We are Community Building Austria and we are passionate about Community.
We have been watching our world these last few years and felt dismay about the growing polarisation in our society, the mounting tension between groups of different beliefs, ethics and politics, the questions that plague us as a global family and whose answers increasingly elude us
– and in the midst of all that, we saw a glimmer of hope:
What we were witnessing reminded us of the Community Building process which we practice and teach: its second stage is called ‘chaos’ and we believe that as a society, we are right in the midst of it. Chaos is characterised by black & white, either/ or thinking; it thrives on enemy images and projecting the problem onto the ‘enemy’; it is unproductive, often vicious and very often, members of the group are surprised to see such deep rifts surface as they never expected were there and appear to threaten the very existence of their group –
But the good news is that chaos is not the end. There is a way through and out of chaos, and Community Building offers a platform where this way can be sought and found by any group that earnestly struggles for deep authenticity and extraordinary respect for one another.
This process can be experienced in a weekend workshop, facilitated by specially trained facilitators, and offering a ‘practice ground’ to learn the principles of this peace-making process which can then be applied in ‘real life’ on larger and smaller scales alike.
We believe the need for genuine community has never been greater, and we invite you to come check us out – dip into these pages, and especially, come do a workshop with us and taste and see!
“Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense any more.”