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What’s in your plate?

Biodiversa selecciona a tres residentes en España para participar en el próximo curso de formación organizado por nuestros compañeros de Solafrika, que tendrá lugar en Bédeille, Francia, del 25 de Agosto al 1 de Septiembre de este año. Sigue leyendo

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Experiencia: Curso de formación Green Urban Cycles

Esta entrada ha sido redactada por Cristina González, Silvia Arriscado y Jose Antonio Gallego, socios de Biodiversa participantes en el curso de formación Green Urban Cycles, que tuvo lugar del 10 al 18 de Mayo de 2015 en Liepāja, Letonia. 

Si tuviera que resumir en una palabra mi experiencia en Green Urban Cycles, sería: compartir. Sigue leyendo

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3,2,1… Connecting with Nature!

Our next greatest training course is starting 3 days from now! (Monday 18th May). 24 lucky participants from 9 different countries will gather in the valley of Gods (Asturias, Spain) to experience some serious nature connection.

This training course will be aimed at helping young people living in urban areas to re-connect with their natural environment. We believe that if young people learn to appreciate nature, they will live happier and become more responsible citizens. This has been verified by a recent study by the RSPB: “when young people are connected to nature, it has positive impacts on their education, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and personal and social skills, and helps them to become responsible citizens”. Sigue leyendo

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Training Course «Supporting Youth Creating Green Start-Ups» – video

This video was created by Toms Treimanis, a Latvian artist who participated in our training course «Supporting Youth Creating Green Start-Ups», from 16th to 24th April 2015, with videos and images taken during the training course. Enjoy!

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Green Entrepreneurship: call for participants

Green Entrepreneurship 1st TC logo

UPDATE:  due to some last-minute cancellations we have some free places for lucky and flexible people travelling from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Croatia, Hungary or Italy to Asturias, Spain, for this fantastic training course on «Green Entrepreneurship» in our superb training venue in the Valley of Gods, Asturias, Spain, fully funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission.

What: Training course “Supporting youth creating green start-ups”
When: 16-24 April 2015
Where: Valeri, Asturias, Spain
Who: Biodiversa (Spain) and Youth and Environment Europe

The TC “Supporting youth creating green start-ups” is the first stage of the long-term project “Green Entrepreneurship”. This TC aims to train youth workers and coordinators to support young people in their organisations and communities who want to become entrepreneurs.

The objectives of the TC are:

– To train youth workers’ and coordinators’ skills so they can support young people who have start-up ideas;
– To explore ways to develop creativity and innovative thinking in youth;
– To discuss the needs and future perspectives of environmentally friendly businesses;
– To explore and develop tools on how to create environmentally friendly start-ups;
– To share ideas on how to encourage and empower young people to develop their green start-up initiatives.

Participants should arrive to Oviedo (Asturias) bus station before 15.00 on 16th April in order to travel together to the venue (“La Rectoral de Valdedios”, Valeri) at 15.30. Participants will leave the venue together on 24th April at 11.30 in the morning.

We require participants to travel in the most environmental way possible. We will provide only vegetarian food.

Participants’ profile:

The ideal participant would meet these requirements:

–  Able to work and communicate in English,
– Work closely to Biodiversa as an active volunteer, youth worker, coordinator, etc,
– Know well the local web of volunteers of the organisation and the local young people in the community/region,
– Have experience in organising activities or events at local or international level,
– Experience in activities linked to social/green entrepreneurship will be very welcomed,
– Availability and willingness to be actively involved in the next stages of the project throughout 2015 (local workshop and video Campaign),
– Interested in environmental topics and sustainability.

If you think you fit in this profile, fill in the application form.

For any questions: asociacionbiodiversa (at) gmail.com.

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Connecting with Nature: ¡aprobado!

Connect-with-NatureBiodiversa ha recibido anticipadamente su regalo de Navidad: tenemos la confirmación oficial de que ¡¡¡nuestro próximo curso de formación, «Connecting to Nature», ha sido aprobado!!!

«Connecting with Nature» reunirá en Asturias, del 18 al 24 de Mayo de 2015, a 30 jóvenes «urbanitas» de 10 países diferentes (Albania, Alemania, Armenia, Austria, Letonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Rumanía, Serbia y España ).

Más del 70% de Europeos vive en las ciudades

En las ciudades modernas, la gente en general, y los jóvenes en particular, han perdido toda conexión con el medio natural. Cada vez más gente vive en las ciudades (más del 70% de Europeos, según el Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de la ONU) y cada vez las ciudades tienen menos zonas verdes (menos del 15% según la Agencia Europea de Medio Ambiente).

Consecuencias de la desconexión

De acuerdo con un estudio publicado en 2013 por la RSPB (Sociedad Real para la Protección de las Aves, por sus siglas en Inglés), los niños y jóvenes que no tienen conexión con la naturaleza demuestran peores resultados académicos, una salud mental y física mediocre, y habilidades sociales subdesarrolladas, lo cual desemboca, entre otras cosas, en una dismunución de su papel como ciudadanos activos y de sus aptitutes generales para la empleabilidad.

Beneficios de recuperar la conexión

Nuestro objetivo general es ayudar a los jóvenes a recuperar esa conexión perdida con la naturaleza.

Pretendemos conseguir beneficios en tres campos:

1. En los jóvenes participantes y su círculo de influencia. Pues está demostrado que la conexión con la naturaleza tiene impactos positivos en su educación, su salud física, su bienestar emocional, sus habilidades sociales y personales, y les ayuda a convertirse en ciudadanos responsables (fuente: Connecting with Nature, RSPB, 2013) y más aptos para incorporarse al mundo laboral;

2. En la sociedad. Ya que una sociedad formada por individuos activos, sanos y responsables es más exitosa que una en la que las personas que la conforman han perdido esas habilidades y aptitudes;

3. En el medioambiente. Pues despertando el sentimiento de responsabilidad sobre nuestro entorno estaremos creando individuos que respetan y cuidan el medio ambiente que sustenta la vida en La Tierra.

Objetivos de nuestro proyecto

Los objetivos específicos son:

– Facilitar que los jóvenes conecten con la naturaleza que les rodea,

– Practicar y fomentar el disfrute de la naturaleza,

– Desarrollar empatía por otros seres vivos,

– Desarrollar un sentido de pertenencia y unidad con la naturaleza,

– Desarrollar un sentido de responsabilidad por el medio ambiente.

Estad atentos a la apertura del plazo de solicitudes. ¡No os lo querréis perder!

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Diario de una experiencia: Be natural, Be inspiration, Be a leader

(Esta entrada ha sido escrita por Isabel Menéndez, socia de Biodiversa desde su fundación y participante en el curso de formación del que nos habla, fruto de una colaboración entre Biodiversa y la asociación suiza Naturkultur).

Isabel Menéndez

Isabel Menéndez

Del 11 al 17 de Octubre, en Solothurn, una pequeña ciudad suiza, tuve la suerte de disfrutar de mi primer curso Salto fuera de España como parte de Biodiversa.

A los pies de los montes Juras -los pequeños Alpes- y en un enclave totalmente natural, de la mano de la asociación Naturkultur nos sumergimos en 6 días de un proceso llamado: Be natural, Be inspiration, Be a leader!

Utilizando todo el potencial natural de la zona y nuestro propio potencial humano -tanto de los formadores como de las participantes-, aprendimos y reflexionamos sobre los procesos grupales, los procesos de resolución de conflictos, tratamos de descubrir nuestros puntos fuertes y los menos fuertes y aceptamos diversos retos que no habíamos enfrentado antes. Experimentamos los efectos de la responsabilidad propia y grupal, intentamos superar las barreras mentales y los prejuicios que sin querer, arrastramos en nuestras vidas y reflexionamos -para pasar a la acción, sobre la necesidad de transmitir lo vivido en nuestra vida diaria.

La experiencia hubiese sido totalmente diferente si el equipo humano, formado por las cocineras, los trainers y la gente venida de diversos países no hubiésemos estado tan implicadas en el proceso.

El grupo de participantes

El grupo de participantes

También hubiese resultado diferente si tres de las 6 noches del curso no las hubiésemos pasado en contacto directo con la naturaleza: levantamos un campamento, construimos un baño seco, una cocina, recogimos leña, cocinamos al fuego, hicimos una ruta para conocer el entorno y pasamos un día completamente en soledad pernoctando en el bosque con nuestros propios medios y bajo la lluvia!.

El baño seco

El baño seco

Cada persona encontró su reto o sus retos durante el curso: lidiar con la soledad, experimentar por primera vez otras metodologías educativas, caminar durante horas por el bosque, enfrentarse a la lluvia, resolver conflictos culturales, dormir al raso, formar parte de un equipo

Montando el campamento

Montando el campamento

Personalmente, lo que más me enriqueció fueros los diferentes orígenes del grupo participante y, especialmente, la oportunidad de que personas venidas del estado Palestino y de Israel confluyesen en un ambiente tan relajado y conciliador. Para ellas, fue una oportunidad de encuentro y de interacción. Para mí, un gran aprendizaje.

En definitiva, una experiencia única de la mano de un grupo de personas irrepetible.

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Environmental Training for Eco-Trainers (ET4ET)

Explorer.Biodiversa organiza, junto con YEE (Youth and Environment Europe) y otras 10 organizaciones de Albania, Alemania, Armenia, Francia, Georgia, Letonia, Moldova, Reino Unido, Rumanía y Serbia, el curso de formación «Environmental Training for Eco-Trainers» (curso medio-ambiental para eco-formadores).

¿Dónde?: En Wiek (Rügen), norte de Alemania.

¿Cuándo?: Del 20 al 28 de Marzo de 2015.

¿Cuánto cuesta?: ¡Mucho!, pero a tí no te costará nada porque está totalmente subvencionado por el programa Erasmus + de la Comisión Europea. También se te reembolsarán los gastos de desplazamiento hasta un máximo de 275 EUR.  Para participar será necesario ser socio de Biodiversa durante 2015 (cuota: 15 EUR/año natural). Nota aclaratoria: Para solicitar plaza no es necesario ser socio/a de Biodiversa, solamente pediremos que se hagan socias las personas seleccionadas para participar en el curso, con el objeto de cubrir los gastos relacionados con el proceso de selección. 

¿Para quién?:

  • Residentes en España, con edad comprendida entre los 18 y los 35 años,
  • Con alto nivel de Inglés,
  • Con formación medioambiental, o sin ella pero con un interés genuino en la protección del medio ambiente,
  • Con alguna experiencia previa en proyectos internacionales y educación no-formal,
  • Motivados para convertirse en eco-formadores.

¿Cómo participar?: Rellena el formulario de solicitud antes del 1 de Diciembre. Después de esa fecha elegiremos a los candidatos más aptos y nos pondremos en contacto contigo para informarte del resultado de tu solicitud.

Más información en la página web de YEE: https://yeenet.eu/archives/index.php/projects/yee-completed-projects/1124-training-course-qenvironmental-training-for-eco-trainersq

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Ruralise Yourself: results (II)

This is the second part of the results and outcomes of our «Ruralise Yourself!» international training course, which took place in Valeri, Asturias, from 5th to 11th May 2014. Enjoy!

Skills sharing

We made marigold handcream during the training course.

Calendula handcream making (Medium)

Here you have the recipe. Do it yourself!

«Dry the petals. Then, infuse them in oil in a water bath for 45 min. Melt wax and strain it, if necessary (the wax must be clean of impurities). Mix 5 tbsp of oil, 2 of wax and 1 of lavender or any other powerful flower’s extract, and mix it very well, in order to create a uniform cream. Then leave it to rest in a recipient.

Recipe to do the lavander extract:
– Pour 2 cups of 100 proof vodka into the jar of flowers.
– Cut 100 flower heads and put into a sterile jar.
– Twist the lid on, shake, and place out of direct sunlight.
Shake once a day during 8 days.

As you can see, I recomend to increment the proportion of oil, because the other day the cream was a bit hard, but it depends how you like it. While mixing it, you can see the consistence and correct the proportion as you like. But I think with 5 tbsp of oil instead of 4, might work!» Lidia Fanjul, from Gaiaysofia

We also made toothpaste: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-toothpaste/

And learned how to make soap: http://smallnotebook.org/tutorials/beginner-soapmaking/

Books

Here’s a list of interesting books that we recommend (special thanks to Lidia and Seb, from Gaiaysofia for this!):

1. The Art of Fermentation
2. La Casa de mi Padre
3. Asturias, Región Agropolitana
4. Ecology, Community and Lifestyle
5. Sociología Rural – Agroecología
6. Nature’s Due
7. Thinking like a Mountain
8. Good Food for Everyone Forever
9. Towards a Transpersonal Ecology
10. Animate Earth
11. Space and Place
12. Widening Circles
14. Mycelium Running
15. Steps to an Ecology of Mind
16. Signs of Life
17. Small is Beautiful
18. Growing Gourmet Mushrooms
19. The Dream of the Earth
20. Active Hope
21. Creating a Forest Garden
22. Selfsufficiency
23. The Holistic Orchard
24. Hearing our Calling

And so much more!

And when we thought that we had shared all we had to share, we realised that we were soooo wrong. It had only just started! All this (and much more) has already been shared in our Facebook group way after we all got back home!:

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Post on a participant’s blog about the training course: http://pleaserestoreyourbed.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/ruralise-yourself-valeri-asturias.html Thank you, Chris!

Website from the neighbours who invited us for cider on the last day: http://www.sidra-villaviciosa.es/

Website of our cook: http://confusioncomidas.blogspot.com.es/

Hand made jewlery by one of the participants: https://www.facebook.com/WiderstandMachtSchon

The project from the partner of a participant: sustainable handmade knotware: https://www.facebook.com/SUSALknotware

To watch:

75 documentaries that will change how you see the world: http://unitedexplanations.org/english/2013/07/23/75-documentaries-that-will-change-how-you-see-the-world/
Russell Brand – Awakened Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bKQXmvdr8o#t=36
Jane Goodall visits the University of Iowa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4R8bo15PwY
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXXAbrr3WHs&list=PL12D4107816DA44C9 (and the book in English – You can try download it from e.g. http://www.ulozto.net/x3L4VL1/don-miguel-ruiz-the-four-agreements-pdf)
The Overview Effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHMIfOecrlo
How we can eat our landscapes: http://www.ted.com/talks/pam_warhurst_how_we_can_eat_our_landscapes
Winter nomads – hiver nomade (trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evEpSuIfiLg
The take (documentary), a new economy is emerging in Argentina…: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-take/
The Venus Project – Future By Design – Full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zn8MRKOskw
Alan Watts – Co jste to zapomněli: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWeB7_jvyUQ
The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (sub español) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2TzvnRo6_c

About gardening, food, ecology, eco-agriculture and «green intelligence»…:

I Thought She Was Just Gardening… Then I Looked Closer. WOW! http://www.lifebuzz.com/planting-in-tears/#!SPl6t
Vertical gardens: https://www.facebook.com/verticalveg
7 Awesome DIY Hacks to Get You Gardening: http://www.takepart.com/photos/diy-home-gardening-tips/diy-home-gardening
The Future of Food (EUropean Learning Partnership): http://fof.gaiaysofia.com/
Open Source Ecology: http://opensourceecology.org/
Eco-agricultor: http://www.ecoagricultor.com/
Ecosapiens: http://ecosapiens.squarespace.com/

One last DIY! How to make non-toxic body wash: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Non-Toxic-Body-Wash

And some life-changing stuff, ha! ;)… 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life): http://obscure-vision.com/12-little-known-laws-of-karma-that-will-change-your-life/

And last but not least, one of the most enjoyable results of our project: the invitation to home-made cider that we got from the fantastic neighbours!! Thank you so much!

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Please leave us a comment to let us know whether you found this compilation of results useful or not! Thanks in advance!


This project has been possible thanks to the financial support of the  Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.

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Ruralise Yourself!: results (I)

Many of you who couldn’t come to our «famous» «Ruralise Yourself!» training course, which took place in Valeri, Asturias, 5th to 11th May 2014,  have been asking for some information about the results and conclussions of the training course. It is hard to convey everything that happened during those wonder days, but we will do our best to at least share some of it with you readers.

This time we won’t bore you with tons of graphs like we did other times, but we will post only one, maybe the most compelling and representative one:

Evaluation Ruralise Yourself
As you can see, 100% of participants were happy with the general organisation of the course, with 66% being totally happy, 32% being very happy and 2% just happy.

Also, 98% of participants said that their expectations were met!… which we think is totally amazing, because expectations are usually high and it’s so difficult to meet everyones’. We are flattered! 58% of participants said their expectations have been totally met, 30% said very much met and 12% said they were met.

But what we probably care about the most is the answers to the next question, which reflect that the main aim of our training course was achieved!: «Are you more prepared and motivated  to live in a rural area?», with an stunning 100% of positive answers!!! 59% feel totally prepared, 25% very prepared and 14% just prepared. We are very excited and proud of this!!

All participants were also willing to make their personal compromises (the ones that they made during the last day of the training course) a reality, and we will see in the following lines that they actually did it, and 98% of them established strong bonds with other participants, which fullfills another one of our aims, which was to expand the network of «ruralisation».

Personal compromises

As we just said, all participants were willing to make their personal compromises a reality, and here are some testimonies which proove that they’ve managed, at least partially!

«Until now, I didn’t go to live in the countryside, but I increased my awareness about living in a more sustainable way. I use more bicycle instead of other means of transport, I buy fruit and vegetables not from big chains but from a small shop with local products, I try to save more electricity, water and to use less plastic bags, utensils, etc.
But the most important thing is that at «Ruralize Yourself» training I saw life from a different perspective. I met people with a very different world view from myself, which opened my eyes to see social and environmental problems from a different angle. More or less I am infiltrated with a consumer mindset, but in Valeri I met people who are just the opposite. We discussed many social, economic and environmental issues and I learned a lot of facts and information I would never know otherwise.» Ignat Stoychev, Bulgaria.

«I just changed the way I was thinking about life, dreams, goals and what I really want to do and to be as a person. I can`t say I made my compromise a reality, cause there is still a long way to pass, but for sure I am working on it all the time. Thank you for everything :)» Lyubomir Kovachev, Bulgaria.

«I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and I did it. I am involved in two projects this summer and I am more active and motivated than before the project. I want to buy a piece of land and so far this hasn’t become a reality but I am sure in time it will». Roxana Vacareanu, Romania (living in Valencia, Spain).

You can read more juicy testimonies from participants in this other post: https://asociacionbiodiversa.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/ruralise-yourself-testimonies/

Guidelines

Together, participants extracted and selected tips and advices, resources, warnings, inspirational questions and drawings from the training course aiming to serve those of you who couldn’t be there with us. This is the result:

Tips and advices

Tips and advices

Resources

Resources

Warnings

Warnings

Inspirational questions

Inspirational questions

Visual messaging

Visual messaging

And they then created a giant triptych compiling the best of the best. This (below) is the artistic result. We upload these pictures in full quality so that you can zoom in and read every detail. Enjoy!… and feel free to leave us a comment telling us if you found this useful or not.

Who

Who

What and how

What and how

Why

Why

Click here for the second part of the results section: https://asociacionbiodiversa.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/ruralise-yourself-testimonies-ii/


This project has been possible thanks to the financial support of the  Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.

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