16-17 June 2018 Week-end retreat

Information about our week-end retreat on 16-17 June is now available (info below). If you’d like to come to both days or just one, please fill in this form or send us a message

Friends and Comrades,

2 years ago the Die Linke Berlin International working group hosted an overnight retreat in Hermsdorf, it was tons of fun and We’re doing it again.
We will be spending the weekend June 16th and 17th at the Hermsdorf NaturFreundehaus, arriving Saturday for a day of fun, relaxation, and socialist socializing, and on Sunday for a program day of discussions and debates primarily about the European Union. If this sounds like fun then please read the details below, and register ASAP using this google form


Saturday is fun and relaxation day: there is a lake with a supervised swimming facility nearby, as well as lots of nature to explore. We will also watch movies together in the evening.
Sunday is programming day, this will include a brief introduction to the party structure of Die Linke and how the LAG “Internationals” fits into it, and more information on our planned activities for the next year and how to get more involved.
The majority of Sunday afternoon will be spent discussing the European Union and the left’s orientation towards it. We’ve chosen this focus because of the upcoming May 2019 European Parliament elections, and the ongoing relevance of discussions around Brexit and austerity policies in southern Europe.
We want to help provide LAG members and friends with a place to discuss these issues and to think strategically together about how a left perspective on the EU and EU parliament elections should look.




13:15 – leave together from the U8 platform at Alexanderplatz
14:00 – arrive at NaturFreundehaus Hermsdorfer Fließtal
14:00-14:30 – drop off bags, tour the facility, select and make beds
14:30-18:30 – free time: explore the nearby nature and quaint neighbourhoods, go swimming in the lake, relax in the NaturFreundehaus yard. (If the weather is bad we will plan more indoor group activities, like games, more movies etc.)
18:30 – 20:00 – Food, drink, general merriment, we will eat the food prepared by some of the comrades in the last hour of free time.
20:00 – 22:00 – Fun movie: we will watch a mostly entertaining movie with a somewhat leftist-related theme, likely either The Young Karl Marx or The Death of Stalin. You can vote/make other suggestions in the registration form.
22:00- Late – Documentary: what we watch here is undecided, so please suggest ideas in the registration form if you have any


10:00-11:00 – breakfast
11:00- 12:00 – Die Linke: and the LAG Internationals: Past, Present Future – Judith Benda, Phil Butland
12:00 – 13:00 – the Berlin Internationals network: short introductions by groups we work with: (potentially) HDP/HDK, Podemos Berlin, Izquierda Unida Berlín, CUP/CDR/With Catalonia (all Catalonia), Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung, Labour Berlin, Razem Berlin, The Coalition, Berlin Jacobin Reading Group, PRC/Potere Populo (Italy), France Insoumise, Frente Amplio (Chile)
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 – EU: Militarism and NATO – Judith Benda
15:00 – 16:00 – The Eurozone and crisis in the European periphery – TBD
16:00 – 17:00 Brexit and the question of a “left-exit”: is reform possible – Julia Damphouse, Phil Butland
17:00 -17:30 – The next year with Die Linke internationals: future meetings, brainstorming, and how to get involved
17:30-18:30 – overflow time/pack/clean up/departure



The venue is NaturFreundehaus Hermsdorfer Fließtal (Seebadstraße 27, 13467 Berlin) which is easily accessible with public transportation from Berlin.
Anyone who wants to travel together with the first group is welcome to join us, meeting at 13:00 on the U8 platform at Alexanderplatz. We will take the 13:15 train to U Wittenau, and then take the 220 bus in the direction Frohnau, Hainbuchenstr. to the stop Almutstraße, then walk for 10 minutes to the NaturFreundehaus.
Here is a google maps link to the Journey:
Anyone who wishes to arrive on their own later in the day is welcome to do so, just let us know in the registration form what time you plan to arrive.
For those who will only attend the programming day on Sunday. We will begin promptly at 11:00, but breakfast will be served from 10:00-11:00, if you plan to arrive in the morning, come before 11:00 to eat breakfast.



Food will be provided both days: Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch, though bringing a snack for Saturday afternoon is advised.
For those staying over: the NaturFreundhaus provides bed linen for 4 euros, or you can bring your own.
After the day’s programming is finished and we tidy up the space, will leave together by 18:30.
Accommodation is free but if possible we ask for a contribution for the food and drinks.
hope to see you there!

– Julia, Phil, Judith