about integrity and care. The main ingredients of our work with these subjects are transdisciplinary approach, artistic sensibilities and embodied culture — a culture that shares its values with the forest and grows from the place of deeper listening and more sincere communication, interconnection and organic unfolding. We are interested in re-unification of human intelligence, body and mind, thinking and feeling, doing and being, theory and practice, inner and outer worlds. La Foresta is celebrating collaborative creativity and sustainable living, de-standardisation of human life and search for more poetry and purpose. It seeks to invite people into experiences of what a nourishing life can be in its variety of conceptions and practices, held together by resonance.
Foresta Collective are people taking care of and contributing to the forest of La Foresta, its stories, academy and events. It's not a fixated and defined entity. As a real forest does, La Foresta too is relentlessly evolving and growing into itself, transforming through meaningful encounters. It is a process of continuous ‘becoming’ (as Gilles Deleuze put it) and ‘becoming with’ (as Donna Haraway extended). Some of the wisest and most sustainable methods developed to tackle the problems of modern life are based on nature's holistic ways of being. The union between nature and culture is our inspiration. Strolling through this website you will find insights into things we do in order to contribute to the creation of culture we wish for. Our field of action can be mapped as the emergent transversalities between artistic, curatorial and educational practices. We research subjects we care about and write about them, we design transdisciplinary events, as well as immersive and educational experiences. New approaches to work and education, to creativity and arts, human relationality and togetherness, transdisciplinary practices and embodied intelligence — these are the core subjects at the heart of our interests and the work we do. Finding new forms of those are the key elements in making space for a more sustainable society to emerge, that is inspiring people to live and develop in their plurality being part of Earth's ecosystems and cherishing all life forms on this planet.
Stories are born in the journeys. They contain bits and pieces of the world we notice. Stories are conversations in words and images, through which we explore subjects we care about, such as human creativity and connection to the natural world, wellbeing and embodiment, new cultures of learning and working, and how these and other contexts contribute to living a fulfilling sustainable life. You will also find here our online gallery space, featuring works of our selected artists - authors of La Foresta's seasonal portraits.
Encounters with others can be mirrors or windows through which we see pieces of ourselves or learn something valuable about the world. We don’t know the others we only know ourselves. We don’t know ourselves we only know the others. Here you will find dates and snapshots of “Woods in the City” events that we organise in different formats: symposium, creathon, and immersive multi-sensorial experiences. These woods in an urban setting are a contact zone for transdisciplinary encounters and exchange.
We design and facilitate learning experiences for a variety of different audiences in a larger context of embodied culture. The subjects range from Permaculture Gardening to Aesthetics, Storytelling to Personal Sustainability, Creative Thinking to Collaborative Mindset. Formats vary between workshops, labs, courses and retreats. Dedicated to the art of being human.
We also create projects for children and young people of different ages that grow from the values of sustainable culture as we understand it. Based on learning through experience, transdisciplinary connections, collaborative interaction, diversity of forms of expression, as well as movement and embodied awareness being an integral part of any creative process we design for kids.
Roots of our work
Our work has three main foundations:
Formats We Work In
interventions and events for broader audience
research in public
immersive experiences and food formats
art projects with children
educational programmes and workshops
writing and photography
Our work supports the following Sustainable Development Goals