SAWS 21+ Workshop: Breaking or Building?

Time for honest reflection & forward thinking

Dear friends, brothers and sisters,
We are very happy to invite you to the third Breaking or Building workshop for elder Second Generation, taking place in Dunajska Luzna (Slovakia) from Friday 6th May to Sunday 8th May. After the success of the BoB workshops in Rome (May 2015) and Luzna (November 2015) and in response to several requests, we would like to offer this unique workshop again.It will be an opportunity to reflect on current issues in our movement and in our communities, so that we can find healthy approaches that can help us move forwards in our lives of faith.

With the personal challenges that we all face including lifestyle choices and career options, as well as wider concerns regarding the future of our movement, we can sometimes find ourselves both overwhelmed and unsettled. Every now and then, we all need time to regain a sense of direction and clarity, a sense of hope and purpose, and opportunities for deeper reflection and connections with brothers and sisters.

However, we also want to find a way forward on our spiritual path together, and consider what we can do. With our guest speakers and combined insights, we believe that we can go deep into the heart of these matters.

With this in mind, we hope that in the tranquil setting of Dunajska Luzna, we can take some time to reflect, reconnect but also to receive some relevant and helpful content to gain a better perspective on the issues that have real value in our lives. We hope that this theme can provide us with strength to be clearer and more confident in how we are doing and how we want to move forwards, together as elder second generation.

The programme will consist of sessions based on the theme as well as time for discussions and sharing. We also want to offer a balanced schedule and shape it based on the dynamics of the group; with some free time for leisure activities and an optional trip to Bratislava.


Key speakers: Dr. Frank Kaufmann (USA) and William Haines (UK)
Participants: Invited are those aged 21+
Dates: Friday 6th May – Sunday 8th May
Venue: Dunajska Luzna Seminar Centre, near Bratislava, Slovakia. Please bring sleeping bag and towel.
Cost: 60 Euro per participant (this is a subsidised fee)
Arrival: Friday 6th May (ideally before 20:00; the first session starts at 21:00! Those arriving at Vienna airport please aim to arrive by 18:00).
Departure: Sunday 8th May after 14:00.

There is also the possibility to arrive earlier or depart later if you would like to extend your stay in Slovakia, or to visit Vienna, which is approximately 1 hour away from Bratislava city centre. Please enquire for further details. 

Travel: The nearest airports are Bratislava airport or Vienna airport. There are regular bus connections between Vienna airport and Bratislava city, costing around 7.50 euro each way. Please note that we can only provide pick up in Bratislava city (airport, bus or train stations). Further detailed information about local travel will be provided after registration.

Registration: Please register here by the 20th April 2016.

Contact: Feel free to contact us at saws21plus[at] with questions or queries.

Provisional schedule
Optional sightseeing in Bratislava (for Early Arrivals)
Afternoon / Evening: Arrivals of remaining participants
21:00  Evening introductory session
09:30 – 13:00   Sessions (2-3 presentations, 1-2 discussions).
16:00 – 19:00   Sessions (3-4 presentations, 2-3 discussions).
Evening schedule: depending on interests of participants.
09:30 – 13:00   Sessions (2-3 presentations, 1 discussion).
The workshop will conclude with lunch on Sunday.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!


The ESGD staff