Chosen Family—Psychological Recycling workshop series with therapist Péter Szil

In the framework of a new, long-term, thematic program

Psychological Recycling, Or Is There an Adulthood That is Not Mean to Children?

We are growing up in a culture where becoming an adult too often means forgetting all we promised to ourselves as children that we would never to do to kids when we become grown-ups. Human beings are vulnerable ecological systems. It also holds true to us that—even though not all garbage is waste—if all the psychological residues accumulated over generations scatter in us unselected, we spoil also the environment of future generations. In this series of four individual workshops, applying the principles of recycling, we look into—together with the active participation of those present—the main areas of psychological waste production (home, school), the different modes of waste management (psychological trends), and the possibilities of prevention (social and partner relations based on equality, forms of living together).

The workshops are on Saturdays, between 3 pm and 7 pm.

First occasion
May 9, 2015, 3 pm to 7 pm
The Original Family: Misfortune or Chance?

To participate, please send an email to by April 30. Maximum number of participants: 20.

Further topics of the workshops

–School-Home-Life: Learning Does Not Equal Teaching, November 7, 2015
–“See, Here Inside is the Suffering, Out There, Sure Enough, is the Explanation:” Outside Help to Becoming an Adult, 2016
–Family ⇾ Good Family ⇾ Better Family ⇾ Community: The Chosen Family, 2016

Péter Szil, leader of the workshops, has been living for almost forty years in various, and very different cultures (Sweden, Spain, and Hungary). While commuting between these countries, he examines and facilitates as a therapist and activist the egalitarian and non-violent relations between adults and children, men and women. See a more detailed introduction of Péter Szil on his website:

Chosen Family—Private Utopias

In 2015-2016, investigates in the framework of a long-term program the models and norms of the family, society’s smallest unit. Through discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and film screenings, and with the engagement of various audiences, examines from various disciplines how the norms regulating the definition of family emerge, dominate, and dissolve. We aim to generate discourse around the problematics of family as well as around alternative forms and practices for finding solutions. We are interested in the following questions: What potentials does the non-heteronormative family model have? What kind of change is needed for a society where the equality of women, men, and children are considered fundamental rights? How is the individual assuming responsibility for herself/himself and for her/his environment is related to the institutions of family and school?