Midwinter Messages

Dear Friends of YIP, I’m writing this overlooking the white fields and fairy tale-like frosty trees. December has been a very dark and cold month. A full, rainy week went by in which the sun did not show himself a single time. Icy winds blew through Järna that made you never want to leave the house again. But it has …

Moving Inwards

Dear Friends of YIP, As November comes to an end and the days are getting even shorter, it feels like winter is finally here. Last week the first snow fell and within just one day the green Ytterjärna landscape was transformed into a white winter wonderland. Luckily the snow fell on a Saturday and we could spend the rest of …

Wrapping up the Global Realities

Dear Friends of YIP, The trees are coloured in all different shades of yellow, brown and red, and some have already lost their leaves. A swim in the fjord is being reduced to a hesitant dip in the cold water and more and more often we find the ground frozen when we wake. The days are getting shorter, the stars …

Start of the YIP Journey

Dear Friends of YIP, We hope this newsletter finds you well. The Yippies who we were so eager to meet, arrived together with the long-awaited rain. We received both with open arms. Ytterjärna is becoming home to 37 new Yippies. Apart from the course activities, this first month was filled with many dips in the fjord, lots of apple picking …

Wrapping up the year

Dear Friends of YIP, It is that time of year again. Ten dynamic months have flown by, and the people who arrived at the end of August as strangers are leaving each other as family. Hugs were given, tears were shed, stories were told, and laughter was spread. Experiences of all kinds took place throughout the year, and the transformation …

Self-Organised Time

Dear Friends of YIP, Greetings from Ytterjärna in full bloom! As midsummer approaches, we at YIP are entering our final week of YIP14. So much has happened since the yippies returned from their learning placements, including six days of canoeing through Swedish nature together before we wrap up the year (more on this in the upcoming newsletter). This newsletter will …

Learning Placements

Dear Friends of YIP, I hope this newsletter finds you well wherever and whenever this meets you. After wrapping up the Lighthouse Festival, where each yippie received a rose, signifying where someone saw them shine throughout the initiative festival process, the community and collaboration module came to a close, and a new chapter began. Around mid-March, the yippies left their …

Community & Collaboration

Dear Friends of YIP, I hope this newsletter finds you well. Here in Sweden we were gifted with the most beautiful sunshine throughout the last weeks. Now, here and there you can see the first spring flowers heading towards the sun. Birds are chirping in the apple trees and if you look closely you can see the first tiny buds showing …

Community & Collaboration

Dear Friends of YIP, The Yippies have gathered back in Tallevana after a two week winter break. We started by looking at the purpose of the Community and Collaboration block in the curriculum and the different course weeks, which culminates in the annual Initiative Festival organised by the Yippies. This year, YIP14 have titled their event, “The Lighthouse – A Little Festival” which …

Inner Exploration

Dear Friends of YIP, Whilst the days are getting shorter and darker here in Ytterjärna, we are enlightening our inner fires in the middle of the Inner Awareness block. Winter has fully arrived. Candle lights, warm cups of tea, bonfires behind Tallevana and the first Christmas carols during morning singing are inviting in the light and warmth. We wrapped up the …