Soil & Soul

18 – 26 October 2024 (incl. travel) | Ommen, The Netherlands

Soil & Soul is a training course for educators, youth mentors, youth leaders and youth workers who are curious to learn and practice:

  • designing inclusive and engaging learning experiences for others
  • using food-related practices in the educational process
  • delivering wholesome learning: engaging mind, body and environment
  • Participatory Action Research as a methodology in education
  • Systemic approach to learning and personal development

Join us for 7 days of learning, connection and growing together! We will enjoy the silence of the Dutch countyside and learn in a dynamic way.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO LEARN & PRACTICE
Knowledge
  • Understanding of Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Freire)
  • Understanding of Community Education 
  • Basic understanding of Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Basic understanding of Systemic Approach (B. Hellinger, Jan Jacob Stam)
Attitudes
  • Holistic view of education, including the systems of belonging of the participants and recognizing the impact of the learning on a bigger scale
  • Inclusivity – learning to perceive the importance of diversity as a source of learning and to recognize the systemic patterns behind the people 
  • Decolonizing the educational process – from the belief related to the “right” way of being, that supports only the privileged social groups.
  • Systemic perspective – developing a systemic perspective that considers the interconnectedness of factors influencing the lives of young people, recognizing the broader context in which they operate
  • Community-centered approach – developing a way of perception, where the learning is created around the needs and the values of the local community, positioned in the global context.
  • Cultural sensibility – recognizing the cultural influence on a systemic perspective
Skills
  • Designing and hosting engaging and inclusive learning environments for young people with fewer opportunities
  • Using the Community education approach to create sustainable learning environments
  • Empathic listening and observation skills to recognize the needs of the learners
  • Understanding and navigating group dynamics 
  • Observing behaviors that are coming from inner oppression and trauma
  • Using food and food-systems as metaphors for the bigger systems of society
  • Develop skills in facilitating participatory processes (PAR), including group discussions, workshops, and community engagement
  • Communication skills – learning to better understand the communication process, perceiving it on a systemic level and
    understanding the ongoing dynamics (4-layer model of communication)
  • Critical thinking skills – to analyze complex social systems
  • Facilitating critical reflection – the ability to hold the space for learners to critically reflect on complex social systems
Time Frame

Stage 1. Preparation

  • Selection Procedures
  • Distributing Roles
  • Preparation Meeting: 9 September 2024 at 9:00 CET

Stage 2. Training Course

  • Arrival: 18th of October 2024
  • Training days: 19 – 25 October 2024
  • Departure: 26 October 2024

Stage 3. Local Action

  • You will host a local event, to bring your new practice and skills home: until 24 December 2024
Location

The training will take place in Ommen, the Netherlands. We will be hosted in the group accomodation of Olde Vechte Foundation, in shared rooms (2 or 3 people per room). 

Financial Agreements

This training course is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Comission. Your food, accommodation and transport are covered by the program. 

We will ask you for participation fee of €50 that will be deduced from your travel reimbursement. 

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed up to certain amount:

  • If you come from Netherlands: €56
  • If you come from Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Latvia, Czech Republic and you travel without plane (Green travel): € 417
  • If you come from Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Latvia, Czech Republic and you travel by plane: € 309
  • If you come from Portugal or Greece: € 309

You will need to provide European Health Card or valid health insurance in the Netherlands for the time of your stay.

Registration and Contact
  • You are passionate to join Soil&Soul learning journey -> Register with the Button Below
  • We will look at the applications and let you know if we could grant your participation by the 15th of July 2024
  • Once you are approved, you will receive a Confirmation Letter with a lot of practical information
  • Meanwhile, if you have questions and want to connect, do that on our Instagram Account @environ.mental.education 
  • You can also write to us at askaway.environmental@gmail.com