Category: International projects

Our november

By , 28. November 2016 8:38 pm


Im Reich des Waldes

The autumn bids us frosty but sunny farewell. Our house in Fahren is getting empty. It has been a long time since we have updated our homepage. By now we have experienced a lot, felt a lot, thought a lot, planned a lot and initiated a lot. Many adventurous, breathtaking, happy, exciting moments were captured with our cameras and settled in our hearts.

Who do I actually mean, when I say “We”?

Our story began in September when a fresh Grüner Grashalm team with new volunteers was born. Since that time there were a lot of adventure, work, inspiration, music, laughing, people, and ideas. When we started off to make initial preparations, trees were in full leaf, and the wind had the summer aftertaste. Apple trees bent under the weight of fruits towards the ground. And now we are sitting in our close circle, drinking apple gigner tea with apple jam (275 Liters of Apple juice were finished off in a month), and look through the window at the bare branches of the chestnut tree.


Till now three projects passed off in Grashalm. By their shadows we are still covered, their resonance is still perceprible in our rooms and in our hearts.

Our first meeting point was a boofe in the Saxon Switzerland where we, 30 people from Germany, Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, and the Check Republic, set off for adventure. In our “One World Change School” Project we combined climbing, hiking, sailing, kayaking and cycling with the brainstorming about future projects. It was the first project that we made with our new team. For some of our participants it was a real challenge to live outside, in the nature. Rain and wind accompanied us on our way. But it was an essential part of our journey. The most important and precious was it for us to get a positiv feedback from our participants.



Peter beim Klettern

Afterwards we came back in cosy and warm Fahren to start working on the project development, to exchange our ideas, and to draw up some draft of possible future projects. The aim was to share our experience in project development and its implementation, to get inspired by each other. Moreover, it was a great opportunity to make contacts, to find new partners, to bring together youngsters from Germany, the Ukraine and Russia with differnet backgrounds so that they could exchange their ideas and experience, and to get motivated and initiative.



Igor Lisin from the “Institute of Animation and Social Development”, Peter Mitchell and Rosey Brown gave us a lot of useful tips in how to make your project great, how to set up goals and priorities, and to put them into action. As a result, all together we developed a detailed plan of the project that will take place in the Ukraine. Thank You for your energy and commitment!



Grashalm und Tango

On the 14th of November in Fahren the whirlpool of music mixed with sounds of feet gliding on the dancefloor started. We were happy to welcome our guests from France. It was a week of Tango dancing. The Project „Entre Deux“ or „Between two“ came about as a result of colloboration between the non-profit organisation from Toulouse „Aqui y Ahora“ and the Grüner Grashalm e.V.  It was definitelly more then just dancing. All participants were invited to take part in the journey in which we learned to understant, to feel, to see ourselves better. When asked to descibe our experience with one word one could hear such words as freedom, weightnessless, laughing, connection, insecurity, river, lightness. Tango with beautiful Natalia Bearzotti made it for us possible to feel the atmosphere of Argentina, to lose ourselves in music, and to find ourselves in the connection between two people. Will this connection bring us in Toulouse and then in Siberia?


Meanwhile our cups with tea became empty. It is time for us to start preparing for the next journey!

To be continued…

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With love,
Yours Grashalmer

PROJECTS 2016 line-up

By , 15. February 2016 4:03 pm


In 2016 we plan a project line-up in which we want to train young people in adventure education and project development on the international, cultural exchange fundaments.

20.02 – 5.03 Kick off meeting takes place in Germany from  in Fahren, the base of our organization.

During that time we want to develop ideas for upcoming projects. The main ideas has already been created by the participants of the projects in 2015, but we are open for new (your) ideas. We want to brainstorm, get to know each other and get the participants familiar with adventure education.

Open for: 7 Ukrainians, 7 polish youth guides, 5 German (update 15.02: we are still searching for 3  Polish paricipants and 4 Germans under 27!! ) Travel and project costs are covered.
21.03 – 14.04.2016 Taiga Adventure in Siberia, East Sayan Mountains and Tiberkul Lake. Age 18+

The project will be based around 4 different villages and a Tiberkul lake, all in Irkuck area, 100 km away from Abakan.

The main ideas for this project are:
1. Outdoor experiences under the winter taiga conditions (about -20 degrees) in the extraordinary landscape, such as: skiing, snowshoeing, pulka, building an igloo.
2. Handcrafting experience while building a block house under wilderness conditions. (On the project in 2015 we have made stone fundaments to the house.)
3. Art experiences including Tango and Acrobatics shared with local people that live in 4 small villages around the area.
This is just a very base of the ideas for the project. Our job in kick off meeting in February is to develop and pimp it up.

Open for: 5 Ukrainians, 5 Russians, 5 French. ( update: we need 3-4 french participants!!) Travel and project costs are covered.
21.05.- 19.06.2016 Ukrainian Pilgrimage Age 18-30

We developed the main idea for this project with participants from UA, RU and Crimea in 2015. We want to make a pilgrimage for peace through different landscape areas in Ukraine. Our prime thought was to walk through those areas and integrate with local people, sharing our culture, experiences and just being together. This project will get more detailed in February.

We are currently searching for a partner organization in Ukraine and in Crimea.


03.-24.07.2016 Refugee-Project , Saxon Switzerland


Many of the war refugees have arrived to Germany, the migration movement also goes through Poland and Ukraine. The project idea is to organize a holiday camp with refugees’ children from 4 countries in Germanys’ most beautiful sandrock climbing area and get to know young refugees on their way.
Open for: 5 Ukrainians + one group leader, 5+1 Polish, 5+1 Russians. Age 14-19


31.07.-21.08.2016 Siberian migrating „One World Café“


This project is a continuation of the same project that happened in summer 2015.
With a portable Yurt and wooden cafeteria we go on journey through villages in South Siberia. Our plan is to do performance cultural events with local people and practical help to support local youth projects. Last year, beside serving coffee to local people, we created a theatre for children, made fire shows and played improvised and folk music with locals by the fire place. We are searching for creative, easy going, open-minded and adaptive people with handcraft, artistic and well developed social skills.

Open for: 9+1 Ukrainians, 9+1 Germans, 9+1 Russians. Aged 16-24. Travel and project costs are supported.


Project development training for youth guides in Saxon Switzerland / October 2016
…more details coming up soon.

FOR NGOs: We are searching for new partners, who can imagine to work with us in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, France, Russia and obviously in all the other countries we have yet not worked with!
If you have any questions, please contact us:
Horst, Georg, Evgeniya and the Grüner Grashalm Team


By , 16. April 2015 3:19 pm

„ONE WORLD Cafe“ and „ONEWORLD CULTURE Cafe“  ( „1-O-CuCa“ ) is a project line, starting in 2015 which brings young people from Europe, Ukraine and Russia into cultural interaction, shows contradictions, talks with enemies and friends and hears their stories, listens, plays and sings each other’s music, views films, learns acrobatics, shares local food and drinks coffee and tea together.

In the first project part from 22.02. – 21.03.2015 is taking place in South Siberia (Russia).
3 groups of young people from Russia and Germany build the material basics for this mobile Cafe :
One yurt in lightweight bamboo style, one little block house, furnitures and Interieurs for the Cafe (4-6 Tachtui, Pillows, colourful blankets). This part take place in a beautiful lake district of the EAST-SAYAN MOUNTAINS. The participants move outdoor with snowshoes and ski, learn to know traditional handcrafters and hunters, live in traditional houses and in one traditional mongolian Yurt with stove and get to practise survival techniques.

In the end we start off the 1-O-Cafe with an offical culture performance together with local people.

Structure: 21 Day Youth Exchange (28.02-21.03.2015)
Participants: 20+3 RU ; 20+3 D
Cordinator: Grüner Grashalm e.V./ Interra

15.04.2015 Intermediate Team Meeting in Beelitz

25.04.2015 After Siberia Meeting in Eisenach ( Border Hessen/ Thüringia)

In the beginning of May (30.04. – 04.05. ) we plan a Teambuilding for the Coordinating Team of 1-O- Cafe.
This could be a White Water  experience on River Black Cheremosh in Ukraine Carpaths
This could be a 5 days sail arround Isle of Rügen in Baltic Sea.
Please get in contact with us, if You want to join the team.

Structure: Teambuilding/ Planning- Meeting
Participants: 12 international
Coordinator: Grüner Grashalm e.V.

In May/June we invite young people from Russia and Poland to Germany for empower their strength for own projects. In the beginning we’ll have intensive Teambuilding in Saxonian Rockclimbing Area (21.05- 29.05).  In this time the P`s will have an Intervall for individual search for purpose on a „Medicine Walk“ within an unknown country.

This should be also preperation for the Vision Quest in September („Visions for Peace“) in the Ukrainian Carpathen Mountains

From 29.05-01.06 is Grashalm Subbotnik and Festival in Fahren.
From 02.06-13.06 we experiance a Sail Away on Baltic Sea and search for tracks of World War I`s biggest Sea battle. The end of this project part will take place in Berlin.

Structure: 12 +12 day international Youth Exchange
Participants: 6 RU; 12 PL; 6 D+X
Coordinator: Grüner Grashalm e.V.

In the third part of the project in July and August 2015, 1-O-Cafe gets an extended version in South Siberia- East Sayan Mountains . We build more furniture and a second Yurt and accomplish the Block-house and go on tour with a multicultural programm around the villages in the siberian countryside. Accomplish Cafe- structure should be with a little team in July. Performance oft he Cafe in the Villages in August with a bigger international Team.

In the 4th part which is nearly directly follow up in beginning of September, we plan a Vision Quest for peace in the ukrainian Carpathien Mountains. Young people from several countries  including Russia and Ukraine stay 4 days and nights alone in nature without food and feel their purpose of being. Afterwards thei bring it (found  self within) into the world.

They develop own projects  in 2 fields and we support realisation.:
1. Little School project in UA –Village
2. Preperation and Participation of MitOst Festival (23.-27.09)

Structure:  12 day Vision Quest + 9 day workcamp
Cordinator : Khata Maysternya/ Deti Taigi / Interra / Grüner Grashalm e.V.
Time 06.09.-27.09. 2015

5th Part will take place in Western-Germany´s former Heart of Capitalism
Nordrheinwestfahlen in October 2015

In a Workcamp the participants reconstruct a ropes course and build additional equippment for 1-O- Cafe. This Part is under construction now. feel free to join the team !

Participants from RU/ UA/D+X

6th Part could be a Youthguide-Training arround New Year 2016 in the Polish High Tatra Mountains, to develop Follow-Up projects and train outdoor Skills.

WE need YOU for further creation, design, Support of this wonderful project !

Join our team with Your skills.

The project needs:

Carpentors, Joiners, Sailors, Tailors and Textile Designers, Bloggers, Video/Foto Specialists, Vision Quest guides, Circus trainers, Musicians, Performers, financial Monitorers and Reporters, Clowns and Your other very special skills.

Don not hesitate  and contact us:

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