Training course in leadership for sustainability

Author: Rubén Hernández Romero

Torri Superiore, a rebuilt village from the medievo era.

It has been already a month since I came back from Torri Superiore. However, it feels like it happened yesterday. The reason why I went there is because I had the chance to be involved in an Erasmus+ Training Course organized by  “Yes to Sustainability” and I wanted to learn skills and tools to better deal with challenges in my community in Ananda Gaorii.  

The Training “Young Leaders for Sustainability” took place in a restored ecovillage from thirteen century, located in the region of Ventimiglia, very close to France and the Mediterranean sea. Torri Superiore is nowadays a rural hostel and a hosting organization for courses. It is actually a beautiful piece of art composed of many stones and labyrinths with over 160 rooms.

A great place for a morning swimming.

As this was training for sustainability, for me it was very important to travel by land, as I usually do, in order to keep my footprint low. Despites all the restrictions and regulations due to Covid19, over 20 people from 10 different nationalities managed to come to the village. And the landscape was astonishing. I could not believe it!! From my terrace, there was a view of the valley, the town, olive orchards in terraces and the river. Yes, exactly, a river!! I was just arrived, met my roomie and after a few words exchanged, we looked at each other and decided to go for swimming! Man, why don´t we swim in the river? And yeah, we did so every morning until the end. Very refreshing!

Let´s come back to the topic!! I did not come just to swim. During the seven days, there were workshops, many tools presented, evening activities, walk & talks in nature, discussions with the local villagers, celebrations, lot of fun and gained new friends. Sometimes I am wondering why there are no such activities for youth happening in Denmark. One day, we will make it happen!

Lucilla facilitating a workshop.

I was particularly excited to listen to Lucilla, one of the local women that lived in the community since the very beginning. She was facilitating meetings teaching as skills on communication, leadership, conflict resolution and entrepreneurship.

The first day we set up the culture of the group and the space, took decisions together, taking in account everyone´s opinions, concerns and against. Further, we were introduced to a few tools like: Fishbowl, Deep Listening, Rank Privilege and World Café.

Social permaculture workshop