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Weaving Songs and Stories – Erasmus+ training course

“Weaving songs and stories” is an 8 days training course bringing together youth workers and human workers who are passionate to deepen into the arts of storytelling and singing.

  • Allow yourself to be captivated by sacred stories, by the ancestral wisdom they carry, their hidden messages and symbols.
  • Allow yourself to be immersed into the magic of melody and rhythm, of ancient songs and wild callings.
  • Light the fire of your imagination and tend it well. She has gifts to offer you!

You are invited on a journey to reconnect with your inner self, body, mind and emotions, to express openly and creatively, to get out of your comfort zone, to cultivate trust, openness and connection with yourself, others and nature. You are invited on a journey to reconnect with the wild and sacred wisdom of our ancestors, the nature, the Mystery. Are you saying “yes”?

The objectives of this training course are:

  • To introduce into youth work 2 innovative methodologies, based on storytelling and music.
  • To equip youth workers with professional competences (knowledge, skills & attitudes) for using the 2 methodologies 

About the way we work:

The methods
The methods used during the training will be based on non-formal education and experiential learning and include:
– Storytelling
– Singing
– Creative expression (dance, movement, poetry, journaling, painting)
– Connection with nature
– Deepening questions, mirroring, tracking
– Holistic education, soul-based work
– Mindfulness and meditation
– Rituals and practices based on wisdom of native cultures
– Somatic and embodied learning

Wholeness
This training course invites human wholeness, a mature and resourceful way of being in the world. We invite authenticity and respect, depth and lightness, grief and laughter, wildness and responsibility.

Preparation to enter the realm of the program

  • Those who will be accepted in the training will follow a preparation phase which will help them to enter the realm of the training course. This will include individual psycho-spiritual preparation (e.g. journaling on certain questions, self-time in nature and several other invitations).
  • The preparation phase will also include going through an online learning process (reading different materials, watching videos) related to the topic of the training.
  • Applying to this program requires also the commitment to follow the preparation process.

Soul-based work
During the training we wish to create profound experiences. Knowledge, information and facts are very important and will be provided within the training, but what moves us, what drives us to create a long-lasting impact in our field of activity is the joined elements of both intellectual understanding and deep experience processes that unlock the personal wisdom and deep knowing.

Art-based and ritual-based work
We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of art practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, embodiment, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, singing and deep imagery work.

A vision with a task
After the training course we want to pay special attention to the dissemination activities, which will contribute to a learning journey and inner growth of youth work. This phase will be as important as the training itself. We want to create a powerful impact through our project. As a continuation of the experience each participant will have to implement at least one ACTION in their own community (dissemination event/workshop for youth).

The guiding trainers:

ELENI MICHAIL
Eleni Michail loves old trees, sunrises and singing. She likes 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 a Mindfulness Teacher, a Soul Mentor and 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.
She studied Primary School Teaching and holds a master’s degree in Educational Management and Leadership. She has more than 11 years of experience in organizing and delivering local and international educational programmes based on experiential learning. In her work, she uses elements of Positive Psychology and Eco-centric development. She works a lot with nature and outdoor experiential learning, offering opportunities for growth for children, young people and adults.

BOGDAN ROMANICA

Bogdan is a human development guide, trainer, and mentor, from Romania. In his work, he is intuitively combining elements of psychology, nature connection, experiential learning, outdoor education, storytelling, and art. He loves exploring nature and the human soul. He feels in his element when inspiring and empowering people to become the best versions of themselves. He has worked locally and internationally in the field of human development since 2010. He developed his craft by engaging consistently in deep and meaningful work and training with the Animas Valley Institute from the USA (organization founded by Bill Plotkin), the Mankind Project, Illuman and other organizations and teachers. Born in Romania, he feels deeply connected with the lands where he lives, the hills, mountains and forests that spread not far from his city, Cluj-Napoca.

Practical information
This 8-day intensive training is part of an Erasmus+ project. (Erasmus+ is a Programme coordinated by the European Commission of the European Union).
The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport.

Who can participate?
Human workers, youth workers, trainers, educators, NGO leaders and workers who are willing to explore and develop themselves and after that to resourcefully inspire their community in a nurturing and generating life enhancing way.
The participants must be over 18 years and have a good level of English.
Participants can apply to this training if they are legal residents in Romania or Cyprus.

What are the costs?
Materials, activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the Erasmus+ grant.
The expenses of the project are mostly covered by the Erasmus+ grant.

We are inviting you to contribute to the expenses with a participation fee between 60-160 Euros based on personal financial possibilities.

The traveling costs (plane, train, bus) are also covered and will be reimbursed to the participants after the course up to this limit:
Country Number of participants Travel cost
Romania 10 participants – 250 Euros/person
Cyprus 7 participants – 0 Euros/person

Creating a safe space in the context of Covid pandemic:
– All participants are asked to come with a safe pass/green pass. (The cost for potential testing is not covered by the organisers).
– We encourage everyone to make health insurance that covers covid emergencies and refundable tickets.

Filming
Please know that moments of the training course will be filmed in order to create 2 online courses on storytelling and music. The courses will be uploaded on youtube and will be a free long-lasting resource for more youth workers to get inspired.

When and Where?
Where: mountains of Cyprus, near Amiantos village
Accommodation will be in shared apartments (4-6 people per apartment) on beds and sofa-beds.

We will be enjoying a vegan/vegetarian diet.

Dates: from 1st to 10th of June 2022
1st June– arrival day in Cyprus and traveling to the location;
2nd-9th June – the training course (8 full days);
10th June – departure day

Application procedure and deadline:

If you want to participate in this training you have to fill in the application form available at this link and wait for the selection results: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdMTiW1lH2GJq…/viewform

The deadline for application submission is 26th April 2022 (included).

The selections results will be published on 28th April 2022.
Tickets should be bought by 5th of May.

Contact us:

Bogdan Romanică – romanica.bogdan@gmail.com

Looking forward to welcoming you in this transformational space!

  • From 1st to 10th of June 2022
  • Cyprus
Contribution
A participation fee between 60-160 Euros.