!!! Download Earth Mentors – Call for participants
Earth Mentors is an international training for youth workers who want to become agents of cultural transformation, and act as facilitators of nature based holistic human development, by using the framework of mentoring. It is a space for deep connection with the Earth, the personal Inner World and the Others.
The training course will bring together 24 participants from: Romania, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.
Nature, our home, the place of restoration, healing, empowerment, and visions. Rilke once said: “If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
“Earth Mentors” is an invitation to get in touch with the earth’s intelligence, that we find within and without ourselves.
Crafted with deep passion, integrity, and professionalism, “Earth Mentors” is a profound exploration that focuses on the following dimensions:
- Connection with the Earth and the natural world.
- Connection with the personal Inner World (the realm of personal resources, gifts, powers, dreams, visions, longings, personal mission).
- Connection with the Others, by deep and authentic relating.
The learning process is planned for stimulating and developing the four human dimensions: the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual.
At the core of this training is the practice of mentoring.
Mentoring evokes the unique soul in one’s life, develops the qualities of the human wholeness and supports the healing of both personal and cultural. To mentor is to engage the mentee in an embodied and archetypal knowledge of who they are, offering guidance through deep listening, asking questions, tracking, mirroring, loving and witnessing the blossoming of their story, into a more fulfilled and meaningful existence meant to serve the Earth community.
Participants will be guided on a journey to reconnect with their inner self, body, mind and emotions, to express openly and creatively, and by being invited to get out of their comfort zone to cultivate trust, openness and connection with themselves, others and nature as the foundation for becoming a source of heart-based positive transformation for the community.
Through this project we intend the followings:
- To create a space of deep transformation and learning, in which the participants can evolve at personal and professional level.
- To develop the knowledge of those involved in the areas of holistic human development and mentoring.
- To engage the participants in the process of skills development in the themes of the project.
- To inspire and motivate the participants to become agents of cultural transformation.
- To support the participants become multipliers of nature based human development.
The approach we are following combines elements of depth psychology, experiential learning, outdoor education, deep nature connection, indigenous wisdom and principles observed in nature. All these elements aim at developing authentic, free, responsible, empowered, and visionary human beings.
The themes and topics
We will work with a bundle of topics and themes, such as:
- Nature based psychological models and tools: understanding the human psyche, our behaviors, and how we function at deep level.
- Self-exploration: connecting with the inner world, our talents, gifts, passions, dreams, longings and personal mission.
- Mentoring: learning how to support and empower others, by deep listening, asking questions, mirroring, tracking, and offering unconditional support.
- Storytelling: working with folktales, wisdom stories, myths, and personal stories.
- Nature connection: experiencing practices and activities for deep nature connection and learning from the natural world.
- Artistic ways of expression (drawing, land art, poetry, music etc.): getting in touch with our inner artist and exploring artistic ways for authentic self-expression.
- Movement and embodiment: getting in touch with the intelligence of our bodies, exploring ways of self-expression and authenticity through movement.
These topics will be addressed by a wide variety of practices and activities, such as:
Nature explorations, solo time in nature, presentations, interactive discussions, reflection groups, land-art, working in pairs, journaling, symbolic art, music making, storytelling, interactive games, mindfulness practices, meditation, the way of council, dancing, embodiment, poetry, activities facilitated by participants, nature connection activities etc.
Profile of participants
This project is for professional youth workers who are active in the youth field (youth workers, trainers, educators, NGO leaders and mentors) who are willing to explore and develop themselves and after that to resourcefully inspire and empower young people, in nurturing and life enhancing ways.
The participants must be over 18 years, actively participate in the youth field, and have a good level of English.
Eligible participants must have legal residency in one of these countries: Romania, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.
Location and accommodation
The training will take place in a beautiful and wild area, in the Carpathian Mountains, near the village Măguri Răcătău. A village located at an altitude of 800 m and 45 km from Cluj-Napoca. We will be accommodated at Valea Paradisului guest house (***). The participants will share private rooms of 2-3 persons, with private bathrooms. The meals will consist of vegetarian food.
The trainers and guides
Bogdan Romanică – from Romania
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.
Sandra Horea – from Romania
Sandra is a human development guide and mentor who creatively and heart-fully invites people to be in intimate and meaningful conversations with their Soul. She calls humans to fall in love with nature, metaphor, symbol, feeling and therefore with themselves and live their bigger lives delivering their gift to the hungry world. As a guide, she creates purposeful spaces of self-discovery incorporating in her work her experience regarding depth psychology and soul-based practices, eco-centric development, embodiment, storytelling, poetry and deep imagination. She has a wide experience of 12 years in working with youth and adults in facilitating spaces of personal and community transformation. She graduated the Wild Mind Program (focusing on eco-depth psychology of wholing and healing) within Animas Valley Institute from the USA and at the moment she is studying within the same organization, further more the mysteries of psyche within SAIP – Soulcraft Apprentiship and Initiation Program, an in-depth study of soul-initiation practices and guiding skills.
Practical aspects (travelling, costs, preparation)
The arrival day in Cluj-Napoca is 1st of August (no later than 16.00) and the departure day is 9th of August (after 12.00 from Cluj-Napoca). There are 7 full days of training. The training location is one hour away from Cluj-Napoca.
The project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, thus all the activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the EU grant. The travel costs will be reimbursed to the participants after the course in the amount limit presented in the table below.
|Nr.||Country||Nr. of participants/country||Travelling budget/person|
|1||Romania||4||Covered from Cluj-Napoca to the location|
|3||Spain||4||410 Euros (green travel)|
|4||Bulgaria||3||210 Euros (green travel)|
|5||Czech Republic||3||320 Euros (green travel)|
|6||Poland||3||320 Euros (green travel)|
|7||Slovenia||3||320 Euros (green travel)|
|A total of 24 participants from 7 countries.|
* Green travel: means of transportation with lower carbon footprint, such as trains, busses, carpooling. Green travelling may take longer, but is a necessary action.
Each participant is asked to offer a financial contribution, on a sliding scale from 60 to 120 Euros (each person will choose according to possibilities).
Each participant must have a comprehensive travel and medical insurance, covering both the travel and the stay from the first until the last day of the way back home. The insurance should be covered by the participants.
COVID related aspects: The participants must arrive at the location in a COVID free situation. If testing is required, the testing costs will be covered by each participant.
If you plan to arrive earlier or leave later your expenses for accommodation out of the days of the training will not be covered by the project.
The participation in this training requires a preparation phase.
Those who will be accepted in the training should follow an online learning process (reading different materials, articles, watching videos) related to the topic of the training.
The participants will receive several suggestions for personal work before coming to the program (e.g. journaling on certain questions, self-time in nature and several other invitations). Applying to this program also requires the commitment to follow the preparation process.
A vision with a task
After the training course we want to pay special attention to the dissemination activities. 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).
NO alcohol – NO drugs policy
The practices and activities that will be made during the training, require our full mental and physical capacities. Thus, we invite the participants not to consume alcohol and drugs during the whole training duration.
Application procedure and deadline
If you want to participate in this training course, you must fill in the application form available at this link:
The deadline for applications submission is 25th of May 2022 (included).
The selections results will be published the latest on the 31st of May.
Bogdan Romanică (Romania) – project coordinator and trainer
“You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts.
sent to be delivered to a hungry world.
And as much as the world needs your cargo,
you need to give it away.
Everything depends on this.”
Cargo – Greg Kimura