THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection


Training course for Youth workers

THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection

Gudevica village, Bugaria

13 – 22.10.2023

 THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection Learning for change


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About the project

THE WAY OF NATURE is an international training course aimed at people who consider themselves – or strive to become – agents of cultural (r)evolution and social transformation. Humans who, with their daily actions, are models in their community and leaders of the awakening and change in the world. People who are ready to turn their look inwards and explore everything – light and dark – that is in their hearts and souls.

The need of CONNECTION is basic for every being in the ecosystem. Meaningful connection is essential for every human being. Everything is what it is as a result of its relations with all other things.

Nowadays the humanity live the most disconnected life we can ever imagine. All the relationships are mediated by electronic devices, processed information, protective fences and imposed values. Dominant-materialistic-industrial culture destroyed connection of the people with their inner inherited wisdom, wild nature, spiritual world, emotions and imagination, dreams and visions and our place in more-than-human world.

By offering an eight day intensive immersion program we are creating a space for growing roots of connectedness with inner and outer nature of the human, embodied intelligence, deep imagination and wild world.



To provide innovative ways and methods to address the developmental needs for belonging, meaningful connection, authenticity and purpose, and take steps towards personal transformation in a more wholesome and connected way. It will also aim at empowering the participants to offer these methods to the various groups and individuals they work with and become agents of visionary change within their communities.

  • To develop participant’s knowledge in nature-based human development by learning and practicing the principles and models of eco-centric development;
  • To develop new skills, competences and ideas in facilitating the development of deep nature connection;
  • To provide an opportunity to experience a space of safety, intimacy, and profound connection in which personal exploration is encouraged and supported by community;
  • To engage and guide participants through innovative processes of personal transformation aiming at eco-awakening;
  • To inspire in the participants a shift in values and worldviews that will foster a deep nature connection, empathy to all creatures and a sense of oneness with the natural world;
  • To support participant’s connection to their sense of responsibility for the environment and Earth’s future.

 THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection Learning for change


This program is for people who are working in the field of inclusion, social support, youth work, or mentoring. These could be non-formal educators, youth workers, psychologists, schoolteachers, career counselors, wilderness guides, or anyone involved in supporting or guiding the development of a person. Most importantly, the program is for people who have a hunger and readiness to look at their own personal transformation with a view to thereafter offer their gifts to others. Participants also need to have an interest or curiosity for nature and the wild outdoors as this will be a pillar method and they will spend a week immersed in a natural environment.

You can apply for this training course if you are resident of 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).

Participants must be over 18 years and have a good level of English as the entire course will be in 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 2023 (included).

Detailed Call for participants –  INFOPACK


Galena Tsvetkova – Project Coordinator

+359 888 566 655


We ask that you refrain from using any consciousness-altering substance (alcohol, cannabis, any drug, etc.) for the whole duration of the course. This is because the program will be offering nature-based methods of consciousness shifting for which your whole mental and physical capacities will be required. By applying to the course, you commit to respect this agreement.



 THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection Learning for changeOGNIAN GADOULAROV (Bulgaria) is a passionate naturalist, rock climber, and expert in wildlife, birds, and forests. For 11 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 guide with interests and experience in meditation, yoga, and energy practices. His favorite topics are personal development, self-discovery, responsible consumption, human-nature reciprocity. He lives as an activist for cultural evolution, re-sacredtising life and reconnecting people with 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.

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


 THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection Learning for change

TONI MALLACH (Sweden) is a violinist, dancer and connection weaver. They are a curious human being, fascinated by communication: telling stories through dance and music, finding stories through improvisation theatre and listening to stories through community building practices such as deep listening and non-violent communication.

Toni dreams of a social and ecological regeneration of human society and planet Earth. They wish for humanity to find back into the ecological system. This dream led them to live in an eco-community and to become part of the Global Ecovillage Network. With the aim of spreading new ways of Being, they share their passion as a trainer and facilitator. Their life mission is to create spaces for love and laughter, for feeling and expressing, listening and holding and daring to step into the unknown.

Toni holds a masters degree in classical music performance from the Royal conservatory of Brussels and an Ecovillage Design Certificate from Gaia Education.



 THE WAY OF NATURE: growing the roots of connection Learning for changeKRISTINA PAVLOVA (Bulgaria) Has been working with kids and adults since 2010. Her inspiration is based on deep connection with all beings, humans and more-than-humans, conversations that create space for diversity to take its place. A passionate environmentalist she likes to combine non-formal education with nature connection. Her passion for nature protection have lead her to global ecovillage network, community living, and numerous environmental NGOs. Personal and social transformation is what ignites all she does.