More Info for Learning from Nature workshop

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download pdf with more informations: aura learning by nature workshop 2016

Here are more informations for our workshop Learning from Nature in September 2016 in Calabria.

I remember you that the  workshop can  be fully funded by an Erasmus + Mobility. If you have not yet done the application for the Erasmus + mobilities, it is now time to do it: Deadline for the application is 2. February 2016. You need a own organisation, you need  to have an european PIC number and let’s do it. Click here to learn how to write the application.




AURA Sviluppo Sostenibile –

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Self perception and systemic transformation for innovators and change makers in times of crisis

download pdf: aura learning by nature workshop 2016

Date: 19-23 September 2016 (Monday-Friday)

Venue: Calabria, South Italy (organic farm Priscopio, Ciaramiti di Ricadi) (4 km from Tropea)

Arrival airport: Lamezia Terme


Facilitators: Elena Franzini (Aura, Calabria, South Italy); Jasenka Gojsic (Isoropia, Zagreb, Croatia), Mare Suljak (Isoropia, Zagreb, Croatia)


Costs: 60€/person/day food and accomodation (double or triple bedroom)



  • individuals, NGO and associations 350€ (could be fully funded wih Erasmus+ Mobility)
  • corporate 700€



Tel: +39-349-1963178


The focus is on capacity building for teachers, facilitators, innovators and change makers.


Daily structure for all workshops: 10.00 – 19.00

10.00 Opening process – check-in

11.00 Work Session I – Opening activities – Deep dive into yourself – Mindfulness practices – Learning lab

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Relax,

15.00 Work Session II – Experiential lab – Creative activities: Surfacing emerging solutions and self expressing activities through painting, writing, video

17.00 Reflection on the day

19.00 Relax

20.00 Dinner


Feel free to innovate and co-create with us the workshop contents. Bring your favorite music (instruments), games, inspirations for others, etc…


The fundamental longing is to connect ourselves with our own essence. It is not about how to act with more rational knowledge, but to create a bridge between your rational mind and your inner wisdom, developing the necessary emotional strength and spiritual power.

It is an experiential five days workshop about your Self perceptions, that are determined by its position in relation to other phenomena and that are changed by the very act of observation.

The magic of nature and the beauty can deliver you the peace, the love, the intuitions and the calm you need in challenging chaotic times.


Day 1: Opening process: create the field and open the space for transformation

Redirect your attention from outside to inside, practice the listening to yourself and experience the deep breath of life that is breathing within you.

The path from outside to inside

The quality of your inner space


Day 2: Ensoul your perception

Change your perceptions: experience the wonder of an ensouled world. Create your symbols, discover your mirrors, create your metaphors from your experience with nature. Add transpersonal spiritual energies.  Develop yor ability to sense. Trust your sensibility and trust your intuition. the use of imagination.


Day 3: Life Sustaining Transformation

Loving yourself, self-esteem, presence, imagination, love, harmonious life in your systemic transformation.


Day 4: The path back from inside to outside: act with your roots in your soul

Explore the future from within; Letting go, letting come.

Authenticity and the courage to speak with your voice. Show yourself. The U movement.


Day 5: Sharing, harvesting


The key lies in transforming both our capacity to see and sense, and our capacity to create. A capacity to see that no longer fragments the observer from what’s observed.

A new capacity for stillness that no longer fragments who we really are from what’s emerging. And a new capacity to create alternative realities that no longer fragments the wisdom of your head, heart and hand. A synthesis of all different facets of a single way of being. Explore the future from within.

Daily “soul check-in”, journaling on your role in life, inner conversations, inspiration from nature and transpersonal experiences are essential parts of the workshop.






Creiamo spazi di coraggio, fiducia, apertura e di apprendimento nella natura

Perchè facciamo tutto questo? Ecco quello che ho scritto oggi nella nostra prima newsletter ufficiale:

Siamo impegnati a fare crescere quella nuova consapevolezza nelle persone e nella collettività che può creare un positivo futuro sostenibile. Siamo specializzati nella trasformazione personale e sociale culturale. Ci siamo impegnati ad aiutare le persone e la comunità a vedere e sperimentare le cose da quel livello che sta oltre tutte le separazioni, divisioni e frammentazioni, il livello del “tutto”, e impariamo insieme ad agire dal Tutto, con Amore. Creiamo spazi di coraggio e di fiducia e spazi di apprendimento nella natura per chi è in cammino e si sente agente di cambiamento.

Ecco, questo è importante: creare spazi di coraggio e fiducia. Perchè abbiamo tutti bisogno di coraggio e di fiducia per fare il proprio passo nella nuova consapevolezza ed agire da questa nuova consapevolezza.

Ho poi aggiunto un’altra cosa: Proseguono i nostri incontri di ispirazione e condivisione esperienziale per chi è in cammino. Vogliamo dare coraggio a chi si sente agente di cambiamento, creando uno spazio di fiducia e di apertura per le proprie riflessioni personali e offrendo uno spazio di apprendimento nella natura. E’ come sempre un incontro esperienziale dove puoi essere con te stessa/te stesso e riflettere sul tuo percorso interiore e come agisci nella tua vita.

La natura è parte integrante dell’incontro perchè sappiamo per esperienza l’aiuto che può dare la natura come ispirazione per la vita e per ricaricare le proprie batterie quando ce ne è bisogno.

Spazi di coraggio, spazi di fiducia, spazi di apprendimento nella natura: sono queste le parole chiave. E tutto questo per chi? Per coloro che sono in cammino e che si sentono agenti di cambiamento. Che le nostre anime possano essere sempre con noi. Quando siamo soli e quando siamo in relazione con gli altri… e quando lavoriamo. Perchè il lavoro per me è qualche cosa di sacro…

Sensing Whole – Project summary

Sono felice di presentarvi il summary del nostro progetto Europeo che abbiamo appena presentato. Fa parte dell’Erasmus +, mobilità (=viaggi) per gli adulti.

Project Summary “SENSING WHOLE”

Project Title: SENSING WHOLE – Facilitating the emergence of participatory skills (Erasmus+,  KA1 – Learning Mobiliy of Individuals / Action Mobility of learners and staff / Action Type Adult Education staff mobility)

Project Summary

The most important thing going forward is to break the boundaries between people so we can operate as a single intelligence. The task is to find ways to break these boundaries. This is true especially in our local rural reality of Calabria in South Italy, but also at national level in Italy and at European level. The basic problem we face is fragmentation and isolation, seeing separateness where there is actually wholeness and we don’t know how to work together and at the same time give voice to our authentic self. We are stuck in a system of dysfunctional conversational patterns of blaming others and not really listening. We need to exercise ourselves in seeing and valuing the world of our relationships.

The project has three objectives: 1) learn participatory methodologies to integrate in curricula and develop new curricula (also in English). It is about learning how we can give voice and visibility to the world of relationships and how we can work together with a unity of intent; 2) learn how to assess an organisation’s culture with measuring tools for the cultural assessment of groups, organisations, schools, communities, regions, and learn how we can sustain the cultural evolution for unleashing human potential; and 3) strengthen the European identity and awareness of the participants and organisation and improve the capacity to work internationally in future joint projects in the field of transformational change and learning, and cultural assessment.

Aura Sviluppo Sostenibile is an adult education organisation based in Ricadi, in the southern Italian region Calabria. We are sending in this project staff members of our organisation who are very motivated and skilled educators. They are selected because they have skills to integrate the new learning experiences in the curriculum and develop new innovative curricula. The participants will learn with these mobilities the participatory methodology of Art of Hosting which is a highly effective way of harnessing collective wisdom and the self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. In the specific in these mobilities the participants will focus on the collaborative methods of Art of Hosting, Participatory Leadership, Conversation that matter, and Non Violent Communication. The participants can tailor then this collaborative approach to the context and purpose of the organisation. The length of the project is 2 years. The project envisages the participation to 5 trainings abroad for 9 participants. The project starts with the attendance in Croatia at the international conference “Change Maker Festival” on Trasformative Learning of the IPTL International Partnership of Transformative Learning, (which was developed in a past Grundtvig project). This international conference will then in 2015 take place in Calabria. The second mobility will take place in the United Kingdom, participating to the CTT Cultural Transformation Tools training at Barrett Values Centre to learn how to use concrete measurement tools to assess organisation’s culture and be certified in CTT tools. The last three activities will be in Slovenia for learning Art of Hosting with the participation to 3 very theme-specific trainings on Art of Hosting. Mobility agreements and learning agreements are prepared with the participants to ensure the quality and the recognition of the mobility activities. We use the Europass for the recognition of the competences learned in the mobilities, to make the results more visible and to boost transparency and visibility of the European mobility experiences and validate the competences acquired, raising in that way the quality of lifelong learning programmes. Mentoring is also available for the participants, improving the quality of the learning experience.

Concrete results are the capacity to work with the collaborative and participative methodologies of Art of Hosting, learning how to be together and how to work and learn together; a further result is the capacity to assess an organisation’s culture with values-based tools. The envisaged impact at the local and regional level is the evolution of the organisation’s culture, and the knowledge that trust and respect can be facilitated. Another very important result is also the widening of the European horizon of the participants, personally and professionally, and of the organisation, creating a strong European identity.

But the most important potential longer term benefit is that mixing together people of different European nations gives the feeling that we are one unique citizenship, and we experience that there is a level above all separations, all differences and divisions, the level of the whole, with unity of intent.  We take the inspiration for our activities and acting at local, regional, national, European and international level from this level of the whole: Sensing Whole is the name of the project and sensing whole is to change the level we are acting from.

Favorire le connessioni profonde


Lo scopo primario è favorire le connessioni profonde tra le persone coinvolte in un sistema su cui si deve o si vuole intervenire.

La nostra capacità di aprire la mente, aprire il cuore e aprire la volontà viene ampflificata quando siamo insieme.

Teoria U: Apri la mente, Apri il cuore, Apri la volontà







Seguendo l’esempio del Prensencing Institute di Otto Scharmer, la nostra intenzione è quella di sperimentare pratiche e percorsi per una società che sia più sostenibile, inclusiva e consapevole, usando le nuove tecnologie sociali disponibili per gli agenti di cambiamento, gli innovatori e le comunità locali come la Teoria U.

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