We had a nice multiplier event at Cserkút, Hungary with 25 participants at 29.06.2018.
We started the event with a short introduction about the CONNAT project and the agenda of the day. Then we headed our journey to the attic, which was one of the main area of the workshop. Started it with meeting, gently touch each other, and then a body work in pairs. Then a short discusson about how we felt.
Then we went outside, fortunately the rain gone as well, and started to discover the nature around us, without words. After that we had a meeting on a field, and made a short movement reflection about the experiences.
Lunch break. It was part of the workshop deeply, we connected to the food, which was bio, and local, contained some flowers as well.
After lunch we had a bit energiser activity with musical instruments, and then went back to the attic. The final part was a sensitive folktale work and a sensitive discussion about our darkest times of our lifes. We made some drawnings, and then one-by-one went down from the attic.
We connected to ourselfs and to the nature – and to each other.
CONNAT, the 2nd Isoropia's multiplier event
Park wood Tuškanac, Zagreb
18 people and five Isoropia's staff members came together to share the best practices of connecting with nature during CONNAT project.
The beautiful park wood in the midst of Zagreb was chosen as the venue for the workshop. It provides natural surrounding, reminding people how easy nature can be experienced. At the same time, a wooden pavilion is a great stage for Brush stroke exercise.
We met on the age of the park wood, in a restaurant. Having refreshment, participants acquire information about the CONNAT and had an opportunity to introduce themselves. They walk in peers then to the Pavilion, uphill.
On the way to Pavilion participants got a task to find a symbol in the nature that represents their inner state. They were invited to share the meaning of the symbol with their peers, opening as much as they feel comfortable.
In Pavilion, without much speaking and sharing, introduction to Brush Stroke exercise were given. In deeply meditative state, we all draw a black circle and a red dot, circle representing our life and the dot our self. Witnessing was intensive and valuable part of the exercise. The exercise took almost two hours, and lead people in their inner world, discovering inner nature in everyone of us.
Waiting for deeper dark, a participant offered Qigong exercises, which was gratefully received by the group. We enjoyed continuity of meditative state of being, now moving our bodies and experiencing physical dimension of human nature. Participative creation of the event was great satisfaction for the hosts, since participation is ultimate condition for transformative learning.
Walking through the wood in dark night was very new experience for many. Thanks to a host who is experienced hiker, we had opportunity to escape light pollution and find a peace of town, still covered by wood, without lightening. That was true gift and return to nature!
Participants stayed together long in the night, sharing and connecting, enjoying life and summer in the city park wood.
That was an experience that initiators of the CONNAT project long to share with the rest of the world.
Aura organized the second multiplier event in Calabria, in Reggio Calabria.
The event took place at the headquarters of the Equilibri Pedagogici association, on 23/06/2018.
The event was attended by 20 people, involved by Aura and by the Associazione Equilibri Pedagogici on the Calabrian territory.
The program included an introduction to the Aura Sviluppo Sostenibile cultural association, a presentation of the Erasmus + European projects and the presentation of the MOOC CONNAT.
The MOOC CONNAT was presented with the use of slides, video and directly with UDEMY. During the event the registration and access procedure for the online course was simulated. Some contents in Italian have been previewed. Among the participants there was a lot of curiosity about the issue of resilience, for some it was a new word. Widespread interest on how to combine an online course with connections to nature.
At the end of the first part of the work there was a buffet and then the second part of the event was dedicated to couple and group exercises on personal connections, introduced by a guided meditation practice.
CONNAT, the 1st Isoropia's multiplier event
Vladimira Ružđaka 7, Zagreb
Goran and Jasenka, CONNAT project team members, invited ten adult educators to discuss implementation of the reference frame and curriculum in an online pilot course.
On the beginning, the project was presented, its aim, objects and results. We shortly introduced reference frame and competences that participants should acquire attending both online and in-nature course.
Goran presented the online course curriculum, structure and Udemy environment. Following the stakeholders interest, the whole course was presented, inspiring questions, remarks, idea and discussion.
In short, a list of bold recommendation was compiled.
The course should be shorter, more concise, and ready for self-paste.
No need for face book group or any other platform for discussion. The course exercises are too personal and majority of them reveal deep inner space, which cannot be shared with strangers. Secure space should be provided in in-nature part.
Too much theory might be boring and contra intention: connect with nature, not learn about it.
Simpler, shorter exercises are better then few longitudinal. Long exercise can be exhausting.
Meditation is too quick. There is no enough silence.
Some materials or similar courses created by therapist and educators might be used by their clients between sessions.
Hug a tree might support egocentric approach. Give oneself over to tree might be better advice.
Experiencing nature during night is obligatory part of the course.
The group gave great feedback and impulse for course improvement and further creation of in-nature part.