Outdoor Experience

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28 May - 01 Jun - All Day

How does Humanity interact with the Natural world?  Where do we end and Nature begin?  Is there even a separation? Or are we just extensions of it, an integrated part of the web that we externalize and call Nature? Does our current globalized reality play a role in how we relate to one another and to the network of life that surrounds us?  And how do we care for ourselves and our communities within all that’s going on?

During the YIP9 Outdoor Experience we will carry these questions and others 500 kilometers to the north.  There, in the vast openness of the rolling Dallarna landscape, we will create a wilderness camp, cook over a fire, fetch water from the streams and sleep under the stars for seven days.  We will be spending time together exploring where we stand in the moment and what we are walking toward, as individuals as well as a collective.  We will also have the opportunity to spend time on our own exchanging with the land and listening to what she wants to share.

Our hope as holders of the week, is that by the end of it we will return to Järna having experienced the strength of the land.  We also hope that through the experience we can become more aware of our relationship with her, with ourselves and with each other, thus advancing the preparedness to step out of YIP and into the next part of our lives.

Silas, Inte and Christianne have been working together since 2014 organising the Outdoor Experience for YIP. Their passion of working with people and the outdoors is fuelled by the importance they see in the reconnection of our modern societies with nature; she who is our home, she who is everywhere around us and is the voice of our inner being. Together they form a strong, grounded and playful team complementing each other in creating the space for safe, curious and empowering experiences in the outdoors.

Christianne Sinoo

Christianne Sinoo, originally from the Netherlands, born in Rotterdam, moved between urban and rural areas since the age of 7. Creating spaces for self-directed experiential learning, where the creative and unique strengths of each individual can come to the surface, is what she loves. Whether it is in a classroom, in nature or in an office, she wants to explore …

Silas Beardslee

Silas Beardslee was born in 1988 in Massachusetts, USA, the youngest of three. His family moved to rural New Hampshire when he was six years old and there he attended the Monadnock Waldorf School, in Keene, NH, and later High Mowing School in Wilton, NH. After graduating from High School and leaving the comforts of his parent’s nest, Silas worked …

Inte Koster

For my Personal Initiative during my YIP year (YIP7) I decided to work around the question I carry of what the connection is between humanity and nature, individuals and the inner nature. I grew up in a family of two parents and 3 children that took every given opportunity to spend time in the outdoors and enjoy the pureness of …

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