Closing the First Chapter in Sweden

Looking Forward… A special and personal preview to Piracanga, by Luana Andrade  Summer is my favourite season of the year. The hair becomes slim, the water becomes hot, the drinks become cold, the music becomes louder, the day becomes longer, people become happy and life becomes better. There is always this expectation that it is going to be the best …

The Falling Leaves Drift by the Window

Cold wind of autumn, blowing loud At dawn, a fortnight overdue, Jostling the doors, and tearing through My bedroom to rejoin the cloud, I know—for I can hear the hiss And scrape of leaves along the floor— How may boughs, lashed bare by this, Will rake the cluttered sky once more. Tardy, and somewhat south of east, The sun will …

YIP Newsletter September 2017 – Welcoming YIP 10

Once upon a time, far far away from Stockholm, there stood between the trees a large pastel house. Within its walls (and often outside of them) roamed 29 curious individuals. They had come from 17 different countries and five different continents. Each of them came with their own gifts, talents and pasts, and with their own wishes for the year …

Summer is Here!

  Summer is Here!   Summer with its longest daylight hours has arrived. The trees and bushes are now in their full green splendour; flowers are in bloom bringing the warm summer air into a sweet mixture of colourful smells. Here at YIP people have started to show visible tanning. The evenings are filled with small groups of people sitting …

Flipping the visa challenge – YIP 10 will spend 3 months in Brazil

  Flipping the visa challenge – YIP 10 will spend 3 months in Brazil   As many of you know, this last year YIP has been seriously challenged by the increasing restrictions of the Swedish immigration authorities. 11 accepted students from beyond Europe, had their visas denied and were unable to join the education of their choice. A sad development …

YIP Newsletter April 2017 – Spring

Spring is slowly arriving. The season still seems somewhat unsure, with occasional snowfall and chilly nights. Nature is readying itself for the busy time ahead. Everywhere little green buds are popping out of the dead-looking stems, and here and there patches of sky blue and snow white flowers spread out like colorful carpets among the trees. When you sit by …

YIP Newsletter March 2017 – IF: Major Content Update

Introduction This newsletter is ALL about Initiative Forum (IF). YIP9 have been working hard getting everything ready for the 9th April (so soon!). We now have a clearer picture of how the week will look and who will be coming to lecture, give workshops and play music into the night. NOW WE WANT TO SHARE OUR EXCITEMENT WITH YOU! Since there’s …

YIP Newsletter end of 2016 – Initiative Forum

Seasonal greetings from everyone at YIP9, Here in Ytterjärna we are getting ready to leave Tallevana for the next two months. Firstly we will enjoy a bit of a break, some of us going to see family, friends and also new places. Then we will jet off to our internships! We have had a very busy few months; a lot …

YIP Newsletter December 2016 – Inner quiet; inner flame

Following the autumn break comes the ‘inner block’ for YIP, time to let the darkness turn us inwards, to reflect and to explore the hidden corners, the dimly lit corridors of our souls. We encourage this, as in the past YIP has fought against the seasons, which in Sweden are so strong, only to realise that to breath in and …

YIP Newsletter November 2016 – Gathering grey; gathering life

We now conclude the ‘Outer Block’ and take a short autumn break, before we commence the ‘Inner Block’. Here are our thoughts. Autumn by Joceline Savoie It’s the time of year when the sun is a rare and exciting sight. There’s no sunrise anymore, just grey, and light grey.  We’ve been warned of Sweden’s seasons since arrival, and are finally facing …