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“New Culture” is a shorthand term used to describe the various groups associated with New Culture Institute, a North American group founded informally in the 80’s. New Culture was originally inspired by the German community ZEGG (AKA the Center for Experimental Cultural Design).
New Culture seeks to build a sustainable, violence-free culture through exploring intimacy, personal growth, transparency, radical honesty, equality, compassion, sexual freedom, and the power of community. A core premise of New Culture is that one of the keys to stopping the destruction of the planet is to return to the heart.
one of the keys to stopping the destruction of the planet is to return to the heart.
We aspire to create a world where we can all be free to come from our hearts, thereby changing the culture from the inside out. We facilitate events and programs designed to help heal the wounds between individuals of all genders and orientations, the individual and the community, and between the community and the Earth.
New Culture Northwest
New Culture Northwest (that’s us) is a regional group that grew out of the expanding community of New Culture in the Pacific Northwest. We go about creating a new culture primarily via extended retreats (we call them camps) and workshops throughout the year. At these events, there is always a clear emphasis on freedom of choice and full support of any decisions made. In other words, each individual is “at choice” to explore or not according to their own comfort level within parameters of communication designed to create “win-win” results.
The largest event is our annual Summer Camp, where we get together for eight days. What occurs there is as experimental as the culture we seek to build.
The events and programs are designed to help participants evaluate challenges, evolve their presumptions, consider new possibilities for who they are and how the world works, and stretch boundaries within a safe and loving container. This allows all participants to do the important work of re-patterning our intrapersonal (within ourselves) and interpersonal (with each other) relationships – work which can then transform the way we live in the wider world.