Erasmus+ Mobility of Youth Workers
Dates: 1 - 8 April 2023
Location: Vejer de La Frontera, Cadiz, Spain
For the second time, Finca Catalina, Andrew Zionts, Joanna Crowson and Jorge Gallardo hosted a training program to explore narratives about climate change and ecological collapse based on the premise "Our stories create our future".
One of their main objectives is to recognize specific tools and methodologies to generate a deep ecological awareness to nurture and inspire young people in this unstable reality. The program was articulated around three main axes, Permaculture, Joanna Macy's methodology to address the emotional dimension of the climate and ecological crises and the creative analysis of the prevailing narratives and their alternatives.
It was a privilege to be a partner organization in this training program full of knowledge under the umbrella of the Erasmus+ program. During the training, participants were guided on a journey to reconnect with themselves, each other, and nature through permaculture, Joanna Macy's methodology, and creative analysis of the current narratives and their alternatives.
The different focus topics offered in this program relate to our values and support our mission towards spreading knowledge, techniques, and mindset for regenerative practices in all domains of human activity.
It was truly inspiring to hear from our participant, Lito, that " (it) has been a transformative experience (...), which gave me new insights on ecological issues and new tools to incorporate when working with people in environmental education. All these were happening at a place that by itself is a lesson on sustainability, water management, permaculture principles, and biodiversity."
About the organisers
Be.Time SCA (Párpado) has been working for the last few years on the study of honeybees and their relationships with specific ecosystems. For more than three years, part of its activity has been focused on observing the effects of climate change in southern Spain, supporting and developing projects that lead to a deeper emotional and active involvement.
For more information visit www.parpado.net
About the venue
Finca Catalina is a live, off-grid regenerative project located in the town of Vejer de la Frontera.
A sustainable approach is embedded in community life based on collaboration with nature and the principles of permaculture.
Catalina is an ecosystem restoration project that develops and disseminates site-specific permaculture practices. At the starting point, the land had been deforested, was overgrazed, and was at risk of severe erosion. Their work involves implementing water retention techniques, reforestation, regenerative agriculture and composting, as well as deep ecology and sociocracy.
Since 2014, a number of groups, volunteers and specialists have been working on this project located in Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain).
About the participants
This training was dedicated to social workers, youth workers, trainers, educators, NGO leaders and professionals willing to explore ideas and personal development and use their experience to resourcefully inspire their community in a regenerative life-enhancing way. It will gather 15 participants from 5 different countries, including Greece.
This course was co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ framework.
We are deeply grateful for this and we thank the Greek National agency for their great support and their work.