Trojan Horse Summer Retreat 2024

August 5–11, 2024
Bengtsår, Finland
Apply by July 7 at:


Trojan Horse Summer retreat will happen again in 2024! 🎈 


The Summer Retreat 2024
This year we’ll focus on the needs of making spaces for alternative and collective education. We do that by working on fostering the political and the collective. Deconstructing ideas of efficiency focusing on straight forward career paths, and established education mechanisms in design art and architecture.

With the retreat, we aim to create an environment for self sustainable open education and peer-shared experience where participants can unwind, build meaningful connections, and openly share the everyday challenges and questions we find urgent at this moment. The week-long immersive program is meant to become a relaxing space to spend time together, encouraging experimentation and promoting a profound understanding of collectivism, care, and shared knowledge.

Trojan Horse holds space aiming for equality, and invites multi generational cooperation, based on safer space practices and intersectionality principles. 

The island is a chance experience to take a break from everyday struggles with low threshold and in a self sustainable open education and peer-shared experience.

The Location
Located on the island of Bengtsår, this year we can host up to 15 people. The application period to the summer retreat is open from week 26, June 24 to July 7, 2024. We hope to make a diverse group with different ages, genders and backgrounds. We hope you have an idea of something small to share, it can be any form and you can figure out the details in the island. We’ll inform the results to everyone on the week 28, July the 10th. Apply by filling a form here:

About Trojan Horse
We (the Trojan Horse) have been organizing activities, including summer schools and gatherings on the island since 2016. Trojan Horse warmly invites designers, artists, architects, theorists, curators, and all individuals with a passion for these disciplines to join us.


80€ + self organized return trip to Santala costs + possible camping gear, (let us know if this is a problem, we might be able to help with some things.)

Includes: Meals and support at Bengtsår (everything, except camping gear, see more below)

Traveling to Santala_
Approximately 30€ from Helsinki with VR – self booking, the sooner the better. 

Choose a connection that arrives at Santala on Monday at 13:14, (the connection leaves from Helsinki at 11:35). We return with the train that departs from Santala on Sunday at 13:44 (the connection arrives to Helsinki at 15:40).

What we provide_
4 meals a day, sauna, possibility to borrow kayaks and rowing boats, sport opportunities (football/basketball field and balls), fishing sticks, boat trip to another island, possible trip to Hanko (extra costs).

On the island there’s a few designated camping spots where we camp, with a shed covered facility where we have electricity and tables. There’s showers on the Sauna building and the city’s wifi network. You can read more about Bengtsår island and facilities here.

Schedule & Program_
We will make a more detailed program for the week together on the island. The daily schedule will follow a daily rhythm below, but not all sharing moments will be full of program. There will be plenty of time to relax and hang out.

Breakfast_  9:00 – 10:00
Check-in_  10:00 – 10:30 
Possible sharing moment_  10:30–12:00
Lunch_  12:00 – 13:00
Hike & Reading / Digestion_  13:00 – 15:00
Possible sharing moment 2_  15:00 – 17:00
Dinner_  17:00 – 18:00
Possible sharing moment 3_ 18:00 – 19:00
Sauna_  20:00 →