Hunter-gatherers

Conditions for participation 

By participating you agree to these terms.

Functioning as a group, we aim to emulate the way a hunter-gatherer band self-organises: the group does not have a permanent leader, but from time to time the activity can be organised or led by someone who knows what’s needed and who the others are willing to follow. So no one is in a position of authority and decisions are made together – how the group organises itself in practice is part of the experiment. There are no permanent rules. However, we operate within the framework of the surrounding society and strive to be compatible with it, and to ensure that participation is safe and pleasant for all.

  • We will follow the current Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations. We will mainly be outdoors and keep the recommended distances. We will update the instructions as the situation develops. Do not participate if you have symptoms or have been exposed.
  • We will follow the laws and rules of the land. For example, we won’t take anything we are not entitled to, enter prohibited areas, use public transport without a ticket or fish without the required permit. We will follow “everyman’s rights” – for example, we won’t gather plants or plant parts that are not covered by everyman’s rights or light fires in areas where it is not permitted.
  • We will not disturb or endanger other participants or outsiders. If someone finds another participant’s behavior disturbing, we will listen and try to resolve the situation. If necessary, disruptive or dangerous behavior can lead to removal from the group.
  • You are responsible for yourself the same way you would if you were alone. While the group attempts to support itself by foraging, we cannot guarantee adequate food. So make sure you have enough to eat or enough money to buy food. If you think you need insurance, you have to take care of it yourself.
  • When we stay overnight, we only camp in places where it is allowed, mainly in the area designated as our campsite.
  • It would be good to have a place to stay in Helsinki while you are at the camp in case you need a break from camp life. We can try to arrange accommodation if you contact us.
  • We will always try to have a guard in the camp. You can leave belongings needed for hunter-gatherer life at the camp, such as camping equipment, clothing, and tools, but we recommend keeping valuables elsewhere. Some items may be stored at Mad House while at the camp.
  • If a person under the age of 18 wishes to participate, a guardian’s permission is required. If you are under 18, please contact us. Children can participate with their parents, but please contact us first.