The rooftop has been transformed through the recent years into a garden but it is more than that! Its aim is to become a green oasis where we collaborate to do gardening, offer a place for well-being and an opportunity to connect with ‘nature’.
The roof was initiated by the SPIN collective (students WdKA who run the space) with the Living Station. During the academic year 2022/23, this student collective organized events, which are related to Pagan Festivities. These Festivities aim to activate, build up, grow, care, come together and learn for and with the Rooftop Garden. Pagan festivities are closely linked to cycles of nature and human attunement to the seasons and the earth.
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Plant swap event as last year in early spring
Past PROGRAM 2022-2023
The 22nd of September marks the day of the autumn equinox when day and night have the same length. Mabon announces the beginning of autumn, it is a moment of balance between night and day and might be the perfect moment to observe the plants that survived the warm summer and reflect on the past activities from the Rooftop Garden. The workshops will be centered around the embodied experience of space by observing and listening.
Paper Making Workshop
Together with the Publication Station the Rooftop Garden hosted a paper-making workshop at the rooftop.
Making paper gives a second life to many materials, it can be leftover paper, textiles, dry plants
The aim was to invite students to reflect on their positionally as art students.
The droughts this summer created a very hostile environment for the plants, therefore to keep this part of the garden’s history alive we decided to make paper from the dead plants and recycled paper from the trash bunker.
Samhain (November 4th)
From October 31st autumn storms may tear through city streets, bringing majestic trees to their knees, traffic to a standstill, damaged buildings and causing long-lasting change to small urban pockets of woodland. It can appear to be devastating but of course, out of change, new things can emerge. In Autumn we will be getting ready for the cold and long winter. It is the perfect time to prepare for hibernation! We propose to spend time together learning from what is dead and hidden.
Yuletide takes place around the longest night of the year; it is a dark moment, but from then on the world will brighten up again and the days will become longer. The perfect moment to think about hibernation, rest, and sleep.
1st of February, about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. ‘Imbolc’ meaning ‘in the belly’ refers to the pregnancy of ewes at this time of year. This Sabbath announces spring, it is associated with purification, fruitfulness and the power of the light, of the sun. The earth is slowly awakening. We want to talk about the power of life and the ownership of the belly, Imbolc.
Ostara occurs when Earth’s equator is directly in line with the Sun, causing the hours of light and darkness to be equal. It is the time of the year when we put the first seedlings in the ground. Our bodies are slowly awakening and we are starting to open up and connect with our surroundings. Commoning, coming together, exchanging. New projects are starting, new ideas are being planted, and new groups are being formed.
It is a time to share food, welcome tree branches into the home and gather herbs with friends. It is associated with fertility. By now plants seem to be growing by the minute, many trees are in blossom, butterflies have begun to return and a wealth of herbs are in their prime.
Midsummer (June 21st)
Many rites of the Midsummer holiday are connected with water, fertility and auto-purification. The traditions include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew and floating flower wreaths on the water.