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This course will be held in English. If necessary, whispering translation can be available in Romanian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Number of participants: 24

Participating countries: United Kingdom (3 participants), Lithuania (2 participants), Italy (3 participants), Hungary (3 participants), Turkey (3 participants), Malta (2 participants), Romania (5 participants), Spain (3 participants)

Organizer: Abroadship.org

Host organization: Romania in Tranzitie

Apply here

Deadline to apply:
16 July 2017

Date of Selection: 21 July 2017

Inquiries about this training course: Justinas at hello(at)abroadship.org


  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs are covered, up to the maximum reimbursements:
    • €0/participant for Romania;
    • €180/participant for Turkey;
    • €360/participant for Malta, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Spain.
  • There is no participation fee
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory to keep and bring all your tickets and invoices, boarding passes and receipts (originals). Without these documents, traveling costs cannot be reimbursed.


Download info-pack here: Think Like Nature: Sustainability with Permaculture – Romania – training course – abroadship.org

Think Like Nature project is a long-term approach to education for children, young people, families and adults, maximizing the benefits of learning with the help of nature. Whilst its roots are planted firmly in the theory of how children learn, Think Like Nature puts the learner at the heart of their learning experience. From this fundamental platform, we want to offer youth workers and subsequently children and young people the opportunity to engage with the rich natural diversity of the woodland environment to help build confidence, sensitivity, resilience and curiosity. We believe in the holistic learning process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in participants. As a result, sessions will take place in a woodland environment, where the landscape itself adds to the experience of learning. An outdoor element offers leadership and team problem solving challenges that allow to practice new behaviors in a supportive collaborative environment.

The ultimate goal of this project is to equip and inspire youth workers and youth leaders, educators, partners and other involved parties (especially communities) with a set of innovative methods and tools as part of the “Think Like Nature” framework, so that to develop competences, enhance work with target groups and further spread the non-formal methods. We want to deconstruct, reconstruct and test with the participants the framework, which is based on non-formal nature- and community- inclusive methods. This project is practical, based on real problems and needs, offering competences and skills that are applicable and transferable in participant’s personal life and work with youth.


  • Raise the awareness of youth workers on the influence and importance of nature and outdoor activities as part of the education.
  • Promote a non-formal nature-inclusive education as an important way to grow emotional and social intelligence, leading to self-development and stronger community sense.
  • Equip participants with the new concepts, innovative tools and methods of “Think Like Nature” framework
  • Facilitate discussions and activities to find out together methods, actions and events, which can boost youth’s self-awareness, self-esteem, self-development and consequently community development with the help of nature.
  • Empower youth workers and leaders to learn, share and be able to teach others on “forest school” methodologies. We expect participants to apply the learned methodologies, both theoretically and practically, in their communities at home.
  • Develop participants’ competences and skills in learning systems of collaborative consumption, co­-distribution, co-working, co-sharing and accompany them with practical examples when and where they can be used.
  • Create a collaborative environment, where “Think Like Nature” framework will be both extensively discussed by participants, but also new projects to further deepen, develop or extend the topic be developed during and after the project.
  • Engage with a educational project in deep connection with nature. Connect with the Romanian emerging permaculture community.
  • Connect and relate with the Romanian traditional lifestyle.


  • You are above 18 years old and from one of the partner countries: UK, Romania, Spain, Lithuania, Italy, Malta, Turkey;
  • You have a diverse background, which could be a source of inspiration for others;
  • You are eager to gain new competences for your oragnization in the field of sustainability, design thinking, system thinking, regenerative practices, personal and community development with the help of non-formal method application outdoors;
  • You are youth educator, worker, project leader, facilitator, trainer, NGO representative, teacher, volunteer, staff member or other multipliers, who are already involved in non-formal youth education, outdoors education, environmental and community projects, and social work.
  • You want to learn “permaculture design”;
  • You seek to find new ways how to approach and motivate youth to be active and contribute to their community;
  • You want to share experience and help others to see new perspective and opportunities in their environment;


DAY 0 (August 26): Arriving day. Tunning in the space. Movie night.

DAY 1 (August 27): Course overview. Venue visit. Permaculture basics.

DAY 2 (August 28): Sharing circle. Gaia Theory. Permacultue Principles

DAY 3 (August 29): Biodiversity. Yield. Key line & Key point. Reading the landscape.

DAY 4 (August 30): Chaos and order. Zoning. Zone 5.

DAY 5 (August 31): Focus reflection day. Personal design exercise. Forum.

DAY 6 (September 1): Local farm visit day. Food Forest. Land Regeneration.

DAY 7 (September 2): Water consciousness. Water retention landscape. Hands on.

DAY 8 (September 3): Earth connection. Soils. Soil regeneration. Climate strategies.

DAY 9 (September 4): Bioconstruction. Companion strategies. Personal outline design

DAY 10 (September 5): Focus Reflection day. Personal design exercise. Deep Ecology.

DAY 11 (September 6): Urban Permaculture. Design Methodologies. Group design.

DAY 12 (September 7): Bioregions. Intentional Communities. Cooperatives. Academies and Institutes.

DAY 13 (September 8): Permaculture and economy. Ethic investments. LETS

DAY 14 (September 9): Action learning. Permaculture path. Evaluation Circle. Celebration.

DAY 15 (September 10): Last circle. Departure day.


This project is based on non-formal education principles. Methodology is a combination of learning by experience, outdoor activities, theoretical input, discussions, case studies and group permaculture design exercises.


  • Maurício Umann  (Portugal) – Regenerative designer and educator at MUBIOCULTURE, Founder at O FOJO Permaculture Education, Portugal.
    Permaculture writer and lead Permaculture Consultant.
  • Claudian Dobos (Romania) Entrepreneur, evolutionary mentor and facilitator. Trainer for almost 20 years, he is also a educational journey co-creator. Co-founder of Arise Education, Terra Livre Movement and Permaculture Research Institute of Romania. Member of the Coordination Circle of the European Permaculture Network
  • Teodora Radulescu (Romania) is a facilitator and permaculture designer. Her passion as gardening and emerging experiential learning processes. She is Garden Manager at Aurora Garden, Aurora Community and co-creator of the Children in Permaculture learning experience.


  • 100% accommodation, food and program materials are covered by the grant from Erasmus+
  • 80% traveling costs are covered, up to the maximum reimbursements:
    • €0/participant for Romanians;
    • €180/participant for Turkey;
    • €275/participant for Lithuania, UK, Malta, Turkey, Spain.
  • There is no participation fee.
  • For traveling reimbursement, it is mandatory to keep and bring all your tickets and invoices, boarding passes and receipts (originals). Without these documents, traveling costs cannot be reimbursed.


The training course will happen in Aurora Community, which is located in West Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains, more specifically in the Poiana Rusca Mountains, at 900m altitude! Find the map of the location here.

Aurora Community take cares of 10 hectares with orchards, vegetable gardens, forest, rich wildlife and biodiversity, springs of pure water, a beautiful traditional house, several barns and breath-taking views! Aurora Community is surrounded by ancestral forests, home of many wild animals.


VIA Budapeste, Buchareste, Sibiu, Timisoara or Cluj-Napoca:
(1) use skyscanner.net to fly to any of the above airports.
(2) use autogari.ro to check bus connections to Deva, Romania – costs and duration depends.
(3) use mersultrenurilor.ro to take a train to Deva. Fares and duration depends accordingly.
(4) from Deva take a bus to Hunedoara (don’t miss the castle!).
(5) we will organize a cab or a pick-up from Hunedoara.
Plan your journey that you are in Hunedoara, RO latest 17:00 of Day 0.

More info and questions about arrival: contact@aurora-community.org

Travel will be reimbursed only up to the limits (see Financial costs slide)

Traveling options must be confirmed at hello@abroadship.org prior to the purchase of tickets.


Arrival Day: 26th August

Program: 26th August – 10th September

Departure Day: 10 of September, after breakfast

Allowed to stay in RO days: You are allowed to come max 4 days before the TC or leave after max 4 days after the TC, but the total amount of the days that are not part of the program is max 4 days (so it can be 2 days before and 2 days after for instance, in total 4 days). If you decide to stay more than 4 days longer than the official program, you will have to cover the traveling expenses yourself. During these extra days, you have to find your own accommodation and no other expenses are covered


  • Casual, warm and sports clothes for outdoor (take into consideration rainy weather);
  • Flashlight.
  • Small backpack (not necessary, but very practical for the outdoor activities);
  • Comfortable walking shoes;
  • Bring Passport, ID cards also works for EU citizens;
  • Medicines;
  • Sleeping bag, mattress, towel and organic personal hygiene products
  • Sun hat, gloves and working clothes for the practical sessions
  • Insurance – this is critical! Please bring European Health Card or Insure in other ways
  • Any “stuff” for intercultural evenings
  • Attention! In Romania the currency is RON.


Check Aurora Community’s wishlist and bring a gift.


In August/ September temperature in the area ranges from 10 to 30 degrees, sushine lasts about 6 hours and of course the beautiful rain is a constant friend and a mandatory discussion subject in all conversations.


If you have illness, physical limitations and/or use medicine we need to know about it, please inform us. If you have a special diet, let us know, indicating what you can and cannot eat, so that we can arrange the suitable food.


This is a three phase project. Next stage is:

  • 7 days long training course “Lifestyle with Alternative Sustainable Communities” in Spain, September/October


Apply here:
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For information about practical matters, accommodation or how to get to the place, please contact:

Aurora Community at contact(at)aurora-community.org

Abroadship.org at hello(at)abroadship.org


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