The Stone School

Written by Melih Uslu

The Stone School, which has been undertaking its information and culture workshops in the village of
Adatepe within the district of Ayvacık – Çanakkale since the year 1999, is once again welcoming autumn with a replete programme.

Adatepe is a historical village surroundedwith the wisdom of its olive trees. This oxygen-charged settlement that looks down upon the Edremit Gulf, is only 30 kilometres from Assos and 70 kilometres from Troy. These lands that has brought up many philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle continue to produce and circulate knowledge. Just like it is at The Stone School that provides the same service in an abandoned old primary school building at the village of Adatepe located on the mountainside of Mt Kaz… This school organises many seminars and workshops in various fields including philosophy, history, science, art, ceramic design and even bread making. While The Stone School provides an opportunity to relay knowledge in the most fruitful manner, it also aims to form an alternative for new experiences and friendships. Tahir Aydoğdu, the famous zither musician, will be holding a discussion on two seemingly independant factors – music and physics – between the dates of September 3 – 6. The recesses in between will be livened up with the zither concerts of Aydoğdu. Hilmi Yavuz, who will be turning 79 this year, will also meet with friends for a commune session on “Literature and Everything” between the dates of September 4 – 6. Kamil Fırat, who is one of the forthcoming
names in photography in Turkey, will also deliver a conference titled “The Phenemenology of Photography” between the dates of September 10 – 13. Various ecological lifestyle associations under the administration of Mustafa Çakılcıoğlu and the community of Adatepe will also organise the 3rd Winter Preparation Workshops between the dates of September 17-20. The organic wheat brought from Bayramiç will also be used to bake bread in the stone ovens during these workshops. Tomato paste made from the tomato fields of Çanakkale will be prepared together with the women of Adatepe, as well as homemade noodles and sundried soup to be taken to homes in preparation for winter. The secrets to the pickles made from the fresh ingredients bought from the Friday public bazaar will also be shared.

About the author

Melih Uslu

Melih Uslu was born in Melle-Osnabrück/Germany in 1976. He had his first
education at Grundschule Ennigloch in Bünde. He graduated from Izmir EGE
University, Communication Faculty, Department of Journalism, Advertising and PR in 1999 with A degree. In the same year, he won a “Young Creative Writer Award” in Turkey, which was granted by the IAA European Advertising
Association. Around the same time, he successfully completed a C1-level
General German Course at the Goethe Institute. When he was a student,
he worked as a reporter for HÜRRİYET News in Izmir. After his studies, he lived
a few months in Hannover, Amsterdam and Berlin. His professional career began as an online editor for, the first online city guide in Turkey. His next position was as an editor for the GALATASARAY Sports Club’s official web sites for three years. His work continued for approximatly five years as an editor for Gezi TRAVEL, which is among the most prestigious magazine in the Turkey.

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