Category: youth initiation

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…

Dear friend, follow us on our Instagram page – www. instagram. com/gruener.grashalm/

With love,
Yours Grashalmer

Welcome to Fahren!

By , 15. February 2016 4:06 pm

Dear Friends! We are ready to welcome you on board, the ship is waiting!

Having in mind weather changes and your wishes on what you want to learn – we collected some ideas and made a pre-schedule of our journey in Fahren.

The main idea is to get you familiar with the ‘Adventure Learning’ in PRACTICE, meaning – we are going to get you through a process on making your own projects. The projects will be on different levels and budgets, we want to make sure you get familiar with all the steps.

In the beginning we thought of making more of ‘winter actions’ here in Fahren, but since we can’t rely on the weather, we decided to work more on the future projects together with YOU!

We would like to start developing a  winter-adventure-project in Siberia, that will happen in March 2016 and apply our development to the realization of the project.

The next examples of adventure projects we would like to develop with you are those that will happen in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and France:

  • Very Low Budget Project: Self developed by the participants on 1-2.03.16 (during the training in Fahren)
  • Low Budget Project (up to 2000€): Development of application (for the MitOst festival) until 28.02.16
  • Medium Budget Project (up to20.000€) Development of application for ‘Meet up’ until 15.03.16
  • Hight Budget Project: Developing a strategic partnership with Ersamus+ for next 2-3 years. For that project we have possibility to send 2 people on 1-2.03.16 to Bonn and coach them in development of a Strategic Partnership Project after we develop the ideas with the group.

Who of You is interested to take part in this consulting action (it´s in German)? 


Please let us know when and where you arrive, so we can find best solutions for all of you.

We would like to start the project in the morning on the 20th of February, so it’d be best if you arrive the day before.

Here are some travel tips:

Eleana goes by the car from Poland (Gdańsk) and she has free places, contact her on


Violetta goes by plane from Kiew  to Hamburg on 19.02.16 and has a railway ticket for 5

persons to Wismar. Contact her on


Iliya arrives from Kiew by bus in Rostock on 19.02.16 at 10:35. If more people take this bus ore

can be in Rostock in this time we can plan to hire a Mini Bus and pick You up there.

If you have some outdoor equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, tent) please bring it with you. Also, don’t forget winter clothes and proper shoes. We are going to spend 2 nights in the nature.

We are looking forward to see you!!!!



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