In May 2015, our Spanish partner organisation Biodiversa organized the training course “Connecting with Nature“. The training course gathered urban youths from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Spain – and helped them get (back) in touch with Nature:
“Once upon a time there was a group of 24 people from nine different countries who came together to reconnect with their lost nature kid in an amazing place in Asturias in Spain.”
This could be the introduction to the story about this wonderful one week experience which I had thanks to Erasmus+ and homo ecos:. For one week, a group of youngsters who in their routine lives live in urban areas or in big cities met in a remote place surrounded by green meadows, lemon trees and cows.
The training course „Connecting with Nature” was about releasing our inner nature child through different activities and rituals. Every morning we started with a yoga class which filled us with positive energy for the rest of the day. All week long we enjoyed delicious dishes made of biological products. The week was dedicated to finding ourselves in harmony and flow with the rhythm of nature… relax from our stressful daily routine.
The best description was in the project’s infopack:
“We believe that if young people learn to appreciate nature, they will live happier and become more responsible citizens. This has been verified by a recent study by the RSPB: “when young people are connected to nature, it has positive impacts on their education, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and personal and social skills, and helps them to become responsible citizens.”
A wonderful place, breathtaking views and great people! Muchas gracias por todo!
- Agnese Pastare, 25 years old
Photos: Agnese Pastare