Eco Summer Camp 2021 Lassalle Institut

From wild consumption
to responsible engagement

Eco Summer Camp for Young Adults
August 22 - 28, 2021

Eco Summer Camp for Young Adults, 22 - 28 August 2021

From wild consumption to responsible engagement. The struggle against environmental degradation and the preservation of our planet must first and foremost become a cultural movement in which everyone assumes their own responsibility, as individuals and in cooperation with their peers. Thus, we are all called upon to make our personal contribution as well. The time for mere delegation to others is over. Only in this way can we bring about changes in the long term that will deeply transform our society from within, so that we can look to the future with confidence - for ourselves and for the generations to come.

What is our position on the global changes that challenge us today in economy, politics and the environment? How can existing resources be used sustainably? What social and political solutions are we looking for and do we want to implement? What changes in daily life are needed? These are just some of the questions that are of concern to us and that we want to get to the bottom of from the 22nd to the 28th of August 2021. Over 40 young adults are attending, and a dozen experts and scholars will animate these days.

With our one-week academy, young people, who are our future decision-makers, can exchange ideas with experts and like-minded people at eye level. These fruitful encounters will contribute to advancing the ecological-spiritual transformation of our society.

Organisers and Experts

The “Eco Summer Camp” has been launched by the Lassalle-Institut and is jointly organised by

- Lassalle-Institut
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE).

Furthermore, experts will be involved from

- Georgetown University
- Schumacher College
- ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- Munich School of Philosophy.


Prof. Dr. Gaël Giraud
Georgetown University (USA)
Director | Environmental Justice Program
Senior researcher | CNRS

Dr. Sabin Bieri
University of Bern
Director, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Head of Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster

Bernd Nilles
CEO of Fastenopfer
Former Secretary General of CIDSE (Fastenopfer relief agencies)

Overview of all speakers and workshop leaders


The aim is to broaden the horizons of the participants and to strengthen an international network of young people who contribute to a true cultural change in environmental issues. The guiding principle throughout the entire week will be focusing on our consumption behaviour as individuals as well as that of our society. Because we believe that transforming our consumption behaviour is one of the most important prerequisites for building an ecologically sustainable society.

All participants as well as the experts will be on campus during the whole time in order to promote personal encounters as well as personal growth, through a direct and an informal transfer of knowledge.

Through an innovative pedagogy (self-reflection, excursions, encounters, etc.) in the framework of a holistic approach (head, heart and hands), the participants have the opportunity not only to listen to outstanding speakers, but also to foster interpersonal growth through a mindful approach (e.g. eco-spirituality, meditation etc.) as well as through a practical contribution to the organisation of the week (harvesting, cooking, cleaning etc.).

Experience shows that such a pedagogy, which not only touches the intellectual sphere, but also considers the spiritual as well as the practical dimension of a person, is a more effective way to foster change in one’s own everyday life.

Who are we addressing?

Students and young professionals residing in Europe between the ages of 18 and 35 with an academic background who are interested in widening not only their personal knowledge about ecological issues, but in particular in experiencing a unique opportunity to enlarge their own network in meeting peers and experts from all over Europe, while engaging in a constructive dialogue and discourse.

The official language of the gathering is English. Applicants should have at least a B2 level in English.

Where does the “Eco Summer Camp” take place?

The Summer Camp will take place at the Lassalle-Haus, a unique educational institution committed to a more peaceful and just world. It is located outside the city, surrounded by nature and farms, and invites you to leave everyday life behind you and to engage undisturbed in new goals.

Lassalle-Haus has a COVID protection concept, which has been confirmed by the authorities. We are constantly adapting them to the new regulations of the authorities. Consequently, we reserve the right to reduce the number of participants if, due to the Corona regulations, only a smaller number of people are allowed.


Total expenses for participants will range from CHF 250 (four-bed room) to 500 (single room with shower). Please take into consideration that there is limited room availability, therefore free choice of accommodation is limited. The expenses are all-inclusive and include accommodation, on-site catering, excursions, course fees as well as office supplies. In short, there are no additional costs of any kind.


To ensure a fair proportion of participants from different European countries, varied personal background and gender, but most importantly the participation of highly motivated people, a paper-based selection will follow upon registration for the “Eco Summer Camp”. For further information please refer to the application form.

The application process is open. All applications must be submitted at the latest by May 31, 2021. All applicants will be informed no later than within fourteen days of the aforementioned deadline. They will be notified whether they have been accepted, wait-listed or unfortunately rejected.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Valerio Ciriello SJ
Bad Schönbrunn
6313 Edlibach


«My heart beats for an ecological turnaround that will bring about an inner and social transformation that promises us and future generations a prosperous and bright future instead of the downfall of an entire civilisation.»