Werewolves vs. Aware Wolves — Latvia

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Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Dates: 12—22 May 2022 

Venue: Bajari, district Ropazu, Latvia

Please read the info-pack (you’ll also find the application form there)

Participation fee (collected by the hosting organisation): €50/participant

Participating countries: Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Latvia, Spain 

Hosting organisation: Mindful Journeys

Project description:

If you are a young person in love with our planet Earth and the people here, if you can no longer stand by watching as it is all being abused and destroyed, and you know that the only way to transformation starts from within you…

Join us a for a week of fun and adventure in the wild woods of Latvia, exploring and reconstructing your behaviour patterns and coming to terms with the wholeness of who you are, all in the name of living more harmoniously with our fellow humans.

The Philosophy: Werewolf as the Shadow

For most people anything that takes them beyond the security of their conscious boundaries often evokes the compulsion to hold it back and deny its existence. This rejection parallels the psychological development of the shadow in individuals and in society. Denial of an aspect of wholeness is the key ingredient in the formation of the shadow – the dark, rejected part of the psyche.
The shadow contains what we do not like about ourselves, what we find threatening, shameful, and inadequate. Individually and as a culture we reject these denied and devalued parts of ourselves and do not allow them to flourish as part of our conscious identity.

Whenever aspects of the wholeness of ourselves are not expressed and accepted but rather denied and rejected, they become distorted, and they live within each one of us as the negative thought patterns in our minds. However, what is pushed down in one place will inevitably emerge in another. When the shadow is not brought into light, we will project it onto others, thus undermining our capacity to form safe and honest relationships.

We then perceive the outer world through the inner filter of our negative emotions and thoughts. When our minds are full of fear and hatred, we then see others as the personification of what is most frightening and hateful to us, blaming them for all our problems.

These rejected aspects of ourselves assume the forms of evil and temptation in our external world. They become all of our enemies – our abusers, rapists, terrorists, deceivers, and destroyers. Through our negative emotional states, we attract these kinds of people and situations to us. Furthermore, we also evoke and catalyse these negative qualities in others that are, in actuality, the reflections of our own unconscious self. Our shadow then becomes all that threatens our safety and security.

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To explore and start to heal these distorted parts of ourselves and our world, we will recreate our own microcosm of fantasy and adventure, role playing characters we don’t usually get to empathise with.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

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  • to challenge the comfort of the participants and notice our automatic reactions in times of hardship
  • to raise awareness on how our presence influences other individuals and whole communities
  • to experience first hand how social inclusion and social exclusion happens on different levels
  • to analyse the culture we live in and how it impacts our behaviour
  • to deepen our compassion and empathy for one another through a shared outdoor adventure experience
  • to engage and connect with the local community, overcoming social barriers and sharing our learning outcomes
  • to implement an educational follow-up activity in each partner country based on the Werewolves game
  • to increase the ripple effect of the project through a carefully curated social media presence

OUR PURPOSE IS SERIOUS … But we’ll achieve it through lots of fun!

Our main activity is an outdoor adventure role play, originally based on the fun-tastic party board game Werewolves. It is a game that takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Not only that, our real life version is haunted by greed, hunger and mosquitoes! 

Each participant will be assigned a specific role that you will have to follow throughout the game. You might try to steal each other’s positions, as well. You will live your (un)ordinary village life and each day a new, unexpected event will happen that will shape the future of your tribe, lower or boost your morale and take or give you more resources. But don’t forget – you are not the only ones trying to survive in these woods. Another village has settled nearby and a strange group of merchants have appeared, raiding these lands for useful assets. Who knows how that will end…

PARTICIPANT PROFILE   This is for you…if

 
  • you sense that the outer events happening in the world right now have something to do with how we all feel inside
  • you know that the only true way to transforming your external reality starts from within yourself
  • you have been feeling cut off from a community that genuinely gets you
  • you long to connect with your wild, adventurous side
  • you want to express your true thoughts and emotions without being judged
  • you yearn to escape your everyday worries and be fully present in the moment
  • you are between 18 and 30 years old and are a resident in one of the partner countries
  • you have a valid EU digital Covid-19 certificate 

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PRACTICALS

Where: Bajari, Ropazu district, Latvia
When: 12-22 May, 2022 (including travel days) 
How many pax: 6 per country (1 of which is a group leader), 42 in total
Participation fee: 50 EUR/participant
Living conditions: We are going off the grid! No electricity or running water for 5 days! Sleeping in tents throughout the program. (We hope not, but) possibly cold showers.
PRACTICALS
Where: Bajari, Ropazu district, Latvia
When: 12-22 May, 2022 (including travel days) 
How many pax: 6 per country (1 of which is a group leader), 42 in total
Participation fee: 50 EUR 
Living conditions: We are going off the grid! No electricity or running water for 5 days! Sleeping in tents throughout the program. (We hope not, but) possibly cold showers.

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