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CREATIVE MINDS • OPEN HEARTS • WILD PLACES

WELCOME AT EASY DAY, PROGRAMMES FOR UNIVERSITIES

OVERVIEW

“The crisis we face is first and foremost one of mind, perceptions and values; hence, it is a challenge to those institutions presuming to shape minds, perceptions and values. It is an educational challenge. More of the same kind of education can only make things worse.“

David Orr

To skilfully address the interrelated social, economic and environmental challenges of our time is an essetial aim in higher education. Yet we have found that universities are often struggling to meaningfully explore this subject with their students. And this is where we come in. Easy Day offer a powerful approach to education for sustainable development that complements academic courses and professional practice.

We combine adventure activities with theory and discussion in carefully chosen places of great natural beauty. Our programmes empower students to build healthy relationships with others and the Earth in both their personal lives, and present or future careers. A pioneer in the field, the Easy Day approach has touched the lives of more than 5000 students and has been developed since 2001.


Programmes are carfully designed to create powerful learning experiences that explore themes related to students area of study. We skilfully mix outdoor adventures, group-based activities including dialogue and theory sessions but also art and meditation. Each activity covers a number of learning outcomes such as non-violent communication, understanding emotions, managing stress, etc.

A journey led by professional canyoning guides through an awe-inspiring and otherworldly landscape. Equipped with wetsuit, helmet and harness students take on abseils down beautiful waterfalls, jump into crystal clear pools and slide down smooth rocks. Usually the theme explored on this day is “working with emotion”. An all-time favourite on every programme!

A gentle introduction to rock climbing with experienced guides and climbers lead a journey through dry riverbeds, up colourful limestone cliffs and through ancient archways and caves. Participants learn how to belay and trust each other to safely move up vertical cliffs in one of Europe’s most beautiful climbing areas.

The wilderness solo is about making space to slow down, reflect and reenergize; a magical and mostly transformative experience. After days of preparation, students are alone in the wild for 24 hours. This is followed by a celebratory return to base, and a both simple yet powerful process sharing the solo experience. The solo has proven to be a great adventure and a key experience to help students dive deeper into the mystery of being alive.

With the support of experienced artists, participants are given the space to find expression and reflection through music, dance and art – this very often yields suprising insights an eye opening experiences.

TYPICAL LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE

•  An understanding and appreciation of the sustainability concept in relation to students  area of study.
•  Practices to meet societal, environmental and economical challenges
•  Growth in confidence and the ability to reflect on experiences
•  Increased capacity to manage and express difficult emotions and stress

•  A capacity to appreciate diversity of ideas, beliefs, cultures and roles
•  A deep connection with nature through personal experience and a sense being part of a greater whole
•  Improved ability to listen and to communicate in a compassionate way
•  Cultivation of a healthy lifestyle
• An increased ability to work in a team

what students say

I loved the valley, the vibe, canyoning, everything. Even the conversation sessions and the guided meditation – this surprised me because it is something I would normally never do. I learnt important things here that I will never forget – even though I can’t quite put my finger on what it is exactly. It touched my heart.

P.E. Student from Belgium

what students say

Wow. I never thought it is possible to learn sooo much in such a short space of time. You are doing an amazing job guys, keep it up, I think it’s so important!

Physical Education Masters Student

what university staff say

As an educational institute we are always searching for ways to enhance the development of our students into complete human beings. Since over ten years Easy Day contributes to our work with their unique approach to education that inspires students to reflect on our society and the significance of our relationship with nature. By choosing the Easy Day concept, we are able to introduce our students to a different way of learning that complements our more classical approach.

Hans van Booven, Senior Lecturer, Gent University

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MADE WITH LOVE BY...

We are a team of professional outdoor educators and guides totally committed to students growth and flourishing. The bedrock of our work is students physical and emotional safety. We are masters in creating a culture of trust and openness. In such an atmosphere we can really connect, explore and discover. With us learning flows.

As qualified guide and group facilitator Korbi draws on over 18 years of experience and has safely led thousands of people through transformative learning adventures. …
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Korbi Hort
Programme Director & Guide

Jed is a group facilitator and an Edinburgh based folk musician, philosopher and mountain leader.

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Jed Milroy
Creative Director

A life-long student, group facilitator, trainer and coach. Angela has worked extensively with people from all over the world in educational and outdoor residential settings. …

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Angela Azorin
Facilitator, Booking & Marketing

For the past 15 years Oriol has been deeply engaged with communities throughout Spain, driving social innovation for more sustainable ways of living. …

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Oriol Costa Lechuga
Producer & Facilitator

CONTACT

Call Us
whatsapp: +34 699 960 134
skype: korbihort
ADDRESS
Pont de Valenti, 17855 Sadernes, Girona, Spain
EMAIL
info@active-earth.com

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