This weekend I was stoked to take part in the Tierbefreiungskongress, a national animal liberation gathering in Germany. I felt so energised and strengthened by the experience. I facilitated workshops on learning from repression in the UK and overcoming burnout.
So I obviously didn’t get the nuances because of the language barrier, but the impression I got is that there is still a movement out there with uncompromising support for direct action, prisoners and grassroots campaigns.
The whole event felt super organised. I felt nervous of travelling with my pesky ribs, but at every moment there was support. From people bringing me snacks to lifts and comfortable sleeping places. There was even an “allergy table” and it meant for once I could actually eat at an event!! There were loads of kids & families too.
People seem to engage with critical reflection, strategic thinking and the importance of building movement infrastructure. There was an “awareness team” and several workshops and resources about burnout. There was lots of good old organised German fun but actually this meant people could be included. I spoke to people for whom this was their first time at an event like this and they felt super welcomed.
Overall it felt pretty inspiring after living in England in the aftermath of repression. People seemed super keen to learn from our experiences in the UK in my workshop and I feel like people internationally will do things smarter as a result.
But above all the best part of the weekend was hanging out with close friends and meeting new ones!! Oh and visiting a wolf and bear sanctuary..!!!!! Who are rescued from zoos and circuses. Seriously a memory I will never ever forget.
I aim to get a copy of my workshop designs online soon!
Thanks so much again to everyone who organised the gathering & supported me to be there.