Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE HEDONE SEMINAR?
The Hedoné Seminar is a yearly event organized 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 donation 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 THE SEMINAR HAPPENING?
The Hedoné Seminar 2022 will take place between June 15th at 1pm, to Monday 20th at 8pm. One can arrive by Wednesday but the official start of the workshops will be on Thursday, around noon.
Check-in times to the castle are only possible from Wednesday to Friday between 10am and 22pm. Gates close at 22pm, please keep this in mind when you plan your arrival. Once you enter the event location, it is not possible to go out of the property unless you are leaving for good.
As participating in both theory and practice is a key for a transformation experience, doors will close on Friday 8pm.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?
A beautiful castle surrounded by nature close to Berlin (2:30 hours drive). The exact details will be sent by e-mail to the attendees.
DO I NEED TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19 PRIOR TO THE EVENT?
Precautions and hygienic measures will be taken to prevent transmissions. Carrying a negative PCR (48h) or Antigen test (24h) result will be mandatory to access the venue, even if you carry a proof of vaccination or proof of recovery with you.
Option to get tested at the entrance, at an additional cost, will be available.
Cancellation of the event due to a worsening of the pandemic scenario will be adequately communicated.
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!
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A TICKET?
Ticket are already available for purchase in our Hedoné website. Price of an Early Bird ticket is 250 Euros, Regular Ticket will be sold for 350 Euros and Last Minute Ticket price is 400 Euros.
HOW CAN I GET THERE?
The most eco friendly way to reach the castle from Berlin is to take the bus provided by us or 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). You will need to purchase a car pass prior to the event.
WHERE CAN I STAY?
There is a beautiful free camping area surrounding the castle where you can bring your own tent to and enjoy nature. We invite everyone to embrace the comfort of nature and camp. The camping area will have toilets, you will find showers inside the castle.
“Glamping” at Hedonia Camp comes at an extra cost. Please plan your sleeping arrangements by visiting this website and selecting your accommodation options. Unfortunately, Rooms in the castle are fully booked already.
- Check-in times to the castle are only possible from Wednesday to Friday between 10am and 22pm.
DO I NEED TO BRING CASH WITH ME?
“Hedogold” is the currency for purchasing food and drinks on festival grounds and will be available for exchange at special exchange counters. In this years edition it will be possible to pay via bracelet.
WILL FOOD & DRINKS BE PROVIDED TO GUESTS?
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.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE FULL PROGRAM FOR THE EVENT?
Full program is to be announced. Consult another edition program to have an idea.
CAN I BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR THE HEDONE SEMINAR?
Volunteer registration is now open! Please fill-out and submit your application here.
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. A volunteer deposit of 150 Euros will be required upon acceptance and will be returned upon completion of both shifts within 30 days after the Seminar.
DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?
We normally have a no-refund 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.
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.