We are invited to be, move, play, observe, listen, share, explore, experiment, challenge ourselves, learn from within and from each other, get to know new people & ways & attitudes, and create this experience together.

Let's explore and experiment together with activities and methods which will help us to tune in into the unfolding moment and to cultivate our ability to be present.

Center to BE is an 8-day training course which aims to introduce and explore “Mindfulness” in interactive and playful ways and to experiment with practical and fun tools and techniques that can be readily used in daily life, creative work and in the other situations and places too.

Who is this training for?

The training is designed for youth workers, volunteers and other people who work with people and want to refresh their skills and attitudes to their days, to others, to work and to the world. ​

We aim to have an overall of 24 participants from Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, France, Portugal & Greece.

Participants must be over 18 years old and have a communicative level of English language, so they can participate fully in the program.

Consider applying if you:

● want to explore and experiment with body based methods, movement, theater, dance, meditative and relaxation techniques, arts, creative expression,

● want to use and imply the learned skills in their professional work with people,

● are open to sharing their own skills and learning the skills with others,

● are motivated and willing to commit to work during the whole duration of the project (preparation, training course, follow-up activities)

What will we be doing?

● collecting new inputs and inspiration that renew motivations to act with commitment and new ideas.

● refreshing curiosity and playfulness in approaching your work in order to prevent burning out.

● improving your trainers’ and personal skills to be more efficient, adaptable, responding to issues and demands in your work and daily life.

● widening your perspectives and points of view to see new opportunities, create new patterns, and avoid situations of stalemate when working with people with different cultural background.

● gathering specific tools from non formal fields (theater, dance, meditation, creative expression) that are not easily accessible for all the youth workers.

Working methods

In the 8 days together, we will BE, move, play, observe, listen, share, explore, experiment, challenge ourselves, learn from within and from each other, get to know new people & ways & attitudes, and create this experience together.

We will be exploring and learning presence by being in nature for most of the time, no matter the weather. Be prepared to let it be.

The course will also have a strong component based on the sharing of ideas, feelings, experiences and best practices, so if you join the training, there will be time and space dedicated for your sharings.

Also, bear in mind that previous experiences with mindfulness practices are not needed to attend the training.

Where and When

The training course will take place in Centro Didattico Ambientale Valpore, on Monte Grappa massif (Northern Italy mountains), 1-10 July (travel days included). Valpore offer a very basic and simple accommodation, in shared rooms with bunk beds. It is a very special place, a pearl among the mountains, that will allow us to merge with the surrounding nature. Please, take a moment to visit the following links:

Website of the venue >>
Map of the place >>

The delicious food will be vegan/vegetarian, prepared with love and care by our cooks. Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited at this retreat venue. Participants must bring their own sleeping bag, as well as pillowcase (in order to receive the pillow from the host).

Travel reimbursement

More detailed information about the travel reimbursement will be provided to selected participants and will be assisted by the project coordinator.

The travel costs of the participants will be refunded after the training course usually within 6 - 8 weeks (after participants send all their travel documents and fulfill closing tasks for the project including dissemination).

Maximum amounts:
Slovenia: 180€
Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, France, Portugal & Greece: 275€

Team of facilitators

Antonio Cargnello (Trainer) is a passionate trainer who loves to craft experiences for self development, group awareness, creative expression and pursuit of a wise and joyful freedom. He facilitates workshops for teenagers, students, youth workers and adults, using and mixing his expertise and experiences from theatrical improvisation, contemporary dance, martial arts and contact improvisation.

Andrej Dobes (Trainer) is a naturally curious kid exploring the universal magic of life on his travels around the world and in different roles in multi-culti educational youth projects and initiatives. His main passion and mission is experimenting with different methods and tools and trying to bring “mind-fool” and playful approach into youth work through nature, mindfulness and movement based activities.

Francesca Pirisi (Guest teacher) is a student of Feldenkrais, qualified to teach CAM, ~ (Awareness Through Movement). She deepens her personal and artistic research, continuing his passion for drawing, theatre and music. Her intent is to spread the approach of Feldenkrais Method in the art field, enhancing the multidisciplinary and contamination between the various facets that make up the human being and its inhabiting the earth.

To be considered

Before applying we would like to invite you for little exploration of what it might take to participate in international event like this in times of COVID19. We put together for you some possible scenarios and insights which might offer you better understanding.

As well we would like to invite you to have flexible approach, as the situation is quite dynamic, unpredictable and can change from day to day. We carefully monitor the situation, are in touch with authorities and will inform all appliers about possible changes.


Accommodation, food and training program are provided.
Travel costs will be reimbursed (more info above).

Participation contribution: we offer  the opportunity to self assess your contribution in a sliding scale between 70 - 150 euro (to be paid in cash upon arrival). Considering the participation to 8 full days of activities, please choose an amount that responds to your personal possibilities and that matches the values of balance and reciprocity.