Field of Commitment is one the connective practices being offered in the Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab.

In Kassel, Field of Commitment includes a ‘Call’ for the first 100+ people to create a ‘Place of Commitment’. A ‘Field of Commitment’ facilitator will help you create this place.  [Read more about the Call]

These individual ‘Places of Commitment’ can be in your own garden, your street, a park, a public place or your school, if you are a teacher.

Each place of Commitment needs to be linked to at least one person who visits the place and holds the commitment that was taken there.



1. Training to enable a person to create a Place of Commitment
This training is for people in Kassel who want to join the Field of Commitment team that helps others create their own ‘Place of Commitment’. This training will take place from June 2021 onwards. Dates to be announced. Or by arrangement with Martina Schäfer.
Cost  This local training is sponsored and is therefore free.

2.Training and support for teachers or school ‘social workers’, who want to create a ‘Place of Commitment’ in or near their School, that can they and other staff can use with groups of pupils to reflect on tree planting, climate issues and human – tree – future relationships.  This training will take place from Autumn 2021 onwards. Dates to be announced. Or by arrangement with Martina Schäfer.
Cost  This local training is sponsored, and is therefore free.

IN GERMAN / FOR PEOPLE IN & BEYOND KASSEL [Training in Kassel. Details below.]

3.‘Keeper of the Field’ & Coordinator Training for people outside of Kassel
This training is offered to people from outside Kassel who want to create a Field of Commitment in their own village, town or city, and who cannot create local ‘Places of Commitment’ in Kassel, because they do not live in Kassel.
Costs: Sliding scale. See details below
This training extends over four days, and will be followed up by online exchange and ‘supervision’.


4. Online training for ‘Keeper of the Field’ & Facilitator Training for people in other parts of the world
If you cannot get to Kassel:  This is similar to the training referred to in No. 3, but it will take place online.
We will develop this option toward the end of 2021 /early 2022. Please check this space.  There will be a cost for this training, related to country and to personal circumstances. There are currently requests from UK, Brazil and Australia. Participants will also need to purchase or get sponsorship for the first 5 – 10 tree-bands, to be able to develop the Field of Commitment in their own area.

Contact Martina Schäfer for information about all these different kinds of training and to book a place.


From Saturday 4 September @ 15.00 to Tuesday 7 September 15.00


WHAT   The Field of Commitment makes visible the existing willingness in a place to commit to an eco-social present and future and strengthens this “field of will”.  In partnership with a tree, people create a local “anchor place” in the world in order to strengthen their own commitment and to become more effective in solidarity with others.

The Field of Commitment has begun in the city of Kassel, with a call for the first 100 people.  The first 10+ anchor places that already exist are just the beginning….

There are already requests from other cities and countries to enable people to create a Field of Commitment there… which is in keeping with the “bigger picture”. In fact, the Field of Commitment is not limited: trees do not know urban or national boundaries…  they are all part of the field of this planet Earth.

During the training we will introduce and practice the concrete steps and phases for establishing a Field of Commitment in your area. In doing so, we will experience and reflect on the different ‘tasks’ required of guides and guardians of the field.

The aim of the training is for the participants to
a.) understand and experience the Field of Commitment
b.) be able to facilitate others to creating a specific anchor place and
c.) initiate the Field of Commitment in their own city (or village / country / community).

This training will also enable participants to get to know the field of Social Sculpture – Connective Practice a little better.

The training is right for you if you are interested in creating places of encounter: places for encounter with yourself, the world and with others.  Such encountering is an aid to awareness, clear thinking and reflection on how we can individually and collectively contribute towards the shaping of a human and ecological future.

The Field of Commitment enables us not only to care for trees, but to engage in seeking new connective ways of living together on this planet without causing unnecessary suffering.

A Field of the Will Made Visible
We describe the Field of Commitment in German as a “Willensfeld”. It is a field of will [committed intention] made visible. Will is a kind of “inner mobilisation”. It is closely linked to a new kind of connective and imaginal thinking that is part of the field of social sculpture.

“It all depends on the warmth character of thinking. That is the new quality of the will.”
(Joseph Beuys)


Kassel (exact address will be communicated after registration). We will inform you where to meet nearer the time and after you have registered.

Saturday 4 September afternoon: begins with tour to the field 15.00 -18.00
Sunday 5  September 9.30 – 20.30 [includes evening meal and exchange]
Monday 6 September 9.30 – 17.00 and evening walk
Tuesday 7 September. 9.30 – 15.00. Outdoors, weather permitting.

Participation fee: 120-300 € depending on your self-assessment.
For those with minimal financial means, it is possible to request a scholarship or reduction.
You can also fund a scholarship by contributing more than €300.

Participants will also need to purchase or get sponsorship for the first 5 – 10 tree-bands, to be able to develop the Field of Commitment in their own area.

Shelley Sacks & Martina Schäfer


This training is in German only.  [We will offer a Field of Commitment training in English at a later date, which will be published on this website].

Martina Schäfer to find out more and book a place.