PLEASE NOTE: This text is from 2017. New text for 2018 will be available at spring 2018
This is an invitation to come together for a week by the sea, in the world’s oldest women’s-camp on the island of Femø:
to make holidays and relax on the beach
to enjoy the company of other women
to do workshops with different themes
to join talking groups; Femø style
to talk, laugh, cry, sing and party
to enjoy the beautiful nature
to watch the sun rise and fall and sit by the fire
to work together and do sports
and many other things
Every year International week has a certain theme. This year we have tried to connect the theme to the workshops/talking groups, which have been offered so far. The theme will be:
Wednesday is party day. Like the week theme, the party will also be about manifesting ourselves: Dare to be wild. Dress as you always wanted to dress. Let yourself out. Manifest yourself.
International week is a special week
Women are coming from all kinds of places, -sometimes travelling a long way, bringing different views and experiences in the camp. Because of the different languages we are bringing into the camp and our wish to communicate in an inclusive way, a whole new language arises: Femø English. There is no need to speak fluent English and we use our creativity to be open and understand each other.
There is a spirit of empowering ourselves as all kinds of women. The feminist history of Femø is still brought into action.
All for one, one for all
On Femø women’s camp, everyone is part of getting things done.
Everyone creates the atmosphere and helps making the camp run by bringing their skills and knowledge.
All the activists are volunteers. They all work behind the scenes during the year and some of them form the activist group in the camp.
The camp does not provide medical help. There is a doctor on the island, who can help if needed. There is no electricity on camp. Femø gives the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy the ‘ simple’ life.
It is important that everyone feels welcome and at the same time, is aware of their own role in the bigger picture.
Everyday all the participants are taking on a task, like doing dishes or cooking dinner. The tasks, which are also contributing to getting to know each other, are done in groups and takes an average of two hours per day.
All participants are welcome to offer a workshop, a talking group or any other activity during the week. You can also contact us before the week starts, if you have an idea already now, so we can add your activity on the website.
The ”Femø style – talking groups” are always part of the week. You can participate in talking in rounds about your own experiences; each woman is being listened to, putting together a big picture, instead of discussing a topic controversial.
There is time and space for both being by yourself and being social. Every night there is a common meeting where we all gather.
International week is mainly a vegetarian week. If you have any special food needs, please be aware that the camp has limited possibilities. We try to be as inclusive as possible with the different food needs, but we are on a small island with only a little harbour shop and get pre-ordered supplies for every separate week send from Copenhagen.
We make all the food ourselves in relatively primitive conditions and are depending on the women’s creativity to make the recipes work.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the food.
There is a max of 12 children on the week. Boys are allowed until the age of 12. We try every year to have volunteers for the children activities, who provide activities for the kids for some hours after breakfast.
It can be quite a challenge for mothers /caretakers to, at the same time, be there for your children, take part in camp tasks, the activities and social life in the camp. The wish is that both women and children feel embraced and supported in the camp. This should be possible with the help of each other.
Workshops already planned for 2017
Theater Sports by Karin
Learn to do improvised theater, and also join if you are a professional! Many ways to express yourself: mime, song, talking, or just being goofy.
This is a time to play, have fun and also interact with each other on completely fantasitic situations but also more real-life experiences related to being a feminist, a lesbian, or gender queer. There are different impro theater games, I will explain the basics, show some tricks and help us get started. Everyone can do it!
Feminist Manifesto writing/making in the aftermath of Trump and Brexit by Linda
This workshop will evolve around Manifest Yourself!.
Drawing on a long tradition of feminist and leftist manifesto writing, including the most well-known Communist Manifesto, Cyborg Manifesto, SCUM Manifesto, BLACK WOMAN’s Manifesto and The Combahee River Collective Statement, I will give a short introduction into the genre of feminist manifesto, followed by small group discussions. This will give us a chance to manifest ourselves in a world of hostility towards feminist lives. The workshop focuses on bringing together a wide range of feminist political and social visions and imaginations for the future, and closes with the making of a collective (corporeal, visual or textual) feminist manifesto by all participants. The common language of the workshop will be English, but the making of the manifesto will not be bound to a mono-lingual voice.
From self-care to together-care by Claudie
Talking group: the intersections of personal, structural, communal and global trauma:
how to be there for yourself and each other, how to deal with things that separate us from each other, how to find strategies and build structures that help us connect.
“We become-with each other or not at all.” (Donna Haraway, 2016)
‘Organizing the revolution’ by Claudie
workshop/introduction to non-hierarchical organizing
-creating alternative structures for leaderless organizations
-common pitfalls/difficulties and how to avoid them
-collectivizing decision making
Sports-activities by Linde
Dear women, I am delighted to practice Hathayoga, Pilates, spine-friendly and supportive and functional exercises for stretching and muscle building with you again on the beach; I am looking forward to be back and to spend some time with the kayak (and to help you to deal with it) or other moving, exciting and and relaxing time. Yoga in the morning and the evening .. and the more of you to be, the nicer the sunrise and sunset can be! I would like to “ infect” you simply to participate, each in her way.
If you have special movement course wishes let me know …
We look forward seeing you on the island!!
Contact and information concerning the International Week.
Here you can get answers on your questions and pass on your ideas for workshops.