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The Game of Wellness
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jan 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

'The Game of wellness' is a 7-day training course which aims to introduce and explore concept of “wellness” as a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being and introduce practical and fun tools and strategies of promoting holistic health and personal development in young people and youth workers.We will focus both on the personal and professional development, how the concept of wellness can empower both the youth workers and the young people they are working with. We wish to support our participants to find ways to healthier and sustainable lifestyle and approach to work. We aim to host 27 participants from 9 countries and partner organisations, plus 3 trainers and 1 support staff (total number of participants: 31 people).We defined following objectives:- to promote and explore concepts of “wellness”, health and work-life balance in the context of youth work; and the dissemination of these concepts and principles among young people - to empower and motivate youth workers to develop and organize activities that support wellbeing and healthy lifestyle in their communities and organisations, as tools to prevent violence- to introduce practical tools as frameworks for promoting holistic health, personal development, resilience and conflict resolution in young people/youth workers/organisations (including experiential methods and practical principles of gamification)- to explore strategies/methods how to make personal and professional practice of a youth worker more healthy, resilient and holistic- add inspiration, creative tools and approaches to their practice with emphasis on the uplifting aspects of youth work and to develop specific action plan of its implementationThe course will be fully based on the methods of non-formal education, that will feed and encourage the active participation and an atmosphere of acceptance, trust, openness and non-judgment within the working group. We will work very often in small working groups, which will encourage more reflection, feedback and self-directed learning, as well as the inclusion and the free expression of all participants while still trying to minimize the problems due to the lack of a common language. The course will have a strong component based on the sharing of experiences, best practices, opinions, especially in the experiential part when participants prepare specific blocks of program; this will allow participants to learn about themselves and from others through the dynamics of cooperative learning, to know each other and to create a strong network of contacts between organizations and groups involved in working with young people.
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