“To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?” – David Whyte
No doubt, we are living in turbulent times. Times of uncertainty and pressure. Times that bring forth the urgency of long-needed changes that can shift the course of modern society. These times require our full presence, commitment and participation. These times invite us strongly to leave behind our small and ego-centric stories and step into our full potential and sacred destiny. This way we can create actions that enhance life and create harmony with the Earth.
“Moving Beyond Summit” is an online event, which intends to be a stone placed at the foundation of a mature, authentic and sustainable society. The Summit is a space for learning and discovery, where ideas and concepts about holistic human development, nature based learning, positive psychology are explored and integrated. A space where connections are made and resources are shared, where inspiration and empowerment are infused with practical activities which can support those who attend the event, in becoming more competent and resilient beings.
At the core of this Summit is the intention of informing and inspiring those who participate to step into their bigger life stories, for living more meaningfully and being more connected with the Earth.
“Moving Beyond Summit” consists of four online webinars, of 90 minutes each. Each webinar is presented by a professional who has relevant knowledge and experience in the given topics. Below you can see a brief description of the webinars and of the speakers.
“Moving Beyond Summit” is a free online event. Anyone who is interested can register and participate.
The four webinars are:
11th of May / 19.00-20.30 EEST – Finding the lost paths in a fragmented world
Speakers: Bogdan Romanică, Eleni Michail, Ognian Gadoularov
Description: An introductory webinar in which the speakers explore and present ideas about the mainstream human development approaches in the modern consumerist society and the current ecological situation. Also, important links with the following webinars will be made.
14th of May / 19.00-20.30 EEST – The Way of Nature: discovering our natural roots
Speaker: Ognian Gadoularov (Bulgaria)
Description: Disconnection from Nature in today’s human development (from early childhood up to elderhood) is recognized as a source of many physical and psychological conditions. Two of them are disrespecting the environment and feeling distant from all the living beings on Earth. How can we regain our innate sense of belonging in the more-than-human-world?
15th of May / 19.00-20.30 EEST – Having Soul and Nature in the centre of our lives: the Ecocentric Developmental Wheel
Speaker: Bogdan Romanică (Romania)
Description: The Ecocentric/Soulcentric Developmental Wheel is a model of human development crafted by Bill Plotkin, in which Soul and Nature occupy the central place. This model offers inspiring and practical guidelines for cultivating wholeness and community in a fragmented world. A road map for an ideal, but possible way of living, through which Earth and humans can flourish.
16th of May / 19.00-20.30 EEST – Remembering the wisdom of the heart: exploring Positive Psychology
Speaker: Eleni Michail (Cyprus)
Description: The understanding of happiness is many times replaced with the concept of consuming endlessly material goods, food, products, or even the very foundation of our existence; Human and Earth. In this context, Positive Psychology unearths all those ancient wisdoms and paradigms on how to lead a life rooted in true happiness, gratitude, flow, meaning and love.
About the speakers:
Ognian Gadoularov, from Bulgaria, is an educator and facilitator of personal development. His passions are nature, wild forests, rock cliffs and wildlife. He is a veterinarian by profession, but has been working in the field of non-formal learning and outdoor education for 11 years. Ognian supports youth and adults to unfold their full potential in life and discover themselves. His contribution to the Great Turning of our time is offering programs for personal growth and transformation, self-exploration, responsible consumption, sustainability and environmental rights.
Bogdan Romanică, from Romania, is a nature based human development guide, trained with the Animas Valley Institute from USA (organization founded by Bill Plotkin). At the same time, he is an international trainer in the youth field, mentor and facilitator. He is in service of Soul, Earth and Great Mystery by guiding people in immersions in the natural world and the realms of psyche. Born in Romania, he is utterly in love with the Carpathian Mountains and the forests that spread not far from his city, Cluj-Napoca.
Eleni Michail, from Cyprus, loves old trees, sunrises and singing. She loves to immerse herself into mountains and valleys and to initiate deep conversations with the beings around (children, elders, insects, birds, water, Earth, Moon). Eleni is an educator passionate about inspiring change and supporting people to tune into their authenticity and lead meaningful lives. She believes that every person is uniquely gifted and wonder-ful. Through her work she dedicatedly creates a space in which people can reconnect with their inner wisdom, as well as the wisdom of the Earth.
What are the benefits of attending the Summit?
- Gaining knowledge and information about valuable concepts and ideas that can lead to authentic and holistic human development.
- Discovering practical activities for self-development and/or for developing others.
- Having access to educational resources and materials (each participant will receive numerous online materials for learning and development. E.g. manual, pocketbook, cards, images etc.)
- Gaining inspiration and motivation to participate more fully in the world.
Who can participate?
- Anyone who is interested in the Summit.
- Professionals active in the field of human development (youth workers, teachers, trainers, educators, psychologists etc.)
The event will take place online, on Zoom platform. The app can be downloaded at this link: https://zoom.us/
The webinars will be recorded and used as multiplication resources.
There are no costs involved. Participation is for free.
The participation in the Summit requires the completion of a registration form, which is available at the following link: https://forms.gle/1Dp1YdEADJUkoq4n7
By submitting the registration form, it is given access to all the webinars.
For further questions you can write to:
Bogdan Romanică (Romania) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleni Michail (Cyprus) – email@example.com
Ognian Gadoularov (Bulgaria) – firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union through the Romanian National Agency (ANPCDEFP) under KA2, Strategic Partnerships, with the number – 2018-2-RO01-KA205-049977.
The Summit is part of the project “MOVING BEYOND – innovative learning tools for personal and professional development of youth”. The project is developed in order to promote quality youth work, to foster social inclusion and promote the empowerment of young people.