Thomas works as the international project manager for the Anatta Foundation in the Netherlands where he is the coordinator of this EU funded project on the promotion of Positive Mental Health for European youth. He is passionate about environmental and positive psychology and seeks to combine both research fields in his work and studies. For the Anatta Foundation he delivers trainings for young people to increase wellbeing and people-nature connections. Thomas is also a PhD candidate at the Sapienza University of Rome in social and environmental psychology.
I’m Sebastian, a freestyle educator based out of Amsterdam. I believe the most powerful learning is not done through textbooks, but through discovering more about yourself and others. Through my work we focus on that and promote positive mental health.
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Sybren Bouwsma contributes to this project by sharing his coaching and training experience in nature aimed at mental health for vulnerable young people. In addition, he is involved in the Anatta Foundation as an organizer of international youth meetings for young people who stutter. Sybren has a background as social researcher, ethicist and has followed various coaching courses.
He currently works as an independent nature coach / trainer and online coach, more information can be found at www.orangeraven.org
Oda Salomons is a nature coach, trainer and psychologist.
‘I compare my training room with a playground. Think of when you were a young kid, making a tree house in the wood. The tree house collapses, and you wander: what can I do next time differently? Maybe hammer some extra nails? Don’t think in right or wrong, as we usually criticize ourselves, allow yourself to grow in a playful, free and positive way. Enlarge your strengths instead of looking at what we should improve about ourselves. This is the basis to develop Positive Mental Health.’
Competences that Oda Salomons will bring in the project: experienced trainer and nature coach; theoretical and practical knowledge about Positive Mental Health and experiential learning: learning by doing and reflecting on it; expert in reflective methods, understanding group dynamics; compassion for people, enthusiasm, commitment; creativity.
More about Oda and her company Rewild Yourself, coaching and training in nature: https://rewildyourself.nl
George Lazov, a project manager and coordinator of the Youth Center of creACTive in Kavadarci. Responsible for the daily youth work activities provided at the youth center, and a current ESC coordinator at creACTive. Graduated in film directing, he is responsible for all activities utilizing film-making in supporting youth development and participation. Experienced in delivering trainings to youth workers on how to apply film-making in youth work.
Biljana Vasilevska Trajkoska
Biljana Vasilevska Trajkoska, a social and youth worker experienced in the field of social and youth work in the area of improvement of access to social rights of young people, with particular focus on improvement of access to social rights of young people with fewer opportunities. Biljana is engaged
in different processes related to youth work and young people, member of the National working group for development of youth work policies and is one of the people that drafted the vocational standard for youth workers. Biljana is a co-writer of the first National Quality Standards for Youth Work, National Youth Work Portfolio and the Quality Standards for Youth Centers in Macedonia. Biljana was also involved in the development of the Code of Ethics for youth workers.
Dragan Atanasov, trainer and consultant, specialized in youth work, cultural diversity, community development and social inclusion. Skilled at conducting researches and assessments, designing and delivering tranings, writing publications, developing policies, monitoring and evaluating programs. Over 10 years of involvement in civil society and international developmental programs. Founder of the Youth Association creACTive and currently a Secretary General of the Union for Youth Work in Macedonia. Author of publications on youth work, volunteering (European Voluntary Service) and mentoring young people. Co-author of the first Youth Work Portfolio and Quality Standards for Youth Work in Macedonia. Member of the pools of trainers of SALTO-YOUTH SEE and SEEYN, and part of the pool of external experts of the Council of Europe for is Quality Label Program for Youth Centers.
Laura Lopez Gámez
Project Manager, Trainer
Degree in Psychology, she is a researcher and trainer inHumanistic approaches. In body movement, transpersonal psychology and Psico-corporal Expression (Río Abierto School), aVital Readjustment facilitator, MBSR in Mindfulness and aBasic in Gestalt therapy.She works mainly in the areas of EmotionalIntelligence, Conflict Resolution, Mental health, and Leadership with holistic practices that bring body, mind and emotions into alignment.Laura Interested in psycho-astrology and aromatherapy, she loves to get in contact with nature and using powerful and sacred music.
Project Manager, Trainer
She has been working in youth empowerment and field of education for grass-root organizations for the past 8 years, in different European countries. Since she was a child she had been told about the power of education as a great tool to understand the world around and she grew up strongly convinced about its potential to shape minds and arise comprehension, respect, and inclusion. Federica loves working for the creation and implementation of educational paths that acknowledge the complexity, diversity, and fluidity of the human’s performance as a key to empower and unlock people’s potential.
Project manager, youth worker
Sara studied Bachelor and Master in Sociology in the University of Porto. Her master thesis is about gender equality in third sector organizations and this is her field of researches. She volunteered in Euroaccion with European Volunteer Service after working for two and half years in the Youth and Volunteering field in Portugal (International and Local level). After volunteering she moved to Spain and currently work with Euroaccion.
Project Manager, Trainer
Magdalena works with European volunteers as a mentor and facilitator in the EVS/ESC training cycle. For the last 9 years she has been professionally involved in the management of the European programmes, such as Structural Funds, Youth in Action Program, Erasmus+ (KA1, KA2, KA3), European Voluntary Service and European Solidarity Corps. Her main area of work is the design, implementation and management of educational projects, mainly focusing on intercultural learning, social inclusion, organizational capacity building and gender issues.
One of her interests is the therapeutical approach to personal development. Since 2018 she has started a new path in studying the Gestalt Therapy.
For over 10 years I have been training and facilitating groups and individuals in their personal and professional growth and well-being through experiential learning programmes, where reflective practices have been a core element in learning and development.
In recent years I have been working for Kamaleonte in the field of leadership, multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence. I am also a founding member of the international nonformal network of “Via Experientia” and of ALP.
I believe that the group is a resource for learning and that diversity is a value that enriches people and the context in which they live, learn and work. This is why Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U” and Arawana Hayashi’s social presencing theatre are inspiring me and currently integrated in my work.
I am an expert in nonformal education and experiential learning. Since 1989 I have worked as a trainer, consultant and facilitator for several institutions, both for profit and non-profit organisations. From 1998 to 2003 I was vice president of the “Advisory Council”, the political body of the “Youth and Sport Directorate of the Council of Europe”. During those years I developed an expertise in facilitating participation process, community work, intercultural communication and learning, training for trainers in experiential learning, personal and group development.
Since 2004 I have worked as the legal representative of Kamaleonte and one of the founder members of the international academy of experiential education “Via Experientia”, where I also facilitate long-term training programmes for trainers and leaders on “How to facilitate groups and lead teams”.
My main strength as a facilitator and coach is the ability to process individual growth and group dynamics through experience and reflective practices. My learning journey and personal development and my curiosity for developing new concepts in the field of learning and leadership will never come to an end.
Professor Margaret Barry
Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health, and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, at the National University of Ireland Galway. Margaret has published widely in mental health promotion and works closely with practitioners and policymakers on the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies for mental health promotion at national and international levels.
Margaret is co-author of the textbook ‘Implementing Mental Health Promotion’, recently published by Springer (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030234546).
She was elected as Global President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in 2019, and served two terms as scientific member of the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (2013-2019).
(Further CV details available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/health-sciences/margaretbarry/).
Dr. Tuuli Kuosmanen
Tuuli Kuosmanen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in mental health promotion at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, NUI Galway. Her research focuses on promoting youth mental health and wellbeing. For her PhD study, she conducted an evaluation of a computerised mental health promotion programme in the alternative education setting in Ireland, with a particular focus on implementation research. She has worked on several international research projects, including a review of interventions for promoting adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing and preventing mental health and behavioural problems in the WHO European Region commissioned by WHO Europe.
Bára is a trainer, facilitator, medical doctor and project manager based in Prague with 15 years of experience in the field of non-formal education.
Bára always liked to organise people and events – she started very young as a scout leader. During her volunteering experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, she discovered her enormous passion for interactive and out-of-school learning. Since 2007 she is a member of the Pool of Trainers of Czech National Agency of Erasmus+/ Youth in Action. In 2010/11 took part in Training of Trainers (ToT) organised by Salto and is active in international training field ever since. Her favorite topics are: storytelling, training of trainers, communication, graphic facilitation, nature-based methods and everything related to health and wellness.
Barbora Stemper Bauerova
Born in Prague, living in Austria, working all over Europe.
Areas of work: trainer, facilitator and consultant since 2003 mainly in the field of European Voluntary Service/European Solidarity Corps and Youth Initiative Projects.
Since 2009 member of the Austrian Pool of Trainers . In Period 2017-2019 studied a diploma course on “Parent Education”. Since 2020 a Qi gong teacher. My involvement with VICE VERSA Organisation: consultant and trainer in areas of “Wellbeing, Balance, Innerpathways”.