Refuge & Deep Hospitality
The art of receptivity in times of intolerance
In this workshop, we explore the need of restoring a culture of hospitality and receptivity in times of intolerance and violence against refugees, asylum seekers and the other.
“Hospitality means the right of a stranger not to be treated as an enemy when he arrives in the land of another. Originally, no one had more right than another to a particular part of the earth.” Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace
“Deep hospitality is the art of opening yourself to life and living from a receptive state of being.” Bruna Kadletz
More people than ever before are displaced from their homes, in need of refuge and protection. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in 2017, more than 66.8 million people were forced to abandon their homes because of wars, generalised violence and persecution. In the unfolding of the worst humanitarian and refugee crises of our times, the fortress politics of major world leaders are accentuating trauma and exclusion at borders, detention centres and refugee camps.
While on one hand, forcibly displaced people carry within them the wounds of wars and persecution, on the other hand, host societies manifest an expressive intensification in fear and rejection in receiving the unknown other. As consequence of this fear-based reaction, besides losing everything, many refugees find hostility instead of hospitality.
"Hospitality means the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy." Henry J. M. Nouwen
In this workshop, we explore the need of restoring a culture of hospitality and peace in times of intolerance and violence against refugees, asylum seekers and the other. Interweaving storytelling and myths, global politics and humanitarian crises, we draw attention to the deep understanding of hospitality – a receptive and embracing state of being. As we embody this state of being, we offer an alternative response to the growing polarization which only segregates today´s societies.
By focusing on three dimensions of hospitality - political, social and deep, this workshop explores how we can cultivate a state of receptivity and work towards a vision of global change which expands our circle of humanity.
The participants will gain new insights into the art of receptivity and deep hospitality, while exploring how to connect these insights with the social and political dimensions of hospitality. They will leave the workshop with practical tools in how to engage holistically in initiatives from a place of meaning and purpose.