Philosophize with children

Workshop in Cooperation with philolino


Children encounter the world with a sense of wonder and are constantly asking questions of life – and looking for answers and orientation. “Where does the soul live?”; “Where does time go?”; “Why isn’t everyone lucky?” – even adults are hard-pressed to answer such “childish” questions. In the philosophy workshop, we set out on a search for answers. Under the leadership of trained social and humanities scholars, the children will be philosophizing about "Me and the World” in this workshop, seeking their own answers to the questions of identity, values and demarcation. Once pleasure and friends have been awakened by thinking, the adventure can begin in one's own mind. Amazement and doubt is expressly allowed!

Our Topic: ‘Me’ and the World
In our minds, we go on a voyage to the ideas of homeland, identity and values: What is home? How does it feel, how does it smell? Is the place I live in home? Where does the “I” reside? What makes me “me”? What is part of me? Where is the I when we are somewhere else?

Why aren’t people all the same, but somehow different? What does it feel like to be different?

And while we’re at it: Does travel make you smart? Where does “home” end? Where does “travel” begin? Do you need luggage?

What does a philolino session look like?
Short texts, children's stories, music and thought experiments are used to inspire the children to wonder, think and evaluate ​​and get them thinking about a specific topic. Together with the workshop leaders, the children go in search of answers. They think creatively and logically, clarify concepts, and thus arrive at mutually supportive thinking in a shared conversation. After the exploring of thoughts, there is time for creativity, further reading and / or continuation of the thoughts in nature.

Why philosophize?
Philosophizing is not about imparting knowledge – quite the opposite. The idea is to experience what it's like to be able to express your thoughts on a topic without any pressure to perform and without “grading” or scores. To practice independent thinking and serving as your own source of orientation. In philosophizing, the children discover how to develop and substantiate their own viewpoints. In the process, creative use of language, tolerance of others’ opinions, and the ability to change perspectives are encouraged in a fun way.

About philolino
philolino helps children, teens, parents and educators master the challenges of growing up with the help of philosophy. It is not about philosophical theory, but about philosophizing as an attitude towards life and as a way to master one's life with all its ups and downs. More information at

Our philolino Workshop Leaders

Katharina Bralo-Zeitler has degrees in Sociology, Political Science and Comparative Cultural Studies. Since 2007 she has worked as a coach in adult education and led courses for children and adolescents. She is a certified teacher for philosophizing with children and teens, and author of the books “Siehst Du die Welt so wie ich? Philosophieren in der Kita” (Do you see the world the way I do? Philosophizing in daycare) and “Ganz Ohr für das, was zählt. Zuhören, Mitreden, Werte erleben” (Listening to what counts. Listen, participate, experience values”

Caroline Hosmann is a certified teacher for philosophizing with children, an author and a nature educator. She leads projects and workshops focused on creativity and environmental education and also works for various environmental protection organizations as a guide for children's nature groups and hikes.
Ms. Hosmann sees herself as an ambassador for the environment and for culture and has already written several non-fiction books for renowned publishers in this spirit.


August 06 – 10, 2018
10 am – 1 pm

October 22 – 26, 2018
10 am – 1 pm

from ages 6 – 8

Please register your children for the Edutainment events when you book your room or by sending an email to our Sports & Kids Concierge

The workshops take place with at least 5 participants.

Please note that you must register your child with the Sports & Kids Concierge one last time and in person, and give Schloss Elmau written permission to look after your child, before the start of the program. For the first unit of the program, the child must be personally handed over to the Kids caregivers by a parent or guardian.