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5 years ago today, we first got the keys to 20 and 22 Kantstraße. It was a small crew then, in an un...

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After 5 years, the Kanthaus network has reached a state that sometimes causes headaches even to some...

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Nach dem Radio und diversen Printmedien hat sich nun also auch das Fernsehen für uns interessiert! Und das Outcome kann sich durchaus sehen lassen, finden wir. Bis auf den Thumbnail vielleicht...^^'

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Wie oft passiert es, dass du mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs bist, und merkst, dass du deinen Sattel gern ein paar Zentimeter verstellen würdest? Oder dir fällt auf, dass ein kleines bisschen mehr Luft auf dem Vorderreifen praktisch wäre? Das Schutzblech klappert schon seit Wochen... doch dafür extra die Werkzeugkiste auspacken?

Bei all diesen Problemen könnte doch eine Fahrradreparaturstation, an der du zufällig vorbeikommst, helfen.

Deswegen haben wir mal eine gebaut...

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When I need a break from life in Kanthaus, a quick bike outing is generally very effective. Is it the fresh air? The pleasure to glide smoothly on impeccable cycle paths? The eye contact with random people on the street? I do not know exactly, but it just works. Without those journeys on the saddle, pandemic life would be pretty unbearable to me.

When cycling in Wurzen, the chances that you encounter a care home are high. Nearly one Wurzener in three is 65 or older and the town is no exception to the aging trend. You can find at least 10 homes in Wurzen and more of them are getting built. When I cycle past them, I can see some light behind the curtains and sometimes even someone at the window. For most of the occupiers, grabbing a bike to escape the daily routine is not an option. The pandemic has forced a monastic isolation on them, on top of their mobility restrictions.

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Functional living

There is one aspect of Kanthaus life which is so natural to me that I sometimes forget to even mention it: Functional living. It means that rooms are attributed to purposes rather than people. There are rooms for sleeping, for office work, for building things, for making music, for eating, for cooking, for washing, for retreating and so on - but no rooms which are permanently occupied by individual people.

In Kanthaus every room is potentially used by everyone because every room is communal. This concept comes with great opportunities but also with some challenges...

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Some say the compost is a garden's heart. Physically speaking this doesn't apply to our compost. Hid...

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Wuppweek

blog by Lise

The Kanthaus people would like to say a big thank you to all the participants of our wuppweek! The progress we made was great and we're looking forward to finishing the roofs this year. May that be the last winter with dripping investigations in the attics and a nightly waterfall in the staircase of K22!

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On the MoI frame

blog by Doug

In conversations leading up to MoI 2020, the purpose and the implementation of the Month of Introspection (herein MoI) have been regularly questioned. A specific point of unclarity is who is invited and why.

We had our first MoI (then MoC = Month of Calm) last year, largely copied from other communities who do a similar thing (e.g. Tamera). It felt like we needed it, and we enjoyed it so much we're doing it again soon :)

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In 2019 many things happened in and around Kanthaus. In the first week of January 2020 Lise, Janina and I took the time to go through last year's CoMe minutes, chat logs and photos to compile a short review. Here's what we got.

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