Applications are still open (we'll update the event once we're full). As of 15th Dec, 48 people applied, and we have space for a few more.
- Weekend retreat for 30-60 people interested in Effective Altruism (both old and new community members) to learn, connect and collaborate
- Content: 2.5 days filled with talks, workshops, meetups and plenty of time for 1-1 conversations and socialising
- 13.-15. January (from Friday ~4pm until Sunday ~6pm, arriving late or leaving early is fine) in Berlin-Wannsee
- Note that we have two sister events on the weekend after (20-22 January): One near Hannover for North & West Germany and one near Konstanz for South Germany
- Costs (incl. accommodation and vegan food) covered by EA Germany, travel subsidies available if needed
- COVID policy: All attendees need to be fully vaccinated and self-tested before arrival.
- Purpose: We want to provide a space for participants to
- connect with like-minded people from their city and region and find advisors, collaborators and friends
- share ideas, discuss and make progress on their plans to do more good (through their careers, volunteering or donations)
- EA Content
- We will invite a few experts to cover some of the most pressing problems to help inform participants considering entering those fields. Participants are encouraged to contribute content.
- You can suggest specific content in the application form – we will do our best to make it possible.
- There will be structured content such as talks & workshops and unstructured, informal discussions and 1-1 conversations (we can help you find the right people if you want). Here's some content from past retreats to get an impression.
- All sessions are optional. If you feel like you are not learning or contributing to a session, you are always free to do something else.
- Space to relax and connect
- During the afternoon breaks and in the evenings, there will be space for fun activities, to relax and get to know each other on a more personal level – feel free to contribute content unrelated to Effective Altruism.
These retreats usually receive very positive participant feedback. Previous retreats such as the EA Unconferences have been rated 8.7 - 9.3/10 on average. To get a better impression, see these photos from a previous German EA retreat (different venue) and this video:
We expect this retreat to be most beneficial for people who:
- Are familiar with the basics of EA
- Share the Guiding Principles of EA: Commitment to Help Others, Scientific Mindset, Openness, Integrity, Collaborative Spirit
- Understand and speak English (no need to be perfect, though!)
- Live in Eastern Germany (or somehow feel connected to Berlin/Eastern Germany). If you live in North, West or South Germany, we recommend you have a look at our sister events near Hannover and near Stuttgart on 20-22 January.
Participants do not need to:
- Know everything & everyone (this might be particularly valuable if you’re not yet well-connected in the EA community)
- Already work in EA cause areas, or even know what you would like to work on (this can be particularly helpful if you’re undecided about your career & life plans)
- Speak German (everyone speaks English)
- Give a talk/workshop (program contributions are encouraged but not required)
The EA community benefits from a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs, so non-German speakers and people from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
The youth hostel may not be the prettiest building, but it has all we need and plenty of space, and the surroundings are really nice: It’s located in a forest right at the lakeside, easy to reach by public transport but still feels far away from noisy Berlin.
Accommodation: Choice between a shared four-person room at the venue (costs covered) or book your own accommodation nearby (at your own cost). We recommend staying at the venue or close by (<10min), but Berliners can also sleep at home and commute if they prefer.
Get to the venue: Trains leave from Berlin central station every 10 min and take 30 min
(Deadline 14th December, same application form for all three retreats)
- Limited capacity. Late applications can only be considered if we have spots left.
- Unsure if you can attend? Apply anyway and mention your uncertainty in the form.
- Uncertain whether you would benefit from this? Questions? Don’t hesitate to email us! Anonymous feedback is welcome too!
Isidor Regenfuß (EA Berlin), Co-Lead (venue, logistics), email@example.com
With support from:
Yannick Mühlhauser (EA Tübingen), Y.Muehlhaeuser@gmail.com
Sarah Tegeler (EA Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org