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Culture Garden - Youth Leadership for Collaboration

Training Course

16-24 July 2023 | Well Road Centre, Moffat, Scotland, United Kingdom

Develop advanced ‘culture gardening’ skills of connection, creativity & collaboration designed for youth work! Combining approaches including: group reflective practice; storytelling; play; psychology and group cultural systems awareness.

"Culture Garden - Youth Leadership for Collaboration" is a new 7-day residential training course for youth workers, social workers and educators.

The programme provides essential tools and practices, as well as opportunities for individual and group self-reflection, which empower young people to successfully connect, create and collaborate in their school, employment, and community contexts. The program engages with leadership, not as a quality held by one person or by a select few, but as a whole-group phenomenon. The governance practices a group uses; the ways that conflict, feedback, and communication are navigated; a group’s relationship to creativity and self-expression; its economic paradigms, and more, inform what kind of leadership it potentiates and responds to.

In the programme, participants are given experiential opportunities to learn and build confidence using the “cultural tools” that enable true connection, creativity and collaboration, while learning new ways to support youth to awaken to their own potential, curiosity, and inner motivation.

In this Culture Garden training course, we will combine these main elements:
* Critical analysis of the phenomenon of group culture and an overview of the frameworks, tools, and practices that support collaboration;
* Individual and whole-group experiential learning & practice;
* Creative/expressive and embodied activities to cultivate self-reflection, self-awareness and resilience

In order to:
* Empower young people to become more active participants in their local governments, economies, and communities, and to shape their local cultures towards a more collaborative ethos;
* Equip young people with the core skills and frameworks to succeed in the volatile and emergent conditions that are becoming the norm worldwide;
* Cultivate personal & group resilience in the face of change and uncertainty

In today’s world, the need to respond to complex social, economic and environmental challenges is bringing people together across lines of difference, and calling for new ways to organise and act together in service of our local communities and the world. The need for practical and versatile skillsets for collaboration – with our friends, families, colleagues, and communities – is greater than ever. However, cultural expectations are developed and carried beneath our conscious awareness and are often more “felt” than “known.” 

Culture Garden helps groups to learn the skills and practices required to understand and engage with this hidden landscape: to identify the dynamics, needs, and issues at play in their cultural field; to compassionately release patterns that no longer serve their wellbeing; and, to become active participants in co-creating healthy group cultures that express their values and empower their work in the world. 

Simultaneously, we support groups to plan and enact the structural and systemic changes over time which allow their healthy group cultures to flourish. This is a multi-dimensional process which can include governance and decision making systems, strength based mapping of the organisational assets and needs, action planning, and role/task descriptions & supportive review processes to name a few structural supports. A healthy culture functions best when it is in a reciprocal and harmonious relationship with these more formal group processes. 

We call this practice Culture Gardening.

Please note: The arrival day (travel day) is Sunday 16th July, and Departure day is Monday 24th July. The full 7 day course runs from Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd July 2023. 

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 27 participants

from Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, People working with young people (Social Workers, etc)

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Coyote Initiatives CIC (Youth NGO)

Coyote Initiatives is a non-profit Community Interest Company and Social Enterprise based in Edinburgh and working across Scotland.
We design and deliver a range of trainings, facilitation, programmes & projects, mainly for young people & youth field professionals both in Scotland and internationally.
Our focus is on youth & community engagement and empowerment, using a wide variety of methods and tools including music, arts, technology and nature. We work in partnership with local government, charities, social, youth and other leading organisations to design and deliver projects for young people, especially those with fewer opportunities and from marginalised groups.

Contact for questions:

Steve Gasgarth


Phone: +44 7814771201


Participation fee

A non-refundable participation fee of €70-€200 (£60-£175) is required to attend this course. The amount is based upon your own, and your organisation's situation.

We ask that you pay this in advance, upon selection, to guarantee your place on the course. 

If the fee is a barrier to attendance we can make arrangements with you and your organisation to ensure you can attend. 

The Erasmus+ funding does not fully cover the course. We work with the training team, project coordinator and ourselves to provide subsidised rates for this course. This, along with your contribution of the above fees, and the time and effort put in by our partner organisations for free, allow this course to take place and all act as co-funding of this project.

Accommodation and food

All food and accommodation will be covered by us and the Erasmus funding. 

Travel reimbursement

Eligible travel costs up to the limits set by Erasmus+ will be reimbursed upon receipt of all relevant documentation. All details will be supplied prior to the course. 

Maximum reimbursement amounts:

GREECE: €360

TURKEY: €530

UK: €180 (100-499km), €275 (500-1999km)
(there will be no reimbursement possible for participants living within 99km of the venue)

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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