About the project

It seems that although increasing youth participation has been an important objective of international and local funds supporting non-formal learning activities, existing teaching and training methodologies haven’t been efficient to increase social and civic activism. There are difficulties to use find methods of interventions in order to empower young people to take control of their lives and circumstances and a strong need to developing innovative and efficient methods and approaches how to engage and strengthen young people.

Most education of all kinds – takes as a starting point the conveyance of new information, based on the premise that knowledge is power. Books, teachers, models, new ideas and simulations are all great places to start when learning something new. The problem is most learning stops there. Once the book is shut and teacher is gone, we head back to our lives, where we proceed to do things very much the same way that we did them yesterday. That’s because exposure to new ideas is necessary but insufficient to enable us to take new action.

And here we see the huge potential and importance of embodied learning.Embodied learning constitutes a contemporary pedagogical theory of learning, which emphasises the use of the body in the educational practice. It views the physical body as a domain of learning, change, and transformation.n

Main aim of the partnership is to elaborate innovative, efficient learning tools and methods for boosting young people’s participation and activism thought developing their initiative and entrepreneurship, social and civic competence, that would be based on the work with body and movement.

The partnership includes two training events in France and Italy, that will lead to the production of Embodied Learning MOOC and Toolkit. In addition, several local follow-up events engaging young people or educators and youth workers and one larger multiplier event in Latvia is planned.

Our activities in 2019:

Exploring Embodied Learning

Training course in Padova, Italy, April 9-17 2019

We are glad to offer you an opportunity to join a 7-days training course about embodied learning. Exploring Embodied Learning is organised within a strategic partnership project called Embodied Change. Goal of this partnership is to elaborate innovative, efficient, body and movement based learning methods for boosting young people’s participation and activism thought developing their initiative and entrepreneurship, social and civic competence.

Main theme uniting all the activities and planned outputs is embodied learning – its main concepts, principles, approaches and various methods, viewing the physical body as a domain of learning, change and transformation. With help of different international and local learning activities, within the project partners are going to develop an online course about embodied learning and an embodied learning toolkit that can be used in work with young people and also adults.

Exploring Embodied Learning is the 1st event within the Embodied Change project and it will gather 16 participants and facilitators from Italy, France and Latvia.

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Location and Venue

The training course will take place in NEST – a space for creation and artistic research, a center for performative arts with equipment for aerial disciplines, ample space for dance, theater, a laboratory for sculpture and manufacture, and a little room for artist residencies. It is the headquarter of Teatro Invisibile, where the company organizes or hosts various events, as well as accommodates professional artists in residence. It is featuring tatami mattresses, gym mattrasses, aerial and vertical dance equipment. The laboratory is equipped with tools for cutting, carving, sculpting, sewing, painting.

The living conditions at NEST are very basic and a bit wild. There will be several areas with beds or mattresses, one bathroom and one shower for participants to share. Meals will be cooked and enjoyed on site. Participants are requested to bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, slippers and a water bottle.

NEST is located within 15 minutes drive from Padova, in the craft and industrial area of Albignasego. To reach NEST participants can choose to travel to one of the closest airports – Venezia, Treviso or Bergamo. More information about transportation will be provided to the selected participants.

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Embodied Entrepreneurship

Training course, 2-10 July 2019, France

”Embodied Entrepreneurship” is a training course for people in age from 18 to 25 who are interested in civic activism or social business and want to solve different challenges in their communities, who would like to help to create new learning tools and who wish to become more confident, courageous and creative, boost their teamwork and leadership skills.

The training program will include elements from improvisation, dance, bodywork, voice work, theater, marital arts, meditation and other bodyways. We will work also with writing, storytelling, various visual arts and implement a small local initiative on site. There will be also one online learning week right before the course and one online learning week within two months after end of the course.

”Embodied Entrepreneurship” is the second event within the strategic partnership project ”Embodied Change”, and it will gather 22 participants and facilitators from Italy, France and Latvia.

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Embodiment and Change

Conference, September 2019, Latvia

Weekend conference ”Embodiment and Change” will take place in Latvia and gather more than 50 non-formal learning facilitators, youth workers and teachers from all EU.

During the event participants will have a chance to receive and explore different educational tools created within ”Embodied Change” project and also to attend several embodied learning sessions where they could experience some of the embodied learning methods and learn basic principles of embodied learning and teaching.

Thanks to the support from #ErasmusPlusLV programme event will be free of charge. Participants will have to cover their own travel costs to Latvia and travel insurance costs.

In order to receive more information and apply follow information on our page. Call for participants will be published in spring 2019.

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