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Holland Gathering

  • Meneer de Leeuw Doorpstraat 90 Oost-Knollendam Netherlands (map)

Reverberating from the first murmuration in Belgium and then the experience in the mountains of Romania, a few of us got inspired to organise a next gathering in May 2019.

We will also be joined by some of the Schumacher Research in Action Community who will be gathering just the week before in the same place. These include alumni who have taught and studied at the college  like Julie Richardson , Tim Crabtree, Patricia Shaw, Michael Martin, Maria Llanos, Elisa Hornett, Lanying Zhang hopefully Jon Rae and others who also have their own projects around the world.

During these days we will discover who we are and what brings us together, whilst furthering this growing and moving village beyond the home of the Old Postern, as the spirit of Schumacher College continues to be sustained and recreated.

The Place

We will be hosted at Pepik and Fleur's place in a beautiful converted farmhouse that has been their family home for the past 10 years and also acted as midwife to the birth of many enterprises and projects in energy saving, regional development, youth protection, elderly care, biodiversity, sustainable mobility, living streets, refugee shelter.

The grounds of the farm are located in a wetland nature reserve, a much loved spot for migratory birds who by the time of our gathering will have just arrived from Africa. The sky will be imbued with mesmerising murmurations and continuous song as they are preparing to nest.

Meanwhile, our own murmuration will be taking shape through walking, talking, cooking, canoeing, meditating, dancing and dishwashing.

Timings and Travel Arrangements

The gathering starts at 5pm on Friday 24th May and ends after lunch around 1pm on Monday 27th May.

Pepik and Fleur's place is situated in Oostknollendam (NL) easily reachable from Amsterdam by train (45 min from Schiphol Airport and 20 min from Amsterdam Central Station). We offer pick up and drop off from the train station (Wormerveer) to the farm.

Our Cooks

Our delicious food we will count on a small team of refugees from the RefugeeCompany - a project run by Fleur which integrates asylum seekers.


We can only host 30 people so we encourage you to book early to secure your place.

There are 3 sleeping arrangement options:

  • a single room(*), 450 euro including VAT.

  • an indoor camping place(**), 315 euro including VAT.

  • an outdoor camping place(***), 240 euro including VAT.

All options include 3 meals/day of vegetarian food, a day of canoeing with a packed lunch, and a pick up to and from the train station.

(*) You enjoy the privacy of your own room, sheets and towels provided.

(**) You enjoy a mattress to sleep on in a shared room in the farm house. Please bring your own sleeping bag and towel.

(***) You enjoy a sleeping place in a shared tent in the open field behind the house. Please bring your own sleeping bag and camping matt.

IMPORTANT: Please if you can contribute any extra amount besides covering your fees, this will be added to a fund that can create bursary places. If you need a bursary place, do consult us.


Please make your payment via direct bank transfer to the details below. We recommend using TransferWise as they have a transparent fee charge and offer much cheaper conversion rates than of regular banks.

Pepik en Fleur Henneman

IBAN NL30 ABNA 0596087233