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Our vision


  • Together, we restore the principles of self-directed education and respectful education based on sharing, self-organization, own resources and the collective. By creating and operating an educational "laboratory" (not only as a physical place, but also as a living community), we verify in practice the viability and usefulness of self-directed education in an informal environment.
  • We get to know, research, teach ourselves and others and share knowledge - mainly (though not exclusively) about education, freedom, stateless society and topics neglected or taboo by the general public.
  • We provide the background for building and growing communities of children and parents based on self-directed education, the concept of "learning-by-doing" and mutual respect. Although we have our opinions on the behavior of adults with children, we do not interfere in the parenting style of any family.
  • We make the world a better place through work on ourselves or charity (but always after ensuring our own economic sustainability); we want to be - especially through self-directed education - a catalyst for a free society made up of self-directed people.
  • Framework

    We achieve all of the above goals without exception in accordance with the non-aggression principle (see its definition below); for us, this is a fundamental and unsurpassable ethical principle derived from the inviolability of property rights (primarily self-ownership). It implies, among other things, the necessity of mutual voluntariness of all relationships and transactions; no one is forced to cooperate with us and at the same time no one has the right to be in the House of the Free Port. Another consequence of the non-aggression principle is also economic sustainability; if (any) project is not able to sustain itself, it obviously consumes resources that people value more than the outputs of that project. The Free Haven’s House must be able to earn for itself from voluntary transactions (that is, without state, European or other subsidies coming from money obtained involuntarily).

    Definition of the non-aggression principle

  • Ownership is a relationship that assigns physical objects to people (a person can be the owner of an object). No one may deal with an object that has an owner without his permission, except in cases where it is necessary to correct a situation in which the owner himself has violated someone else's property or violated a contract.
  • Ownership can be freely transferred and exchanged if both parties to the transaction agree (without coercion); transactions can be implemented using contracts.
  • Each person owns her/him/themself until she/he/they transfers this ownership to someone else.
  • Something that no one owns at the moment, someone can start to own by starting to use it (mixing it with their work, so-called homesteading, see the work of John Locke).
  • Our values

    Freedom and independence

    The activities of the center are realized from the own resources of the community and the association. Thanks to the self-help activities of the members, contributions and payments for services, the Free Haven’s House is financially independent of state subsidies and grants.

    Self-directed education and post-pedagogical approach

    We prefer self-directed education and informal learning based on our own experience and experience.

    Open, authentic and non-hierarchical communication

    We use communication guidelines that support the growth and maturation of members and the entire community and the joint implementation of the Non-aggression principle. We value and use the inspiration and experience of Parent Effectiveness Training, Nonviolent Communication and Community Building.

    Supportive function of adults and "extended" families

    As adults, we play the role of supporters and guides to young people. We can inspire each other, but personal relationships between us always come first. We learn to accept the mistakes of ourselves and others.

    Pluralism, respect for oneself and others

    Pluralism allows us to develop our potential, respect for ourselves and the differences between us. We are open to people with different ages, neurodiversity needs, ethnic and cultural roots, socioeconomic status, religious or worldviews, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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