Training course for Youth workers


Gudevica village, Bulgaria, “School in Nature” educational centre

25.10 – 02.11.2022



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Nature path to heart and peace provides opportunities for development and competence gaining for youth workers. The whole concept of the training process is based on innovative methods targeting personal and professional development of the participants. The Nature based methods and Art practices will be offered as powerful tools for growth. We believe that these methods can be very beneficial for young people.

In the training we will introduce integrated approach consisting of elements from nature based learning, art and creativity.

During the training based on nature practices participants will explore how these practices can serve as a tool for increasing inclusion, confidence and for creating a sustainable positive mindset. These results can be in great benefit for young people nowadays.


Given this, Nature path to heart and peace aims at training youth workers to use the Nature based methods and Art practices within an integrated approach to individual and group support.



The training course is built on a flow which combines elements of practice/experience, reflection, theory and application. Thus, we are aiming at:

  • Providing knowledge and skills linking nature based methods and art in integrated aproach;
  • Creating a safe space for sharing and freely expressing how global situation (war, conflict, social injustice, ecological crisis etc.) influence youthworkers and their target groups;
  • Developing skills to provide support in development and learning through an integrated approach;
  • Demonstration of innovative nature based and art methods and tools for working with young people;
  • Development of practical tools for working with young people.
  • Addressing basic human needs from the perspective of Nonviolent Communication;
  • Self-exploration – how to transfer understanding about ourselves into process of conscious actions;
  • Meditation and mindfulness – tools for focus and balance of attention, emotions and consciousness;
  • Deep Nature Connection – connecting with yourself, nature, other people, the more-than-human world;
  • Creativity, art and music – as tools for self-expression and communication;
  • Working with values
  • Nature based methods
  • Experiential learning
  • Journaling
  • Drawing
  • Workshops development and delivery
  • Solo time in nature
  • Nature art
  • Living as a community (cleaning, cooking etc.)

You can apply for this training course if you are from any EU Member state (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden) or any of the associated with the Erasmus + Programme countries (North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey).


Dates of the course: 25.10 – 02.11.2022

Arrival day: 25.10.2022 before 12:00 (AM) in Sofia

Departure day: 02.11.2022 after 2:00 (PM) from Sofia.


Participant profile:
  1. RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: people who have experience in youth work. The participants should have one of the following roles: youth workers, youth leaders, educational and career counsellors, teachers, general educators, trainers, mentors, coaches, educational nature guides.
  2. MOTIVATION: persons who feel a strong calling to participate in this course and have strong and relevant motivation for joining the process. The motivation should be a blend of personal and professional factors. We are looking for people who feel comfortable of being in nature (as the topic will be addressed through nature based practices) and who can immerse themselves in natural learning environments.

The participants must be over 18 years and have a good level of English.



If you want to participate in this training course, we invite you to fill in the application form available at this link: APPLICATION FORM


The deadline for applications submission is 20 August 2022 (included).

The selections results will be published on 30 August 2022.

Learn more about the venue – training center “School in nature” – Training center

Download the detailed Call for participantsCall for participants Nature path to heart and peace


Kristina Pavlova – project coordinator   +359 878778020


 Nature path to heart and peace is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, thus all the activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the EU grant. The travel costs will be reimbursed to the participants after the course in the amounts limit according to the Erasmus + regulations.

Additional reimbursement will be provided for the expenses related to international travel regulation due to COVID-19 measures (testing, medical certificates etc.)


If you plan to arrive earlier or leave later your expenses for accommodation out of the days of the training will not be reimbursed by the organizers.


  • Taxi fees;
  • Accommodation for extra days in Bulgaria;
  • Insurance
Participation fee

We invite participants to contribute to the expenses and future local programs of “Learning for Change” with a participation fee between 50 – 150 Euro based on personal financial means.




The trainers’ team has a rich experience in providing life changing experiences in safe but challenging learning environments. The “guides” of the learning process are professional youth workers, international trainers, people with strong backgrounds in human development and psychology, with high ethics and working principles. The team is composed of:


 NATURE PATH TO HEART AND PEACE Learning for changeCHARI CÁMARA BEVIÁ (SPAIN) is teaching activists, illustrator and game designer. Daily life curiosity inspires her to create art that bonds educational games, creativity, sustainable education and sensorial awakening experiences together. With Nature as a kindred spirit, she creates projects that empower active citizenship, community creation and playfulness to inspire humans to awaken their ecosocial responsibility and take better care of our planet, starting from our own home. Projects like MAPA, selected as a finalist on the New European Bauhaus 2022 prices. She runs her own game brand, Mekiplay, self editing her own games locally using serigraphy and other manual printing techniques. She is the president of La Trans Educativa, an association of art educators that runs Erasmus + projects since 2020. She recently opened a Cultural space in Murcia under her association wing called Planta Creativa, an open space for cultural gathering, creative cooperation and community building. Among other things, she loves origami and improvising songs with her ukelele


 NATURE PATH TO HEART AND PEACE Learning for changeMARIA ‘MARUSHKA’ LEBIODA (POLAND) is a youth worker and trainer of forest school and outdoor education, wild nature pedagogy and intercultural communication. She works mostly in the local context trying to encourage people to take more responsibility for the reality they create and live in. She is an enthusiastic individual, using her passion for experiential learning outdoors to engage both young people and adults to develop their social and cultural skills. She has her own project called PINE Education in the Nature (PINE Edukacja w Naturze), which she develops in a little village in Western Poland, trying to inspire people to spend more time in Nature, understand it better, get closer to it and build stronger relationships with other humans.



 NATURE PATH TO HEART AND PEACE Learning for changeOGNIAN GADOULAROV (BULGARIA) is a passionate naturalist, rock climber and expert of wildlife, birds and forests. For 13 years, he has been working in the field of non-formal education and personal development. Ognian supports people to unfold their full potential in life and to discover themselves. He is a trainer with interests and experience in meditation, yoga and energy practices. His favourite topics are personal development, self-discovery, responsible consumption, sustainability and environmental protection. He lives as an activist for cultural evolution, re-sacredtising life and reconnecting people with the more-than-human-world. As a participant in the Great Turning, he likes to be known as Fire of Life and The Tree Listener, dedicated to the Great work for fair future for all living and nonliving beings on Earth.

Ognian is part of the Nature-based Wholing and Self-healing Wild Mind Training Programme (WMTP) at Bill Plotkin’s Animas Valley Institute, Colorado, USA.