* room to bloom *
Maison Merula is a space that brings together people from all kinds of backgrounds. A space for honest, open exchange and real encounters. Encounters with oneself, with other people and cultures, with art, knowledge and much more. Supported by a non-profit idea: our solidarity-based price system is intended to compensate for social and financial disadvantage and to make the entire programme accessible to everyone.
Already now, your help can bring this space to life and give our vision wings. Support our project so that thanks to your contribution we can finance the deposit, rent, furnishings, etc. and get the first activities off the ground.
That's exactly why we want to create a space that brings people from all walks of life together. Regardless of the colour of their skin, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender definition or financial possibilities. Free of labels. As colourful as Zurich itself.
Maison Merula is intended to be a multifunctional and intercultural space where people can grow and flourish. Designed and brought to life by all those who are looking for more profoundness and interaction. Interactions with oneself, with other people, cultures, art, new knowledge and more.
A place where one's own horizon is expanded, where one comes closer to oneself and to others. For a little magic in everyday life. A room to bloom.
Simply put: if you can afford a little more, you give a little more. This enables someone who has a little less to benefit from the same offer for a little less money.
Even more specific? The standard price in Zurich for a cup of coffee is around 4.50 francs. You are well off, want to drink a nice cup of coffee and do something good for somebody else at the same time? Wonderful; then you might be happy to pay 6 francs into our piggy bank. This in turn makes it possible for someone with modest financial means to enjoy a coffee as well, but only for, let's say, 2 francs. It's a bit like Robin Hood, except that here everyone shares because they want to.
However, the space also lives with and through others. If an idea is in line with our core values, you can rent Maison Merula for events and activities of any kind.
The doors are open to anyone who wants to get creatively involved.
You want to organise an info event on sign language, start a singing class for children and grandparents, offer a dance evening, set up your own Qi-Gong group, celebrate a birthday or run a meditation course for people suffering from burnout?
We look forward to expanding Maison Merula together with you and your ideas.
In addition to the wide range of events on the calendar, such as art openings, yoga, cultural exchange, etc., we also offer a huge amount of good vibes, a cosy coffee and reading corner and even a small shop with beautiful, sustainably produced products.
You should feel completely at home here, be able to expand your horizon, grow and thrive.
Here are a few initial ideas for classes and events that we would like to bring to life:
GERMAN IN MOTION
This class is aimed at all those who want to improve their German language skills and at the same time do something for body and mind. Combined with yoga, this class will not only improve your language skills, but also broaden your horizons and your circle of friends.
Zurich is a tough place for foreigners. This is why we want to mediate and organise meetings where newcomers can connect with long-time residents and other newly arrived people and exchange contacts. And of course we also answer questions about life in Switzerland – and together we make Zurich a little friendlier.
Every few months, different artists exhibit their work at Maison Merula. The exhibition starts with an opening, where you can get in touch with the artists, their work, but also with yourself and others. In addition to the art on display, there are always exciting events taking place.
SLOW DOWN FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
Relax and recharge right after school: we start with breathing exercises and meditations, then stretch, lengthen and strengthen the body and bring it into balance with the mind. Yoga Nidra completes the class. This allows children to completely wind down after a long day at school. Concentration is enhanced, self-confidence boosted and fresh energy carries them through the rest of the day.
Of course we have many more ideas for events and activities of all kinds. So stay tuned for more exciting things to come!
...is a yogic term that stands for love, compassion, non-harming and non-violence. Ahimsa is the cornerstone of our work.
Everything that is offered at Maison Merula is subject to this guiding principle. All products are from sustainable, fair production and all events, classes, activities etc. serve the well-being and empowerment of an individual and/or society.
…can stand for various things. On the one hand, it refers to the law of cause and effect (what goes around comes around), but it is also a separate path in yoga. Karma yoga is also called "yoga of action" or "yoga of selfless service". Through service the heart is purified, egoism, hatred, jealousy and arrogance disappear while humility, love, sympathy, tolerance and solidarity develop.
This is also what we build on at Maison Merula. Everyone helps everyone else - this allows us to grow as individuals but also as a community.
For everything that is offered in the café and shop, you pay into a pot on your own. We believe in the good in people and want to create a foundation of trust with the visitors of the Maison Merula right from the start. Of course, this is a risk - and at the same time a small experiment. But one that we are determined to take. We are convinced that generosity and trust will find their way back and bear fruit.
With a first part of the amount, possible renovations can be carried out and the most important inventory can be financed. The foundation has been laid and, thanks to your help, we can begin to develop our nest.
Another part of the funding will be used to equip the event area. Tables, chairs, yoga mats, cushions, projectors, good lighting, materials for handicrafts and everything else that is needed to put on a diverse programme.
Thanks to you, the first projects, social actions and innovative ideas can be realised, which will bring us closer together and allow us to celebrate diversity and openness. Readings, cultural exchange, workshops, yoga classes, film evenings, exhibitions - the sky is the limit and we're ready to fly!
Further funds go into a cosy coffee and reading corner and all that is needed for a relaxed get-together before, during and after the activities in our programme (small kitchenette, fridge, coffee machine, kettle, sofa, armchairs, dishes, tasty chocolate etc.). We want to create an area where people feel completely at ease and want to enjoy themselves.
Thanks to further partial funding, we can also offer you super-beautiful, sustainably produced goods in our own shop. We want to support manufacturers who not only make unique and beautiful things, but also share our values of sustainably and fairly produced things. In order for our shop to present the beautiful products in a good light, we will invest part of the money in shelves, displays, lighting and other items.
The targeted amount of money will enable us to start expanding our Blackbird's Nest and slowly fill it with life. The more money we raise, the more diverse, colourful, social, sustainable and affordable our offer can become and the more people can do something good for themselves at Maison Merula.
And who knows - maybe we can raise even more and truly take off?
Help us create a beautiful space full of fair opportunities. A space in which you can bloom freely too.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being a hero!
Moreover, in 1068 the Beatles wrote the song "Blackbird" - a song that means a lot to us, with lyrics that touch the soul.
The 'Maison' gives the project a home, a roof over its head, the blackbird and its friends their nest. An oasis in the middle of colourful Zurich.
The association Maison Merula is striving for more exchange, more real encounters and the compensation of social and financial disadvantages in Zurich. The solidarity-based price system and the wide range of activities are intended to bring people from different backgrounds together and offer them the opportunity to broaden their horizons, grow and bloom.
Fabienne Marcolin is a creative multi-tasker from Zurich. She has over 17 years of experience in communication, advertising, graphics and film - 10 of them freelancing and partly self-employed. In addition, she has been teaching yoga for several years now.
There is hardly anything that is closer to Fabienne's heart than the well-being of Mother Nature, people and animals. That is why, since 2019, she has also been part of the farming cooperative ortoloco, which runs a farm in Dietikon according to the principles of solidarity farming.
Through her work in film and advertising, she is used to working under pressure, thinking in a holistic way and juggling many balls at once. Fabienne is an enabler and strong at empowering others, creating and maintaining contacts, researching, making connections, leading teams, inspiring.
She is full of ideas - and can turn them into reality. Creativity and organisation paired with a lot of social skills.
After many years of intensive work on other people's projects, she is now burning for more profoundness and to implement something of her own that fully corresponds with her values.
Together with friends, she wants to create a project that is very close to her heart, in which all her talents come together and with which she can make a contribution to society and hopes to make a real difference. Her work should touch people and enable them to grow.
Fabienne is the head and heart of Maison Merula. She is the caring mother blackbird who looks after the nest. Hostess and organiser - always with an open ear for the concerns and needs of her bird family, the team, partners, clients and visitors. She teaches individual classes herself, but otherwise likes to move in the background, keeping the threads together, establishing contacts, brooding over new ideas - and letting them fly together with others.
Grüezi – ich bin Senâ, 32, und arbeite als Management Consultant in der IT. In einem kulturell und sozial bunt durchmischten Potpourri fühle ich mich persönlich am wohlsten. Warum? Weil in einem solchen Umfeld die Bedeutung eines sozialen Miteinanders und Füreinanders erst recht zur Geltung kommt. Ich habe mehrere Jahre als Freiwillige in der Flüchtlingshilfe gearbeitet und Deutschunterricht angeboten. Dabei ist mir aufgefallen, dass oftmals Räume fehlen, in denen man sich aktiv durchmischen und vernetzen kann. Das Maison Merula vertritt genau solche Wertvorstellungen, die ein kunterbuntes Zusammensein fördern. Mit dem Ziel, die fiktiv von Menschen gezogenen Grenzen langsam verblassen zu lassen. Wir möchten ein bisschen mehr Raum für Solidarität und Zusammensein schaffen und würden uns schüüli fest freuen, wenn unser Nest bald schon ganz viele Amselis willkommen heissen dürfte.
Hello! Mein Name ist Pascal, ich bin 34, diplomierter Sozialpädagoge und ich arbeite als Teamleiter in einem Kinderheim. Meinen beruflichen Werdegang habe ich vor vielen Jahren mit einer Ausbildung zum Koch gestartet – in einem Kinderheim. Bald darauf entschied ich mich, die Kochtöpfe hinter mir zu lassen und näher mit Menschen zu arbeiten. Schon damals wurde mir klar, wie wertvoll sichere und ansprechende Räume für einen offenen Austausch auf Augenhöhe sind. Nur wer sich wohl fühlt, kann sich entfalten und wachsen. Genauso wichtig für die persönliche Entwicklung, sind Begegnungen mit Menschen ausserhalb des gewohnten Umfeldes. Der Austausch mit Personen anderer Herkunft, mit anderen Geschichten und anderen Visionen, ist in jedem Fall bereichernd. Ich bin selbst sehr privilegiert aufgewachsen und der Zusammenhalt in unserer Familie ist gross. Davon möchten wir etwas weitergeben. Ich freue mich daher, meine Schwester Fabienne bei diesem schönen Projekt zu unterstützen und hoffe, dass wir gemeinsam einen Freiraum schaffen können, in dem viel Gutes entsteht.