Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS IT? The Hedoné Seminar is a yearly event organised by the Berlin-based Hedoné e.V. collective. Hedoné is an artist movement based on ethical hedonism as well as an NGO that supports victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) by donating all profits to organizations working to eradicate this cruel practice. The Hedoné Seminar consists of two parts: theory and practice. The first part of the seminar is dedicated to various activities such as workshops, talks and panel discussions that will explore methods and tools to reach emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual balance and bliss. We then jointly celebrate the natural pleasures of life in a gala which is, simultaneously, a mass performance against FGM.
WHEN IS IT? The Hedoné Seminar 2021 will take place on September 15th at 1pm, to September 20th at 8pm, 2021.
As participating in both theory and practice is a key for a transformation experience, doors will close on Friday 6pm.
WHERE IS IT? A beautiful castle surrounded by nature close to Berlin (2:30 hours drive.
The exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees).
COVID-19 Precautions and hygienic measures will be taken to prevent transmission between people and make a safer environment. In that sense, carrying a negative PCR test result (max. 48h) will be mandatory to access the venue. There will be Antigen rapid tests available during the Seminar as well.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Participation is granted upon the completion and evaluation of an application designed to ensure potential participants are aligned with Hedoné´s purpose.
RULES OF THE GAME.
Consent is a Must. It is an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision by each participant; It is voluntary, and revocable at any times. Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. We do not tolerate any kind of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or abusive behavior. Be the highest, most loving and respectful version of yourself!
Leave No Trace. Ethical hedonists are protectors of the earth, guardians of the oceans, worshippers of Pachamama. We request you to bring your own cup/water bottle, if necessary, use bio glitter and always leave places cleaner than you found them. Single-use plastic is not permitted. Smokers: use a portable ashtray.
Be a Hedoangel. Beautiful souls overseeing that magic and safety are maintained throughout the party, hedoangels are guards of high vibes who take care of the space and one another. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, harassment or abusive behavior is not tolerated at this event. Anything understood as such, as well as any violation of consent, will not be tolerated.
Gifting. Hedone is a participatory co-creational event. Guests are encouraged to bring and share their gifts with the community. Spontaneous performances, interactive games, gourmet treats, etc…are all welcome and appreciated.. Be your funky avatar!
TICKETS. Ticket sales will be launched on 1 March on Hedoné website. Price of an Early Bird ticket is 150 Euros, Regular Ticket will be sold for 250 Euros and Last Minute Ticket price is 300 Euros.
FYI this is a reactivation of the postponed event Seminar 2020, that's why, unfortunately the early bird tickets are sold out since last year.
You may notice that the regular access price increased by 50€, the reason is that we found and incredible new location, in Germany, and the production costs are considerable higher this year, but we promise it worths the upgrade. ;)
TRANSPORT. The most eco friendly way to reach the castle from Berlin is to take the train (exact details will be sent by mail to the attendees). Arrival with private cars is also possible, but parking spots are very limited and not on the premises (10 minutes distance/public).
ACCOMMODATION. Camping at the Palace is included in the ticket price. “Glamping” at Hedonia Camp will come at an extra cost. Showers and toilets in the camping area will be available. Rooms in the castle will also be available upon request. Accommodation at a hotel nearby or Airbnb is possible, but has to be secured individually alongside daily transportation to the Seminar area. We encourage all participants to stay in the Seminar area.
CURRENCY. “Hedogold” is the currency for purchasing food and drinks on festival grounds and will be available for exchange at special exchange counters for cash only.
FOOD & DRINKS. Vegetarian and vegan food will be provided for affordable prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For additional nourishment, there will be food and snack trucks on site. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, fresh juices and herbal shots will be sold separately at designated bars.
ECO. LEAVE NO TRACE. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave any place in a better state than we found it.
PROGRAM. Full program is to be announced. Consult another edition program to have an idea.
VOLUNTEERING. Volunteer registration will begin on 1 March. Volunteers will have to complete 3 shifts of 6-8 hours during the seminar. Even if a shift coincides with workshops, volunteers are expected to fulfill their shift. Please keep in mind we are a communal effort and our community is committed to a personal participatory ethic. Deposit of the regular ticket price (250 Euros) will be required upon acceptance and will be returned upon completion of both shifts within 30 days after the Seminar.
REFUND. We normally have a no-refunds policy. However, cancellation of the event due to a worsening of the pandemic scenario will entitle you to use your ticket for a future event or grand a complete refund.