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Embodied Intelligence

The training activity took place
in Calatayud (on line)
organised by Alternativa Ambiental Spain
2021 July 23,24,25,30,31
Reference person

Aurora Jarque -Martinez

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Aims & objectives

The objective of the project is to improve the Embodied intelligence skills (ability to use own body to carry out activities, solve problems, express ideas and feelings) of workers, trainers and volunteers of youth organizations, to promote local and transnational initiatives. Supporting the empowerment and self-knowledge of young people in local communities, and exploring individual activities, values and beliefs in a safe and fair learning environment, that goes beyond countries, cultures and specific situations.

This training is designed for youth workers, trainers, educators, NGO leaders, and more generally for people who are willing to get these objectives:
- explore the expressive potential of the body through movement ressearch, creative dance and body awareness
- develop a strong presence through performative arts
-explore self directed learning techniques
- spend time outdoor for physical activities
- foster their sense of community through ritual based practices
- gather new tools and inspirations for their work and activities with Young people

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Participants from Bulgaria, Chez Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, and Spain.
Non formal educators:
Marina Santo and Marga Verón

Marina Santo is an afro descendent woman with european roots born in Brasil. She is a dance teacher based in Madrid. Interested in different movement research techniques and in the dialogue between contemporary dance and other arts forms, Marina works with different communities and develops her own projects in the educational field since 2010. Nowadays Marina researches about body intelligence and its development in regular schools by teachers in different subjects. She also keeps studying with various professionals about different dance and body awareness practises. Marina has her own digital school where she actively creates new programs to nourish the connection with the body through different online courses

Marga Verón is an experienced trainer and educator from Spain. Marga has been involved in Youth projects since 2005, both locally and internationally, coordinating projects and trainings with different associations. She participates in the pool of trainers of Spanish NA, in Salto, in the pool of trainers of Youth& Work Strategic Partnership and in the LEAD -LXD –Learning to Design European pool . Marga has developed her competencies in soft skills and learning design. Her main topics are social entrepreneurship, mentoring and self-knowledge and personal development, empowerment, improvement of affective relations, how to manage vital crisis in life, diversity and intercultural fields. She has been involved in rural way of living, slow food, real-fooding, traditional home-made food and other movements related to quality of food and healthy life.

Training methods used & main activities

We acquired through the creation of a horizontal work platform (designed by trainers) and through non-formal education techniques, knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop the potential of our body intelligence. These techniques will help us support young people in our communities.
Also for the design of work proposals with dynamics that help enhance embodied intelligence in the framework of different environments and according to their needs, trying to solve challenges through small positive changes in our lives, relationships, participation in society and civil engagement.
In this training activity, we have introduced participants to the main elements and principles of embodied intelligence - a contemporary pedagogical theory of learning, which emphasizes the use of the body in educational practice. In the embodied learning process, one's body becomes a laboratory through which one learns – through movement, touch, drawing, journal writing, reflection and other activities.

Embodied learning is a powerful tool to develop young people's social and emotional skills, sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mindsets and also to build more peaceful, connected and responsible communities. Moreover, the education that connects us with our bodies, gives us power – the ability to trust ourselves, navigate through difficult situations and changes, to know how to learn and bring to life our learning.

Embodied intelligence helps us know ourselves, know our resources, give value to our body, integrate body, soul, mind and listen and manage our emotions. It helps us navigate through difficult life situations and changes, knowing how to learn and bring to life our learning.

The training activity has been prepared by an international team of trainers- Marina and Marga- who have shared their experiences and the best practices of delivering body awareness, learning and movement based on non-formal learning programs, for young people.

Outcomes of the activity

Introducing participants to the concepts and principles of embodied learning.
Embodied learning methods that help to develop social and civic skills, entrepreneurship and initiative.
Practical exercises for the participants to improve their own facilitation skills and boost professional development.
The course includes brief inputs from instructors, links to useful resources and methods that can be adapted for your work and most importantly, practical assignments. There are no right or wrong answers to the assignments - their purpose is to deepen an understanding of the topic, to encourage reflection and to develop and share ideas with other learners that has proved useful in your work.
To give visibility to the project, we has kept stakeholders and local institutions informed, and we will keep it active, participating in social networks.
The project has been evaluated using non-formal education assessment tools.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Co designer and co facilitator with Marina Santo

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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