Yes to Sustainability is an international project that aims to bring together young people from different regions of Europe by organizing different Youth Exchanges in different european ecovillages funded by Erasmus+.
Participants can participate in one or more Youth Exchange and are fully funded by the Erasmus+ Program.
Our vision is to encourage young people to have a fun experience in community life, where they can slow down, hear the silence, grow awareness, be in balance and giving them a place where they can start to trust themselves.
With this encouragement, young people can reconnect with nature, learn to accept others and learn about sustainable and low impact ways of living in ecovillages and rural settings. On this path of transformation, they can get all the support they need and in turn be able to support others and find ways to take care of the planet in their daily life.
Who are we?
We are a group of young people interested in sustainability willing to share ecovillage lifestyle and low impact ways of living. We are working by young people, with young people and for young people. We come from different countries and with different backgrounds.
What we offer?
As an expert team in all the project phases of Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges in Ecovillages, we offer two kinds of support to ecovillages, networks, sustainable projects and young people wanting to organise a Youth Exchange:
- Basic support: get access to the know-how developed in and gathered through different Youth Exchanges in ecovillages around Europe. It included documents, organizational and communication systems done in the past three years.
- Complete support: an experienced person, Mentor, from the YTS team that follows your organization in all the different phases, attending some meetings and overviewing your process during all stages of the project.
Petra Jazbec – Mentor and Trainer – Petra established association for sustainable way of life in Slovenia called Zavod Veles. She lives for 9 years on social-permaculture farm as one of the founders and co creates the place. She studied to be a primary teacher but heart brought her to learn from others and pass on the knowledge and experiences about the sustainability. She is a permaculture teacher, focusing on social aspects, but bringing holistic way of life in her projects.Facilitating courses, events and activities about community life, project design and sustainability is her passion. She is coordinator and mentor in many youth projects. As a trainer she is coworking with National Agency and she entered the pool of trainers.
Nicoletta Benfatti – Mentor and Trainer – She is member of RIVE – Italian Ecovillage Network, from the 2013 and from 2015 to 2019, was part of the International Team dealing the management and development of the European Youth Exchanges projects. She has being involved in ten youth exchanges on sustainability in Italy and Europe, also as Youth Leader. She is a Clips Facilitator and doing the training to become IIFACE certified. In the last ten years she worked like a cultural-social animator for youth, children and families. Through the game she proposed cooperative models, to aggregate young people enhancing the pleasure of being together and minimize the stress of social situations. Now she is involving people to realize the “Educational fun park”, called “IL GIARDINO DEI LAMPONI”, a Permaculture experimental centre focusing on the environment, the ecological way to live and the discovery of ancient skills.
Dario Ferraro – Mentor and Trainer – Dario has a background as a documentary filmmaker and he is an active youth worker since 2012, when he co-founded a project for non-formal education, community-supported agriculture and rural development in central Spain. He then became Communications Coordinator at Sunseed Desert Technology, a community-led educational centre for the transition towards sustainability, where he actually coordinates international programmes. He is an experienced project manager and facilitates trainings focused on media-literacy, sustainability, deep ecology and nature-based educational tools.
Stefanie Görisch – Mentor and Trainer – As naturopath Stefanie offers womencircles, workshops & seminars in the fields of phytotherapy, edible plants & conscious sensuality. After her B.A. in ’Management in Health Tourism’ she visited different European ecovillages and projects. With her growing community experience she started to facilitate & support group processes. In ZEGG she did a Forum leader training. Since 4 years she is working in a youth center in Berlin and organizes activities for school children. She has been involved in 9 European youth exchanges & trainings from YesToSustainability.
Clara Ruiz de Gauna – Trainer – Link to GEN-EU Project circle – She is an active youth worker living in Lakabe community and involved in the Iberian Ecovillage Network (RIE) for more than 4 years. She studied Economics and Journalism and holds a Master degree of Peace Studies, International Conflict Transformation and Security. She has facilitated courses, school activities and seminars on low impact living and sustainability, emotional management and community building. She has being involved in more than 10 youth exchanges on sustainability in Spain and Europe. She offers Trainings and Networking events for european organizations working with youth and sustainability as well as Facilitation trainings certified by IIFACE.