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TWO-WHEELED ESCAPES — RADRING DISCOVERY DAY WITH BIKE TOURS PAST LAKES AND PALACES

TWO-WHEELED ESCAPES — RADRING DISCOVERY DAY WITH BIKE TOURS PAST LAKES AND PALACES

Summer weekends: the perfect time for a two-wheeled adventure courtesy of Radring, the huge orbital cycle path encircling Berlin. This Saturday (21.05.2022), the folks behind the initiative are hosting a discovery day that offers you the chance to jump on your bike and discover the rural wonders surrounding the city. Participation is free and open to all – you just need a roadworthy bike. Run by ADFC (Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club) in cooperation with regional parks and authorities, the day offers five different guided tours that take you past castles and lakes, through forests and across beautiful Brandenburg landscapes. The tours last between two and four hours, meaning they’re manageable for families and amateur cyclists. You can also set off for an unguided tour along part of the 330km-long Radring, which offers a number of different stages ranging from 20 to 45km. Route 11, for instance, runs from Oranienburg to Bernau, taking you along the Lehnitzsee lake and the Oder-Havel canal, through flowering fields and past Brandenburg villages. Top tip: be sure to take a swimsuit with you so you can stop at one of the many lakes for a refreshing dip.

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Polina Kholodova, Ron Lach & Gröschel Branding

The Radring discovery day takes place Saturday 21.05.2022
You can sign up for a guided tour via email. Self-guided tours can be found on the website.

@radring.rundumberlin

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KLEISTONE STUDIO — TRY YOUR HAND AT POTTERY AND BROWSE AND BUY CERAMIC CREATIONS

KLEISTONE STUDIO — TRY YOUR HAND AT POTTERY AND BROWSE AND BUY CERAMIC CREATIONS

There are few things more mesmerizing than observing organic form. Aside from lying in the park watching the sun lining the back of trees as their branches sway harmoniously in the wind, I often find myself getting lost in another sensory experience: pottery videos. Viewing them makes me think how satisfying it would be to feel the clay on my fingertips as I mold it into a shape of my choosing. Kleistone Studio, which opened in November 2021, is a women-led community ceramic studio where these daydreams can come to fruition. The tranquil and chic space in Kreuzberg is led by Kate Smallshaw and Elisabetta Lombardo, who use hand building techniques to make the small-batch ceramics they sell under their respective labels Pinch & Coil and Mesh & Cloth.

The studio helps you cultivate your ceramic skills to make useful objects, from pretty vases for summer flowers to attractive dinner plates and breakfast sets to impress your brunch pals. Afterwards, you can learn to glaze and fire your creations on-site. To celebrate six months since opening, the team is hosting a ceramic market this Saturday (14.05.2022). Members will be selling their work, and you will also be able to buy your own tools and clay to try your hand at the art form. There are few activities more fulfilling than stimulating your senses and learning new skills while making your own ceramic works of art. And let’s be honest: breakfast tastes better when it’s in a pretty bowl.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Wild Lights

Kleistone Studio, Katzbachstr.29, 10965 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 12–18h, Sat 14–18h (extended for members)

Springtime Ceramics Market, 14.05.2022 12–18h

For upcoming pottery classes and information on membership, check out the website

@kleistonestudio

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TETO TOFU: ARTISAN BEAN CURD MADE IN BERLIN — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTINA HOFFMANN

TETO TOFU: ARTISAN BEAN CURD MADE IN BERLIN — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTINA HOFFMANN

Comparing the tofu from Teto Tofu to its supermarket equivalent is like comparing a silk scarf to a potato sack – that’s how big the difference is. This Berlin bean curd maker has turned tofu into a fine art. After extensive research in Japan, owners Tomoko Yamada-Schneider and her partner Joscha Schneider have dedicated themselves to the ancient craft of tofu production – using local soybeans of course. The duo deliver by bike to Berlin’s top restaurants, delicatessens and shops and you can order the tofu for pickup online. A full selection of Teto’s products (including delicious biscuits) are sold every Saturday at the Boxhagener Platz market in Friedrichshain. To find out more about the pair’s tofu, you can chat with them at their stall or go one better and join their workshop on 21.05.2022 at the Schlossgut Finowfurt manor house in Brandenburg. There you can discover the different steps of tofu production and sample various types of fresh tofu and soybeans.

Text: Christina Hoffmann / Photos: Dirk Stenger, Teto Tofu & Philine Bunte

Christina Hoffmann has lived in Berlin since 2007, moving from Neukölln to Kreuzberg. Christina has been exploring the city as a wheelchair user since 2019.

You can order Teto Tofu products online.

Workshop at Schlossgut Finowfurt on 21.05.2022, Schlossgutsiedlung 9, 16244 Schorfheide; map
You can register online.

@tetotofu

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FROM FOREST BATHING TO BAREFOOT HIKING: DIVE INTO NATURE IN BERLIN & BRANDENBURG WITH DREAM LOCAL

FROM FOREST BATHING TO BAREFOOT HIKING: DIVE INTO NATURE IN BERLIN & BRANDENBURG WITH DREAM LOCAL

Looking to head out for some spring sunshine but lack the inspiration? Worth a browse is Dream Local, a digital marketplace for nature-filled experiences that go far beyond the usual walk in the woods. The site lets you find activities in and around Berlin, helping you support local initiatives and businesses and improve and preserve the environment. Dream Local’s philosophy is based on three principles: protecting nature by connecting with it, giving yourself purpose and fulfillment, and fostering belonging and empowerment through meeting other people. We’re happier, healthier and more productive when we make nature a meaningful part of our lives. This, in turn, helps the environment: people are more likely to get involved in their community and engage with nature when they feel connected to it. There are already 16 diverse experiences to discover on the platform, including herb foragingself discovery workshops with horsesdyeing fabrics with plantswine tasting sessionsbarefoot walks and even “forest bathing” with pranayama. The workshops and activities are not just a great way to escape the city, but encourage you to open your eyes to the possibilities nature offers. Dream Local invites you to discover nature, find yourself and experience the beauty of Berlin and Brandenburg. Time to dive into your wilderness!

Text: Anabelle Grundmann / Photos: Luke Montgomery & Amauri Mejia / Credit: Dream Local

Dream Local

@dream.local

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THERAPY OF DANCE: MOVEMENT FOR BODY AND MIND ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

THERAPY OF DANCE: MOVEMENT FOR BODY AND MIND ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

Thirty minutes of talk and 60 minutes of dance – two things sure to give your mood a boost. And with the latest sessions from Therapy of Dance, you can add a third: fresh air. These mental-health boosting classes have been organized by dancer Elise Mireille since 2019 and have built up a committed following of movers and sharers. What started with one woman has grown into a community of practitioners stretching all the way to New Zealand. Now, to mark her departure from Berlin, Elise is offering two special outdoor sessions on Tempelhofer Feld. The Sunset Farewell classes will take place on Tuesday 10.05 & 17.05.2022 and are your last chance to join Elise for some hip-hop choreo and healing conversation. Farewell Elise – we look forward to dancing the sun down one final time.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Laura Vifer, Therapy of Dance & Phil Poynter

Sunset Farewell Series from Therapy of Dance 10.05.2022 & 17.05, 18h30–20h. You can reserve a space online.

@therapyofdance

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