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In the small Swedish town of Östervåla, thirty miles north of Uppsala, we are creating a school called HOME.

It’s a school that grows out of the conversations we bring together around our kitchen table.

It’s the fruit of the projects we led, the books we read, the organisations we built, the people we learned with and the friendships that formed us over the past two decades.

And it’s a new beginning. Something we’re figuring out together as we go along, with the help of that web of friends and collaborators.

HOME is a school the shape of a pocket. An air-pocket. A breathing space. A pocket of resistance and hope.

— Anna Björkman & Dougald Hine

At Work in the Ruins

at the Stoa

Friday, 31 March, 2023

In this free Zoom event hosted by our friends at the Stoa, Dougald was joined by three thinkers whose work resonates deeply through the work of our school. The conversation took as its starting point the themes of his new book, At Work in the Ruins: Finding Our Place in the Time of Science, Climate Change, Pandemics & All the Other Emergencies.


November 2023

This month we are hosting our second online series of the year, Regrowing a Living Culture, with 140 participants from around the world. For announcements of future series, make sure to sign up for our school newsletter.

We’ve hosted a series of live events this year in Skolunkans, the Old Shoe Shop, our first public venue here in Östervåla. In March, Sarah Thomas hosted a kvöldvaka with readings from her book, The Raven’s Nest. Then in July, David Benjamin Blower played our first concert at the school. And in October, the artist and pigment-maker Caroline Ross and the experimental archaeologist Theresa Emmerich Kamper held a show-and-tell.

We’ve not had the chance to move forward on the renovation of the Red House this year, but you can see some of the earlier work we did in the summers of 2021 and 2022 in the photographs below.

Work on the Red House in the summer of 2020

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