The Eco-Dharma Centre is situated in a beautiful and wild part of the Catalan Pyrenees. We offer courses, events and retreats which support the realisation of our human potential and the development of an ecological consciousness honouring our mutual belonging within the web of life – drawing on the Buddhist Dharma and the emerging ecological paradigms of our time.
EYFA is a European network of individuals, grassroots organisations and collectives working to transform communities in their approach to environmental, social, political and economic positions. EYFA’s main aim is to encourage young people’s initiative and autonomy. EYFA provides a platform and practical support for new ideas to grow into their full potential. EYFA strives for a world based on social, environmental and economic justice, in which people feel empowered to act and raise their voices on the issues that affect their lives. EYFA works to challenge the dominant neoliberal social and economic system, while developing new ways of organising our communities based on environmental and social sustainability. EYFA projects are mainly for young people, serving as a catalyst for action on local and international levels. A special focus is put on providing access for groups to take part in international grassroots social movements. EYFA always puts effort into including youth from all corners of the continent, from diverse social, geographical and cultural backgrounds.
This website serves as an easy-to-access portal to resource guides and workshop modules that are made by and for activist groups across Europe in topics like consensus and facilitation, strategy, anti-oppression and direct action. There is an amazing amount of knowledge and skills in our activist networks and we want to facilitate the process of exchanging these skills.
We are an international group of people, mostly from CEE, trying to promote anti-racist thinking and practices in our local contexts. However, almost all of us have been raised in places where we belong to the majority culture and race. There is only one Roma voice in our group. We believe this plays an important role in the development of this Toolkit. When it comes to the topic of racism, we are most qualified to speak and write as people who are trying to act as allies to communities facing racial and ethnic oppression.
As such, this toolkit’s main intended audiences are young people, youth workers and educators working towards becoming allies. Some of the materials are made by and for educators, working with young people in formal and non-formal environments. Other materials were made by and for young activists and peer educators. Even though a lot of the content deals with quite complex topics, we have tried to approach it in a way that is accessible for young people from different backgrounds and experience levels.
Our Kommunication-Kollective is made up of a handful of young and experienced trainers. We have all been active in grassroots groups and social movements for years. This has sparked our interest in group process and group dynamics, so that we worked on topics such as how to overcome hidden hierarchies and how to deal with obstacles in communication and consensus decision making. We want to support people and groups that are implementing their vision in an equal and self-organised manner. That’s why we would like to introduce tools and open the space that allow participants to come closer to their aims. We offer workshops, facilitation and support for the topics of communication, group development, (consensus) decision making, campaign and project planning, as well as action trainings. We work confidentially and our support is designed according to the needs of your group. Every workshop and every facilitation gives us the chance to learn, and pass on our knowledge and experience.