Dr Deaf Winter 2024 Workshops

We have two events taking place parallel to one another this year: a Writing Retreat and a Phd Deaf Workshop. You must register for and stay with one event.

While both events take place separately, there will be some joint workshops and joint social time and wellness activities between both groups.

Dates: 8-13 December 2024

Phd Deaf

Are you currently in the early stages of your PhD career? Are you a Master’s student considering whether a PhD is something you would be interested in? This Dr Deaf PhD Deaf workshop is for you!

This workshop will brin together a cohort of current and prospective deaf PhD students for a week-long immersion in doctoral work in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Experienced deaf academics will lead workshops on topics such as

  • The Phd Path: What to Expect when you take a Phd (in STEM fields and in social sciences/humanities), picking a program, working with supervisors, securing and working with good interpreters
  • Presentation skills
  • Picking and presenting a dissertation topic,
  • And more!

This workshop is open to any deaf person considering taking a Phd, or currently enrolled in a Phd program. It is recommended that participants have at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Bonus: Build your network of deaf Phd students at this workshop!

Writing Retreat

Are you a deaf researcher working on a writing project? Could you benefit from a retreat where you can write alongside other deaf academics, participate in a writing group, and exchange tips and strategies on writing?

This Writing Retreat is a deaf-centered space for you to work on your writing project alongside other deaf academics. There will be one optional workshop or lecture each day, as well as social time and wellness activities as part of the retreat.

The Writing Retreat is aimed at deaf academics working on writing projects. This group includes working deaf academics, deaf Phd students, and independent scholars. Deaf students working on Master’s theses may be admitted if space is available, but you are encouraged to consider the Phd Deaf workshop if you are planning to take a Phd.

If you are not part of this group of deaf academics and scholars, this is not the right event for you.

This retreat is not suitable for Bachelor’s students since it does not involve 1:1 consultation on writing projects.

Bonus: Writing alongside other deaf academics in a tranquil snowy landscape!

Practical information

The workshop takes place from 8 to 13 December.

The train that arrives in Ål (from Oslo)around 19.30 on 8 December will be met with a free bus up to the Workshop Center

Departures on 13 December will have a free bus to coincide with the train to Oslo that leaves Ål at around 11.30.


There are only 20 spaces per event and registration closes on 15 November 2024. Payment must be made to secure a space.

Your registration will be confirmed on an ongoing basis.
Registration link: https://forms.office.com/e/VmZ0yiShx0


The workshop costs 3,750 Norwegian kroner. The price includes all retreat activities, accommodation in shared apartments/cabins, and meals during the duration of the workshop.

Registration and payment for the workshop must be made before attendance can be confirmed.

Payment to be paid via PayPal at this link: paypal.me/alfhspaypal

It’s also possible to pay via bank transfer at: IBAN: NO48 28015224411 BIC/SWIFT: SPSONO22

When paying via bank transfer, you must give your name and the date of the workshop, so we can confirm payment.

Registration should be paid as soon as possible in order to secure your registration.

For questions regarding payment and registration, please contact: workshops@al.fhs.no


The campus has a gym, exercise room, and sauna, as well as the now-famous Gamle Stua. Participants are welcome to utilize these activities during evening and break times. There will be wellness and outdoor activities so please bring appropriate clothing if you’d like to participate! The workshop is located on a rural Norwegian mountain with ample walking opportunities in the local forest.

Sample Program

The program for both workshops will be distributed to participants one month before the date. In general, the workshops run from 08.30-18.00 daily from Monday to Thursday (including meal breaks),with a brief morning session from 8.30-10.30 on Friday. You should prepare to arrive in Ål on Sunday evening 8 December and depart in the morning train from Ål on 13 December See «Transport» for more information








It is recommended you take the train arriving in Ål by 19.30 A free bus will be available with this train to bring you to the Ål workshop center.

Full day program

Full day program

Full day program

Full day program

Program from 8.30-10.30

Departure to train station for 11.30 train to Oslo


The most effective transport to Ål from the airport is via train or bus. Check out all public transport options at vy.no and brakar.no

Look for options between Oslo S (the Central Train Station) and Ål. You can also search for Oslo S and Gol, with change of bus in Gol to get into Ål. Remmeber to build in time between the airport and Oslo S. (express train: flytoget.no or regular train at vy.no)

A free bus will bring participants from Ål station to the Ål folkehøyskole on Sunday evening in relation to the 19.45 train arrival and on Friday morning for the 11.35 train to Oslo.

It is recommended that you keep at least 3 hours between your train or bus arrival in Oslo and your flight departure from Oslo Airport. Flying out the day after your arrival in Oslo is also a good option.

Room information.

Participants are given rooms in shared apartments or cabins. We endeavor to place participants with their preferred roomates. Each person will receive bed linens and a towel, and there is a washing machine available in the basement of House 42 (C building). Upon departure, you are to wash and dry all dishes, remove your bed linens and towel and place them outside the door, and throw away all trash.


DeafBlind participants at Dr Deaf workshops are welcome to bring their own interpreters. Interpreters who stay at the folkehøyskole and eat meals there as part of their job are normally charged a fee for room and board. This fee will be invoiced and can be used for reimbursement from your national interpreting agency. DeafBlind participants must register their interpreters need for room and board at the same time they register themselves for the workshop. Accomodation for interpreters is not guaranteed if interpreters are not registered the same time the participant registers.

Other information

The workshop is located on a rural Norwegian mountain. Prepare outerwear accordingly.

Please note the Workshop Center does not allow the use of outdoor shoes in the main building with the classrooms and dining area. Shoe covers are provided but we strongly recommend bringing a pair of comfortable indoor shoes/sandals to change into.

The workshop center is located 6km up the mountain from the main village and shops. It is recommended that you bring your own beverages for evening socialization with you from your country, or purchase at the airport.

More practical information will be given to participants upon arrival.

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