we shall have to think up signs, sketch a landscape, fabricate a plan
on the double page
of day and paper.
Tomorrow, we shall have to invent,
once more,
the reality of this world.
— Octavio Paz

WOODS IN THE CITY is a space dedicated to collaborative creativity and sustainable living, to the meeting and exchange between different worlds, through which new pathways may unfold. It's a cultural exploration salon for makers and change-makers, for seekers and life-long learners, for trailblazer and people who are interested in making a difference in re-integration of our world in a broader sense.  Once every season we invite people from different walks of life to come together and share some insights into their work and what drives them to do what they do. These interdisciplinary encounters are a process of discovering a golden thread that weaves people and ideas together. Its aim is to be a catalyst to inspire living connections across and beyond disciplines, to explore shared concerns and questions of how we want to live and create sustainable future. Wisdom is born in an encounter and synthesis. Through meeting the others we reconnect to something of value: a shared purpose, a forgotten wish, a spirit of adventure, or a new attention to life around. We meet around questions of how we want to live in the future in the four main areas: how we work, how we learn, how we relate and how we create. The practice of embodiment, as well as the arts and creativity in a broader sense are an integral part of this event. Our backgrounds, professions, fields of interests shape our perspectives on common life experiences, so we come together to share them, to see a bigger picture. On this page we host an online library of impressions and some of the video contributions to WOODS IN THE CITY meetings.

A selection of videos from past events

José Délano (designer, curator, creator) on challenging labels of professions and names, on ways we interact with a city and with each other.

Andreas Weber (biologist, philosopher, author)  on poetry of human experiences and the biology of wonder.

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin (artist, film-maker) on why do people do what they do, power of curiosity and complexities of human life.

Adam Fletcher (writer, author) on cultures, countries and how can we live together.

Elizabeth Debold (gender futurist, journalist) on individual development and cultural evolution, Eros as activism, creativity and emergence.

Anton Burdakov (artist, architect) on creating spaces, working with relationships, and choosing ingredients for cross-disciplinary arts projects.

Anna Krimerman (personal development trainer) on engaging with all spectrum of human experience and becoming larger than the narrow groomed self.

Eyal Lovett 
(jazz musician, composer) on improvisation in music and in life.

Arnold Dreyblatt (musician, media professor) on integration of theory and practice, and thinking from different perspectives.

Other contributors to past event
Amir Nasr (writer, digital activist), Monika Jiang (co-creator of Humans of New Work), Javier Cura (movement artist, teacher), Onika Simon (innovation strategist), David Hayes (professor of Greek philosophy and literature), Yuki Tanji (movement and martial arts teacher), Kirstin Broussard (artist and arts educator), Felicitas Ritter (dancer and coach)

At every meeting we give space to a variety of different forms of expression: through words, music, movement, visual communication. Each WOODS IN THE CITY meeting is accompanied by a visual arts/illustration exhibition. So far we have showcased selected works of:

AUTUMN (Images by Hendrik Thul)


SPRING (Images by Patricia Escriche)



WOODS IN THE CITY logo created by Katja Schneider