11 – 15 October 2017 – Rohrbach an der Gölsen
Wednesday, the 11th of October 2017. In dribs and drabs the participants of this year’s “Action Leader Training” arrived at our location, the “LebensGut Miteinander” in Rohrbach an der Gölsen. In the beginning the people were tense and didn’t know what to expect, but the game “blind cow” helped them to find into the group and arrive at the training wholeheartedly. The last participants joined the group just in time for our first delicious and vegan dinner together. Now we were finally complete! We spent our first evening getting to know each other with fun games and then fell into our beds exhausted and happy. The adventurers slept outside in the barn.
After a voluntary early morning run, we had breakfast to get started into a buzzy second day. Orienting on Bruce Tuckman’s “forming-storming-norming-performing”- model our group was challenged with different obstacles, but remained steadfast. Still the future Action Leaders decided on some group-norms, to ensure a good cooperation all year long. We finished the day with a cozy bonfire telling stories and sharing experiences – does it get any better than that?
Day 3 started with sunrise Yoga for all the motivated ones and the smell of fresh coffee got all the others out of bed too. “Who is Generation Earth?” and “Where do we want to go?” were two of the questions program coordinator Nathan Spees helped us answer later that morning. In the afternoon, after enjoying a fantastic couscous-salad we had the opportunity to get our hands dirty in the garden and made a guided tour through the premises. In the evening we were visited by “Zero-Waste-Lady” Fiona Pulda, who told us about her fascinating life and her approach to the topic of waste.
Saturday was all about planning. The participants gathered their ideas about what they want to learn in the coming training year and put together an interesting and exciting schedule. A special focus is on sustainable consumption, but besides that we will also get to know more about project-management, marketing and rhetoric. On our last evening we celebrated our achievements and shared our favorite sustainable snacks around the bonfire. Some of us even dared to try some roasted insects!
The last day was dominated by excitement and the pain of parting. After getting the organizational stuff done and cleaning up we sat together and reflected what had happened and what still lies ahead. Everyone is motivated and hopeful about the year the group will spend together, so we departed with one smiling and one crying eye, happy to see each other again soon!